Finland, officially the Republic of Finland is a country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and Russia to the east. Finland is a Nordic country and is situated in the geographical region of Fennoscandia. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku.
International students usually have a list of requirements they want their future study destination to meet. Finland fills many of those requirements according to the study. For example, Finnish education is high quality and studying in Finland is relatively affordable. Study materials are often free because many of the books can be found online these days. Even though some international students have to pay tuition fees, it is still cheaper than in many other European countries.
95% of the students that answered the International Student Barometer thought that the content of the education is important or very important and according to 94%, quality of research and costs of the education were either important or very important. Majority of the students felt that it is important that the school is well known worldwide. Students didn’t really care if the university is near their home countries; only 27% answered that it’s important or very important.
Students from non-EU countries emphasized the financial side. Opportunity for grants, tuition fee exemptions and possibility to have a job while studying were important. Cost of studies, on the other hand, weighed just as much as to all international students.