If you are considering getting a university degree from Europe, but worry about the cost, why not consider getting your degree in Finland? Finland is one of the last remaining countries in Europe that does not charge tuition to international students, and the Finns put a high priority on education. Thus Finland offers an excellent opportunity for students from all around the world!
Finland is situated in northern Europe next to Sweden, Norway and Russia, and is part of the European Union. Their economy is strong in engineering, telecommunications and electronics. Nokia, for example, is one of the leading mobile phone companies in the world and is perhaps one of the most well know that is based in Finland. This provides a great opportunity for students to have real world exposure to a dynamic economy to compliment their regular academic life.
Education in Finland is also top notch, not only in Europe but in the world. The University of Helsinki, for example, is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world. If you choose to seek a bachelor or doctoral degree program in Finland, the higher education institution will not charge tuition fees, however some master level programs do charge tuition for non-EU/EEA students. If you are attending a program that does charge tuition, don’t despair yet! You may still be eligible for scholarships from your institution as well as from other sources such as the Fullbright for US citizens.
Not everything in life can be free. While you may be able to study for free in Finland without having to pay any tuition, you still have to consider your cost of living such as food, housing, and travel expenses. International Students may also need a Finish student residence permit to study there and as part of applying for their permit, non-EU/EEA citizens are required to show that you have enough funding to support your living expenses (typically at least 6000 euro per year or 500 euro per month) as well as a valid international student health insurance plan.