Exploring Excellence: Studying Abroad in Finland’s Acclaimed Education System
Finland Destination Studying Abroad – In this episode, Ms. Suchitra Surve talks about Finland as a destination for studying abroad. Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway, and Russia.
Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea. We generally find people of Finland speaking Finnish & Swedish i.e. two languages spoken by the inhabitants.
Among the Scandinavian countries, Finland has the coldest climate. The climate is characterized generally by long, cold winters and very short, mild, and moderately rainy summers. The Finnish education system is considered to be the topmost in education & is one of the cornerstones of the Finnish welfare society. We need to know if we are planning to explore the country.
They pride themselves on an education system that offers equal opportunities for education for all. There are many Universities that offer higher scientific and artistic education, like every country there are Bachelor’s, Master’s, Postgraduate, and Doctoral degrees available. A typical Bachelor’s degree in Finland is for a duration of three years and a Master’s degree is for a duration of two years.
Finland is divided into two terms: Autumn term which begins from August/September to December and Spring term which is from January to the end of May. If you are planning to apply for a Bachelor’s degree in Finland, you may be required to take the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) especially if you are planning to apply to the University of Applied Sciences (UAS).
As in any other country, IELTS or TOEFL will be required to prove your English proficiency, irrespective of the level or type of study you are planning to undertake. Additionally, you will also need to submit documents like a personal statement, academic transcripts, resume, and reference letters.
All this makes up the application packet for you. What do you go and study there? The most popular courses that we find are Business, Health Care, Information Technology, and Education.
Annual tuition fees for full-degree students will be in the range of EUR 15,000 to EUR 20,000. The cost of Living though it depends on the individual will vary from – 700 to at least 1200 EUR a month. The living cost will also be dependent on the area that you will live in.
Helsinki is known to be one of the most expensive cities, so plan your budget accordingly. Like all the other countries students are interested to know what the scholarships available are. Scholarships available are on your academic excellence.
The previous academic performance and possible letters of motivation are also required. In addition to this, the grounds presented by the applicants in their grant applications are also taken into consideration. So be very careful while making those letters.
After studying so much the typical question is do we get a job there? What is the placement scenario there? A recent study has actually identified Finland being the country where the work-life balance has been the best.
Internships are a good gateway to employment and if you have a good grasp of the Finnish language it will be helpful to you in getting jobs, in the majority of sectors. Finland’s job market has few popular jobs available for graduate students in the fields of Electronics and telecommunication, Export of Products, the Health sector, and so on. After graduation, the students will have to apply for residence permit extensions which will allow them to search for jobs. So be prepared in your mind accordingly.
Where would you go and study? One of the most popular destinations is Helsinki. Helsinki is the capital of Finland and the most populous city in the country. It is also known as the most expensive city with the most renowned modern design heritage which can be seen throughout.
Tampere is Finland’s second-largest city area and the biggest inland city in the Nordic countries.
Tampere is also known as the “Theatre Capital” of Finland.
Frequently Asked Questions For Finland as a Destination for Studying Abroad
1. Why should I consider Finland as a destination for studying abroad?
Finland offers a high-quality education system, innovative teaching methods, a safe and welcoming environment, and a chance to experience Nordic culture and nature.
2. What is unique about Finland’s education system?
Finland’s education system emphasizes equity, individualized learning, and a focus on critical thinking and problem-solving rather than rote memorization.
3. What types of programs are available for international students in Finland?
Finland offers a wide range of programs at various levels, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and exchange programs across disciplines.
4. How can I apply for studying in Finland?
The application process varies by university, but it generally involves submitting required documents, language proficiency tests, and possibly attending an entrance exam or interview.
5. Is there a language barrier for international students?
Many Finnish universities offer programs in English, making it accessible to international students. Learning some basic Finnish can enhance your experience, but it’s not a strict requirement.
6. What is the cost of studying and living in Finland for international students?
While tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students are applicable, Finnish education remains affordable compared to many other countries. Living costs vary based on location and lifestyle.
7. Are there scholarships available for international students?
Yes, Finnish universities offer scholarships for international students, and there are external scholarship opportunities as well. Research and apply for scholarships that match your profile.
8. What is the lifestyle like for international students in Finland?
Finland offers a high standard of living, excellent public services, and a strong emphasis on work-life balance. You’ll experience a mix of modern urban life and tranquil natural surroundings.
9. How can international students adapt to the Finnish culture?
Embrace the Finnish way of life by respecting personal space, participating in local customs, joining student organizations, and taking part in cultural events.
10. Are there part-time job opportunities for international students in Finland?
Yes, international students are allowed to work part-time during their studies. Universities and cities often have job boards and resources to help you find employment.
11. What is the student community like in Finnish universities?
Finnish universities foster a collaborative environment, and international students often find it easy to make friends and connect with classmates from various backgrounds.
12. Can international students stay in Finland after completing their studies?
Yes, students completing their degrees in Finland are usually eligible for a post-study work permit, allowing them to stay and work in the country after graduation.
13. How is the research and innovation scene in Finland?
Finland is known for its strong focus on research and innovation. Universities collaborate with industries, providing opportunities for students to engage in cutting-edge projects.
14. What are some popular fields of study for international students in Finland?
Finland excels in fields like technology, engineering, design, business, natural sciences, and environmental studies. However, programs are available in a wide range of disciplines.
15. How do I make the most of my study abroad experience in Finland?
Immerse yourself in the culture, engage with local and international peers, explore the beautiful landscapes, and take advantage of academic and extracurricular opportunities.
Studying in Finland provides a unique blend of academic excellence, cultural enrichment, and a chance to experience the beauty of the Nordic lifestyle. By understanding the application process, and financial considerations, and adapting to the local culture, you can have a rewarding study-abroad experience in this vibrant country.