Study In Finland
STUDY, WORK AND SETTLE ABROAD: STUDY IN FINLAND FOR PAKISTANI STUDENTS
INTRODUCTION TO FINLAND
Finland is a beautiful country of Scandinavian. It is situated in northern Europe. Beautiful country Finland is neighbor of Norway, Sweden and Russia. Member of European Union and also the member of Nordic countries. Finnish people are different from other Scandinavian nations, they called them “sisu” means determined.
Finland also believes in quality education. It has world’s top educated society. You can find quality education system in Finland. Study in Finland for Pakistani students can be a great opportunity because in Finland universities not only teach you the subjects you choose but they also do character building and make you fighter not quitter. Finland has world’s one of the best higher education system which gives you not only knowledge but make you a better and productive person for society.
Study in Finland can be a great experience for Pakistani students because study there is full of fun. Finns always try to do something new, so in Finland there is always opportunity to make new friends, build new connections and some new experience. There is no language barrier for international students because English language is well known in Finland, actually English language is called third unofficial language of Finland.
In Finland, you are motivated to do some innovative work, they always encourage you to do something new, and they appreciate thinkers who do something new on his own mind. In Rome, very famous saying “when in Rome, do as the Roman do” but in Finland its opposite they say “don’t do what everyone does” but improve yourself and show your potential during study in Finland.
WHY PAKISTANI STUDENTS SHOULD CHOOSE FINLAND FOR STUDY?
By choosing Finland for study gives you opportunity to live in Finland for few years which gives you enjoy the following benefits:
- According to Fragile States Index 2016, Finland is most peaceful and sustainable place in world.
- According to World Economic Forum 2015, Finland’s higher education and training is best in the world.
- According to World Economic Forum 2015, Finland is most innovative country in the world where you can improve your skills and polish your personality.
- According to World Health Organization2016, Finland has world’s third cleanest air to breathe in.
- According to Environmental Performance Index 2016, Ecosystem of Finland is world healthiest Ecosystem.
HOW STUDY IN FINLAND HELPS YOU GROW?
Apart from above facts, Finland’s national education policy is helping for students, basic education grooms the student’s personality, high standards of education prepare the students to lead the world. Research based study system helps the students to aware about his inner qualities and polishes them. World top class teaching system helps the students to research in their fields and make them expert in that specific field.
Educational institutions have two categorize in Finland:
- Universities of Applied Sciences. (UAS)
Universities teach the students in normal academic style as other universities of world do. But study in Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) is totally research and development based. Faculty at UAS is consist of highly qualified and professional, they guide the student in his own way of understanding. Quality is the other name of Finland’s education system. The government has made an independent audit system for quality assurance for higher education institutes named The Finnish Education Evaluation Center (FINEEC). The team of FINEEC checks the education style and its effectiveness by meeting and evaluating the students and gives some suggestions for improvement to the university. FINEEC awards the audit certificate to successful university after completion the audit.
TUITION FEES AND SCHOLARSHIPS:
Until now study was free in Finland. But Finland is introducing tuition fee for NON-EU (Pakistan is a NON-EU country) in order to maintain the quality of education. However, fees are justified as they offer the best education environment for foreign students. Normally universities and higher education institutes charge 4000 Euros to 20000 Euros.
However, universities and universities of applied sciences make their own fee structure, so the tuition fee of different universities can be different. Students from Pakistan can check the fee structure in Finnish university from the university’s official website.
There are number of scholarships offer by Finnish Government and Finnish Universities for Pakistani Students.
STUDY OPPORTUNITIES FOR PAKISTANI STUDENTS IN FINLAND:
As mentioned above the education institutes of Finland have two categories: universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS). Both universities and UAS offer graduate, Master’s programs. However, Doctoral level (PhD) programs are only offered by Universities. University of Applied Sciences DO NOT offer PhD programs. Both types of universities give huge number of courses and programs which are offered in English language. Approximately 567 degree and non-degree study programs are available for students from Pakistan who wish to apply in Finland.
Universities of applied sciences (UAS) offer more than 100 courses and degree program which are being taught in English language in various subjects. On the other hand, universities offer very few courses and degree programs in English language. Universities offer programs in English language in Master’s level.
UAS BACHELOR’S DEGREES:
Study at universities of applied sciences makes students qualified professionals by using and polishing their own skills. This practical and thesis based bachelor degree consists of 210 to 270 ECTS European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits with the duration of 42 months to 54 months in various degrees. Normally an ECTS credit consist of 25 to 30 hours of work/studies. There are minimum 60 ETCS are required to complete in a year from students by UAS. Practical job experience is compulsory for UAS bachelor’s degree students, which polish the skills of student in different ways, and also give him opportunity to check his academic knowledge in practical and professional approach. This practical training gives students good relationship with employers in Finland and abroad which help them in future job seeking efforts. UAS also focus on the improvement of student’s communication skills which help them in their professional life.
UNIVERSITY BACHELOR’S DEGREE:
Universities offer thesis based bachelor degree; normally it contains basic and intermediate studies and language studies. This bachelor degree consists of 180 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits with the duration of 36 months. Most of the courses and programs are available in Finnish and Swedish languages but some of the courses are available in English language.
DEADLINE FOR APPLYING:
Normally universities and universities of applied sciences starts to take application from January 10 to January 25 for autumn session, some of universities take application in September.
University of the Arts starts to take application from March 15 to April 05.
Students should check the deadline for their admission applications deadline from desired university’s official website.
In Finland, there is huge option of master’s degree programs in English. Students can select and apply in their desired program easily.
UNIVERSITY’S MASTER’S DEGREE:
Universities offer 2-year master degree program in academic style. Normally a university’s master’s program consists of major subjects, minor subjects, general studies, language and communication studies and thesis. Bachelor’s degree holders in same or relevant subject are eligible with internationally recognized English language certificate.
UAS MASTER’S DEGREES:
Universities of applied sciences offer professionally oriented master’s degree program which consist of 12 to 18 months. It requires 60 to 90 ECTS credits. Normally an ECTS credit consists of 25 to 30 hours of work/studies. There are minimum 60 ETCS are required to complete by student during his course. Bachelor’s degree holders in same or relevant subject with minimum three years of work experience in relevant field are eligible to apply with internationally recognized English language certificate.
Few universities require entry tests for some specific master’s programs. Before applying students should check the admission criteria from university’s website and if entry test is required by university for that course then should act upon the advice of admission service of university about exam.
DOCTORAL (PhD) DEGREES:
Education for doctoral degrees is only offer by universities, universities of applied sciences DO NOT offer doctoral study programs. University doctoral program consist of 48 months with 240 ECTS credits. Complete research and solid thesis is compulsory for PHD.
Universities of Finland offer Doctoral level programs in two categories, like ready-made PHD programs or tailor made PHD programs, students should consult Finland’s study programs database. Pakistani students who are interested in PhD in Finland should consult directly with the university’s department to check the availability of your desired PhD position.
After completion of master’s degree students can apply for doctoral studies. In Finland universities do not charge any tuition fee for doctoral studies. International students should have money to cover their living expenses in Finland. Scholarships are also granted by government or university to PhD students to cover their living expenses, students should check it from university’s official website.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:
Universities of Finland normally required internationally recognized English language proficiency certificates like IELTS and TOEFL. The score in IELTS and TOEFL can be varied from on university to another. You can check English Language requirement on official website of Study in Finland.
Those students who have completed their bachelor’s degree from some English-speaking countries like England, United States, Canada, Australia etc. are exempted to provide English language proficiency certificate. In some cases, universities of applied sciences do not ask for English language proficiency certificate but they test your language skills by their admission tests.
There are few exemption from IELTS AND TOEFL, such as if your previous degree’s language of instruction was English you may be exempted.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STUDY IN FINLAND?
Off-course it is an important question, apart from paying tuition fees of universities, students need 700 to 900 Euros per month for living expenses. So how to finance yourself during your stay in Finland to meet everyday living expenses which consist of accommodation, food, insurance and travel etc. is a question which student should sure before coming to Finland. Pakistani and other students from low income countries reduce the cost of living in Finland by sharing their accommodation and food etc.
DO PAKISTANI STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED TO WORK IN FINLAND?
Yes, Pakistani students are allowed to work part time jobs to cover their expenses. Finding part time job in Finland is not easy and if you succeed to find it then minimum wage rate are 7 to 10 Euro. Pakstudyabroad recommend Pakistani students not to go Finland if they are totally depending on part time student job for paying their tuition fee and living expenses. You simply cannot cover both by only doing part time job.
However, part time job can cover your living costs and good for student to gain practical knowledge about his future work and tough life. Lot of students do part time job in evening, weekends or holidays, especially from June to august summer jobs are available for students. Foreign students have to face difficulty to finding job due to language barrier, if you can speak and understand Finnish or Swedish then it can be easier to find part time job. During semesters, non-EU students are allowed to work for 25 hours in a week. Between semester’s break, Summer holidays and Christmas holidays you may work full time.
THERE ARE BRIGHT CHANCES OF PERMANENT RESIDENCE:
If you are a non-EU student and have completed your degree from Finland University on student residence permit then you are allowed to apply for extension in your residence permit for one year to search a job in Finland. After finding job and new residence permit is granted on the basis of job. Keep in mind that you should apply for extension before the expiry of your student residence permit. There is a chance to get permanent residence permit if you find good job in your specific field.
ABOUT STUDY IN FINLAND
Finland is an open society and welcome internationalization. You don’t have to worry about being foreigner during your stay there. This beautiful country has very much to offer from education, visiting the north of the world and social experience. We recommend Finland for you study abroad if you can afford the tuition fee. Living expenses can be covered by doing part time job in Finland. As a part of Schengen country, you will be granted Schengen visa which allows you to visit other Schengen/European country. After completion of your degree if you find job you may get permanent residence which leads to Finland Nationality. (Finnish passport is among those valued passports which have the highest number of visa free entry in the world).
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