University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki
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University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is the oldest, largest and internationally the most esteemed research university in Finland.

University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. As one of the world’s top 1% research universities, it believes that the power of thought can change attitudes, people and society – for the world.

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  • 31 300 students, 6% international students
  • 7 800 employees, 61% represent teaching and research staff (22% international)
  • 11 faculties at 4 campuses in Helsinki within 10 km from each other
  • 15. in the university impact rankings (2019) when measured by societal impact and promotion of sustainable development

Check out the University of Helsinki in numbers.

Why University of Helsinki

In nearly all the most important international university rankings, the University of Helsinki places in the 50-100 range. On average, it places among the top 30 of the European universities and top 4 of the Nordic universities. It holds the top 1 position in Finland. Graduating from one of the world’s top 1% universities gives good opportunities for future professional life.

English

I chose University of Helsinki because of its high-quality teaching as well as the opportunities it provides for personal development and internationalisation.

Amanda
student in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability
Amanda Pasanen from University of Helsinki

At the University of Helsinki, all teachers participate in research. Some of the best scientists are also the best teachers. The professors and teachers are easily approachable for discussions and informal consultations. This close interaction between students and researchers is highly appreciated by the international students together with the high-class technology, learning spaces and laboratories.

University of Helsinki aims to produce and share knowledge that contributes to solving global challenges. Many of the degree programmes link to the research efforts that are key to building a better, more sustainable world. Together with the approach to teaching and multidisciplinary thinking that focuses on collaboration rather than competition, this allows the students to aim for a real impact too – for the world.

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What to study at the University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki offers multidisciplinary undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education in a wide variety of fields, including: agriculture and forestry, education, law, life science, humanities, information technology, social sciences, health and medicine, natural sciences, food, environment and sustainability.

English

The best thing is the modern approach to education. We are not memorising the content, but actually understanding what we are studying. The focus is on collaboration with students and teachers, rather than competition.

Oyelowo
student in Geoinformatics
Oyelowo, student at University of Helsinki

The options with teaching in English include:

  • 1 Bachelor’s Programme in Science
  • 35 International Master’s Programmes
  • 32 doctoral programmes for postgraduate studies
  • Helsinki Summer School with short courses

Explore the degree programmes at the University of Helsinki as well as the academic short sessions at the Helsinki Summer School.

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University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is the oldest, largest and internationally the most esteemed research university in Finland.