University of Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland

No. Students: 35,000 (2,800 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 4,800
Funding type: Public
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* Study in a TOP 100 University :The reason which makes international students choose the University of Helsinki (UH) is the universitys good reputation and the high level of research and teaching. In international ranking UH is constantly placed among the worlds 100 best universities.
* Nearly 40 International Masters Degree Programmes : The University of Helsinki offers a wide range of Masters Degree Programmes without tuition fees. The programmes are taught entirely in English and the scope of our programmes is 120 ECTS credits, completed with two years of fulltime study. All our PhD studies are available in English. Every August UH organizes intensive courses for international students in Helsinki Summer School.
* World-Class Facilities : The University of Helsinki has four campuses, all of which are easy to reach by public transport. In the International Student Barometer 2010, our international students rank the technology, learning spaces, and above all, our laboratories to top positions globally.
* Helsinki, the Worlds Most Liveable City : In addition to choosing a good university, students choose Helsinki as a great place to be. Helsinki is an exceptionally safe city, and excellent public transportation makes it easy to move between campuses and explore Helsinki. Naturally, Helsinki was recently nominated as the Most Liveable City.


The University of Helsinki among the best in the worldThe University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the business sector.

The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 17 other locations.

Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki wants to strengthen its position among the world's leading multidisciplinary research universities and to actively promote the well-being of humanity and a fair society.

CampusesCity Centre Campus for Human Sciences

The City Centre Campus extends around the historical centre of Helsinki. The campus is home to the Departments of Theology, Law, Arts, Education and Social Sciences.

Kumpula Science Campus

The campus houses the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science, Geology and Geography of the Faculty of Science.

Meilahti Campus for Medicine

Meilahti Campus is a functional unity of medicine and health care and the center of internation of top research on medicine.

Viikki Campus for Life Sciences

The multidisciplinary Viikki campus is a remarkable centre of biosciences at the European level.


Finnish Universities are accredited by the law. Universities are responsible for the quality and continuous development of their education and other operations. Legislation also requires them to regularly perform external evaluations of their operations and quality systems and to publish the results of such evaluations. Finnish HEIs decide on their own quality systems, and the comprehensiveness, functioning and effectiveness of the systems are evaluated in the audits, which are valid for six years.



For new student we offer pre-arrival guidance and student tutors (peer councellors) will guide new students thorugh their first weeks at the university. During the Orientation Course students can visit the Welcome Fair, register for language courses, get information about student organizations, health care, etc.


There are no tuition fees for degree students. Only Erasmus Mundus Programmes may charge tuition fees from non-EU students. Student Union annual membership (c. 90-100 euro) entitles to various benefits, e.g. access to low-cost student health care, discounts on meals, public transportation and cultural events. Student Housing Foundation in the Helsinki Region (HOAS) arranges accommodation for students. Cost of living in Helsinki per month is from 700 to 1000 euro. Students who are accepted to study in an International Master?s Degree Programme can apply for an International Student Grant.


University of Helsinki has a world-class learning environment and our international students are very satisfied with the laboratories, level of research and learning spaces. In addition to choosing a good university, students choose Helsinki as a great place to be. Helsinki is an exceptionally safe city, and excellent public transportation makes it easy to move between our four campuses and explore Helsinki.University's Sport Services, UniSport offers first-class sports and exercise facilities on all four campuses with affordable charges. UniSport was recently ranked as one of the best university sport services internationally according to International Student Barometer 2010.

International student services Admissions Services

The Admissions Services (AS) offers information on admission to the University of Helsinki and on the application procedures for degree studies. AS co-ordinates the application procedure of all the University's Faculties. AS advises applicants on the first phase of the centralised admissions procedure. Student selection and final decisions on admissions are carried out in the Faculties.

Student Services

The Student Services, located on two of the four campuses of the University of Helsinki (City Centre and Kumpula), act as gateways to the university services. They serve as all-round advisers for all students, international and national alike.

International Exchange Services

The International Exchange Services coordinates student and staff mobility at the University of Helsinki, offering information and guidance for incoming exchange students as well as UH degree students interested in studying abroad.

The international services of the Faculties

All Faculties have international co-ordinators, counsellors or other expert personnel to take care of the international issues and services.

Student life

In addition to being the capital city of Finland, Helsinki has a reputation of being a vibrant city for students. With several higher education institutions in the Helsinki area and 60 000 university students, it is well set up to cater to the needs of students from all walks of life. Helsinki has the honor of being the World Design Capital (WDC) in 2012. Students are actively involved in WDC with the World Student Capital project. For students, the aim is to speak with a common voice and co-create the most student friendly community in the world.

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