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Universities in Finland

University of Helsinki

Aalto University

University of Turku

University of Oulu

Tampere University

LUT University

Jyväskylä University

Åbo Akademi University

Tips to navigate as an international student in Finland

Finland is a beautiful country with a rich culture and a wealth of amazing experiences such as Ice Swimming in Helsinki and its said medicinal benefits and, the Wife Carrying World Championships which is now attracting larger crowds than ever.
Here are some tips to help you navigate life as an international student in Finland.

 

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students who enroll at Finnish public universities range from 5,000 to 15,000 EUR/year. While living costs can vary between 500 EUR to 700 EUR per month.
Private universities usually charge higher fees.

Transport & Movement

Public transport in Finland is reliable and efficient, and there are plenty of options to choose from. From buses to trains and trams, you’ll have no problem getting around the country. If you’re planning on traveling outside the major cities, consider renting a car or taking a bus or train.

Accommodation

If you are looking for student accommodation, they can vary depending on the town or city you reside in. In some cases, you can find people looking for roommates; some may be international students like yourself. These are usually shared common areas, for example, the kitchen, bathroom, and living room.

Food

Food in Finland is delicious and varied. Traditional dishes such as reindeer, smoked salmon, and rye bread are staples on the Finnish menu, but you’ll also find plenty of international cuisines. Don’t forget to try the local delicacies like Karelian pastries and pulla (Finnish cinnamon buns). Lidl and Laplandia Market are some of the more famous stores in Finland characterized by quality goods for a good price.

Clothing

Finnish fashion is effortlessly stylish. You’ll need to pack warm clothes for the winter months, but don’t forget to bring some lighter items too. The Finns dress smartly and respectably, so you’ll want to look the part! For your clothes shopping, pass by Mega Market and Robinhood and browse their wide selection of clothes and even fishing gear.

Weather

The weather in Finland can be quite unpredictable. Summer temperatures can reach as high as 30 degrees Celsius, but during the winter months, you can expect temperatures to drop to -20 degrees Celsius. Make sure you’re prepared for all weather conditions with suitable heavy clothing and waterproof footwear.

Social Life

Finland is known for its friendly locals and vibrant social life. From traditional saunas to lively nightclubs, there’s something for everyone in Finland. There are plenty of student-friendly activities, such as beer-tasting and pub crawls, as well as cultural events like music festivals and art exhibitions. It may help to learn a few Finnish phrases in advance😉.

Work

If you’re looking for work while in Finland, you’ll need to apply for a residence permit. Once you have your permit, you can look for jobs in Finland’s booming tech industry, or you can explore the hospitality and tourism sector, which is always looking for motivated and talented international workers. Make use of job listing sites and leverage your university to look for any available job openings.

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