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Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Embassy of Finland, Kathmandu: Services: Studying in Finland


Bishalnagar, G.P.O. Box 2126
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel. +977-1-4417 221, 4416 636
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Studying in Finland

Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences offer a wide variety of educational programs taught in English. Every year Finland receives foreign students from all around the world.

All the necessary information on studying in Finland, including study programs, institutions, tuitions and scholarships can be found from the Study in Finland website.  Another source of infomation, especially on the application process to the Finnish educational programs is the website.

From the Study in Finland website you can also find relevant and up to date information on the language requirements, possibilites to work while studying and students housing among other things.

Further infomation on exchange programs and scholarship can be found from the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) website.

Higher Education Institutions in Finland

The higher education system in Finland consists of universities and polytechnics (Universities of Applied Sciences). The universities rely on the connection between research and teaching. Their basic purpose is to perform scientific research and to provide higher education connected with it. Students at universities may take a lower (Bachelor's) or higher (Master's) academic degree and also academic further education, consisting of licentiate and doctoral degree. Universities also arrange further education and open university teaching.

The polytechnics are usually regional higher education institutions which provide instruction in subjects from several sectors, and which emphasize a connection with working life. The degrees they provide are Bachelor's degrees with a professional emphasis.

There are universities and polytechnics all over Finland, and the ultimate aim is to ensure that all prospective students have equal opportunities for study, regardless of where they live.

Entrance exam for Bachelor level

Participating in an entrance examination is required for a Bachelor's degree. When choosing your study place you should always give preference to educational institutions that organize their entrance exams in Nepal.

The FINNIPS (Finnish Network for International Programmes: Entrance Examinations outside Finland) offers the mosth complete information on entrance examinations organized abroad.

Please note that a Schengen visa will not be issued for the purpose of attending entrance examinations in Finland.

Student Residence Permit

School in Finland

After being selected to study in a Finnish educational institution, students must apply for a student's residence permit as soon as possible.

The Embassy will only take new student residence permit applications by appointment. Please see the Residence Permits section for all the necessary information on how to make your residence permit application.

The decision on a residence permit application is done by the Finnish Immigration Service in Finland.

 Victim of a consultancy or other fraud?


Many students have reported being victimised by student consultanices or their agents. Students should be aware of the fact that consultancies do not have any influence on residence permit decisions or job opportunities. Consultanices also have agents in Finland who cheat students' money in exchange for a job. However, jobs are very difficult to get and an agent cannot do this for you. Do not give your passport, citizenship card, original educational certificates, traveller's cheque or bank draft to anyone.

The government of Finland has not authorized any student consultancy to represent Finnish colleges or universities in Nepal. Students are strongly advised not to use the services of the educational consultancies; all the information is available free of charge from the Study in Finland website. The consultancies do not have any influence over the residence permit decision or job opportunities in Finland. The only charges students have when applying to Finland are entrance examination fee, insurance charge and student residence permit application fee.

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