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About Finland

Finnish higher education attracts international students mainly from Europe and Asia. The top place of origin of international students enrolled in full-degree programmes in 2013 was Russia (14%), followed by China (11%), and Vietnam (7%). Finnish students study abroad in exchange programmes predominantly in European countries, with top destinations including Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and Sweden.

Fast Facts: Finland

  • There were over 29,600 international students in Finland in 2013, where over 19,800 students enrolled in full-degree programmes and approximately 9,700 students enrolled in exchange programmes.
  • The top five places of origin for students enrolled in full-degree programmes in Finland during 2013 were Russia (14%), China(11%), Vietnam(7%), Nepal (6%), and Estonia (4%).
  • Over 10,000 Finnish students studied abroad in 2013.

Source: Center for International Mobility


International Student in Finland: International degree student refers to a student with a foreign nationality.This includes both graduate and post-graduate students.

Exchange students counts reflect international students in Finnish higher education who are participating in study periods and trainee placements for at least 3 months. These activities count towards the exchange students' degrees at their home universities.

Student from Finland studying internationally: Finnish degree student abroad refers to Finns who receive student financial aids from SII for degree undertaken in a foreign institution

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