Finland is known as a modern, highly advanced country with a world-class educational system. It has become a popular destination for international students in recent years - and the government wants to invite more students from abroad to study at universities in Finland.
Our overview below shows the top universities in Finland. In the table, you can check out the global rankings of Finnish universities in four leading rankings: Times Higher Education Ranking (THE), QS World University Rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU, often referred to as the “Shanghai Ranking”) and the US News Best Global Universities Ranking.
Nine of the ten ranked Finnish universities belong to the top 500 in the world - a great result for a small country such as Finland. The highest-ranked is the University of Helsinki, located in Finland's exciting capital. It is counted among the global top 100 in all four rankings.
|University of Helsinki||76||91||56||91|
|University of Turku||301-350||234||401-500||328|
|University of Eastern Finland||351-400||382||301-400||394|
|University of Jyväskylä||351-400||338||472|
|University of Oulu||351-400||411-420||401-500||418|
|Tampere University of Technology||401-500||319||695|
|University of Tampere||401-500||501-550||530|
|Lappeenranta University of Technology||501-600||471-480||576|
|Åbo Akademi University||501-550|
However, the rankings miss an important cornerstone of the Finnish education system: In Finland, there are many so-called “Universities of Applied Sciences” (UAS). These institutions offer high-quality, practice-oriented education and thus focus less on classical academic research. Because university rankings are often research-biased, these fine schools tend to be excluded, even though they offer great opportunities for international students. So be sure to include them in your research when looking for a degree in Finland.
You want to learn more about top ranked universities in Finland? Check out the rankings here: