Quality Academics and Research

Finnish Higher Education Institutions

Universities

  • Aalto University
  • Hanken School of Economics
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • Tampere University of Technology
  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Eastern Finland
  • University of the Arts Helsinki 
  • University of Jyväskylä
  • University of Lapland
  • University of Oulu
  • University of Tampere
  • University of Turku
  • University of Vaasa
  • Åbo Akademi University
  • National Defence College

Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) (polytechnics)

  • Arcada UAS
  • Central Ostrobotnia UAS
  • Diaconia UAS
  • Haaga-Helia UAS
  • HAMK UAS
  • Helsinki Metropolia UAS
  • HUMAK UAS
  • JAMK UAS
  • Kajaani UAS
  • Kemi-Tornio UAS
  • Kymeenlaakso UAS
  • Lahti UAS
  • Laurea UAS
  • Mikkeli UAS
  • North Karelia UAS
  • Novia UAS
  • Oulu UAS
  • Rovaniemi UAS
  • Saimaa UAS
  • Satakunta UAS
  • Savonia UAS
  • Seinäjoki UAS
  • TAMK UAS
  • Turku UAS
  • VAMK UAS
  • Åland UAS

For a contact list of all the universities and universities of applied sciences (polytechnics) visit the Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.fi

A large variety of institutions are open to prospective Fulbright students, scholars, and professionals located in all regions of the country.

Superior & Unique Fields

Academic programs of unusually high attainment include, IT, architecture, design, and music. Programs of study unique to the Nordic region include, Baltic Area Studies, Arctic Studies, Societies and Cultures of the North, Finnish language and Finno-Ugric linguistics.

Research in Finland

Finland maintains a high level of R&D investment. Research is coordinated through the Academy of Finland, which has created a long-term strategy of support through the establishment of Centres of Excellence (CoE).

A CoE is a research and researcher training unit that comprises one or more high-level research teams working under a common management and sharing a common and clearly defined set of research objectives. A CoE may consist of units or research teams and researchers based at a university or research institute or spread across several different organisations. It may also work together with a university or research institute in the private sector.

Currently, a total of 39 CoEs receive funding through two national CoE programmes; 16 units in the 2002-2007 program and 23 units in the 2006-2011 program. In addition, 18 new plans have been selected for the 2008-13 period.

Education, Research and Innovation in Finland (Research.fi, listing of research institutes in Finland)
Academy of Finland
TEKES (Research and funding)
Sitra (Research and sustainable development)
European Union: Research and Innovation
Science Nordic - Research in Finland
Ministry of Education and Culture
National Advisory Board on Research Ethics
FinELib, the National Electronic Library
The European Researchers’ Mobility Portal
Federation of Finnish Learned Societies

More science and research links here.

Study in Finland

These links will help you find different study oppportunities around Finland:

Study in Finland (what to study? Where to study? How to apply? Includes also information about living in Finland)
Master Degrees in Finland
Contact Information for Finnish Universities
Studyinfo – One-stop access to education information in Finland
The National Union of Finnish University Students in Finland
Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council

English-Taught Programs

More and more higher education institutions are creating masters level study programs taught in English. (Take a look at the study program database)

This is due to the increasing number of international students attending Finnish universities and polytechnics, both in degree programs and as exchange or non-degree students.

The Finnish language is tough to learn well enough to use as a study medium, but it is lovely to hear and to speak and fairly easy to feel accustomed to the pronunciation, once you have a few basic lessons. Learning the local language is a wonderful goal but to be realistic, it won’t be necessary in order to proceed with most study or research plans. Of course, young children are known to pick up a foreign language rather easily, including Finnish.

Read more about the Finnish Higher Education.

More Education related links:

U.S.-Bologna Resources

Adult Education Institutes in the capital region

  • Ilmonet
    Adult Education Institutes outside the capital region can be found online, but the information may be available only in Finnish. Ask more information from your local contact persons.

If you want to meet more Finns, you should look into joining a course at the many Adult Education Centers (Työväenopisto). Even students can join for a nominal fee, and there were many offerings at least in Helsinki. I joined an orchestra this way and it opened up so many fun opportunities for me - I made a lot of good Finnish friends, and was able to continue doing something I enjoyed when I was feeling homesick. -U.S. Student Grantee 2013-2014