University of Helsinki

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 (2)
Business & Management (2)
Education & Training (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)



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.


The University of Helsinki is the only Finnish university to consistently rank in the top 100 of international university rankings. There are approximately 18 000 universities in the world.


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

The Faculty of Educational Sciences has outstandingly strong research, with a track record of a substantial number of publications in highly-ranked refereed journals and books as well as multiple discoveries and creative findings.

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
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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
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87 5
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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107 3
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

What are all the actions that you need to take before and upon arrival in Finland? The Uni Arrival Advisor is a simple electronic service that will guide you through the process. Answer the questions on the Uni Arrival Advisor and you will get a checklist of the necessary steps to take before and upon your arrival to Helsinki, Finland.

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

The University of Helsinki offers extensive and modern IT services for the most common needs of the students, researchers, teachers, and other staff. In addition, researchers are offered a set of services designed to support research, the most important of which are saving and information sharing services, as well as customised IT solutions.

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

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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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Planning and Sustainability science at the University of Energy and Natural Resources is very good. Students are given the requisite knowledge to build upon in relation to urban planning and sustainable development studies. Workshops was also held to practice the knowledge gained. Unfortunately, we didn't have some required planning equipments and sometimes it made...

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