A study-related visit to Finland gives you an opportunity to learn and explore the world’s Northern-most urban area. You get to experience extra-long summer days, the beautiful sea and discover the finish way of life. Student life is also exciting with plenty of opportunities to make friends, both with the Finnish and other international students.
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1. Cost of Living
As an international student in Finland, you need to prove that you have at least 560€ per month to qualify for a student residence permit. However, the monthly cost of living ranges from 700-900 Euros per month if you are to live comfortably. The requirement applies to both long-term and exchange students. However, exchange students can get an exemption if their host institution/family promises to finance all their expenses while in the country.
2. Enjoy The Independence
In addition to the low cost of education and free university programs in Finland, international students enjoy the independent approach of the country’s education system. You get a lot more freedom in choosing your classes and the teachers do not ‘mother’ students. Take advantage of the opportunity to take charge of your life, develop discipline and improve your decision-making skills.
Exchange students in Finland can get accommodation through student housing foundations, student unions, faculty organizations or regional student clubs. Exchange students can contact the international office of their host institution for information and help on student housing. Alternatively, you can find a dormitory under the municipal community. Long queues, especially in the fall, may require that you book your housing before arriving to the country.
In Finland, you can access both the public and private healthcare system depending on your insurance plan. EU citizens who have the European Insurance Health Card can access the public health system just like the Finnish; that means that they will incur a small charge to access medical services. Non-EU citizen must register for private insurance and attend a public or private facility that suits their preference.
5. The Finish Experience
While in Finland, you will have the opportunity to experience the absurd, beautiful and strand finnish life. Some of the activities you should look for include:
- Visit Lapland where Father Christmas lives. You will even get to meet his reindeers and Elks in this Winter Wonderland
- Visit a Finnish Sauna for the ultimate detox and stress relieving experience
- Catch a game of pesapallo, the Finish version of baseball
- Experience being ‘Finnwacky’ by visiting one of Finland’s peculiar events such as the World Cell Phone Throwing or World Wife Carrying Championship. If you want a more weird experience, try the ant-nest sitting competition, just be careful that ants don’t get into your pants
- Rock out at Finland’s heavy metal scene where you can get a band playing every other week
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Student life in Finland is an amazing experience that will help your social and academic life. There are a lot of experiences both inside and outside the classroom that will take you to the next level. You also get easy access to Scandinavia and other European cities.