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About Finland

While the top sending country for international students to Finland was China, the majority of students came from within Western and Eastern Europe. Most international students chose to pursue degrees in business and management, engineering and the humanities. The top destination of Finnish students abroad follows a similar trend, with most students choosing to study within European countries and the United States.

Fast Facts: Finland

  • In 2008/09, there were over 21,000 international students studying in Finland.
  • The top five places of origin in 2009 were China, Russia, Germany, France and Spain.
  • The Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) operates under the Finnish Ministry of Education and administers several mobility programs in Finland.

Source: CIMO

Places of Origin of International Students in Finland, 2009


Source: CIMO


International Student in Finland: International degree student refers to a student with a foreign nationality.

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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