University Studies

The Finnish higher education system comprises two parallel sectors: universities and polytechnics (also known as universities of applied sciences). Universities are academic or artistic institutions which focus on research and education. The education provided by universities is based on research. Universities of applied sciences offer more work-related education in response to labour market needs.

Education is highly valued in Finland. The Finnish education policy aims to provide all citizens with equal educational opportunities. A high level of education is one of the cornerstones of the Finnish national strategy. Education is free of charge at all levels when it leads to a qualification for EU citizens.

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