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Study in Finland - Requirements, Universities, Cost

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Why study in Finland?

Studying in Finland promises a unique student experience and career investment for those who choose to study in Scandinavia’s easternmost country (even though it is not formally part of Scandinavia), known for its natural wealth, modern education system and development sustainable innovation.

Finland welcomes thousands of international students every year and invests heavily in education, making the country a popular study and career destination. In fact, Finland offers its master’s and bachelor’s programs free of charge to all citizens of the European Union.

The cost of living for a bachelor’s or master’s student is on average 700-900€/month (approx) and their currency is the Euro (€). Finland is a safe country with a rich history that is renowned for its multiculturalism, making it an ideal destination for international students looking for study and career opportunities.

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Bachelor’s in Finland

Bachelor’s in Finland cover key areas of the global economy, such as sustainable development and green entrepreneurship, and you’ll find programs that offer high-quality training, thorough scientific research and modern teaching methods.

Bachelor’s studies in Finland are free and offer a unique student experience for anyone who chooses them. Modern programs, excellent equipment and internships, together with the safety and intercultural culture of the Finns, create ideal conditions for international undergraduate students who are usually young.



Master’s in Finland

Universities in Finland are recognized and acclaimed worldwide, mainly for the modern programs they offer, but also for connecting graduates with the labor market.

Another reason why master’s degrees in Finland are so popular is the fact that they are free for all citizens of the European Union, while tuition scholarships are provided for international students.



Requirements for studying in Finland

Requirements for studying in Finland include English language certificates, such as IELTS or TOEFL, copy of passport or ID, copy of high school diploma for undergraduates and copy of degree for postgraduates and student visa for residence permit in the country (not valid for students from the European Union) .

Individual documents such as transcripts and personal statements may be requested for master’s degrees in Finland, as in all master’s applications worldwide.



The IELTS certification is one of the most popular for studying abroad, but also for work. The year of acquisition and the score are two equally important factors for your admission to universities abroad.



The TOEFL test is an English language certification that is accepted in almost all English-speaking universities and together with IELTS are the two most popular certificates for studying abroad.

Student Visa


The student visa is the most important document you must have if you want to study abroad. Some countries, however, do not require a student visa, such as European Union member countries if you are a European citizen.



The passport is a necessary document that you must have for studying abroad. Although in most countries of the European Union only your national identity card is sufficient - if you are a European citizen - we recommend having a passport for easier movements and less paperwork.

Copy of your degree


For master's studies abroad it is necessary to have a copy of your degree translated into English or the language required by each university. The required score varies from country to country, institution to institution or even school to school. Consult the specifications of the program of your interest to see the exact ratings.

Copy of high school diploma


For bachelor's studies abroad it is necessary to have a high school diploma translated into English or the language required by each university. The required degree score varies from country to country, institution to institution or even school to school. Consult the specifications of the program you are interested in to be sure.



Scholarships in Finland

As we already mentioned, studying in Finland is free for citizens of the European Union, who are more difficult to claim a scholarship in Finland for their living expenses. This is because the country’s scholarship resources are used for international students, who are required to pay tuition fees.

Of course, there are organizations worldwide, but also in Greece, that offer hundreds of scholarships every year for tuition-free studies, covering the every day expenses of economically weaker students

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Universities Scholarships


Most universities internationally provide scholarships for studying abroad, covering either all or part of the tuition fees. You can claim your own scholarship, as long as you start your search early to get ahead.

Government Scholarships


Most countries that have invested significant funds in the development and evolution of their education system to make it attractive to international students offer government scholarships to help young talent thrive academically at their universities. Are you one of them?



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What are the best cities to study in Finland?


The best cities to study in Finland are, among others, Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Oulu, Espoo and Lappeenranta

What is the average cost of living for students in Finland?


The average living expenses for students in Finland are from 160€ to 380€ for living with roommates, with the total monthly expenses being around 700€-900€. Staying in a private apartment is much more expensive and you may have to deal with a long waiting list.

In what languages are bachelor's and master's degrees offered in Finland?


The languages in which bachelor's and master's degrees are offered in Finland are English, Swedish and Finnish. Finland has two official languages, Swedish and Finnish. Most universities also offer programs in English and the majority of residents know them very well. Of course, we recommend that you don't miss the opportunity to learn Finnish as well.

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