Study in Finland, Why Not?

This Nordic country, located in Northern Europe, is known for its advanced quality of education and is often used as a curriculum reference for other countries, including Indonesia.

In addition, Finland is also one of the safest countries in the world by instilling the values ​​of equality, integrity and openness as fundamental rights for its citizens.

No wonder Finland was nominated for the World's Best Country by Newsweek magazine.

Several large companies that were born from this Scandinavian country, among others, Nokia mobile phone developer and game Angry Birds.

This does not mean that the study programs in Finland only focus on natural science and technology. The development of media and communication is also very good, especially the welfare of the education department. The elementary school teacher candidates will be strictly selected by the government and 10 percent of those who pass are the best graduates.

For those of you who want to continue their postgraduate or undergraduate studies, there is nothing wrong with making Finland the country of choice.

Here we present a number of important reasons why you should experience an education in Finland.

Scholarship Availability

The Finnish government opens up as many opportunities as possible for international students by providing scholarships and also free education for students with EU/EEA citizenship.

Unfortunately, Indonesia is on the Non-EU/EEA list and requires students to pay tuition fees, ranging from 4,000 – 18,000 EUR.

But don't be discouraged, because there are various scholarships available for Non-EU/EEA countries that fall into the category of developing countries.

Scholarships are provided directly by the university and the amount depends on each institution's policies. Scholarship categories consist of: full scholarships, cover half tuition fees, and/or receive living allowances.

Apart from university, you can also try Erasmus+.

Finland itself provides several exceptions for Non-EU/EEA countries who want free tuition, namely for students of Doctoral/PHD study programs or part of student exchange programs.

Even those of you who are under 30 years old can receive various discounts or discounts, such as lunch at the campus canteen and public transportation which is much cheaper.

The cost of living in Finland is quite expensive but thanks to the government's concern for foreign students, you can live life without fear of shortages.

Dynamic Curriculum 

This country has repeatedly scored high scores and entered the top five in The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

PISA is an official international program that measures the ability of 15 year olds in reading, math and science literacy every three years.

This can be realized because Finnish children are taught to know the world through creative experiences, not measured by numbers like the Indonesian curriculum. Even to receive primary school education, children must be at least seven years old. They also do not need to be faced with tasks that must be brought home.

The lecture system in Finland itself is dynamic where students will not always be struggling with assignments and tests. So you will have more discussions, attend seminars, workshops and internship opportunities in other Nordic countries to increase your experience and insight.

Top Universities in Finland

Based on the QS World University Rankings, the following is a list of the best universities in Finland that are ranked in the top 500
  • University of Helsinki (102)
  • Aalto University (137)
  • University of Turku (276)
  • University of Jyväskylä (357)
  • Tampere University of Technology (380)
Universities in Finland are divided into two types of institutions. First, a research-based university that teaches students about theory and dissects a phenomenon from an academic point of view. Second, a polytechnic school where students will learn from the practical side and are prepared to pursue a career in the applied field.

International Community

Finland has a relatively small population of just under 5.5 million but it has a diverse community and international students, so you will find lots of friends from all over the world.

The University of Helsinki and other universities have established a college profile that is “internationally attractive and competitive” with a strong student support network.

Around 12,000 international students study in Finland each time the study period begins and less than half are exchange students. The rest are students studying for degrees in the country.

Some of the interesting activities that international students usually do are skiing, golf, fishing, and kayaking. Snowboarding and ice hockey are very popular in this country. You can also taste the famous local dishes. Also, don't be surprised if you find a sauna in every home because it's common for Finns to have a sauna.

Opportunity to Travel the World

Finland is an ideal location for you to explore European Union countries and Scandinavia of course.

From Helsinki you can go to Russia in just a few hours and if you want to visit Estonia you can use trains and ferries. By ferry you can also visit Stockholm – you could say Finland serves as a meeting point for countries in Europe.

If you decide to stay and get a residence permit as a resident in Finland, you can visit 26 European Union countries without the need to apply for a visa even including the Schengen area.

Press Freedom

Reporters Without Borders is a Paris-based organization that annually evaluates and ranks 180 countries around the world based on criteria for protecting and defending the values ​​of freedom of information and the press.

In 2016, the country that ranked first was again Finland.

So for those of you who dream of becoming a journalist and pursuing a career in the news media, Finland is a great choice to develop and increase knowledge about communication, journalism, media and politics. Freedom of the press is strictly guaranteed in the 1984 Finnish Press Law.

Opportunity to Learn Languages

The diversity of Finland's population allows you to master a foreign language other than English.

Five common languages ​​that are often used in everyday conversation include Finnish, Swedish, Russian, Estonian and Somali. Studying many foreign languages ​​provides opportunities for you to have an international career, especially if you come from a major in arts, literature or linguistics.

Internet Speed

Based on Forbes research, Finland is ranked 10th in the list of countries with the fastest internet in the world.

You will have no trouble downloading books, music, or watching videos and movies. With good internet quality, it is easier for you to search and find research sources, reference books and scientific journals.

Those are some conditions in Finland that benefit you as an international student. There is nothing wrong with considering this country as your next study destination.

Are you ready to study in Finland?

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