Where do you find the best universities in the world? Well, pretty much anywhere – including Finland! Cool, huh? In Finland you can find plenty of top-ranked universities that take their rightful place next to some of the biggest international university names out there.
Best Universities For International Students In Finland
University of Helsinki
The University of Helsinki is Finland’s oldest university, established in 1640. It’s been located in the Finnish capital since 1829, but before that it was known as the Royal Academy of Turku and located in the country’s oldest settlement, Turku. Today, the University of Helsinki is Finland’s highest-ranked institution, at joint 102nd in the world.
As well as being the oldest and the highest-ranked, the university is also Finland’s largest higher education institution, with more than 32,000 students enrolled. It has 11 faculties and 11 research institutes, and it offers degrees taught in Finnish, Swedish and English.
Also located in the capital, Aalto University is Finland’s second highest-ranked institution –currently placed joint 137th in the world. The university was founded in 2010 through a merger of three existing institutions, namely the Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The aim of the Finnish government was to create a new university, which would be a model of innovation and a symbol of high-quality education. Today, about 12,100 students are enrolled here.
University of Turku
The second-largest university in Finland is the University of Turku, where just over 20,000 students are enrolled. Ranked 276th in the world, the university has its main campus in Turku, in the southwest of Finland, but it also has faculties at Rauma, Pori and Salo. The University of Turku was established in 1920, following donations from more than 22,000 citizens. It places a strong emphasis on international collaboration, and offers several master’s and PhD programs run in partnership with universities in other countries.
University of Jyväskylä
Established in 1934, the University of Jyväskylä originated from the first Finnish-speaking teacher training college, which was founded in 1863. Ranked joint 357th in the world, the university teaches around 15,000 students in six faculties. It retains its teacher-training heritage, being considered the country’s leading university for education programs. This is also reflected in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, which places the University of Jyväskylä among the world’s top 100 universities in the field of education and training.
University of Eastern Finland
The seventh highest-ranked Finnish university, the University of Eastern Finland currently ranks 451-460 in the world. It was established in 2010 through a merger of the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio. Today, more than 15,000 students study in one of the university’s four faculties. With a good reputation for research, the University of Eastern Finland has an extensive network of foreign partners and often participates in international projects. The university’s main campuses are in the cities of Joensuu and Kuopio, with some facilities also in Savonlinna – all within the south-east of the country, in the region formerly known as Eastern Finland.
Tampere University of Technology
Tampere University is a Finnish university that was established on 1 January, 2019 as a merger between the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. The new university is also the major shareholder of Tampere University of Applied Sciences.
Lappeenranta University of Technology
LUT University (English: Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT) (Finnish: Lappeenrannan-Lahden Teknillinen Yliopisto LUT) is a public research university which was established in 1969. The university’s Lappeenranta campus is situated on the shore of lake Saimaa – the 4th largest lake in Europe. LUT University’s second campus is in Finnish city of Lahti. LUT University also has research units in the Finnish cities of Mikkeli and Kouvola.
LUT University is a Finnish University of Technology, in that is specializes its academics and research on the fields of engineering and technology. The university also has a school of business. LUT University specializes on renewable technology, clean water and energy, combatting climate change and finding sustainable engineering solutions.
University of Oulu
The University of Oulu (Finnish: Oulun yliopisto) is one of the largest universities in Finland, located in the city of Oulu. It was founded on July 8, 1958. The university has around 13,000 students and 2,900 staff. 21 International Master’s Programmes are offered at the university. The university is often ranked as one of the better universities in Finland and in the top-400 worldwide.
The University of Oulu is an international science university that creates new knowledge, well-being and innovations for the future through research and education. The University of Oulu, founded in 1958, is one of the largest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland.
Abo Akademi University
Åbo Akademi University (Swedish: Åbo Akademi [ˈǒːbʊ akadɛˈmiː], Finland Swedish: [ˈoːbu ɑkɑdeˈmiː]) is the only exclusively Swedish language multi-faculty university in Finland (or anywhere outside Sweden).It is located mainly in Turku (Åbo is the Swedish name of the city) but has also activities in Vaasa. Åbo Akademi should not be confused with the Royal Academy of Åbo, which was founded in 1640, but moved to Helsinki after the Turku fire of 1827 and is today known as the University of Helsinki.
Åbo Akademi was founded by private donations in 1918 as the third university in Finland, both to let Turku again become a university town and because it was felt that the Swedish language was threatened at the University of Helsinki. The Finnish University of Turku was founded in 1920, also by private donations and for similar reasons. Åbo Akademi was a private institution until 1981, when it was turned into a public institution.