Finland has some of the best universities and polytechnic schools ( Universities of applied sciences ) in the world, and this is one of the main reasons why international students choose Finland as their destination to study. The Times Higher Education THE foundation, which specializes in the classification of international universities, ranked eight Finnish universities among the top 500 international universities for 2015-2016, The University of Helsinki has ranked as the 76th best university, while the University of Turku, University of Jyvaskyla, Alto University, Tampere University of Technology and Oulu University have ranked among the top 500 international universities in the world. In addition, Lappeenranta University of Technology is on the list, ranging from 501-600.
Nordic countries usually have the highest ratings. In 2016, Finland topped the Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum, while Finland ranked fifth in the PESA rankings last year.
The international student ensures a very high level of education in Finland, especially with the availability of 10 interdisciplinary universities, eight of which are among the top 500 international universities. The Finnish educational system is one of the best educational systems in the world, with education largely focused on problem solving and skills development. In addition, Finland has a group of universities of applied sciences, which focus on vocational training.
The University of Helsinki is one of Finland's largest universities, with more than 35,000 students, a large number of international students. The staff includes a constellation of leading scientists in their fields of specialization. So to say, getting a university degree from any Finnish university guarantees you a great opportunity in the job market of our time.
Some of the most popular programs among international students in Finland are:
- Environmental Sciences
- Information and communication technology
- Art and Design
There are more than 400 study programs in total, and these programs are taught in English in Finland. If you decide to study one of these programs in Finland, it means all lectures, books and tests will be taught in English as well. Apart from these areas of study, there is a possibility to study other disciplines such as education, social sciences, law, trade and humanities.
Most Finnish universities focus on academic research aimed at improving the quality of life. For example, the University of Tampere offers several research centers focusing on the study of chronic diseases such as cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, leukemia and many other known diseases. You have to make sure that you are studying something important and useful, meaning that you will make a positive difference wherever you are.