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Higher Education in Finland
• Why Finland?
Centre for International Mobility 10/2006
Age:
24 –
The Finnish
education
system
Universities
3–5 years
Polytechnics
3.5–4 years
19 –
General upper
secondary education
3 years
Initial vocational
education
c. 3 years
16 –
Comprehensive school
9 years
7–
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Finnish higher education
offers plenty of choice
• an extensive network of institutions covering the
whole country
• 20 universities and 29 polytechnics
• all institutions internationally oriented with special
regional features
• for the moment no tuition fees for regular degree
students and exchange students
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Finland is a slender lady with
plenty of HEIs
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Universities
• 20 universities in a country of 5.2 million people
• 10 multi-faculty universities
• 3 universities of technology
• 3 schools of economics and business administration
• 4 art academies
• all institutions are state-funded
• 174,000 students
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Universities
• reform of the university degrees started in autumn 2005 –
transitional period up to 2008
• two-tier degrees: lower Candidate´s (BA) and higher Master´s
degrees
• also post-graduate Doctor´s degree (4 years, 240 credits)
• exception: medicine and dentistry continue with the system of
one cycle (LicentiateВґs degree, 6 years and 360 credits)
• BA takes appr. 3 years and 180 credits, MA 2 years and 120
credits
• content of the degrees is also modified
• ECTS credit system fully adopted
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Polytechnics
• 29 polytechnics
• 8 fields of study: Natural resources and the
environment; Natural sciences; Technology,
communication and transport; Social sciences,
business and administration; Tourism, catering
and domestic services; Social services, health and
sports; Culture; Humanities and education
• all institutions are state-funded
• 130,000 students
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Polytechnics
• non-university higher education with professional orientation
• study time
• 3.5–4 years to complete Bachelor’s degree (210–240
credits)
• 1-1.5 years to complete the Master’s degree (60-90 credits)
after 3 years of work experience
• joint application system for Finnish students and now also for
international students for Bachelor’s degree programmes
(www.admissions.fi)
• ECTS credit system fully adopted
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International students in Finnish
higher education institutions
• Degree students (2005):
• Universities: 4 940
• Polytechnics: 4 320
Total: 9 260
• Exchange students (2005):
• Universities: 4 629
• Polytechnics: 3 068
Total: 7 697
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International Strategy
for Finnish HEI’s
By 2010
• 28,000 student exchanges annually
• 10,000–15,000 international degree students
Emphasis on
• Bologna process
• increase of international programmes
• clarification of entry and residence requirements of
students
• marketing of Finnish HE
• student services
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A large number of courses
taught in English
• close to 400 international study programmes taught in
English
• courses ranging from short-term programmes to entire
degree programmes
• an excellent choice of subjects spanning from hightech know-how through to fine arts
• internationally acclaimed expertise in many areas e.g.
ICT, bio-technology, forestry and environmental
sciences, architecture and design
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Why Finland ?
• good and effective education system
• affordable higher education
• variety of programmes taught in English based on
Finnish know how
• modern facilities and well trimmed student services
• peaceful and well-organised country
• advanced and unusual
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How to make your way to
Finland?
Exchange students
• many opportunities available from bilateral
agreements to multinational programmes
Degree students
• eligibility for higher education in own country
• entrance examinations mostly required
• good command of English
• application deadlines mainly from January to May
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How to make your way to
Finland?
Post-graduate students and young researches
• scholarships available
- bilateral scholarships
- CIMO Fellowships
- post-graduate and advanced studies of Finnish
language in Finnish university
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More information
• To discover Finland visit:
http://finland.cimo.fi
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