University of Helsinki

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

  • The University of Helsinki is a responsible social force, an advocate of science and scholarship, and a valued partner.
  • Teaching at the University of Helsinki is based on research. The underlying principle is that every teacher does research and every researcher teaches.
  • The University of Helsinki aims to produce research of a high international standard in all fields.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (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 seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. Through the power of science and research, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640. We have educated nine presidents and thousands of people at the top of politics, science, culture and economics. Not to mention four Nobel prize winners.

Research

The Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki conducts research related to human growth, development and learning. The Faculty generates new information in order to increase social and cultural capital in changing world.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2018
57 -1
2017
56
2016
56
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2019
99 -9
2018
90 1
2017
91
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2019
110 -8
2018
102 -11
2017
91
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2019
-
2018
92 -11
2017
81
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 Uni Arrival Advisor will guide you through the steps you need to take on your path to the University of Helsinki. Answer these questions to get a checklist that guides you through the process of arriving in Finland and settling in.

Housing services

  • Unihome concept was originally established in 2010 to ease International visitor’s of two universities, University of Helsinki and Aalto University, accommodation. An Easy living concept was created in 5 different locations in Helsinki and Espoo, close to both universities’ campuses.
  • As the concept turned out to be a success, we are now offering  the rooms and flats for everybody in need of accommodation for a couple of nights or longer, but not long enough to sign a rental agreement.

Library services

You can find course and study literature at the University's modern campus libraries. The newest library is the award-winning Kaisa Library in the city centre. The materials and literature are available to you in virtual, mobile or traditional book form.

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. 

Student Life

Campus life

  • The multidisciplinary City Centre Campus in the very heart of Helsinki is the largest campus of the University of Helsinki. 
  • The Kumpula Campus, dedicated to research and teaching in the exact natural sciences, is perched on a verdant hill only four kilometres from the centre of Helsinki.  This idyllic campus comprises the largest cluster of scientific competence in the Nordic countries. 
  • The multidisciplinary Viikki Campus is located in the geographical centre of Helsinki, and has served as a campus area since 1946. 
  • The Academic Medical Center Helsinki (AMCH), one of the best medical campuses in Europe, brings top research, teaching and medical care together every day. 

Sports facilities

Make sure that life isn’t all about studies but remember to exercise as well. UniSport is an exercise centre for students with several locations where experiences are more important than performance. 

They offer a wide variety of sports from body combat to pilates and floorball to hot yoga. With the affordable membership card (12/4/1 months) you can attend the group exercise classes and use their gyms and open ball game shifts on all campuses. 

UniSport also offers diverse training courses in various sports, as well as personal training, massage and testing services. If you put together your own team, you can participate in the ball games series organised by UniSport.

Student clubs

The core of any university is their students, and the University of Helsinki is no different. All the students are members of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY), which gives them the possibility to choose between multiple student organisations to find one that suits their vision of ideal student life!

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) is the largest and oldest student union in Finland and the roof organisation of all student activity at the University of Helsinki. All degree students are members of the Student Union.

The main purpose of the Student Union is to promote the interests of its 26 000 members both at the university and in society. 

Student Reviews

Studying at UH
Merna Elboghdady rated 5 out of 5 stars

Honestly, I've got no complaints. Everything was great, the English courses were taught fully in English and there were no problems with that. Great professors and overall great faculty. Everyone is very patient and helpful so there isn't really any added stress. Overall it was a great and really fun experience.

5/7 would do again
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I had a great time here meeting new people. The tutors at the beginning were really helpful and welcoming. The courses were different structured than in my home university, which gave me a different perspective at my subject. Some projects that I’ve chosen here were going quite bad because of poor choosing them of me in the first place. Overall a great experience, the...

Studying in Helsinki
Natalie Kemmer rated 5 out of 5 stars

I was really eager to get to know the Finish culture, since I had never visited a scandinavic country (or Finland) before my Erasmus experience. The contract my university has with the University of Helsinki was brand new. I was really happy when I heared about it and even happier when I got accepted. The four months I spent in Helsinki were a great experience. I tried my...

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