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University of Helsinki Excellent opportunities HY 11/2009 Finland at a Glance Educational forerunner ( ) A high-tech superpower The home of Nokia, Linux, Santa Claus and sauna A European Union member state and a Nordic welfare state

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university of helsinki

University of Helsinki

Excellent opportunities

HY 11/2009

finland at a glance
Finland at a Glance
  • Educational forerunner (
  • A high-tech superpower
  • The home of Nokia, Linux, Santa Claus and sauna
  • A European Union member state and a Nordic welfare state
  • Top rankings in several international surveys when it comes to quality of life and competitiveness( World Economic Forum)
  • Population 5.3 million
discover the peace of nature
Discover the Peace of Nature
  • The country of four distinct seasons
    • Pleasant and crisp autumn
    • Cold and snowy winter
    • Mellow and bright spring
    • Warm and sunny summer
helsinki the capital of finland
Helsinki, the Capital of Finland
  • The largest city and the capital of Finland
    • Population c. 600 000
    • About 5% are foreign nationals
  • Famous for its architecture, design, and high technology
  • A pocket-sized metropolis – everything within easy reach
  • A dazzling mixture of ultramodern infrastructure and unspoilt nature
helsinki rocks
Helsinki Rocks!
  • Nine universities and over 63 000 students located in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area
  • A wide range of options for leisure activities
    • Endless potential for all kinds of hobbies
    • A multitude of museums, musical events, exhibitions, sights, cafés, bars, and restaurants
    • Fast ferry and hydrofoil connections with Stockholm (Sweden) and Tallinn (Estonia)
university of helsinki6
Among the best research universities in the world

The oldest and largest university in Finland

Has the widest range of disciplines in Finland:

11 faculties and 20 independent institutes

Active on four Campuses in Helsinki and 20 other locations in Finland

35 000 enrolled degree students

More than 200 majors available

Instruction in Finnish, Swedish, and English

University of Helsinki
campuses and faculties in helsinki
Campuses and Faculties in Helsinki
  • City centre
    • Arts, Behavioural Sciences, Law,
    • Social Sciences, and Theology
  • Meilahti
    • Medicine
  • Kumpula
    • Science
  • Viikki
    • Agriculture and Forestry,
    • Biosciences, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine
top ranking university
Top Ranking University
  • In 2009 the University of Helsinki was ranked
    • 21st best European university in Shanghai Jiang Tong University-ranking
    • 44th best European university by The Times Higher Education-ranking
excellence in education and research
Excellence in Education and Research
  • Provides teaching in all main fields of science
  • International evaluation: teaching is of high European standard
  • Teaching is closely linked to research:

“All university teachers are researchers

and all researchers teach.”

truly international university
Truly International University
  • Intensive scientific contacts round the world
  • More than 100 international co-operation agreements with universities on various continents
  • Approx. 2 500 international students from over 100 countries
    • Top five nationalities (degree students in 2008)
      • Russians
      • Chinese
      • Estonians
      • Germans
      • Americans (the USA)
inspiring environment for studies
Inspiring Environment for Studies
  • State-of-the-art facilities for studies
    • Modern libraries, laboratories and computer environments
  • Excellent opportunities for indoor and outdoor sports
    • Gym, ball games, winter swimming, cross-country, downhill skiing, etc.
  • Extensive options for excursions and social programme organised by student associations
excellent international student services
Excellent International Student Services
  • Pre-arrival guidence available
  • Orientation Course for new international students
  • International Student Adviser, an all-round cousellor for international degree students
  • Finnish student tutors (peer councellors) provided
first rate study options
First-rate Study Options
  • Over 30 International Master´s Degree Programmes (IMDP) in the 2009-2010 academic year
    • All fully in English
    • Scope 120 ECTS credits – two-year programmes
    • Some programmes provided jointly by the University of Helsinki and other Finnish or foreign universities
  • In addition, dozens of other Master’s degree programmes as well as all PhD programmes available fully in English
  • Great exchange opportunities to universities round the world
faculty of agriculture and forestry international master s degree programmes
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry - International Master's Degree Programmes
  • Seven International Master’s Degree Programmes
    • Biotechnology
    • Environment and Natural Resources
    • Food of Life - the Science of Animal-Derived Foods (Erasmus Mundus)
    • Food Sciences
    • Forest Sciences and Business
    • Forestry and Environmental Engineering (CBU)
    • Plant Production Science
faculty of arts international master s degree programmes
Faculty of Arts - International Master's Degree Programmes
  • Four International Master’s Degree Programmes
    • Art Theory, Criticism and Management
    • European Studies
    • Intercultural Encounters
    • Semiotics
faculty of biosciences international master s degree programmes
Faculty of Biosciences- International Master's Degree Programmes
  • Three International Master’s Degree Programmes
    • Biotechnology
    • Multidisciplinary Studies on Urban Environmental Issues
    • Neuroscience
faculty of science international master s degree programmes
Faculty of Science- International Master's Degree Programmes
  • Eleven International Master’s Degree Programmes
    • Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry (Erasmus Mundus)
    • Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies
    • Bayesian Statistics and Decision Analysis
    • Bioinformatics
    • Computer Science: Algorithms and Machine Learning, Networking and Services
    • European Studies
    • Geoinformatics
    • Information and Communications Technology (CBU)
    • Modeling Molecules and Nanosystems
    • Space Sciences
faculty of social sciences international master s degree programmes
Faculty of Social Sciences- International Master's Degree Programmes
  • Ten International Master’s Degree Programmes
    • Democracy and Global Transformations
    • Economics
    • Economy, State and Society (Erasmus Mundus)
    • Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration
    • European Studies
    • Intercultural Encounters
    • Masters Course in Higher Education (HEEM)
    • Media and Global Communication
    • Practical Philosophy
    • The Research Master’s Programme in Social Sciences
faculty of theology international master s degree programmes
Faculty of Theology- International Master's Degree Programmes
  • One International Master’s Degree Programme
    • Religious Roots of Europe (RRE)

Faculty of Law- International Master's Degree Programmes

  • One International Master's Degree Programme
    • Public International Law and International Commercial Law

Faculty of Medicine

- International Master’s Degree Programmes

  • One International Master's Degree Programme
    • Translational Medicine
costs and benefits
Costs and Benefits
  • No tuition fees for degree or exchange students except for Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree Programmes
  • Student Union membership fee approx. 80 euro (in 2009-2010)
    • Access to low-cost student health care
    • Discounts on meals at student cafeterias
    • Reduced fares on public transportation
    • Sports services
  • Student accommodation
    • Student Housing Foundation in the Helsinki Region (HOAS) offers accommodation for students at a reasonable price
how to apply
How to Apply?
  • Application period

November 16, 2009 – February 1, 2010

  • Check the information for applicants at
  • Basic application requirements
    • Appropriate Bachelor’s degree
    • English language proficiency
welcome to the university of helsinki

Welcome to the University of Helsinki!