title_imageStudy in Finland Opportunities

WHY STUDY IN FINLAND?
The European Union member state and Nordic country, Finland, is one of the best destinations for international students intending to study abroad. The availability of wide range of courses taught in English language with the most sophisticated learning environment made Finland favorable destination for foreign students. Finland has developed its world class education system which offers students wonderful higher education opportunities in almost all fields of study. The reputation of its education system is high not only because it provides high standard of education but because also because it is continuously working and investing for increment in level of educational standards. As such, the national educational strategy is to invest substantial amount on research based education to develop the country as the information society.

ADMISSION IN FINLAND
The admission procedures and practices vary from one university to another and one faculty to another.

Undergraduate Level Studies
It is very tough to get admission in undergraduate level studies for foreign students in Finland because each year limited number of students are granted opportunity to study in Finland for this level. Therefore competition is keen. Admissions are completely based on international students' academic achievement on previous study levels.

The basic requirements for admission in undergraduate level for international students in Finland are:

  1. Student must have completed an internationally recognized higher secondary education that is equivalent to Finnish Upper Secondary Education or Matriculation Examination.
  2. Student must show good command in English by means of an internationally recognized English test like IELTS and TOEFL if English is not their first language.
  3. Student must be prepared to take the entrance examination in which they must score sufficient mark that can satisfy admission officer.

Note: For technical subjects or for students intending to apply in Polytechnic Institutes or Universities of Applied Science, they must have completed internationally recognized higher secondary education that corresponds to their intended field of studies. The application procedure for programs conducted in English at Universities of Applied Sciences takes place through joint application system. Students are eligible to apply for up to four different degree programs using same application form.

Postgraduate Level Studies
The basic requirements for admission in undergraduate level for international students in Finland are:

  1. Student must have completed an internationally recognized bachelor's degree.
  2. Student must show good command in English by means of an internationally recognized English test like IELTS and TOEFL if English is not their first language.
  3. Student must be prepared to take the entrance examination in which they must score sufficient mark that can satisfy admission officer.

Doctoral Level Studies
The basic requirements for admission in Doctorate level for international students in Finland are:

  1. Student must have completed an internationally recognized master's degree.
  2. If English isn't the first language of the students, they'll require to show proficiency in English Language by means of English Tests like TOEFL and IELTS.

STUDENT VISA PROCESS
Depending upon the nationality, the process for the student visa and residence permit application for Finland may be different.

Student Visa For Students from Countries other than Nordic or EU/EEA
Students from countries other than Nordic and EU/EEA like Ghana must compulsorily obtain a visa prior to entering into Finland. If international students are requested to take an entrance examination before being admitted as foreign student in Finnish educational institutions, then they need to apply for a visa for the period of the entrance examination.

Documents Required to Submit in Finnish Diplomatic Mission to obtain Finnish Visa and Residence Permit

  1. A completely filled application form along with a photograph attached with it.
  2. A certificate or letter of acceptance showing that the student is enrolled for the full time study in Finnish educational institution including information related to study program and the duration of the program.
  3. Accommodation documentation including information regarding the place where they are going to stay during their studies.
  4. Health Insurance certificate covering all the health risks that is valid till the student's students complete in Finland.
  5. Financial support documents (It may be a certificate from a bank confirming that student have enough fund to support their stay in Finland or the necessary documents that show that student have received a scholarships, study grants or any other type of financial aid to study in Finnish educational institution or the documents from financer if the student is going to be financed by the local Finnish resident).

FINANCIAL AIDS
Scholarships and Financial aid available for International Students in Finland. There is wide range of scholarships and financial aid available for international students in Finland. The scholarships are available for students from all countries and in all level and faculty. In an average, around 700 students get different scholarships and financial aid to study in Finnish educational institutions including various universities and colleges every year. Different scholarship program has different eligibility criteria, application deadlines and procedures. The scholarships and financial aids program normally includes monthly allowances. The amount of allowance varies according to academic performance of the applicant in previous studies and according to scholarship schemes.

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