Study Abroad in Finland

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Finland

Known for its countrywide free education, many international students have capitalized on study abroad in Finland through direct enrollment in local universities, despite its lesser known status as a study abroad destination. With 20 universities and almost 30 polytechnic institutions, aspiring study abroad students have a variety of program options to meet their specific curricular requirements. Students who want to study abroad in Finland will find many programs related to architecture, biology, technology, and environmental studies. Additionally, Finland has a strong reputation for research efforts and is a particularly great place for graduate students to study abroad.


The most popular cities to study abroad in Finland are the top five largest cities in the country, starting with the capital of Helsinki, followed by Vaasa, located on the western coast of Finland.

Ranked as the third most liveable city in the world in 2013, Helsinki is by far the most popular destination for study abroad in Finland. A city surrounded by the sea at the southern tip of Finland, it’s a hub for activity. Students looking for an active academic scene that goes beyond the classroom will be pleased with what the capital has to offer. Theater, music, as well as research programs in economics and social sciences, are popular program types at local universities in Helsinki.

Tampere, located next to two huge lakes and four academic institutions, provides students with the big city feel and small town comforts. The city is convenient for students as everything is walkable. Turku, Finland’s oldest city and first capital, houses one of the two international schools in Finland.

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Study abroad in Finland with Youth for Understanding. Students are offered accommodation with a host families in Helsinski while they attend local schools. Living and studying alongside locals provides participants with numerous opportunities for cultural learning and growth.