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Finnish universities

Students of technics in the laboratory of the university. Photo: Olli Häkämies

The mission of universities is to conduct scientific research and provide scientific and artistic undergraduate and postgraduate education based on it.

Universities in Finland offer study opportunities on different levels:

Universities offer study options in 21 different fields.

Restrictions on Student Admission

For those who wish to study in English, Finnish universities provide close to 200 Master’s degree programmes and 23 special Doctoral programmes.

Finnish universities have a two-cycle degree system:

  • The students first complete the Bachelor’s degree, after which they may complete the higher, Master’s degree. As a rule, students admitted to universities automatically get study rights for both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degree. Bachelor’s degree programmes in Finnish universities are mainly offered in Finnish or Swedish. Be sure to check language skill requirements and proof of language proficiency before you apply.
  • If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree or corresponding studies you can apply for a Master’s degree programme through separate student selections. There are a vast amount of Master’s degree programmes offered in English. Check the universities’ own websites for more information.

The extent of the Bachelor’s level degree is 180 ECTS credits and takes approximately three years to finish. The Master’s degree comprises 120 ECTS credits, which means two years of full-time studies in addition to the lower degree. In some fields, for example Medicine, the degrees are more extensive and take longer to complete.

Universities conduct a system of personal study plans with the aim to facilitate the planning of studies and the monitoring of progress in studies and to support student guidance and counselling.