Study abroad in Helsinki and enjoy the welcoming and highly multicultural environment. A large number of international students, with this number continually increasing, come to Helsinki to enrol in some of the world’s best universities. With a great focus on research, local higher educational institutions are promoting internationalisation and competitiveness and the teaching style aims at supporting the development and professional growth of the learner. Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland, located in the region of Uusimaa, in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, having the Baltic Sea on one side. Helsinki is the third biggest Nordic city after Stockholm and Oslo. The capital is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural, and research centre as well as one of northern Europe's major cities.
As one of Europe’s richest capitals, Helsinki has a well-developed economy. The city’s major sectors are: serviced-related IT and public sectors, manufacturing (electronic, metal products, paper, board, textiles and clothing).
Top companies in Helsinki are: Microsoft, Tieto, Nokia, Intel Corporation, KPMG, Ferratum Group, SAP Consulting, Accenture.
International students will find numerous internship opportunities in companies based in Helsinki, as most students prefer the ITC industry.
You could never get bored in Helsinki, as this city has many interesting and unique places, truly satisfying all tastes. From relaxing parks to eccentric night clubs, Helsinki has it all.
Helsinki’s main attractions:
Have long walks and admire the Esplanadi Park, the Senate Square (Senaatintori) and check out the Old Market Hall.
Helsinki has a long tradition in sports, organising athletics championships, football matches and in the past hosted summer Olympics, and figure skating championships.
Join one of the festivals held in the city, like Vappu, an annual carnival for students and workers, and many film festivals.
Once the world design capital, you can find many design boutiques and stores, selling all kinds of special items and crafts. Fashion addicts should also love Helsinki, as it is home to some popular and interesting fashion stores as well.
In the evenings until late at night, you can choose from a wide range of clubs and bars.
If you ever feel like getting out of the city, make a trip to Turku, two hours away. You can also easily cross the border and see Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, which is almost an hour away.
Helsinki is a very multicultural city. Here, you will encounter many international students coming from all over the world and also many tourists. In addition, many different nations are present in Helsinki: Swedes, Russians, Estonians, Chinese, Spanish, Germans, French, Vietnamese, Turkish and more.
Many multinationals have set up headquarters here mainly because of the good logistics network, international connectivity and the availability of a skilled workforce. Starting or setting up a business in Finland is easy due to the local relaxed business policies, foreign investors also have access to the latest research findings.
Helsinki has four seasons, with cold winters and warm summers. Temperatures in winter are high for a northern country, with averages in January and February of around -5 °C (23 °F). The average high temperature in summer is around 19 to 22 °C (66 to 72 °F) and it is also the season with most thunderstorms.
The main housing options in Helsinki are:
1. University apartment – between 160 and 340 EUR/month per person for a shared apartment.
2. Home stay –around 700 EUR/month.
3. Hostel – around 30 EUR/night.
Helsinki is a moderately expensive city to live in. You may have to make some compromises in order to manage your monthly budget. The living costs for one month would situate between 800 and 950 EUR, for all expenses, excluding the accommodation (food bills, social activities, public transportation and books and other learning materials).
Lunch in a budget restaurant is around 10 EUR, food bills from local supermarkets would lead to around 175 EUR/month.
The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity.
The EIT Digital Masters Programme is a two-year programme with eight technical majors and a Minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. 21 European top universities, renown researchers and leading business are partnered with EIT Digital to provide technical excellence leading to two master's degrees, the EIT Digital Master's Certificate and hands-on experience.
Tallinn University, as a university in Estonia, offers and develops education and research focusing on the needs of Estonia as a society. Given the new trends in higher education, we also value internationalisation. One in ten academic staff members comes from abroad, we increase the number of foreign students and our contribution to international research yearly.
Arcada is a multi-professional university of applied sciences (UAS) with campus located in Arabianranta, Helsinki. We offer high quality practice-oriented higher education at both bachelor’s and master’s levels as well as further education in Swedish and English in Business Administration, Sports, Media, Social- and Health Care, Culture and Technology.
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences is Finland’s largest university of applied sciences. We educate the professionals of tomorrow in the fields of Business, Culture, Health Care & Social Services, and Technology. Metropolia offers 65 degree programmes, 12 of which are taught in English.
Hanken School of Economics is one of the oldest leading business schools in the Nordic countries. Hanken is ranked by Fincancial Times and holds all three international business school accreditations (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA).
Be a Game Changer. Do you want to create something unique? Change the society, develop a new innovation – or a whole new industry? At Aalto University, we believe in curiosity and we encourage our students to explore the unknown and do things in a totally new way. We offer the highest level of education in business, art and design, architecture, and technology in Finland.
Humak is the strongest expert and leading educator in the fields of humanities and pedagogy and cultural management in Finland. We operate through a nationwide network, which makes it possible to combine nationwide development with regional needs.
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