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University of Helsinki is ranks at 90th in the world university rankings.  The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640.

The University’s core duties are research, teaching and their support through community relations.


The University of Helsinki aims to produce research of a high international standard in all fields. Research provides the University’s scholars with solid expertise to participate in the development of society and the business sector in various national and regional cooperation projects. It is the only Finnish university to have received an invitation to join the League of European Research Universities (LERU).


The University of Helsinki offers Master’s & Doctoral Programmes in English across a wide range of subjects.

Master Studies

The next application period to apply for all the 60 Master’s Programmes opens in December 1st 2017 and ends in January 12th 2018 for studies starting in August 2018.

Doctoral Studies

All of the University’s 32 doctoral programmes admit new doctoral students twice a year, in September and in April. Some of the doctoral programmes also admit new students in November and February. Once you’ve chosen a doctoral programme, check your programme’s website to see which application periods are in use in your chosen programme. During the academic year 2017-2018 the admission periods are as follows:

1-14 September 2017
1-14 November 2017 (only some doctoral programmes)
1-14 February 2018 (only some doctoral programmes)
3-16 April 2018

In 2016, a total of 32 033 students of all levels were enrolled at the University of Helsinki. Of them, 20 207 were women, a ratio of 63.1%. The number of  international students was 1997 (6%).

Faculties in university of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki has 11 faculties, and it provides teaching on four campuses in Helsinki: the City Centre, Kumpula, Meilahti and Viikki. In addition, the University has research stations in Hyytiälä, Värriö, Kilpisjärvi and Kenya. 

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Educational Sciences

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Pharmacy

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Theology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Tuition Fee

The fees for the University of Helsinki Master’s Programmes are 13,000, 15,000 and 18,000 EUR per academic year, depending on the programme. In joint programmes, the fees may differ from these.

Please note that there are no tuition fees for:

  • Exchange students
  • PhD students

citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland and those who have a permanent residence status within the EU and EEA.

Scholarship Programs

Be 1* of the Best scholarship programme is intended for excellent students from outside the EU/EEA who want to do a Master’s programme at the University of Helsinki.

Read more about the programme.

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