Study in Finland

Study in Finland- a guide for international students

Écrit par Dr. Damaris Foping

consultantatlantisfindlandIs Studying in Finland Something You Been Contemplating Forever?

 

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Unlike the overwhelming number of abroad study consulting agencies that flood the internet or our cities, using all sorts of analyses, our experts go out of their way to make sure you make the best of this opportunity so that upon completion of your studies in Finland, a bright future awaits you.

 

WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER FINLAND AS A DESTINATION FOR YOUR STUDIES?

 

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Here are several points you might want to consider:

 

  • Tuition fees to study towards a bachelor's, master's, and even doctorate are often non-existent - FREE.
  • The cost of living in this country is one of the lowest among developed nations.
  • The educational system in this country is one of the most advanced in the world.
  • It's good living in Finland. The government and citizens work hard to keep the environment as healthy as possible.

 

 

All sorts of info regarding studies in Finland are provided below; before that, here’s an important parenthesis.

When it comes to going to the Finland for your studies, there's two ways to go about it:

(1) Paying everything out of pocket.

(2) Applying for a scholarship.

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Whichever option you choose, avoid the mistake committed by thousands of African students each year: "traveling for the sake of traveling" – you need to put a lot of thought into what brings you to the Finland. (read this article, it is very important!)

 

STUDY IN FINLAND - THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM

There are two official languages ​​in Finland—Finnish, which is the language most widely spoken, and Swedish, which is commonly used on the West and South coasts of the country. It is nevertheless important to note that many training programs delivered exclusively in English are available in Finnish universities. Hence the possibility of pursuing your studies in Finland if you master English. Nevertheless, it is advisable to learn the national language if you want to feel at home in that country, especially if you plan to look for a job at the end of your studies.

The academic year It should be noted that the academic year in Finland is divided into two semesters:

 

  1. The fall semester which covers the period August/September to December.
  2. The spring semester which covers the period from January to May. Although in theory a student could be admitted during any semester, it is customary for foreign students to be integrated into Finnish institutions during the fall semester which marks the beginning of the academic year. Note, however, that there are exceptions to this rule. Indeed, it may happen that all available seats during the fall semester were not filled during the first student recruitment period (often between November and February). In this case, a call for application can be launched for admission for the spring semester (May-June). These occurrences are unpredictable.
  3. In addition to these two semesters, there is also a summer semester which covers the period June-August. During this semester, a student already enrolled may choose to take classes. But in general, this semester is reserved for vacation time.  Types of academic institutions It is important to know that higher education institutions fall under 2 categories in Finland:
    1. Polytechnics institutes or universities of applied sciences where professional programs are taught at a university level.
    2. Universities in the ordinary sense that focuse on teaching arts and sciences as well as research.

 

Other features of the Finnish university system

 

  1. All students regardless of nationality must generally pass entrance examinations before being admitted to a training program leading to a bachelor's in a university of applied sciences in Finland. These exams are usually written tests but can be administered in the form of an audition/interview. This requirement does not apply to admission to conventional undergraduate programs, except in the case of a master's in visual arts, music, or theater.
  2. There are prerequisites to admission to a master's degree program in a polytechnic school. Students must first have a bachelor's AND have at least three years of professional experience in the field.
  3. In Finland, university degrees corresponding to a two-year training program such as the DEUG, the Higher Technician Certificate (BTS), are not recognized. Thus, if a student with one of these degrees applies to a program leading to a bachelor, as far as they are concerned, your actual level is that of a high school graduate.
  4. There are 16 universities in this country, all administered by the Ministry of Education. These universities award bachelor's (Bac +4), master's (Bac +6) and PhD's (Bac+ 9) – Note: “bac” here stands for the high school degree. Universities of applied sciences on the other hand grant a bachelor's corresponding to 3.5 to 4 years of training and a master's corresponding to an additional 1 to 1.5 years of training.

Courses are quantified in terms of credit (ECTS, European Credit Transfer System). A full-time academic year requires 60 credits.

In general, tuition fees are free for undergraduate programs, master’s and doctorates offered by Finnish universities and polytechnics institutions. This applies to students of other member countries of the European Union and foreign students from other nations around the world. However, note that some programs might require that the students pay tuition fees. It is therefore important that you contact the particular university to which you wish to apply. Note that when tuition fees are required, there are scholarships available to help students lower costs. Information about these scholarships can be found at this link. Note that funding opportunities are extremely rare for tuition-free programs. CIMO offers scholarships that cover part of the costs required to complete a program leading to a PhD or post-doc. For further information about this,  visit this link CIMO scholarships.

Starting on March 2013, international students from countries outside of the European Union must prove that they have at their disposal a sum of € 560/ month or € 6,720 / year to enable them to cover their expenses. Note however that in reality to survive in Finland you might need more than that: ~average 600 - 900 € per month. The rate of living expenses for a student in Finland depends on several factors, including his/her ability to make or save money and the location of the university. It is obvious that the cost of rent, travel and food is higher in big cities such as Helsinki and other metropolitan areas. Before landing in Finland you must make sure you have enough cash in reserve to support yourself as you go about your studies. There is always the option of applying for a part-time job. In this regard, note that students who speak neither Finnish nor Swedish will have a hard time finding a part-time job. NB: The student residence permit can not be issued to a person from a country outside the European Union before the student has purchased health insurance for foreign students. There are two types of health insurance for international students:     1.The 'SIP Integral,' which costs 1.18€ /jour or 431€/an. This type of insurance is suitable for students in universities of applied sciences or in training program duration of less than two years.     2.The 'SIP Compliment' which costs 0.71€/jour or 260€/an. Foreign students who subscribe to this type of insurance are those who are enrolled in a university or training program for at least two years. These two types of health insurance for foreign students are sold at this address www.marsh.be / sip.

 

 

An international student who wishes to enter the territory of Finland for studies, the duration of which is less than three months, needs a visa. For a student whose training duration is longer than that—three months or more—should opt for a student residence permit. Obtaining a residence permit as a foreign student

 

Three conditions must be met before you can qualify for a residence permit as a foreign student  

 

  1. 1.You much have a letter of admission from a university or a polytechnic (university of applied sciences) located in Finland. It is important to note that even if the letter is obligatory, student residence permits are not bound to a particular academic institution. In other words, if a student receives a letter of acceptance from a given university , uses the letter to be granted a residence permit, and later on decides to attend a different Finnish university, there is no need to apply for a separate permit.
  2. 2.You must have purchased health insurance valid for foreign students.
  3. 3.You must provide financial documents showing that you have the sum of € 6,720 per year i.e., € 560 € per month to cover living expenses.

 

 

 

The first residence permit for a student must be obtained from the Finnish Embassy in the country of origin of the foreign student or a neighboring country. The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) manages application files for a student residence permit. It is important to note that this permit is only valid for one year and must be renewed annually at a police station in Finland. If you are applying for your very first residence permit, note that since January 2012 it is possible to do so either in person at a Finnish embassy or directly online at the website of the Finnish Immigration Service. Note that even when you apply online, you should still physically visit an embassy to verify your identity, show the original of your diplomas and any other required document, as well as, attach a photo to the application and possibly pay a processing fee if that could not be done online. For more information about the procedure for obtaining a visa or a residence permit as a student go to the website www.migri.fi.

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