University of Jyväskylä

University of Jyväskylä is one of the largest and most popular multidisciplinary universities in Finland. The University has about 2,500 employees and nearly 15,000 students from around 100 countries. The annual budget of the University is 201 million euro.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (4)
Social Sciences (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Education & Training (1)
Humanities (1)



The foundations of the University of Jyväskylä lie in the first Finnish-speaking teacher training college, Jyväskylä Teacher Seminary, established in 1863 by Uno Cygnaeus. He is often called "the Father of the Finnish Primary School System".

Teacher training and forward-looking work in teaching are counted among our strengths, along with natural sciences, humanities, sport and health.


The University of Jyväskylä offers high-quality, research-based master’s degree programmes in English in its fields of special expertise. International students are welcome to apply to the two-year programmes, which lead to an officially recognised master’s degree and qualify for doctoral studies.

We also offer non-degree programmes and courses with instruction in English for exchange students in a variety of fields.

The University of Jyväskylä Graduate School for Doctoral Studies educates professionals in research, helping them become competent and versatile experts in various fields for the needs of society. Approximately 160 doctors graduate yearly from the University’s seven faculties.


The University of Jyväskylä is one of the most successful multidisciplinary reseach universities in Finland. It also is one of the world's leading universities in the fields of learning and teaching. The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is the only one of its kind in the country.

The university has strong ties with top national and international research, business and innovation communities. In global rankings, research activity at the University of Jyväskylä is among the top three per cent of all universities.


The Career Services is the place to turn to, if you have any questions related to working life or a career in Finland. Career Services´ task is to further the interaction and cooperation between the university and employers.

Career Services ensures that all students have an opportunity to get a contact to working life during their studies. We aim at giving students a realistic picture on working life, their preparedness for it and employment opportunities.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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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.
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.
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.


Student services

The University Services of the University of Jyväskylä offers support, assistance and services for the education, research and other operations of the University.

Housing services

When moving to Finland there are different options for accommodation depending on the length of your stay.

  • Short-term accommodation
  • Long-term accommodationStudent apartments are located within walking distance or a short bus ride away from campus.

The apartments are single study-bedrooms with a shared kitchen/kitchenette and bathroom. All the apartments in the housing quota are furnished. There is an Internet connection in each apartment. Laundry facilities, saunas and common rooms are available in the buildings.

The apartments are gender neutral. In other words, you can be placed in an apartment with the opposite sex. However, each student has his/her own room.

Library services

The Jyväskylä University Library is one of the oldest libraries in Finland. Today, the Library serves over 2 000 customers daily and over a half million annually. The collections exceed over 1.5 million volumes and include 7 500 currently subscribed printed journals. Customers have access to several Finnish and foreign databases and over 20 000 electronic journals.

ICT services

The University of Jyväskylä provides a wireless network on its campus areas.

Medical services

The Finnish Student Health Service (generally referred to as YTHS) provides health and medical care for Bachelor's and Master's level students who have joined the Student Union.Doctoral students are not entitled to the services of YTHS.

Student Life

Campus life

Over the last few decades, the University has extended its grounds with two new campus areas on the opposing banks of Lake Jyväsjärvi.

Encouraged by the positive experiences of Seminaarinmäki, the Mattilanniemi and Ylistönrinne areas have been planned carefully and they have their own unique features.

The Seminaarinmäki (Seminar Hill) campus of the University of Jyväskylä has often been said to the most beautiful in the country. Its reputation stems from the integration of different designs which have been carefully assembled over the course of centuries.

Sports facilities

  • Gym
  • Hall of ball games
  • Hall of rhytmic sport
  • Hall of apparatus gymnastics
  • Hall of gymnastics
  • Tenniscourt
  • Hipposhall
  • Training ice rink
  • Kuokkala´s Graniitti
  • Ice stadium Synergia
  • Monitoimitalo (Multipurpose Sports hall)
  • Swimming hall AaltoAlvari
  • Swimming hall Wellamo
  • Scholl centre of Cygnaeus
  • DanceStyle
  • Hutunki
  • KO Gym in Kortepohja
  • Ladun maja
  • Lohikoski school
  • Sauna at Opinkivi
  • Savela
  • Lutakko dancehall
  • YTHS

Student clubs

Student Union of University of Jyväskylä is our University’s students’ interest and service organisation. Student associations of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science are Syrinx ry (Students of Biological and Environmental Sciences), Otsoni ry (Students of Environmental Science and Technology), Radikaali ry (Students of Chemistry), Ynnä ry (Students of Physics, Mathematics and Information Technology) and Tiltti ry (Students of Statistics).


University of Jyväskylä:

  • Quality assurance system audited by Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council FINEEC in 2015

School of Business and Economics:

  • Accredited by Association of MBAs