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University of Helsinki

Location City Centre Campus, Helsinki Finland
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Ranking

# 104

QS World University Rankings
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1

Undergraduate programs
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36

Postgraduate programs
Tuitionfee

$18000

Average tuition fee

What kind of a university is The University of Helsinki? We are Finland’s largest and oldest academic institution. Since 1640, it has contributed to the establishment of a fair and equal society that is considered the best in the world according to a number of indicators. Today, this multidisciplinary academic community solves problems that concern all of us, also on a global scale.

For the world

We wish to share our expertise and have an impact on the world. Our research and education set global benchmarks, as shown by several indicators. We work daily to develop new cancer treatments, improve teaching and education, and promote lifelong learning. As a multidisciplinary university, we resolve problems that affect everyone, such as the challenges of climate change. Our strategic plan currently emphasises four research themes: the digital world, ageing and health, globalisation, and sustainable development

What kind of a university is The University of Helsinki? We are Finland’s largest and oldest academic institution. Since 1640, it has contributed to the establishment of a fair and equal society that is considered the best in the world according to a number of indicators. Today, this multidisciplinary academic community solves problems that concern all of us, also on a global scale.

For the world

We wish to share our expertise and have an impact on the world. Our research and education set global benchmarks, as shown by several indicators. We work daily to develop new cancer treatments, improve teaching and education, and promote lifelong learning. As a multidisciplinary university, we resolve problems that affect everyone, such as the challenges of climate change. Our strategic plan currently emphasises four research themes: the digital world, ageing and health, globalisation, and sustainable development

University information

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As a student, the University’s extensive variety of learning environments and facilities are at your disposal. 

Learning centres
The City Centre Campus has two learning centres intended for independent work: Aleksandria and Minerva. Both centres provide space for individual studying as well as group work. In addition, Aleksandria has more than 300 computers, some of which are reserved for quick use. If you wish to access Aleksandria outside the official opening hours, you can apply for a night access key. All attending students of the University of Helsinki can apply for the key.

Each campus has its own campus library with a collection of literature relating to the degree programmes taught on each campus. The libraries have quiet spaces for work, and some offer group work spaces that can be reserved.  For more information about the libraries, please click here. You can also visit the website of the Helsinki University Library.

Campus libraries
• City Centre Campus:  Helsinki University Main Library, Kaisa House, Fabianinkatu 30
• Kumpula Campus:  Kumpula Campus Library, Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2
• Meilahti Campus:  Meilahti Campus Library Terkko Health Hub, Haartmaninkatu 4
• Viikki Campus:  Viikki Campus Library, Viikinkaari 11 a

Most of the library facilities and learning centres are wheelchair accessible. Check the opening hours from the library website and use the floor maps to discover the facilities and services available at each location.
You can also explore the National Library, Finland’s oldest and most extensive academic library and a part of the University of Helsinki.
How can you find academic articles and literature in your field?  Use LibraryGuides to find discipline-specific sources. 


Think corner
Located on the City Centre Campus, Think Corner is an event space and a meeting place for everyone. At Think Corner on Yliopistonkatu, in the very heart of the City Centre Campus, you are among the latest in top research.  Think Corner offers events, a lively programme and facilities for both individual and group work.

The work spaces are located on three levels, and are offered on a “first come, first served” principle. On the street level is Think Corner Stage, where experts, researchers, influencers and the audience can probe topical issues together. Tiedekulma Café operates in the same space, offering drinks, lunches and catering. 

Work spaces
The IT Centre offers  work spaces  with computers for all members of the University community on the City Centre, Kumpula and Viikki Campuses. These include large general facilities, classrooms and terminals for quick use.

Tuition Fees

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Tuition fees International

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18000

Total students

22,628

UG students

57%

PG students

43%

International students

1,254

UG students

17%

PG students

83%

Total faculty staff

2,855

Domestic staff

75%

Int'l staff

25%

Student life

It's easy to enjoy student life in Helsinki. As a student at the University of Helsinki, you have endless possibilities for extracurricular activities. You also get numerous benefits and services that make your life easier and more fun.

Why not ask our international students yourself? Chat with our students to find out how they experience life in Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

Career Services monitors the placement of graduates of the University of Helsinki with regular career placement reports. The monitoring takes place every year, five years after the completion of one’s degree for master’s degrees, and two to three years for doctoral degrees. 

Rankings & ratings

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #78
  • 2014
    #=69
  • 2015
    #67
  • 2016
    #=96
  • 2017
    #91
  • 2018
    #=102
  • 2019
    #110
  • 2020
    #107
  • 2021
    #104
  • 2022
    #104

Ranking criteria

58.5
Overall
67.2
Academic Reputation
45.8
Employer Reputation
68.5
Faculty Student Ratio
49.6
Citations per Faculty
56.5
International Faculty Ratio
6.2
International Students Ratio

Available programs

 For international students there is Bachelor's programme in Science. The University of Helsinki (UH) offers all undergraduate studies for applicants with good Finnish or Swedish language skills. 


Do you want to shape the fu­ture world and un­der­stand how the uni­verse is built up?Our understanding of the universe is based on advances made in basic science research over approximately the last 100 years. The core scientific disciplines of math, physics, chemistry and computer science also set the basis for all modern technology. In the interdisciplinary Bachelor's Programme in Science, you get to work on the cutting edge of exciting basic research and application development in all of these subjects.
The Northern European country of Finland is known for its high level of research and education. The University of Helsinki is the leading university in the country, with a strong focus on basic research and research-based education. It is regularly ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. The strongest research areas in the university include those studied at the Faculty of Science, such as atmospheric research, mathematics, data science, and materials research. The physics research at the faculty is carried out in close collaboration with the leading European big science institutions such as CERN and the European Southern Observatory.

The University of Helsinki (UH) offers a wide range of Master’s Degree Programmes, taught entirely in English. The scope of our programmes is 120 ECTS credits, completed with two years of fulltime study. Some programmes are organised by the University of Helsinki along with other Finnish and foreign universities. All programmes comply with the national legislation governing university education and are, therefore, recognised globally. In addition, a number of regular Master’s degrees can also be completed in English. Take a look at our study options!

Our Master’s Degree Programmes provide students a solid foundation for doctoral studies. All PhD programmes at the University of Helsinki can be carried out in English. Doctoral degrees are of a high quality and enjoy international recognition. Doctoral graduates from the University of Helsinki possess excellent skills and knowledge for research work and other demanding expert positions in both Finnish and international businesses and organisations. Would you like to be one of them? Find out more!

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You must have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent to be eligible to apply. Your Bachelor's degree does not always have to be exactly in the same field, but you must have completed studies that are relevant for the Master's programme you are applying for. Please see the individual programme's website for more information.

You can apply to a Master’s programme even if you are in the middle of the last year of your undergraduate university studies. Please see question "I have not yet gradu­ated. Can I still ap­ply?" for more information.


When applying to degree programmes conducted in English at any level, you must meet the English language requirements. Please see question "How can I prove my English language skills?" for further information on the language requirements.

Please note that the language requirements may vary according to which degree programme you are applying to.


Bachelor's programme: When applying to the Bachelor's programme in Science, you must prove your English language skills. Please check the instructions for proving your English language skills for the Bachelor's programme.


Master’s programmes: When applying to Master’s programmes in English, you must prove your English language skills. Please check the instructions for proving your English language skills for the Master's programmes.


No, there are no application fees when applying to degree programmes at the University of Helsinki.

Bachelor's programme: You can apply to the Bachelor's programme in Science even if you graduate after the application period. Please see further information regarding applying to the Bachelor's programme in Science here


Master's programmes: You can apply if you have not graduated before the application period. In such case, you do not need to submit your degree certificate during the application period. If you get accepted to a Master’s programme, your admission will be conditional and you will receive instructions on how to submit your final degree certificate.

Bachelor’s programme: University of Helsinki offers one Bachelor’s programme in English, Bachelor's programme in Science. In the other undergraduate degree programmes, the language of teaching is Finnish and/or Swedish.


Master’s programmes: At the University of Helsinki, you can choose from over 30 International Master’s Programmes in English.


You can find all our degree programmes in the degree finder.