The Nordic education system has turned heads worldwide as experts intricately study the system for clues to its success, and an increasing number of students choose to study in the Nordics. We have both experienced education in the Nordics first-hand during our Master's studies, and the thirst for education continues strongly in this household as Kristaps is soon starting his second Master's degree in Finland. In this blog, we address why we think studying in Finland is a great idea for fellow students to pursue. From the unique degree programmes offered by universities to ample student discounts, state-of-the-art facilities, and an active student culture – keep reading for a 360-degree view of why you should say "YES" to this adventure.
Discovering Finland’s unique degree programmes
One of the remarkable aspects of Finland's higher education system is the country’s reputation for offering unique and specialised degree programmes. Regardless of your interest, be it technology, design, business, or any other field, Finland provides a wide range of innovative degree programmes that not only challenge the norm but also equip you with the skills necessary for the future.
One example of a specialised and interdisciplinary degree programme is the Master's Degree programme in Game Design and Development at Aalto University. This multidisciplinary degree programme seamlessly combines artistry and technology, equipping students with the skills to create captivating and immersive gaming experiences.
Another example is my (Megha’s) own study experience. After completing my Bachelor's studies in Biotechnology in India, I wanted to further expand my knowledge in the field of diagnostics. I decided to pursue a Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology and In Vitro Diagnostics at the University of Turku, as I was intrigued to learn more about biotechnology and pursue a career in the diagnostic industry, which I later accomplished.
Student discounts: Exploring Finland on a budget
There's another wonderful aspect that makes it an even more appealing choice: the student discounts. As a student in Finland, you'll gain access to a lot of discounts, such as on housing, public transportation, as well as cultural and leisure activities.
Imagine being able to explore the country, visit different museums, and engage in a wide range of experiences, all at a fraction of the regular cost. It's a great opportunity to immerse oneself in Finnish culture while being mindful of your expenses.
Affordable education and scholarships
It's also worth noting that universities in Finland offer tuition-free education for EU/EEA students. Even for non-EU/EEA students, the tuition fees are relatively smaller compared to the US or UK. For students from non-EU/EEA area, Finland provides numerous scholarships that one can apply for. These scholarships can greatly assist in covering your expenses and easing any financial burdens.
For example, the Finnish Government Scholarship Programme for international students provides full scholarships that cover not only your tuition fees but also offer a monthly living allowance. It's an incredible opportunity to pursue your dreams without the fear of overwhelming financial constraints.
Quality education with state-of-the-art facilties
The next reason on our list is the quality of education. Finnish universities have earned international recognition and respect for their commitment to excellence. Consistently ranking among the best in the world, these universities ensure that you receive a world-class education and access to state-of-the-art facilities. Not only will you acquire in-depth knowledge in your chosen field, but you'll also develop critical thinking skills, creativity, and a global perspective. This holistic approach to education equips you with the tools necessary to stand out in today's competitive job market, setting you on a path towards a successful and fulfilling career.
Active student culture
Lastly, in Finland, the emphasis is not solely placed on academic achievement but also on fostering a supportive and collaborative environment. Students are encouraged to work together, socialise, and exchange practical knowledge, creating a dynamic atmosphere of teamwork and cooperation. This emphasis on collaboration not only strengthens the learning experience but also nurtures a sense of community.
Moreover, Finland provides numerous opportunities for students to engage in volunteering activities. Many students actively participate in Student Unions, volunteer for different student organisations, or other non-profit organisations. This active involvement ensures that the student voice is heard at all university levels, fostering a culture of inclusivity and giving students a chance to make a meaningful impact. By embracing Finland’s student culture, you'll find it easier to integrate into Finnish society and forge lifelong friendships and connections.
As you contemplate taking the leap into studying in Finland, it's essential to look beyond university rankings and consider a multitude of factors. Take a minute to reflect on the degree you wish to pursue and the transferable skills it offers. Take into account the student perks, such as discounts for living, sports, and cultural experiences. Explore the top-notch facilities provided by the institutions and immerse yourself in the vibrant local student culture. With all these aspects in mind, we leave you with a final thought - are you ready to say "YES" to the extraordinary adventure of studying in Finland? The answer awaits, and an incredible journey lies ahead for those willing to embrace it.