Applying for studies

Applying for studies in the Helsinki Metropolitan region


Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Finland gets a high number of applications each year due to its top-class higher education institutions renowned for their high-quality education and research.

There have been no tuition fees in Finland, a fact that has also attracted candidates with unsatisfactory applications. To make sure your application is taken into consideration, you have to include all the necessary certificates and attachments that your chosen institution requires. For those applying to degree programmes, it is best to prepare well ahead as the applications are usually made at least six months prior to the beginning of the programme. Please remember to submit your application in time, as deadlines in Finland are strictly followed.

For more information about the application procedures, you can go to the website of your chosen institution.


Doctoral Students and Researchers

Whatever your methodology or field of research is, your research proposal should explain what you plan to accomplish, why the research is worth undertaking and how you plan to reach your objectives.  It is best to consult the web page of your chosen institution to see if they require additional information on your research proposal.

In general, a good research proposal comprises the following elements: a precise title, an abstract that states the research problem, its context and its significance, a presentation of research and its purpose, a literature review of key articles and books that show there is a need for your research, the research questions you are seeking to answer and their importance, the methodology you will be using, a timescale for what you plan to achieve each year of your research, and a concise bibliography of the key articles and books you will be using.

It is also a good idea to look at the web pages of the departments you are interested in to see if there are any research projects or groups you could join.

Academy of Finland provides information on career opportunities and other relevant issues for researchers planning to stay in Finland.