Study in Finland

Stunning Nordic scenery makes Finland a very desirable country to study in. The beautiful landscape means that it’s a perfect destination for those who love being outdoors, with skiing, fishing and water sports among Finland’s most popular pastimes. Its climate offers midnight sun in the summer, as well as polar winters, and the opportunity to see the aurora borealis (Northern Lights).

Finland’s long traditions of hunting and fishing have resulted in a varied cuisine, and the difficulties in growing fresh fruit and vegetables mean that fish and meat, as well as seasonal berries and wholegrains, are used to create some unique national dishes such as Lihapullat (Finnish meatballs) and Munkki (a doughnut-like dessert). Heavy investment in the Finnish education system means it is widely regarded as one of the best in the world and the country boasts a number of high-ranking universities, many of which offer English-language courses.

In the capital there is the University of Helsinki, Finland’s oldest university, as well as Aalto University, while the country’s former capital, Turku, is becoming increasingly fashionable; it hosts a number of festivals every year and students from the University of Turku make up a significant proportion of the city’s population. Famous Finns include film director Renny Harlin, composer Jean Sibelius and former Olympic ski jumper Matti Nykänen.

If you want to study in Finland, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Finland has 9 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Finland is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Finland below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Finland’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Finland is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

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Top universities in Finland

University Rank*
University of Helsinki =91st
Aalto University 201-250th
University of Oulu 201-250th
University of Tampere 251-300th
University of Turku 301-350th

Statistics about Finland

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 12.47%
  • Of which, on higher education 28.04%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 88.67%
  • Population 5,482,013
  • Unemployment 8.6%
  • Annual GDP 0.55%
Data source: The World Bank