The Land of a Thousand Lakes
Known as “the land of a thousand lakes,” Finland is one of the Nordic countries located between Russia and Sweden. With a population of only five million, Finland has nevertheless proudly shown the world its advanced technology with Nokia and the mobile game Angry Birds. Not to mention that we all love our joyful Santa Claus, who in fact lives in Finland, and you might already be dipping into Finnish culture by enjoying sauna!
Why Study in Finland?
If you ever wonder why study in Finland, now ask yourself, why not study in Finland?
In recent years, stories and articles about Finnish education have gone viral worldwide. In addition to its highly-ranked education, there are also other categories that Finland ranks well in. As one of the best non-native English-speaking countries in the world, it is extremely easy for international students to study here. Finland has also been voted the best country to live in, and the best county for expats. Finland certainly has several hidden gems that attract foreigners. Finland is also the safest place in the world; free of terrorism, crime and corruption. Finland has also the world’s cleanest urban air quality, according to WHO. For those who dare to challenge themselves, and has an entrepreneurial mind, Finland offers a First-class innovation and business environment, with one of the best entrepreneurship ecosystems in the world.
Top-Notch Education System
Studying in Finland “was something that you can’t really experience elsewhere.” A former student who studied in Finland reflected on his learning experience.
So, what makes the difference? Roughly 40 years ago, Finland implemented huge changes in the education system and has consistently been at the top of the global education rankings ever since. The difference between Finland’s higher education institutions and those in other countries is that in Finland, the people that are in charge of the education system, are all experienced teachers, not politicians. The education system in place is thus focused on helping students learn in the best possible way, instead of merely pushing students through.
Since early childhood education, students in Finland have learned not only how to learn by themselves but for themselves. They learn through playing, through exploring, and through experiencing. By the time students enter universities, they have developed a mindset characterized by independent learning and they have the courage to experiment to pursue their dreams. Finnish higher education is hence designed to equip learners with independent learning skills. You will be surprised by the great freedom in choosing courses, and combining different study modules. You might observe low hierarchy between professors and students, and the teachers treat you simply as a novice researcher and welcome all opinions. You will be exposed to an international context where your English skills will improve significantly. Subsequently, the learning outcomes in this context is thus very different from other countries in the world. Come experience it yourself!
In Finland, there is no ranking among schools because the quality of the education in all schools is roughly the same. Students choose their universities based on their interest in the subject as well as the location of the university.
You might notice that within the Finnish higher education system, there are a few different names for the schools. University and University of Technology, and University of Applied Sciences. The difference lies in the purpose and goal. For more research and academic-oriented purposes, students choose to study in University, or University of Technology. Studying in University of Applied Sciences provides students with more practical opportunities and hands-on projects. The focus is more on putting theory into practice.
Depending on what your interests and preferences are, you can certainly find your dream school in Finland. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.