About Finland

Finland is situated in northern Europe and its neighboring countries are Sweden, Norway and Russia. Finland represents both the Nordic democracy and its way of life as a member of the European Union. Equality is the essential driving force in Finland. The country is full of contrasts, making it an interesting destination. We have four distinct seasons, and we get to enjoy phenomena such as the midnight sun in the summer and the polar night in the winter. Large rural areas and the highest technology within reach can be found all around Finland, in the north and south alike; development has spread everywhere without eating away Finland’s beautiful nature.

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    Education System

    The Finnish welfare society is built on education, culture and knowledge. We see education as a key factor in enhancing our competitiveness. The aims of Finnish educational policy are quality, efficiency, equality and internationalization. The Finnish educational system offers equal opportunities of education for all, irrespective of matters of residency, gender, economic situation or linguistic and cultural background.

    Finnish educational system consists of

    • one year of voluntary pre-primary education
    • nine years of primary education (comprehensive school)
    • upper secondary education, which consists of vocational and general education
    • Higher education in universities and polytechnics.

    Finland is officially a bilingual country, so the language of teaching is either Finnish or Swedish. Additionally the Finnish higher educational institutions provide close to 500 degree and non-degree programmes in English.


    • Hold 50% or more in Higher Secondary Level
    • Fulfill the English language skills requirements (IELTS/TOEFL)
    • Successfully pass an entrance examination
    Working during your studies Working after your studies
    Many higher education students in Finland work part-time at some stage of their studies. This can mean part-time work either in the evenings, or during weekends. Non-EU students can work within certain limits on a student residence permit if the work is practical training included in the degree or if the amount of part-time work does not exceed 25 hours a week. There are no limits in terms of hours on full-time work in Vacation. When you have graduated, you may decide that you would like to find full-time employment in Finland. After successful completion of your studies, you may plan to return to your home country but finding employment or pursuing further studies in Finland is also an option. This can be granted as an extended residence permit for up to six 6 months.