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Study in Finland

Finland's world-leading higher education system offers more than 400 English-taught bachelor's and master's degree programmes in 13 universities and 22 universities of applied sciences (UAS). The universities also offer English-taught doctoral degree options.

Universities of applied sciences offer professionally oriented higher education on bachelor's and master's level, and have strong ties with working life and regional development.

Universities focus on scientific research and the education they provide is based on it. Universities offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral (PhD) level programmes.

Check out the university list to see where you could be studying!

Start the search for your degree programme at the national application portal -

When you find your degree programme, check the application period and all the admission requirement details in the degree descriptions, or contact the Admissions Services of the university offering the programme.

Research opportunities

Finland offers world-class doctoral programmes and research opportunities. The Academy of Finland’s Flagships programme supports high-quality research. The Flagships create future know-how and sustainable solutions to societal challenges and promote economic growth by, for example, developing new business opportunities.

Learn more about the Finnish science and innovation system and policy, and research conducted in Finland at

Find more information on doctoral admissions at

Life in Finland

Finland offers quality education and it is a safe country where everyday life works and nature is always close by.

Student life in Finland can be both hectic and laid-back. A balanced student life means that you can concentrate on your studies as everyday life is well-organised and reliable.

One of the strengths of Finnish higher education institutions are the modern learning environments and facilities. International students in Finland enjoy the lively campus environment and their institutions’ eco-friendly attitude. The design and the quality of the campus buildings, and the surroundings outside the campus inspire students in their everyday life. Also, Finnish universities offer well-functioning student services.

There are two main options when searching for accommodation: established student housing foundations and the private market.

Student housing providers are listed on the SOA (Finnish Student Housing Ltd.) website at

Check your Five Steps to Studying in Finland at


Non-EU/EEA students need a student residence permit (student visa) for their studies in Finland. You can find information and advice on the student residence permit requirements and procedures on the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) website at

If you are coming to Finland to conduct post-master's level (doctoral/PhD) studies or research, you need to apply for a residence permit for scientific research. Read more about it at

After your graduation, you may apply for an extension of your residence permit to look for work or start a business.


Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships in Finnish Universities

Coverage of Scholarship: Finnish universities offer a range of scholarship options for international students. These scholarships are available for non-EU students, and are offered by the individual universities themselves, in their fee-charging English-taught bachelor's and master's programmes. You usually apply for the scholarship from the university at the same time when you apply for admission. If you are coming to Finland to do your Doctorate (PhD), there is research-related funding available, for example the national EDUFI Fellowships.