Directory of Universities, Colleges, Graduate Schools, Business Schools, Law, Medicine in Finland @ Helsinki, Oulu

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Overview of higher education in Finland

Higher education in Finland, a Nordic Country, is categorized into two separate and non-interoperating sectors viz., the profession-oriented polytechnics and the research-oriented universities. Finland has 20 universities and 30 polytechnics. It is estimated that 33% of the residents of Finland have a tertiary degree (graduate or equivalent), Finland has one of the lowest, estimated at 3%, percent of international students at the tertiary level.

Scientific research in Finland concentrates on forest improvement, new materials, the environment, neural networks, low-temperature physics, brain research, biotechnology, genetic technology and communications (Nokia is headquartered at Espoo, Finland)

Colleges, Universities, Law and Medical Schools in Finland

Finnish Colleges, universities and graduate schools in Finland that offer graduate programs in the areas of engineering and applied sciences, computer science, business management, bio-chemistry, bio-medicine, medicine, law, education, chemical engineering, mechanical and fine arts leading to an MS, MBA or a Ph.D.
  1. Abo Akademi University
    Abo Akademi University is a comprehensive research university with seven faculties spread over three campuses; Abo, Vasa and Jakobstad. Research and teaching activities may be found in humanities, natural sciences, political sciences, chemical engineering, business and administration, theology, education and teachers training as well as social and caring sciences. Offers Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (pages in Swedish only), Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (pages in Swedish only), Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Education (pages in Swedish only), Faculty of Social and Caring Sciences.

  2. Department of Information Processing Science (, University of Oulu
    Offers 3D Graphics, Agent Programming, Bachelor Thesis, Case Studies in Software Business, Component-based Software Production, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Computer Systems,Content Creation in New Media, Database Programming in a Web Environment, Data Management Systems,Data Security in Wireless Communication,Data Structures, Digital Image Processing,Electric Commerce, Embedded Software Design, English for Information Processing Science, English for Information Processing Science, EPOC Programming, Formal Methods Seminar, Games and Virtual Environments, Graphic Design, Hypermedia Studies, The Individual as a User of Information Technology, Information Security and the Law, Information Security Management, Information Society etc.

  3. Espoo-Vantaa Institute of Technology
    The attractive degree programmes, the modern facilities and laboratories as well as high quality teaching and industry-related education connections, provide an excellent learning environment at Institute of Technology. Offers Degree Programme in Information Technology, Degree Programme in Media Engineering.

  4. Haaga Insitute Polytechnic
    The Haaga Institute Polytechnic is a private educational institution maintained by the Haaga Institute Foundation. Offers Degree Programme in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management in English at Haaga Institute, Degree Programme in International Business in English at Helsinki School of Business and Malmi School of Business, Degree Programme in Sports and Leisure Management in English at Vierumäki Sports Institute.

  5. Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration
    It is an independent state institution of university standing and engages in economics and business research and education. It is the largest institution of its kind in Finland with over 4,000 students.Offers high-quality research work in areas of business administration, economics and business communications.Our international education consists of the degree programs (Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Science), the International MBA and Executive MBA Programs and executive education services.

  6. Helsinki University of Technology
    The university has twelve departments, Research institutes are high quality research units. Offers Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing, Advanced Energy Systems, Aerodynamics, Aeronautical Engineering, lumni Relations, AMI Centre, Applied Electronics Laboratory, Applied Geophysics, Applied Thermodynamics, Applying to TKK, Architecture, Auditoriums, Automation and Systems Technology, Automation Technology Laboratory, Automotive Engineering.

  7. Institute of Electron Microscopy, University of Oulu
    The EOL facilities are based on the use of seven instruments: Energy Filtered Transmission Electron Microscope EFTEM, Scanning Electron Microscope SEM, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope FESEM, Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope STEM, Electron Probe Microanalyzer EPMA, X-Ray Diffractometer XRD and X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer XRF. These instruments are available for the examination of materials of many kinds, including biological specimens, metals, minerals, semiconductors and ceramics, and are capable of performing a variety of characterization experiments to analyze the chemistry and microstructure of a particular material.

  8. JAMK University of Applied Sciences
    JAMK University of Applied Sciences is one of the most popular polytechnics in Finland. Our strengths include vocationally oriented higher education, workplace-driven learning, a strong international orientation, and close cooperation with working life and business.Degree-granting education includes almost 30 interesting, high-quality degree programmes within seven fields of study.

  9. Lahti University of Applied Sciences
    Offers Faculty of Business Studies, Faculty of Physical Activity, Institute of Design, Faculty of Music, Faculty of Social and Health Care, Institute of Fine Arts, Faculty of Technology.

  10. Lappeenranta University of Technology
    Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is a national university of technology and economics, financed by the Ministry of Education. LUT`s areas of strength are related to forest industry and metal clusters, electrical engineering, energy, economics as well as to information and communication technology and expertise in Russia.

  11. Musiikkikasvatus : Division of Music, University of Oulu
    The Division of Music Education provides tuition and pursues research in the field of music education at the University of Oulu. The students of music education graduate with the degree of Master in Education (KM), majoring in music education, and become qualified for, e.g., music teacher positions in high schools.

  12. North Karelia University of Applied Sciences
    North Karelia Polytechnic is highly dedicated to research and development work. It has an integral role in regional development processes as an active member of different centre of excellence programmes, as well as a conductor of various important projects. In North Karelia Polytechnic we have a strong and international collaborative network, in which we constantly work with new ideas in project preparation, development and realisation.

  13. Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
    Satakunta University of Applied Sciences is an institution of professional higher education operating around the region of Satakunta in western Finland. It has ten educational units located in Harjavalta, Huittinen, Kankaanpää, Pori and Rauma. In addition, the Polytechnic has two separate research and development units, O'Sata - Centre for Research and Development, and CACE - Centre for Adult and Continuing Education which operate in all five towns. The Polytechnic operates under the administration of the city of Pori.

  14. Sibelius Academy
    The Sibelius Academy is the only music university in Finland and one of the biggest in Europe. In addition to providing the highest education in the field of music, it engages in performance and creative art and research and is committed to the fostering of Finland's musical culture and cultural heritage. It also seeks active collaboration with Finnish society and participates in the development of culture.

  15. Saimaa University of Applied Sciences
    Have the following faculties: Technology, Business Administration, Health Care and Social Services, Tourism and Hospitality, Fine Arts and Design. We offer 20 degree programmes, the International Programme in Mechanical Engineering being conducted entirely in English. The Programmes in Paper Technology and International Business are mainly taught in English.

  16. Hanken School of Economics
    The academic degrees offered at Hanken are Doctor, Master and Bachelor of Science in economics and business administration. Some 2 400 students are enrolled in HANKEN's degree programmes - 200 of them are doctoral students. HANKEN graduates are working not only in Finnish private and public companies but also for leading companies all over the world.Apart from business expertise; languages and cultural understanding are perhaps their best-known trademarks. HANKEN's basic degree is a four-year full-time Master of Science (Econ.). In the field of professional continuing education HANKEN has offered general as well as customized management training since 1976.

  17. Tampere University of Applied Sciences
    Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu (TAMK) / Tampere University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary university of applied sciences with a strong industrial and trade focus. It offers Bachelor level degrees in Art and Media, Business Economics and Technology. Two Bachelor degree programmes, BBA in International Business and BEng in Environmental Engineering are taught completely in English. A second-cycle polytechnic degree is offered in Business Administration, and the Teacher Education Centre also offers post-graduate education.

  18. Tampere University of Technology
    The University has approximately 11 700 students. Of the master's graduates, 90 per cent were employed at the time of graduation. More statistical information on students can be found here.Approximately 1 800 people work at the University. More than 80 per cent are employed in teaching and research. TUT has three Centres of Excellence in Research, appointed by the Academy of Finland and the Ministry of Education. Signal Processing Research Group (2000-2005), Biomaterials Research Group (2000-2005), Institute of Hydraulics and Automation (2000-2005).

  19. Theatre Academy of Finland
    Also known as Theatre Academy of Helsinki, offers courses with subjects Dramatic theatre. Opera. Operetta/Musical. Ballet/dance. Pantomime/mime. Children's theatre. Puppet theatre. Amateur theatre. Theatre architecture. Circus.

  20. Turku School of Economics, University of Turku
    The Turku School of Economics and Business Administration (TSEBA) provides research and higher education in the field of business science. The School contacts both basic and applied research, and offers graduate, postgraduate and continuing education. Expert consulting services form an important part of the School's activities.

  21. The Aalto University School of Art and Design
    The Aalto University of Art and Design, Helsinki gives education and pursues research in the fields of design, motion picture, audiovisual communication, art education and arts. Nearly 2600 persons apply to University of Art and Design Helsinki annually, and an average of 9% are accepted as students. A B.A. degree (Arts and Design) takes three years and a M.A. degree (Arts and Design) takes five years.

  22. University of Helsinki
    Offers Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences , Faculty of Biosciences , Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

  23. University of Eastern Finland
    It includes six faculties and nine independent units. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree in eight different fields: education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, economics, forestry, theology ,psychology. Offers Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Forestry, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Social Sciences.

  24. University of Jyväskylä
    The University has put a lot of effort into broadening the international dimension of the campus. Today it has student exchange programmes with some 150 universities and research collaborators in several hundreds universities all over the world.Offers Faculty of Education, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Information Technology, Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences.

  25. University of Kuopio
    The University of Kuopio has an international reputation in the fields of health, environment and well-being, with particular strengths in biotechnology, life sciences and biomedicine. The University's latest fields of expertise are information technology and business administration. The University of Kuopio promotes the quality of life and well-being of the people of the region.

  26. University of Lapland
    Offers 5 Faculties: Art and Design, Business and Tourism, Education, Law, Social Sciences. 7 Other Units: Arctic Centre, Continuing Education Centre, Department of Research Methodology, Library, Language Centre, Unit for Regional Basic Education, Meri-Lappi Institute (Kemi), Development and Administration.

  27. University of Oulu
    Vibrant science and learning community of 15,300 students and 3200 staff members.The mission of our university is to advance the education and material well-being of Northern Finland by being a high level international science university of state-of-the-art research.A suitable work environment and excellent research equipment enable research that requires state-of-the-art technology. The outstanding achievements of information technology have created a center of IT technology in the Oulu region. This "Oulu phenomenon" is a constant marvel for visitors from all over the world.

  28. University of Tampere
    The University of Tampere is multidisciplinary and committed to scientific research and to advanced teaching. The hallmark of the university is sound, diverse research and teaching focussed on society, its economy, administration and culture and on the health and welfare of individuals. Offers Literature and the Arts, Government Studies, Management Studies, Mathematics, Statistics and Philosophy, Music Anthropology, Nursing Science etc.

  29. University of Turku
    The University of Turku has a strong and internationally distinguished position as a multidisciplinary scientific university. The six faculties and separate institutes, which specialise in a number of different scholarship areas, provide an all-round foundation for high-quality research and training for competent professionals.

  30. University of Vaasa
    The University of Vaasa is 4 950 students, 390 personnel; four faculties and five different institutes: a research university where we study business, languages, culture and communication, social sciences, and technology. The University works in close cooperation with businesses and the municipality and regional officials in the Vaasa area. Each year the University enrols 700 new students. in 2002, 76% of graduates earning a Master's degree found jobs immediately upon graduation. The University of Vaasa also supports flexible studies within the University as well as within other university-level education in the city of Vaasa, in Finland, and indeed all the universities of the world.

Web links and resources in Finland

CIA World Fact Book on Finland
A must read fact report on Finland compiled by the CIA of USA. Provides basic information such as the population, currency, geography, climate conditions, people and demographic details of Finland. You will get a basic insight from this site about Finland.

Finland : Wikipedia
Wikipedia information about History of Finland, Education in Finland, Economy of Finland, Military history of Finland, Human rights, Politics of Finland, Parliament and important cities and territories of Finland.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland
The official site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. Has complete details on applying for a Finnish visa for travellers, companies, and tourists.

This is Finland
Things one should know and should not know about Finland. Includes facts, practical info. A must read for every visitor.

Finland Tourism : Official Travel and Tourism Portal of Finnish Tourist Board
A comprehensive information portal about Travel and Tourism in Finland. Includes informative section on where to go, what to see and do, and where to sleep in Finland.

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Languages in Europe

As a student in Europe, it would be fun to travel the continent during your spare time. However, the different languages in Europe is one of the key challenges that a student who knows only English will face. In many aspects the language divide gives each country its own cultural identity.

Handy European Language Translator: For starters, here is a place where you can actually type words in English and ask the website to give the equivalent in an European language of your choice.

Alternatively, if you are in a hurry to know the essentials such as "hello", "good morning" or "thank you" in a language of your choice, click on the respective languages before you pack your bags.

Basque, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish.

Official Sites for Standardized Tests - GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, SAT, TSE

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - General Test The official site for information on GRE, for online registration for a test, for rescheduling or cancelling the GRE test.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - Subject Tests Subject GRE - Literature in English, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and Psychology.
Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) GMAT is one of the most important parameters used by admissions officers at leading b schools to evaluate a candidate's academic suitability. The test comprises three sections viz., an Analytical Writing Assessment section (1 hour), an objective type Quantitative Reasoning section (37 questions, 75 minutes) and an objective type Verbal Section (41 questions, 75 minutes).
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) A test that has to be mandatorily taken for students who hail from countries where English is not the native language and wish to pursue higher studies in the US.
Test of Spoken English (TSE) TSE measures the ability of nonnative speakers to speak in an academic or professional environment.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) The class of 2006 will be the first to take the new SAT in spring 2005.

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