Study in Finland from Bangladesh

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When study abroad is a goal to any of international student, Finland is one of the desirable places to them. In Finland, there are more than thousands of students from Bangladesh are studying in Bachelor, Masters even PhD or some other courses. Finland’s higher education system is widely respected as one of the world’s best. Is it only reason international students choose Finland over other countries? Of course not.

Study in the Finland University

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▪ Live in the most peaceful and sustainable country in the world
(Fragile States Index 2016)
▪ Study in the best higher education and training system in the world
(World Economic Forum 2015)
▪ Live in the healthiest ecosystem in the world (Environmental
Performance Index 2016)
▪ Breathe the third cleanest air in the world (World Health Organisation
2016)
▪ Improve your skills in the most innovative country in the world (World Economic Forum 2015)

In common with most northern European countries, Finland has a highly demarcated higher education system. On the one hand, there are 10 comprehensive, research universities and an additional five specialised technical or artistic universities focusing on a narrow range of subjects, for example, engineering, economics, the performing arts. On the other hand, there are currently 26 Universities of Applied Sciences (the number is affected by mergers and consolidation) that specialize in providing more practical, hands-on education.

All institutions are typically referred to as universities and they all have the ability to award bachelor-level qualifications. Universities award Bachelor degrees such as BSc and BA, whereas universities of applied sciences award Bachelor degrees in subjects, for example, BBA (business administration), BEng (engineering). An undergraduate degree from a university typically takes 3 years to complete and university of applied science degrees last between 3.5 and 4.5 years including work placements.

At Bachelor’s level, Finnish research universities tend not to teach any degrees in English. Of the 90 or so degrees that we have been able to identify as being taught in English, only one (International Business at Aalto University, Mikkeli campus) is at a research university The remaining degrees are at Universities of Applied Sciences.

While 90 Bachelor’s degrees might suggest quite a wide range of options for international students, in reality these English-taught degrees are often the same or similar programmes offered at multiple locations. 70% of the Bachelor’s degrees are in only four subjects: international business, nursing, ICT and tourism/hospitality. In contrast to many other countries, there is very little on offer in creative art and design subjects.

Finnish higher education does offer some unusual options that are not easy to find elsewhere. There are two options available for students wishing to embark on a maritime career as a sea captain. Finland is also the only country where we have found a degree in restaurant entrepreneurship.

A new degree for 2017 in eSports Business offered at Kajani University of Applied Sciences is the first we have come across to address the growing computer-based competitive and recreational sport sector. Finland is at the forefront of what is sure to become a global phenomenon.

In general, it is fair to say that Finnish higher education only offers Bachelor’s level education in English in strategic areas where it is trying to encourage immigration (nursing) or in areas where the country’s competitive advantage is well established (maritime sector, eSports etc). There is certainly no indication that research universities will be offering widespread opportunities in English at Bachelor’s level although postgraduate education is now just as international as in most other northern European countries.

Universities in Finland are highly selective and often oversubscribed. Completion of secondary education at advanced level, equivalent to passing the exam at the end of Finnish upper secondary school, is the basic requirement for entry to Finnish universities and university colleges. If you have A levels you should be eligible for entry to a Finnish university although each university is free to determine its own requirements and you will need to contact each university directly to find out what these are. Additionally each university also has its own entrance exam.

The most common form of entrance exam is a written test, but when applying to subjects like visual arts, drama, or music, you may need to prepare a portfolio of your work, or you may be invited to an audition.

• in most cases, the entrance examinations are held in Finland, and those who are invited to the exams must personally travel to Finland to take the test.
• if you are applying to the Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (polytechnics) it is sometimes possible to take exams in other countries.
• if you are applying to a Finnish University you need to be in direct contact with the Finnish university you are applying to in order to find out if you can take the examination in your home country.

Basically, universities in Finland don’t have any specific calendar of admission of Master’s Programs. International students should follow the following steps in order to study in Finland universities:

1. Select the right program and university.
2. Check with the entry requirement for Non-EU Students.
3. Find the living and tuition fees (If there any tuition fees for the course students select).
4. Apply before the semester start, as in Finland the enrollment time depends on university to university.
5. Apply for the resident permit from your home country.
6. Confirm the accommodation.

If a student gets admission in the any University of Finland, there is very low risk to get visa/resident permit rejection. There are so many reasons to go in Finland for higher study from Bangladesh. If a Bangladeshi student gets scholarship on his/her course from Finland University, it will take much less cost rather than study in a private university of Bangladesh.

The Finnish system subsidizes the tuition fees for students who are from EU or EAA. However, there are universities that charge these students as well for education. The cost of this is Euro 2500 to Euro 12,000 per year. International students have to pay for the bachelors and masters courses that range from Euro 10,000 – Euro 16,000 per year. One can stay in Finland with a very low budget outside the major cities. Whereas, the expenses in urban cities of Finland are more than the European average.

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