Higher education in Finland is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, which is also responsible for its quality. International students can benefit from the large variety of programs offered in English. Additionally, the Finnish educational institutions provide skills that are transferrable not only in academic fields but private job sector was well.
To study in Finland, international students can take one of several different routes. They can study in Finland as an exchange student, a trainee or opt for a full fledged academic degree. There are also numerous summer school programs available at the ten universities with multidisciplinary programs and the six institutes of higher education with specialized programs. Lastly, there is the option of studying in polytechnics offering vocational trainings.
Studying at the Bachelor’s and Doctoral level is free of cost for all nationalities. Many Master’s programs also do not require any tuition fee, while others charge some form students of non EU/EEA countries.
Students are responsible for covering other costs like food, accommodation, travel, toiletries etc. Students generally work to cover this. Non EU/EEA students are allowed to work 25 hours a week during the school year and full time during summer and other breaks. Students from EU/EEA countries have no such restrictions.
Since most of the education does not have any tuition fees, scholarships are generally not available. Those programs that charge a fee from international students, do offer some institutional scholarships. Grants and scholarships are usually only available at doctorial level and for research purposes