H1 Higher education in Finland

12,40  (Price excluding tax 10,00 )

What do you get:

  • self-study online course at own pace
  • access valid 30 days
  • video lectures (in total 39 mins)
  • additional learning material
  • learning assignments


Are you interested in higher education in Finland? Would you like to know how the renowned Finnish education model is carried out in higher education level? Or would you be interested to study in the Finnish universities? This course offers you a fresh insight into higher education in Finland sharing key information and firsthand experiences about this top-notch education system.

Finland is known for having one of the best education systems in the world and higher education is an integral part of it. Finnish higher education is based on the same principles as the whole education system in Finland: equality, freedom, trust and student-centredness. In addition, it is based on scientific research and applies the modern pedagogical approach as well.

The quality of Finnish higher education is also recognized worldwide. Finnish universities maintain high positions in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings: ten Finnish universities feature in the top 20 percentile of THE World University Rankings 2022. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings measure the universities’ performance based on indicators across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Higher education is highly valued in Finland. The number of students applying for higher education in Finland has increased over the past years. Moreover, many international students have found this uniquely flexible and student-centered higher education option and their recommendations have attracted even more students from their countries to study in Finland.

Finland has two types of higher education institutions: universities and universities of applied sciences. Universities focus on scientific research and education they provide is based on it. Universities offer Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral (PhD) level programmes. Universities of applied sciences offer professionally oriented higher education on Bachelor’s and Master’s level, and have strong ties with working life and regional development.

Studies at Finnish universities are very independent. Students are responsible for their own study plans, and have a high degree of flexibility when it comes to planning when they will take the various courses and exams that make up their degree. Many courses may be passed by readings and examinations on prescribed books in lieu of lecture attendance. Please notice that if you are from outside the EU/EEA area, you are required to pay tuition fees bachelor’s and master’s level programmes which are taught in English.

This online course Higher education in Finland gives participants an overview of Finnish higher education and its key characteristics. The focus of the course will be on studying and teaching in universities, but this course will also cover the basics of studying and teaching in university of applied science.

Finnish higher education is a great example of the innovative and state-of the-art educational approach Finland has created.  Take a look at this unique higher education model and get inspired!


  • A short introduction to the Finnish education system
  • Finnish higher education institutions and degree structures
  • Studying and student life in Finland
  • Working life and studying
  • Teaching in higher education
  • Versatile teaching and assessment methods
  • Distance teaching in higher education
  • Alignment of teaching and assessment

Completion methods: video lectures (in total 39 mins), additional learning material, learning assignments
The course is offered as a self-study online course. The course is asynchronous and can be completed at the participant’s own pace during 30 days.

Duration: in total 3h

Target group: teachers, principals, education experts and higher education students

Produced by: Learning Scoop

Course platform: Claned Online Learning Platform

Access to the course: 30 days

Recommended courses to combine with this course: B1 Cornerstones of Finnish education

Read more: Higher Education in Finland from an immigrant’s perspective, part 1/2 and 2/2


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