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About Finland

Finnish higher education attracts international students mainly from Europe and Asia. The top place of origin of international students enrolled in full-degree programmes in 2015 was Russia (11%), followed by Germany (8%), and China (8%). Finnish students study abroad in exchange programmes predominantly in European countries, with top destinations including, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Germany.

Fast Facts: Finland

  • There were over 30,000 international students in Finland in 2015, 28% of students came to Finland for an Engineering degree.
  • The top five places of origin for students enrolled in full-degree programmes in Finland during 2015 were Russia (11%), Germany (8%), China (8%), Vietnam (6%), and France (5%).
  • Over 18,000 Finnish students studied abroad in 2015.

Source: Center for International Mobility


International Student in Finland: International degree student refers to a student with a foreign nationality.This includes both graduate and post-graduate students.

Exchange students counts reflect international students in Finnish higher education who are participating in study periods and trainee placements for at least 3 months. These activities count towards the exchange students' degrees at their home universities.

Student from Finland studying internationally: Finnish degree student abroad refers to Finns who receive student financial aids from SII for degree undertaken in a foreign institution

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