List of Tuition Free Universities in Finland

by Nicole Skubal

As a rule, universities in Finland do not charge tuition. However, students do have to pay for living expenses and other fees, and students who are not citizens of a European Union (EU) country must be able to prove they can financially support themselves while studying in Finland. According to Finland's National Board of Education, this requires a sum of 6,000 euros per year. Additionally, students from non-EU countries must have proof of health insurance during their time in Finland.

University of Helsinki

Finland's oldest and largest university is the University of Helsinki. The school focuses on research, and according to the school's website it is routinely ranked among Europe's top 15 research universities. The school awards more than 450 doctorates annually and university researchers publish close to 10,000 scientific articles or monographs each year. The University of Helsinki has departments of art, agriculture and forestry, biological and environmental science, behavioral sciences, pharmacy, social sciences, law, medicine and theology. University of Helsinki P.O. Box 3 Helsinki, Finland FI-00014 +358-9-191-22604 helsinki.fi

University of Lapland

Situated in the city of Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle, the University of Lapland is the northernmost university in the EU; it was founded in 1979. Because of its location, the school has a strong emphasis on Arctic issues as well as global climate change and environmental law. The University of Lapland also instructs students in areas of tourism, law, education, social sciences and art and design. According to the university's website, its Arctic Centre is home to internationally acclaimed research on people and the Arctic, which it displays in its Science Centre. University of Lapland P.O. Box 122 FIN-96101 Rovaniemi, Finland +358-16-341-341 ulapland.fi

University of Turku

Turku is a city on the southwest coast of Finland. The University of Turku plays host to 21,000 students and 3,000 employees, according to the school's website. The University of Turku has departments of humanities, mathematics and natural sciences, social sciences, medicine, law, economics and education. The school was founded in 1920 and even has its own specialty liqueur called "22040." It was created by food scientists at the university and contains fruits specific to Finland such as the cloudberry, the rowan and the sea buckthorn. University of Turku FI-20014 Turku Finland +358-02-333-51 utu.fi

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