University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki

What kind of a university is The University of Helsinki? It is Finland’s largest and oldest academic institution. Since 1640, it has contributed to the establishment of a fair and equal society that is considered the best in the world according to a number of indicators. Today, this multidisciplinary academic community solves problems that concern all of us, also on a global scale.

Top reasons to study here

  • The University of Helsinki works daily to develop new cancer treatments, improve teaching and education, and promote lifelong learning.
  • A multidisciplinary university.
  • The strategic plan currently emphasises four research themes: the digital world, ageing and health, globalisation, and sustainable development.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Business & Management (2)
Education & Training (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)

About

History

Since 1640 we have contributed significantly to Finnish prosperity and national identity. We have built a fair and an equal society that by many indicators is considered one of the best in the world. Today we want to share our knowledge and to have a strong global impact.

Education

The University of Helsinki was established in 1640.

Research

The University of Helsinki ranks highly among the world's research universities. It develops research for the world. 

All teaching at the University of Helsinki is based on research. The Universiyy continuously develop the quality of our teaching based on research and on the assessment of our students.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2021
82 -8
2020
74 -11
2019
63
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2022
104
2021
104 3
2020
107
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
-
2021
98 -2
2020
96
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2022
-
2021
86 1
2020
87
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.

Services

Student services

The International Students want to work in Finland after they graduate, however they often lack professional networks in the Finnish workforce to help give them an edge in finding a job.

To solve this challenge, we have launched the HelsinkiUNI International Talent Programme (HITP), a group mentoring programme, which pairs international students with organisations and companies in Finland who provide mentoring and insight into their work.

For individual alumni and friends of the university, we also have a group-mentoring programme to support international students. 

Housing services

The student dormitory is the largest and can accommodate up to 92 people, with a large common room, two kitchens, a fireplace and two saunas. 

Two smaller dormitories, Piikala and Herrala, generally house our longer term guests, teachers and seminar organizers. Each of these dormitories has its own kitchen and common room, and Piikala has its own sauna as well.

The Station also has pet rooms if you wish to bring yours along. Please be sure to ask well in advance about their availability. Please note that there is an additional fee for pet rooms.

Washers and driers are available in Piikala for a small fee. Students can use the washer and drying rooms located in the student dormitory.

Library services

You can contact Helsinki University Library either via customer service or by contacting one of the service-specific email addresses or key members of staff.

Helsinki University Library serves customers in the Main Library in Kaisa House and three libraries on other University campuses and maintains two learning centres.

Student Life

Campus life

  • City Centre campus
The multidisciplinary City Centre Campus in the very heart of Helsinki is the largest campus of the University of Helsinki with its approx.
  • Kumpula campus
The Kumpula Campus, dedicated to research and teaching in the exact natural sciences.
  • Meilahti campus
Meilahti Campus is one of the best medical campuses in Europe, brings top research, teaching and medical care together every day.
  • Viikki campus
Verdant Viikki Campus is surrounded by numerous research fields and has operated in front lines of the life sciences since 1946.

Student clubs

The Student Union (HYY) enables extracurricular activities by supporting active volunteer work and organisational activities. There are over 250 student organisations operating within the Student Union (HYY) opening up a field of opportunities for you.

You can choose between:

  • faculty and subject organisations
  • political and societal organisations
  • choirs & orchestras
  • theatres and other cultural organisations
  • international organisations
  • sports and game clubs

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

it was good but not enough

Generally lackluster with some positives
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

Doesn't live up to the expectations set by marketing. Although the research may be excellent and groundbreaking, most classes are lackluster. Classes are lecture-based and are not interactive. Group projects are the norm. Although professors regularly assign reading, there is little chance to discuss them during class or engage with other students. Discussion is not part...

I am in the search of the incredible
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Regarding the structure and the fashion of teaching and education system I believe the university is operating perfectly, I took 30 credits and all professors are totally qualified, notwithstanding of corona and online teaching I am satisfied, but the problem is I have no thesis programme and funding sources for my living there, if I have a funding source I will...

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