Topping international league tables for education and coming in the top three for technological innovation, it's easy to see why Finland is an attractive prospect for students
There are two types of higher education institutions in Finland:
The eligibility of foreign qualifications is decided by the individual institution, therefore you should contact the specific admissions office of your chosen university.
You may have to take an entrance exam to do a Bachelors or a Masters, and at polytechnics you will need an undergraduate degree and three years of work experience to gain entry to the course.
When applying to do a Masters in Finland, your eligibility is based on the extent and quality of your earlier academic qualifications, your language skills and other possible faculty-specific requirements.
European Union (EU) citizens are entitled to attend university in Finland or any EU country (this means the 27 member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The same conditions apply to all EU citizens whether a national of the country or not. Therefore, EU nationals don't have to pay tuition fees for higher education degrees in Finland.
For student exchanges, there can be a fee, especially if there's no agreement between the sending and receiving institutions.
Foreign students must have lived in Finland for at least two years for some other purpose than studies and be considered a permanent resident in Finland to apply for student financial aid.
There are scholarships available to study in Finland, which are issued based on individual circumstances. These include:
You may be eligible to apply for some study abroad scholarships in your home country and from international organisations and foundations. You should contact the individual organisation to find out more.
You also need to pay a small fee to your chosen university's student union. With this membership fee, you'll get subsidised meals and travel.
Students attending UK universities can take part in the flagship educational exchange programme Erasmus . The scheme offers work placements, study opportunities and language assistantships, which last from three months to one academic year in EU countries.
Financial support is also available to selected Masters and Doctoral students through the Erasmus Mundus initiative.
Your university must have a formal agreement with a partner university in Finland. Check that your university is involved in the programme and offers the Erasmus scheme in your subject.
It isn't necessary to speak the Finnish language, but if you want to, you can arrange intensive language courses before you go. Speak to the Erasmus coordinator at your university about available opportunities.
As an EU citizen, you are permitted to live in any EU country while studying as long as you:
Some countries require you to register with the local authority after three months. Find out how to register at Europa - Rights, Conditions and Formalities .
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