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Finland Finland

General Information

General information

Finnish higher education consists in a dualistic model:

  • universities promoting research and scientific and artistic learning

  • Polytechnics (known also as universities of applied sciences) promoting professional higher education and applied R&D.

All 16 universities operating under the Ministry of Education confer Bachelor's, Master's, licentiate and doctoral degrees (3 + 2 + 4 years).

Polytechnics confer Bachelor’s (from 3.5 up to 4 years) and Master’s (1 – 1.5 years) degrees. A student is eligible for Master’s level studies after accomplishing a Bachelor’s degree, and having at least three years of relevant work experience after that.

All studies are quantified as credits (ECTS, European Credit Transfer System). One year of full-time study corresponds to 60 credits.