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. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity.

Top reasons to study here

  • One of The Best Research Universities in the world.
  • The biggest university in Finland with over 35 000 students, 6% international.
  • A degree from The University of Helsinki makes you competitive on the job market.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)



The University of Helsinki was established in Turku in 1640, and the University continues to celebrate its anniversary on the date of the establishment of the Royal Academy of Turku, 26 March. The University moved to Helsinki during Finland’s Russian rule in 1828, and when Finland gained its independence, it was renamed the University of Helsinki.


The University of Helsinki offers a wide range of Master’s Degree Programmes, taught entirely in English. The scope of our programmes is 120 ECTS credits, completed with two years of fulltime study. Some programmes are organised by the University of Helsinki along with other Finnish and foreign universities.

Our Master’s Degree Programmes provide students a solid foundation for doctoral studies. All PhD programmes at the University of Helsinki can be carried out in English.

Doctoral degrees are of a high quality and enjoy international recognition.


The University of Helsinki carries out research of an internationally high standard. Research funding, honours and prizes awarded to our researchers are an indication of the wide-spread esteem among the global scientific community.

The University of Helsinki has regularly been ranked among Europe’s 10 to 15 best universities on worldwide ranking lists of research universities. Some 470 doctorates are completed annually and nearly 10,000 scientific articles or monographs are published yearly by the university’s researchers.


Building your own career path begins already during your studies, and Career Services will guide and support you from the very start of your studies during your first year at the University of Helsinki until one year after the completion of your degree.

Career Services provide career guidance, career counselling, courses, and information on the opportunities offered by the labour market. Career Services also cooperates with faculties in offering mentoring and courses in professional orientation and project work. During 2014 Career Services published over 3,000 job advertisements and internship or thesis placement offers.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

Campus service centres offer services related to the management of finances and human resources. Their operations are overseen by University Finance and Human Resources and Legal Affairs in Central Administration.

International Staff Services, which operates under Human Resources and Legal Affairs, ensures that international researchers can settle seamlessly in Finland and also assists University of Helsinki researchers with the practicalities of relocating abroad.

Housing services

The University of Helsinki is divided into 4 campuses all around the capital city of Helsinki.

  • City center campus
  • Viikki campus
  • Kumpula campus
  • Meilahti campus

Library services

To borrow books from the library you need a Helsinki University Library Helka card. You can get a library card from the library customer service by presenting an official ID card. A card can be given to persons over the age of 15 who have a valid street address in Finland, with the exception of exchange students and researchers from abroad.

ICT services

As a student at the University of Helsinki you have access to comprehensive ICT services to support your studies and make them go smoothly. On the IT Centre freshman page you can find information on how to obtain a username to the university's network as well as information on the Centre's other services, e.g. computer facilities. The Helpdesk and chat service support you in any ICT related problems.

Medical services

Health insurance is one of the obligatory requirements you will need for obtaining a residence permit for studies. Your health insurance must be valid upon your entry to Finland and your residence permit will only be valid for as long as the health insurance that you buy.  Also when applying for an extension for your residence permit, you must have valid health insurance. 

Student Life

Campus life

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.

Helsinki is a very safe, modern, and green city with half a million friendly folks. Everything here is within easy reach and things work here. Helsinki is a good place to explore the cool urban culture, surrounding nature and the sea that makes its presence felt everywhere in Helsinki. Naturally, Helsinki was recently nominated as the Most Liveable City in the World by Monocle magazine.

Sports facilities

UniSport offers offers a wide variety of sports. For example dancing, pilates, yoga and excercises at six campuses: the City Centre Campus, Kumpula, Meilahti, Otaniemi, Töölö and Viikki.

Student clubs

By joining in the activities of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki you get to know the city as well as other students. A great help when you need to figure out how to get from point A to point B in the Helsinki Metropolitan area, is the Journey Planner website.


VERIFIN was accredited by FINAS (Finnish Accreditation Service) in 1996 for the analysis of chemical weapons. The scope of the accreditation is "Chemical testing in the verification of chemical weapons" and the code of the laboratory is T073.