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Higher Education in Finland Why Finland?. Universities 3–5 years. Polytechnics 3.5–4 years. The Finnish education system. Age: 24 – 19 – 16 – 7 – . General upper secondary education 3 years. Initial vocational education c. 3 years. Comprehensive school 9 years.

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Higher Education in Finland

  • Why Finland?


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Universities

3–5 years

Polytechnics

3.5–4 years

The Finnish education system

Age:

24 –

19 –

16 –

7 –

General upper secondary education

3 years

Initial vocational education

c. 3 years

Comprehensive school

9 years


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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 (Licentiate´s 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 coursestaught 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 high-tech 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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