Study abroad semester in Finland

Finland is a magical place. Have you ever seen photos about its awesome landscapes? Well, if not go check them out! The dimmed light and the extensive forests covered in snow seems like a dream, especially when you’re on a sleigh. You could be so lucky to enjoy an aurora borealis night!

Being one of the northernmost countries in the world, climate is quite cold. However, it also depends on proximity to the oceanic air influxes: the area of the capital Helsinki and the adjacent coastline enjoy less strict winters, while the central and northern area of Finland have constantly freezing temperatures for months every year.

Finnish are deeply connected to nature and very proud of their country. They are very respectful of the environment, and they love to go out in nature while they can. The vast majority of Finland is filled with forests and lakes, where they usually go. Plus, they have good health and sauna is a must. Maybe the two things are correlated!

What are the best universities in Finland for semester students?

Are you still undecided whether or not Finland might be an appealing destination for you? On wearefreemovers you can find a selection of 9 academic institutions offering you the possibility of spending a semester or a full academic year in Finland. Let’s check some statistics about them.

Here you can see the positions of the Finnish institutions among the world’s best universities rankings.

NAME QS THE ARWU CWUR CWTS Eduniversal palmes U.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities Rankings Webometrics
University of Helsinki 104 98 74 111 113 - 86 45
Aalto University - School of Arts, Design and Architecture (PhD level) 127 201–250 401-500 339 354 5 286 157
Aalto University - School of Engineering (PhD level) 127 201–250 401-500 339 354 5 286 157
University of Turku 287 351–400 301-400 364 440 3 322 330
University of Oulu 408 301–350 501-600 431 512 2 453 338
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Undergraduate level) - - - - - - - -
HAMK Häme University of Applied Sciences - - - - - - - -
Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology 470 351–400 901-1000 953 1165 - 580 820
University of Eastern Finland 499 401–500 501-600 435 536 - 412 516
University of the Arts Helsinki - Academy of Fine Arts - - - - - - - -

Finnish education is valid. Prestige is quite spread among its institutions, with a good and English-based formative offer. They are also quite popular on the web, as it can be seen from the Webometrics ranking. Hence, Finland is certainly a desired destination for many international students. The University of the Arts Helsinki is not ranked because of its small size, not because of a bad quality of education. Aalto University places itself among the best business schools in the world according to Eduniversal ranking, with 5 palmes of excellence out of 5.

Costs and fees of studying in Finland

Finland is an expensive country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are close to 800€. Here you can find a detail of the various costs that you can encounter in this country. Keep in mind that, as a student, you could have access to various discounts which can include food, travel, and accommodation expenses.

When it comes to university’s fees, Finland is extremely cheap, with a median 0€/semester for EU free mover students and 450€/semester for non-EU free mover students.

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