How to obtain a study visa for Finland? What should be done for study migration to Finland ? Why choose Finnish universities to study? These are the questions that may come to your mind. In response to these questions, it is good to know that many people are encouraged to study and stay in Finland because of the good living and working conditions in Finland.
Finland is a European country known as the country of a thousand lakes in Northern Europe and one of the Scandinavian countries. The capital of this country is Helsinki. The population of this country is over 4.5 million people, which is known as the least dense country in Europe, and the majority of people follow Christianity.
In this article, we intend to introduce you to the conditions for obtaining a study visa in Finland and the conditions for studying in this country; So stay with us.
Why is it better to apply for a Finnish study visa?
Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of this country, and about 90% of the people of this country speak Finnish. Having a top rank in social welfare has made this country always a good choice for studying and immigrating.
As of 2017, studying in Finland requires paying a fee, while the cost of studying and living in Finland is low compared to other countries. This country has a stable economy and per capita production equal to many countries in the world. These features have caused many people to apply for a Finnish study visa.
One of the advantages of studying in Finland is the possibility of learning the Finnish language at the same time and the reduction of tuition fees due to the improvement of your Finnish language level. Also, if you have math knowledge at the high school level, you can apply for admission without a language certificate through an online test. .
Study chat in Finland
Unlike countries like Canada, America, England, etc., in Finland, academic gap is not an important issue and applicants at any level of education can continue their studies in Finland even with a long academic gap.
The beginning of the school year in Finland
The academic year in Finland is divided into two semesters, spring and autumn, which have four training courses, at the end of each course there is a one-week exam. It should be noted that to know the exact start time of the academic year, you should pay attention to the academic calendar of your desired university. Because according to the field of study, it is determined whether the academic year starts in spring or autumn (in general, September is considered to be the beginning of the academic year).
Also, in order to send a student, you must apply before the start of the academic year and at the time the university announces the academic program so that you can attend the classes at the same time as the semester begins. It is possible, but some universities may have another program.
Finnish university entrance exam
If you have decided to immigrate to Finland from Iran, you will notice that the assessment of Finnish universities is very different from your educational background in your own country. There are few educational courses in Finland that use tests as the initial assessment of students. . Normally, universities have an entrance exam or aptitude test according to your chosen field.
Education in Finnish schools
Education in schools is compulsory in Finland, as in many European countries. This compulsory education, which starts at the age of 7 for children, lasts for 9 years, during which basic and basic sciences are taught. After completing this course, students are ready to enter public schools or technical schools for 3 years. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for university, and at the age of 19, students will receive a diploma and begin their university studies. (Regarding international students, usually the Finnish government or schools take care of the children)
The following schools can be mentioned among the international schools of this country:
- Helsinki International School
- (kielo internation school)
- Ki Lo International School
- Kulossari elementary and secondary school
- Kalu Sari Primary and Secondary School
Studying in Finland at the undergraduate level
In this section, we will explain about studying in Finland at the undergraduate level. Studying in Finland is possible in Finnish, Swedish, and English, and among the languages, study in Finnish is offered free of charge. But to study in English, 8,000 to 10,000 euros must be paid annually for university tuition.
*It is not necessary to have a language certificate at this stage, but you can increase your chances by presenting a language certificate with a score of 6 or higher.
Universities in Finland are divided into two categories:
1- Universities that focus on scientific and theoretical education, the purpose of which is to train researchers and develop scientific research (13 universities in Finland).
2- Other types of universities focus on practical training and technical knowledge of people (23 universities in Finland).
In this academic course, students are trained to enter the industry and professional fields, which takes a total of 3 or 4 years, and students are allowed to work 10 hours a week in this course.
Studying in Finland at the master’s level
Studying in Finland at the master’s level, like the undergraduate level, is offered in the official languages of this country, i.e. Finnish and Swedish, which is free of charge. But at this level, international students who intend to study in English must have an IELTS score of 6.5, and a person must have a bachelor’s degree with a duration of 3 years to study at this level. The duration of studying at the master’s level is 1.5 to 2 years.
In order to be admitted to this stage, the applicant must provide a strong academic resume, work experience related to the field of study, and an English language certificate. Note that the work permit at this stage is an average of 20 hours per week.
Studying in Finland at the PhD level
Meeting the basic requirements and obtaining a Finnish study visa is one of the requirements for studying and sending students at this stage.
Valid master’s degree
IELTS English language certificate with a score of at least 7
_Presentation of scientific resume and international scientific articles
_Providing admission for studying at this stage
If you have the above conditions, in the next step you should correspond with a supervisor and get approval from him. Education at this level usually lasts 3 to 5 years. Education at this stage is offered in two courses:
1- General doctoral courses
2- Research courses
The work permit at this stage is an average of 25 hours per week.
Study in Finland in English
If you are not fluent in the official language of this country, there is no need to worry because many Finnish universities are taught in English and you only need an IELTS score of 6 to 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 79 to 92.
And even if you meet the following conditions, you no longer need to provide a language certificate:
– The applicant’s official language is English.
– Have participated in language courses before starting the study program in Finland.
– In the previous studies of your university, English was the language.
Top universities in Finland
- University of Turku
- Aalto University
- University of Oulu
- University of Helsinki
- University of Tampere
- University of Eastern Finland
- Abo Akademi University
Documents required for admission to study in Finland
One of the main steps to study in Finland is the admission to one of the country’s universities, which requires an admission form:
Required documents for admission:
– Providing a financial certificate for a Finnish study visa
– Presentation of academic resume
– Presenting a work resume
-Having a student insurance policy
– University tuition payment certificate
– Proof of residence in Finland
– Submission of acceptance letter from the chosen university
– Birth certificate translation
– Presentation of passport
– Presenting a language certificate accepted by the relevant university
– Two pieces of photos
– Presenting a certificate of no bad criminal record
Age requirements for studying in Finland
There are no special conditions or restrictions for studying in Finland, and applicants of any level and age can apply for educational immigration; But it is better to act under 30 years.
Obtaining permanent residence in Finland after studying
You may be asked whether you are able to get permanent residence in this country after completing your studies.
Like many European countries, in Finland, students are allowed to look for a job for a while after completing their studies, and if a person gets a job, he can convert his study stay into a work permit, and if a person stays for 3 to 5 years in If he pays insurance and taxes in this country, he can apply for his permanent residence.
After 6-7 years, a person can apply for a Finnish passport if he has learned the language of this country and adapts to the customs and traditions of the Finns. If you need advice and guidance in this regard, contact our colleagues at Andisheh Immigration Institute.