Study abroad in Helsinki and enjoy the welcoming and highly multicultural environment. A large number of international students, with this number continually increasing, come to Helsinki to enrol in some of the world’s best universities. With a great focus on research, local higher educational institutions are promoting internationalisation and competitiveness and the teaching style aims at supporting the development and professional growth of the learner. Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland, located in the region of Uusimaa, in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, having the Baltic Sea on one side. Helsinki is the third biggest Nordic city after Stockholm and Oslo. The capital is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural, and research centre as well as one of northern Europe's major cities.
As one of Europe’s richest capitals, Helsinki has a well-developed economy. The city’s major sectors are: serviced-related IT and public sectors, manufacturing (electronic, metal products, paper, board, textiles and clothing).
Top companies in Helsinki are: Microsoft, Tieto, Nokia, Intel Corporation, KPMG, Ferratum Group, SAP Consulting, Accenture.
International students will find numerous internship opportunities in companies based in Helsinki, as most students prefer the ITC industry.
You could never get bored in Helsinki, as this city has many interesting and unique places, truly satisfying all tastes. From relaxing parks to eccentric night clubs, Helsinki has it all.
Helsinki’s main attractions:
Have long walks and admire the Esplanadi Park, the Senate Square (Senaatintori) and check out the Old Market Hall.
Helsinki has a long tradition in sports, organising athletics championships, football matches and in the past hosted summer Olympics, and figure skating championships.
Join one of the festivals held in the city, like Vappu, an annual carnival for students and workers, and many film festivals.
Once the world design capital, you can find many design boutiques and stores, selling all kinds of special items and crafts. Fashion addicts should also love Helsinki, as it is home to some popular and interesting fashion stores as well.
In the evenings until late at night, you can choose from a wide range of clubs and bars.
If you ever feel like getting out of the city, make a trip to Turku, two hours away. You can also easily cross the border and see Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, which is almost an hour away.
Helsinki is a very multicultural city. Here, you will encounter many international students coming from all over the world and also many tourists. In addition, many different nations are present in Helsinki: Swedes, Russians, Estonians, Chinese, Spanish, Germans, French, Vietnamese, Turkish and more.
Many multinationals have set up headquarters here mainly because of the good logistics network, international connectivity and the availability of a skilled workforce. Starting or setting up a business in Finland is easy due to the local relaxed business policies, foreign investors also have access to the latest research findings.
Helsinki has four seasons, with cold winters and warm summers. Temperatures in winter are high for a northern country, with averages in January and February of around -5 °C (23 °F). The average high temperature in summer is around 19 to 22 °C (66 to 72 °F) and it is also the season with most thunderstorms.
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HELBUS is a private business school in Helsinki, Finland. In partnership with University of Northampton, it offers a quick and exciting pathway to Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Business. The programmes are delivered in Finland while being fully taught in English. They offers students the opportunity to develop the core skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in international business.
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