Location: Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Funding: Public university
Size: 19141 undergraduate students attend the school.
Percent Women: 62 percent of undergraduates are women.
Tuition (one year): There is no tuition, but all attending students must pay 90 euros for the student union (HYY) membership
Most Popular Majors: five most popular majors Law, Teaching, Psychology, Medicine, Pedagogy
Greek Life: No.
Acceptance Rate: About 17 percent of applications are accepted yearly.
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit University of Helsinki’s website at http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/index.html.
Why Choose Helsinki?
"I'm from a very small town and I've always wanted to move to Helsinki and study in a pretigious university. I love the variety that University of Helsinki has to offer and the freedom to choose what I want to do."
"I wanted to study Humanities here, because I had no clue what I wanted to do after high school. I just knew it had to be something within the Humanities. I had heard that there's a lot of freedom to pick your major and your minors, and it was even possible to switch majors if I felt it didn't suit me. I wanted to keep my options open and now I truly feel I'm on the right path."
"I've lived in Helsinki my whole life and I wanted to stay close to my family and friends. The location of the university is amazing, since it's right next to the metro station and next to tram and bus stops. In addition to the location, the great English philology program tempted me because I had a background in an international school. Now, I couldn't be happier with my choice."
"It's so difficult to get into a university in Finland, that I wanted to make sure I was making the right choice. I ended up applying to a lot of schools but none of them felt like the right fit. Until I got into the University of Helsinki. I applied to study Theology because I'm interested in social sciences as well as religion and psychology. I felt that theology actually combned many of these elements in a way that appealed to me."
" I wanted to get into the best medicine program that Finlad had to offer and I felt that the one in University of Helsinki was it. I've known that I want to be a doctor from a very yong age so I've always worked toward that goal. It took me two tries but I got in, and have definitely felt like this is where I belong. The program is amazing, there always events happening on campus and I have easy access to school with the metro."
"I love the new Kaisa Building library! It is sleek and modern, while also laidback with the cosy rocking chairs and colorful couches. I spend almost all of my skip lessons there, because it's a nice place just to hang out. Of course, it also has th best selection of books for my academic needs as well."
"I enjoy going to all the student events: there's so much to choose from! I'm involved in a few clubs (photography and singing) and I'm also involved with our subject organization. I go to a lot of faculty events as well - I feel that Humanisticum always puts on great parties and other events."
"I feel that the courses are my favorite part: there are so many interesting topics, like Native American writing and women in Buddhism. I always like to take a few courses based simply on the fact that I like the topic (and not based on my major and what would be useful)."
"I'd have to say that my favorite part are the people at the university. I made so many great friends already during the orientation week and I've made several more after. All the older students are always very supportive and helpful and there's just generally great school spirit."
"I think it's great being so close to everything in town. The campus is in the middle of Helsinki and it's easy to get to and everything is closeby. It's so easy to go for coffee with a friend after classes or go to the movies straight from a lecture."
"I have to say that I don't love running up and down those stairs when I'm headed for class; the elevators always take forever or are completely packed and I end up running five flights of stairs with a bag full of books and a hot coffee in hand."
"I wish there was a bit more variation to the school food. It's okay but it's not anything I'd particularly recommend to anyone."
"I think it's very noticeable that a lot of our teachers are researchers first and teachers second: they just read everything straight from the slides and don't engage the students."
"I'd like there to be more options for when to take courses. Sometimes a course is offered only once a year, sometimes not even that. It's difficult to plan your schedule around those."
"I'd say it's almost too easy to get junk food on campus! It's the cheapest option out there and it's so fast. It's not very healthy and it'd be nice to have more options."
New Collegiette on Campus
"First of all, I loved the orientation we had for the university! Everyone was really friendly and helpful, and we had so many great events - I loved it!"
"The introduction to university life was a surprisingly smooth one: we had clear instructions from tutors and teachers on how to get started with our classes and it was very easy to get help for whatever we needed."
"It's kind of crazy how much studying I need to do for some of my courses but I like that we can form study groups and get space from Alexandria or Kaisa building and work there. I've noticed we have great facilities for studying."
"I have to say that the mailing list has been probably the biggest help for me. All the important information comes through that so that we are alway up to date on everything on campus."
"It took me a bit of time to learn how to use the book exam system: where to get the sign-up envelopes, where to take them, when to sign up and so on. But now I feel I've got the hang of it. I just have to remember to not be too shy to ask!"
All About Academics
"I really like the teachers in our school. They keep things clear enough and don't ramble a lot."
"The amount of work varies a lot between courses as every teacher has differing views on how much work one study point is worth. But mostly it's a reasonable amount of work. I also think Weboodi is really useful in signing up for courses."
"I think Joe Flanagan and David Jenkins are the best teachers at the university. I like teachers who tell a lot of anecdotes and stories and can make even difficult topics interesting."
"Mostly we do not get any homework in our courses - just some reading assignments. Which is something I really like. I prefer doing essays at the end of the course to doing homework every week."
"I love the choice in the minors we can take: television studies are interesting as well as North American studies. I've also taken some religion studies. All these different subjects give me something new to think about and new perspectives I haven't thought of before."
Learn from the Best
"I particularly love Joe Flanagan. He always talk about his adorable son and has cute anecdotes. It makes learning English grammar a lot more fun!"
"I like the annual English students' Christmas parties where the teachers perform Star boys' singing procession and the Teacher of the Year is revealed. It's a fun tradition and a good way to start Christmas celebrations."
"I really had fun in television studies - particularly in the history of film courses that were held in Orion movie theater. We got to watch a lot of movies and clips, which was really helpful for the learning."
"I think the classes in the language center have been great. The basic courses have good teachers that really know how to help you grasp the basics of the language."
"Religion and philosophy teachers at the university seem to have a lot of personality. David Jenkins and Terhi Utriainen are good examples. I could listen to them talk for hours."
Interests & Involvement
"I feel like there is tons of clubs and activities that you can participate in at the university. There's so much, in fact, that sometimes it's hard to choose from. I try and pick up something new every year (so far, I've done photography, horseback riding, and creative writing)."
"Easy way to spot clubs (especially if you're a freshman) is looking at the back of the calendar they hand out at the beginning of every school year. It has the complete list of all the official clubs on campus and their contact information."
"I've noticed that many clubs send info emails quite often, which is nice. This way it's easy to keep up with potential events if you want to start a new hobby during the school year."
"I like the different school papers on campus. I'm a journalism student so it's nice to get some practice already during my studies."
"I really like the photography club! They offer basic courses on how to use your camera and those are very helpful."
"Some of the subjects in our school, like English philology, has its own sports team. English students have at least a football team and I've participated in a few games."
"Sports culture isn't very big here but we have Unisport through which you can participate in all sorts of things: dance, martial arts, etc."
"Some clubs at the university are about sports: there's fencing, if I remember correctly, as well as horseback riding which is my thing!"
"I don't think we take sports here as seriously as in some other countries. We don't really have school teams. But it's always nice to maybe go to games with school mates, if possible."
"I wouldn't say we have a lot of sports here - but I have noticed that some subjects organize special sport events if there's enough people who want to try something new, like archery or wall climbing."
"Most of the girls at our university seem very intelligent and personable. A lot of them have great style and look fabulous while studying and maybe even alongside their studies."
"I love to study with women who are not afraid to voice their opinions."
"I love that there are opportunities like Her Campus Helsinki and Better Than Sliced Bread (and all the other clubs, organizations, etc.) where girls can show their talents and kick ass!"
"There are a lot of great girls at the university and I'm proud to study with them. I think a majority of us students are female and it's ery empowering."
"I'm really proud of our university because I feel that we actually do have equality and equal opportunities at our school. There's no harassment that I've heard about, and I feel that's rare in today's world."
Food & Drink
"The food that Unicafe offers is so cheap - which is perfect for us students - and actually tastes good! What more can you ask for? I love that you can get salad, bread, drink, food and sometimes even dessert for 2,5 euros."
"I try to eat at Unicafe as much as possible since it's so cheap. I vary between the Unicafes around town because the selection is quite different and they are all closeby so it's easy to check what the others have to offer. Or I'll just check online before class, what Unicafe has the best food."
"I like that we have so many restaurants close to the school. There's the food court at Kaisaniemi metro station (I personally love the Chinese place there), Iguana and other cool places. If I'm not in the mood for school food at Unicafe, I'll just pop into one of the many restaurants nearby."
"I tend to go to the K-Market at Kaisaniemi metro station. I guess, a lot of the students go there because it's right next to school and it's cheaper than a restaurant. Another place that's good, is the cafe at the downstairs of the library."
"I love when the school food is something exotic. Or then something very traditional like pea soup with pancakes. I really like that we get such good meals at our school!"
"Most subjects have a lot of parties throughout the year: English students and Theologists are apparently the hardest partiers..."
"My favorite parties are the anniversary parties: everyone always goes all out and I love seeing people dressed in evening gowns and suits!"
"I think Vappu (May Day) is one of the biggest parties. Everyone has picnics and usually we go and see Mantan lakitus at the Kauppatori, which is a lot of fun. It's clearly a day for the students!"
"I love it when someone organizes movie outings or other things to do after school. Not necessarily parties but just something fun to do that doesn't involve drinking."
"I think the social scene at the school is quite inclusive. It's pretty easy to go to a party or any event and start mingling. People are quite friendly here and will talk to new people."
"I like that our campus is so in the center of town, since it's very easy to get around - even at night. Some parties last quite long but the trains and buses go quite late as well."
While the University of Helsinki does not have dorms, Hoas - the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region - offers students apartments at afforable prices. You can read more about them on their website at http://www.hoas.fi/www/hoaswww.nsf/sp?open&cid=homepage.
Hoas works in co-operation with the student unions at the University of Helsinki.
What is the city or town your school is in like? Are there restaurants or stores within walking distance? Are there nightlife options in the city or town where your school is located? How is the relationship between your school and the town or city it is located in? What do you like best about the town/city your school is in? What don’t you like about the town/city your school is located in? Do people often go off-campus or do off-campus activities? Do people do internships off-campus over the semester?
"I really love Helsinki. I moved here from a small town and I like that it's busy and energetic here all the time."
"I think Helsinki, especially the areas around campus, is very convenient if you want to do - well, anything! There's a movie theater right next to school, lots of restaurants all around.. I especially like going to Kauppatori and getting waffles if it's warm outside."
"The Kallio nightlife is great! It's such a cheap option for students who don't have the luxury of paying 10 euros per drink at a club in the center."
"I really like the park options we have in Helsinki. There are so many beautiful parks to spend time in when the weather is nice. And it's a great way to spend time with friends and not spend a fortune."
"I like that Helsinki is so easy to get around in: there's always the metro, a bus or a tram going where you want to go."
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