Student Ambassadors

We are now looking for new student volunteers for year 2017!
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The best way to learn about University of Helsinki is from the students who are here now! Our Ambassadors will share their insights and experiences on studies, career and life in Helsinki. Student ambassadors volunteer to help others get to know UH.

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If you want to contact our ambassadors via email, please check their email-addresses here.

Meet our International Student Ambassadors for the year 2016!

Alexandra Shtromberg

Alexandra Shtromberg photoHejsan! My name is Alexandra and I am a master student at the Faculty of Law, specialising in International Business Law. Originally I am from the Republic of Karelia (Russia) where people also speak Karelian, which is so close to Finnish! In 2015, I graduated from Petrozavodsk State University with bachelor of law degree and additional qualification of legal translator/interpreter (English – Russian). In future, I dream of combining legal practice with teaching at the university – sharing your knowledge is so inspiring!

Helsinki feels like home for me – distances are short, people are friendly and there is so many ways to escape bad weather getting engaged in student activites. I am an active member of Helsinki Debating Society, fond of yoga classes (which are held just in my study building, so comfortable!), graphic design and learning Swedish.

The main advice I will give to you is to never doubt your talents and listen to your heart when choosing programmes you are applying to. And always, always ask questions whenever you have even a little concern about admission process. Sometimes small detail or a piece of advice can really change the situation! Just contact me!

P.S. And never trust memes that Finnish is the hardest language to learn – it didn`t took me really much time to start speaking Finnish fluently, as soon as you start liking it, you will succeed.

Vladislav Bakanov

VladMorjes! I’m Vladislav Bakanov and I am:

  • 23 old student on Faculty of law (1st year master degree student)
  • Russian from my origin, born and raised in Saint Petersburg
  • Lliving in Helsinki about year and yet get used somehow to Finnish reality & partly language (although it was not that easy, heh).

University of Helsinki for me is not just an opportunity to develop my legal knowledge and get accustomed to that they call European standard of education. In University of Helsinki I experience again my freshman’s years. Not only this is due to the fact that I am still a student but mostly because of a lot of wonderful opportunities offered by university: a vast variety of student organizations and amazing events which they run, a highly developed student atmosphere on campus (with all those student overalls, Vappu student hats and bar quizzes). Finnish way of living is another issue to mention. I really enjoy that people around are calm and moderate, attentive to the nature and each other. After living in a megalopolis such as Saint Petersburg, Helsinki seems to be a brilliant compromise in terms of educational and professional opportunities and relaxed lifestyle at the same time. Come to study here, it is really a paradise for students) PS. If you will have any questions during applying do not hesitate to address them to me.

Le Bao Ngoc Pham

Pham le Bao Ngoc_PhotoHello! My name is Le Bao Ngoc Pham, a 23-year-old student from Vietnam and currently study International Public Law at the Faculty of Law. The University of Helsinki was not my first choice for admission. However, after 06 months studying here, I came to understand that I have made the right decision.

A multicultural environment with high quality teaching, friendly classmates and considerate teachers that the University offers guarantees to be an experience I may never forget.

It is a great honor to be selected as International Student Ambassador of the University and I could not wait to give my assistance to prospective students.

Huang Liyang

Huang LiyangI’m Huang Liyang, a second year student in Biotechnology Master Program. I come from Harbin, China, a beautiful snow city as Helsinki.

After my exchange experience in the University of Helsinki, I still choose it for my master study. The strong academic atmosphere, innovative spirit and independent thinking style impress me a lot. Additionally, getting along with international students from all over the world makes my life more colourful. Finland is a country that we have to feel it with our hearts. It is peaceful, pure and classical. The culture bred polite and warm-hearted Finnish people. You will definitely love here.

Looking forward to seeing you in Helsinki and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Zaheer Asghar

ambassadorsMoi Moi!! I’m Zaheer a researcher @Crafts Science Unit of the University of Helsinki. I was transferred two years before from Rohi a warm desert of Pakistan to the seaside of Helsinki. You are warm welcome for Skiing along me on frozen sea during peak winters and roaming out during flying summers. Even I am available for ideas exchange about warm deserts inside Finnish Sauna with -20 Celsius outside. International students can approach me for discussion on academic and non-academics matters
@ fb: Zaheer.asgar

Nishadh Perera

Hey! I’m Nishadh, an international master’s degree student from Sri Lanka. I’m currently a first year student studying computer science as my major at the department of science of University of Helsinki. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Sri Lanka from University of Moratuwa and started my master’s degree in UHe few months back.

I decided to apply to University of Helsinki for the computer science master’s program as I found out the content of the course very interesting with a large number of focus areas. The study programs are flexible and encourages the students to explore the focus areas to broaden the knowledge. I have only completed my first semester here and I’m really impressed with the course content, teaching techniques, lecturers and the student life in Helsinki.

Apart from the academic benefits, student life is full of various celebrations, events from different student organizations allowing the student to enjoy the student life. Further University of Helsinki is rich in the number of international students from all over the world. If you are interested in making new friends and experience different cultures Helsinki is the place to be!

You are welcome to contact me for any questions you may have. Hope to see you in University of Helsinki soon!

Sibanda Tawanda Brandon

Like any young mind out there success is on our minds to an extent that we forget to pull up others like us who fall along the way, this thought has brought me up with the mind to always find fault in a society/community, the thought that the little one can do means a lot to the many you do it to. My moving to Helsinki was probably one of the worst times i have had in my life! but just because I had a rough time its no justification for anyone else to go throught the same things. this is one of the things the Student Ambassador program stands for, I am honoured to be part of such a team!

Sara Haapanen

saramanchesterI’m from England originally and have been living and working in Finland for a number of years (yes, I admit my Finnish is not great either, it’s a continuous work in progress). I’m a mother and I’d class myself as a mature student being a little older than the average age.

I am really enjoying my studies, learning some very interesting things and meeting new people along the way. I love that studying here means you get to study any topic you may find interesting or just want to know about from the history of alcohol in England to something about the global political economy.

The staff are great, the courses are wide and varied and there are some fascinating fellow students. There are no limitations when it comes to learning.

Personally I love to spend time with my family and friends, I’m vegan and love cooking and and baking. I enjoy trying out different sports and UniSport (university provider) certainly aids that, we even have wall climbing here. I even enjoy a couple of sessions of ice swimming every year – you have to try it once!

Looking forward to meeting you here, and please don’t hesitate to ask anything.

Tania Afrin

I am Tania Afrin. My home country is Bangladesh. I came to Finland September 2008 and did my B.B.A in Savonia University of Applied Science in Varkaus which is 320 kilometer from Helsinki. Varkaus is a small city and full of natural beauty. There is not so many people, but the people you find is really helpful and friendly. I loved to be there and I passed my first 7 years in abroad in Varkaus.

About my family, I have three years old son and my husband here with me. I like to do volunteer work. I love painting, traveling and having fun with friends.

I believe, “without dream, nothing is not possible.” At the age of 14, I dream to study abroad while reading together with my brother one day. Now I am here in Finland and want to share my experience with you all.

Suvenda Vignesh Maran

Moi! Hey! Vanakam! Kon’nichiwa! I am Suveda Vignesh Maran (Vikki) from India. I am pursuing my master’s degree in molecular biosciences with a specialisation in Biochemistry at the Viikki Campus of the University of Helsinki. I have a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Biotechnology from India. I have heard a lot about Finland and its education system before coming here from former students at Helsinki. It is a very student friendly nation altogether from my experience.

I was initially planning to apply to Sweden or the US, but decided to come here for all the student benefits and the strong education system that University of Helsinki had to offer. If you are from a tropical country (Like me) or from any part of the world (Not you, Iceland) living in Finland would be a surreal experience for you. The University of Helsinki is one of the leading research universities in Europe. It has a strong academic culture and robust research programmes. The Finnish education system places the responsibility on the student rather being rigid and over controlling. The teachers are quite friendly and helpful.

  • I absolutely love the sauna which is a quintessentially Finnish invention.
  • Did you know the Finnish national epic, Kalevala inspired a young English scholar named JRR Tolkien to write a small book called The Lord of The Rings?
  • Most Finns have almost native English proficiency.
  • Finland has 1Mbps internet connection as a legal right. I rest my case.
  • Finland is full of surprises. Think Clear. Head North.

I would love to hear from you guys! See you soon.


Meet our International Student Ambassadors for the year 2015!

Hayley Grant

hayleyHey! I’m Hayley! I’m a 23-year-old Grad student from USA (specifically Kentucky), where I graduated with a Bachelor’s in German Studies at a small school called Transylvania University. I moved to Helsinki last year to pursue my Master’s Degree in Germanic Philology with the Faculty of Arts.

What drew me to pack up all my belongings and move here to Finland was the sense of adventure and culture the country has to offer. I love the beauty of Finnish nature, the confusion of Finnish language and yes, even the winters here.

When I’m not at the University I enjoy being social, traveling, taking photos and exploring (or getting lost…) in Helsinki. There are tons of things to do in the city, as well as on the campus with various student organizations to fit whatever interests you!

Finland and the University of Helsinki are fantastic places, and I hope you really enjoy your studies and stay here. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if you’re up for an adventure!

Irene Hau

ireneHi! My name is Irene, and I am a baby seagull, as in a first year Master’s student of Social Sciences in Media and Global Communication. I graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts, double-majoring in English Studies and Media and Cultural Studies. I went on an exchange for a semester to Aarhus, Denmark during my bachelor studies, and that is how I fell in love with the Scandinavia and decided to come back for my Master’ Degree.

When I arrived in Helsinki in August 2014, I thought I would come prepared with the Scandinavian experience I acquired during my stay in Denmark. However, Finland just keeps on wowing me in its own different and unique ways, especially with the nature, the weather, and the language!

My stay in Helsinki has been wonderful and I am very fortunate to have met amazing people and friends. Having been a mentor for international exchange students, an exchange student myself, and currently an international full-degree student, I could not understand better the difficulties a foreigner would face when adjusting to a new environment. Please do not hesitate to get in touch, whether you have concerns regarding studying at the University of Helsinki, or you just want to make a new friend!

Marjolein Sliepen

marjoleinMoi! My name is Marjolein, and I started this September with the international Master’s program in chemistry. I’m from the Netherlands, and obtained my Bachelor of Science from the Maastricht Science Programme. After living in the Netherlands for twenty years, I felt it was time for a change and applied to universities abroad, and got accepted to the University of Helsinki.

I started my studies this September at the Kumpula campus where the faculty of science is located. After spending one semester at the university of Helsinki, I can say I really enjoy it. There are many international exchange and degree students, and the atmosphere is relaxed and motivating. Helsinki is a beautiful city, and a great student city. There are plenty of things to do and visit. There is something nice for everybody; museums, parks, nature, parties, sports, etc.

At this moment I’m not sure what the future will hold, but I’m sure that these years at the University of Helsinki will help me in the future, and that it was a good decision to come to Helsinki.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail!

Nathaniel Silva-White

nathaniel4Moi! My name is Nathaniel and I am studying the International Master’s in European Studies with a major in General History. Originally from Wales, UK, I made the decision to apply for Helsinki on a whim and it turned out to be the best impulsive decision I’ve ever made! Put simply I have settled into Helsinki and Finland far quicker than I could ever have hoped for. In fact, when I go back to the UK I quickly start to feel homesick for Helsinki. I can think of no better compliment for my new home!

The European Studies course offers the opportunity to look at all aspects of Europe and not just the EU. This was particularly important for me, as my interests lie in larger historical trends and not just those surrounding the EU. This means that I can focus on my favourite area of history – the Cold War. However, if your interests lie in areas such as EU expansion/relations etc, the course is also perfect for that. The flexibility of the department allows you to plan your studies around your particular interests.

For anyone thinking of applying, I would strongly recommend that they go for it. My course has far more flexibility and choice than I have ever experienced in my prior studies, the lecturers are all extremely approachable and helpful, plus the city is a great place to be. I would recommend getting to know the locals as these are the people who can show you the best places to spend your time in the city. Helsinki is now my home and I don’t intend to leave anytime soon!

Jibril Taufiq

taufiqMy name is Jibril Taufiq Iddriss and I am a first year Master’s student studying in the Religion, Conflict and Dialogue (RCD) International Master’s program at the faculty of Theology. I’m a 30-year-old from Ghana and I have lived in Ghana all my life. I graduated from the University of Ghana in 2010.

I decided to apply to the University of Helsinki because the Religion, Conflict and Dialogue (RCD) program seemed like  a unique and interesting way to enrich my knowledge and understanding of Religion and Conflict from a different perspective. So far, I have been impressed by the focus of my courses and I have found the conversations with professors, lecturers and my fellow students to be enriching and motivational, both in and out of the classroom.

Regarding my career objectives or future plans, after my studies my plan is to be able to work in a well-known international institution preferably in United Nations or as a foreign affairs analyst for the government so it will give me the opportunity to be actively engaged in global conflict management in areas such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Nigeria and the Two Sudans which explores the concept of reconciliation as a means to help people and societies emerge from civil war, genocide, and dictatorship. Also working as a scholar at a university or a think-tank has always been a very tempting career choice. In the long run, I am aiming at a political career.

Giulia Pernisi

Giulia-Pernisi-ambassador_verkkoMoi! My name is Giulia Pernisi, and I’m a Master’s student majoring in Italian Philology. I’m from Italy (Milano) but I moved to Finland permanently in 2013. Why? Because I’m truly, madly, deeply in love with this wonderful country. From a lifelong dream, to action, and finally to reality – it’s been quite a journey so far, and yet, easily the best choice of my life!

In a nutshell, my passion for languages and foreign cultures has lead me to study and graduate in ‘Foreign Languages and Intercultural Relationships’, from the University of Milan. Shortly after that I moved to Finland, and set up my life from zero. During that time, the decision to become a teacher was born from the joy and challenge of giving private Italian lessons to Finns. A year later, here I am, proud and happy to be studying to become a teacher here at the University of Helsinki.

And oh my, what a place this is! Just to give you an idea, I’ll highlight some of the services I’m currently using:
1) Well equipped and easily accessible libraries.
2) The Computer centre of Aleksandria, and its free printers.
3) The efficient health care service that it’s either cheap or completely free.
4) The Unicafes where you make your belly happy paying just 2.60€.
5) The high quality language teaching, offered by the Language Centre.
Not to mention the amazing teachers I have who, among other things, have given me amazing hands-on experiences in order to reach my goals. Furthermore, I love the informal and totally relaxed environment, as well as the flexibility offered by the study plan which allows you to tailor it to your interests.

And lastly, I want to mention Helsinki, a safe and efficient city full of trustworthy, friendly and open minded people – with a vibrant nightlife for those who wish to embrace it.
I’m glad to be one of the International Student Ambassadors for 2015, and together with you, we’ll make your stay at the University of Helsinki a memorable one!
Feel free to contact me with any questions, and be certain to come to say Hello! – we can have a chat in English, Finnish, Italian or French.
Be very welcome in Finland and enjoy a super enjoyable student life! 😉

Rupsha Bagch

rupsha_pictureMy name is Rupsha and I am a first year Master’s student studying Computer Science as my major, in the Department of Science which is located at the Kumpula campus of the University of Helsinki. I come from the vibrant and bustling
India and hold a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering. It has been only a few months since I came to Helsinki, but the huge cultural differences I have experienced have been pleasantly overwhelming. I am glad to say that now when I picture home, my quaint little apartment in Helsinki comes to my mind.

I feel very lucky to have met people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds,
and have always wanted to have this kind of an experience. It is a great pleasure
for me to be a part of the ambassadors team of the University of Helsinki and help
promote this university to prospective students. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this university and the lifestyle here.

I love reading, travelling and meeting new people. I’m currently trying to learn
Finnish, and it makes me realise how learning the way it is spoken makes me look
at my everyday activities in a completely different light!


TX profile photoHey, I am doing my master degree of international law in Helsinki for the first year. Helsinki and Finns are extremely friendly, staffs in the university are easy to access and a lot of unique features to explore here. My choice has been convinced  completely since I have lived in Helsinki for the first term.

Originally, I come from Shanghai, China. But I was shuttling between Europe, Middle East and China in the last 4 years. Comparatively, Helsinki is such a excellent option for studying. You will have a pure and quiet environment to slow down and to upgrade yourself.

My plan is to get my master degree in law here and to expand my network in Europe. I am expecting the coming year and would like to see more newbies!

Shirajum Monira

ShirajumMoikka! I’m Shirajum Monira (nickname Erina), a 23 year old International Master’s degree student originally from Bangladesh, a small green country located in South Asia. At present I am studying in the second year with major in physics and specialization on Particle Physics. After graduation I would like to pursue a PhD in Astroparticle physics and continue research in this particular field of Particle Physics.

On September, 2013 I moved to Helsinki after completing a Bachelor of Science degree with triple major in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Bangalore, India. Although my Bachelor thesis was in the field of Radio Astronomy but later it seemed my true passion remained elsewhere.

Joining university of Helsinki was a life changing experience for me, and it’s not only because of the excellent facilities provided for students but also for the positive atmosphere which motivates students to learn. Since I switched my discipline after Bachelor’s degree, so first year here had been quite confusing but the immense support and encouragement from the professors helped me finding that true passion. We learn to study independently and effectively grow new skills in a friendly international environment.

The Finnish culture is another thing which impressed me the most. People here are open minded, and welcoming. Finland’s unique nature; beautiful forests, colourful autumn and peaceful people made me feel like a home away from home. On my arrival in Finland I was worried about extreme winter here, but guess what? Now I eagerly wait for more snow! 

One thing for sure, Finland is the best country for students to study and enjoy life at the same time. Tervetuloa Suomi!

If you are thinking to apply here and need information, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Meet our International Student Ambassadors for the year 2014!

Austin Sears

austinMoi! My name is Austin and I am a first year master’s student studying in the Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration (ERI) International Master’s program with a major in Sociology. I’m a 23 year old originally from Chicago and a true Midwesterner at heart. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago last spring.

I decided to apply to University of Helsinki because the ERI program seemed to be a unique and interesting way to enrich my knowledge of Sociology in a new context. So far, I have been impressed by the focus of my courses and I have found the conversations with professors, lecturers and my fellow students to be enriching and motivational, both in and out of the classroom.

When I am not studying, I like to hang out with my friends, utilize UniSport’s great facilities, go for runs along the sea and the Vantaa River, check out cultural events at the University and in the city, and explore new cafes and coffee shops around Helsinki.

I hope that I am able to assist you with any questions that you may have about the University, student life or life in Helsinki!

Chen Shuo

Chen Hi, I am Chen Shuo, a first year student in the Master’s Program of Translational Medicine in Faculty of Medicine. I was born and raised in China and then graduated from the Netherlands for my bachelor studies. Now I’ve been in Finland for more than half a year and I am enjoying it very much!

The student life in the University of Helsinki has been a great pleasure for me. I’ve combined wonderful academic and social life here. The studies maybe a little bit intense but the knowledge gained is exciting for me. Besides, going out with friends after school is definitely the most joyful thing you could do to relax and enjoy the beautiful city.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and I will do my best to help you!

Katarína Jelenčiaková

KatarinaHi, I’m Katarína and I’m from Slovakia. I completed both my bachelor and master degree at the Comenius University in Bratislava and now I’m pursuing another International Master degree in International Business Law at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law.

So far, I completed my first semester and I believe that this programme will broaden my knowledge in business law and help me in my future career. Moreover, international dimension of law always fascinated me and Helsinki being a very open and international city fits perfectly into my plans.

I’m also quite active person and I’m very keen on sports, especially football and ice-hockey.

Jaakko Haarala

JaskaTerve! I am born in Finland, but raised in Spain. I’ve also lived in the UK and my wife is from Romania. My 4 closest friends are a Spaniard living in London, a Finn I met in Malaga, a Chechen who lives in Dubai and a Swede from Jönköping. It is for this reason that I have always questioned my own identity in terms of nationality.

After having worked for approximately 10 years in the Corporate World, I decided to quit everything and try to rediscover myself and perhaps change my career. Don’t misunderstand, I have enjoyed my previous works to a great extent, but something inside me was urging me to do this Master of Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration (study line: Politics) at the Faculty of Social Science. I suppose, I am finally studying my own life and rediscovering myself!

I am currently also member of the board of the Student Association of the Faculty (Kannunvalat ry) and founding member of the Student Association of the Faculty for International Master Degree Students. I love to party, and let me tell you, these Finnish students know how to party 😉 . I am also passionate about Formula 1 and speed, and occasionally I play chess. I am looking forward to meeting & welcoming you!

Jana Turk

janaMy name is Jana, and I am a 23 year old grad-student from Austria, the country of the Sound of Music. Instead of running around on the mountains yodelling, I rather spend my time at the University of Helsinki studying Intercultural Encounters, majoring in Study of Religions.

What initially made me check the international Master programmes offered by the University of Helsinki was love. I fell in love with a Finn, and decided to come to Finland. I was immediately interested in “Intercultural Encounters” and was determined to start my studies here. Moreover, I was amazed by the possibility of getting high class education without having to pay tuition fees!

There is so much else that I would love to praise about the university life in Helsinki such as the gym facilities, the 24h study-possibilities at Aleksandria or the many Unicafés assuring that I get my daily dose of caffeine – but the best is you come and find out yourself 🙂

Veruscka Xavier Filgueira

VerusckaMoi! Miten menee?
I’m Veruscka, a 23 year-old student from Brazil. Studying in Finland seemed like a very distant dream for a long time, but guess what? I gathered the courage, applied and, in the autumn of 2013, I joined the Faculty of Social Sciences as a student in the REMS programme. I’m majoring in Social Psychology and after completing my first semester here, I can say I’ve been pleasantly surprised about many things! I try to keep my option open for the future, but I hope that my studies here will allow me to explore a wider range of academic and professional possibilities. I’m glad to be a Student Ambassador this year and I wish you will all become as enthusiastic about Finland and the University of Helsinki as I am!

Dong Junru

junruHey! I am Dong from China. I joined the Biotechnology Master program of Biological and Environmental Sciences department at 2013. I am now doing some researches on stem cells for my master thesis.

I am really looking forward to share my wonderful experience in Helsinki with you. I have been studying in different countries since 2007. Those precious experiences are not only interesting stories to share with my friends, but also help me understand new friends with different culture backgrounds more easily. If you are new in Helsinki and about to start to learn this lovely country and finding your new social network, I am glad to help you out with my friends.

Contact me whether you have any questions or just want to chat.
Email: , or just find me on facebook.

Mariana Antonaki

marianthiI moved to Finland from Greece around 3 years ago. While still not knowing what to do here, I got accepted at the University of Helsinki to pursue my master in Political Sciences. It came out of the clear blue sky, but now I am sure that it was the best decision I have made so far.

This university offers so overwhelming experiences that I am sure I will never forget this period of my life. Meeting new people, working in an international environment, seeing the opportunities for further research and being able to create your own degree, depending on your interests and not a strict schedule designed for you, are only a few of the things on top of my mind, when someone asks me about being a student in Finland. The country itself has something unusual; the language, the weather, the people. This all gives you a sense of calmness, something to be really appreciated from a person coming from the loud south!

Mian Awais Ahmad

mianHi! I’ve got pretty much long name to start with  ’Mian Awais Ahmad’, but you may call me Mian, just turned 24 and living in Helsinki since 2012.

I got into University of Helsinki International Master Degree Program of Physical Science with major in Materials Science. The Department of Physics is located in a Kumpula Campus which is also home for other natural and computer sciences. After graduation I am planning to either get into a PhD or business which sounds very promising in Finland.

Now I feel like incomplete without talking about city of Helsinki, which is of course the home of the top class University of Helsinki! Once a strange city now gives me a feeling of home. This international city and people who lives here are loveable despite of the cold, icy and dark winter. Don’t worry; we have tremendous summer, autumn and spring seasons too. Based on various experiences one’s body might leave Helsinki & UH but the heart stays here.

Any questions about getting into the University of Helsinki? Or want to know more? Feel free to buzz me! Tervetuloa!

Regina Welsch

ReginaHi! I am a first year Master’s student of international politics, enrolled in the programme Democracy and Global Transformations at the University of Helsinki. I hold a degree in Governance and Public Policy, which I obtained at the University of Passau in Germany.

Immediately when I arrived last year I felt warmly welcome at the University of Helsinki as well as at my department. The Department of Political and Economic Studies, where the programme is based, is home to some of the best professors in the fields of international politics, democracy studies, peace and conflict as well as political theory. In general, the teaching staff is accessible and eager to supervise students. Also, the study programme is flexible and encourages students to explore relevant, supporting subjects and conduct interdisciplinary studies. I have chosen to attend seminars at the faculty of law.

From my experience, Finnish culture and society is open to new ideas and influences, which make me feel part of the dynamic of the city, although I do not speak the Finnish language. Together with some fellow Master students I created a platform to discuss contemporary matters of international politics in English, which quickly gained resonance at our department as well as outside the university. Foreign and Finnish activists and researchers actively attend our meetings and share expert insight on the topic of discussion with students and other participants.

Not only university professors are accessible for students but also many other aspects of life in Helsinki. Students can easily see the Opera, the Ballet or go to the theatre due to the significant discounts provided by the Finnish government. Also, the fresh sea air and great nature clearly raise the quality of life in general. Since I am a fan of winter sport activities, I especially enjoy the cross-country track that starts right in front of my doorstep.

I am happy about my decision to pursue my studies in Helsinki and would highly recommend my programme for those who intend to study international politics and related subjects. You are welcome to contact me for any questions you may have.

Meet our International Student Ambassadors for the year 2013!

They are also keen to assist you with any questions that you may have about the University, student life or life in Helsinki!

Anna Yukhtenko

Moi kaikki! I am a first year student of economics at the University of Helsinki, International Master’s Degree Programme. Although I arrived here only in August, now I can definitely say that Helsinki became a real home city for me; and studies together with students’ life at the University was the main reason for it. I made wonderful friends here, got a chance to develop my knowledge and realize my talents, participated in various events and just had a wonderful time!

I would be very happy to promote our great University, contribute to the further development of it and do my best to help potential students make the right decision. And also be one of the advisors for the freshmen of course.

I like hanging out with my friends, theatre, board games, enjoy doing sports (especially martial arts, beware) and reading. As for future plans – not sure yet, but right now one of my biggest projects is learning Finnish; it’s very hard, but I have a strong motivation of trying to find a job here in Finland.

One of my dreams is to jump with a parachute someday, but I’m too scared to do it alone – so whoever is interested, feel free to contact me 😉

Dina Nitisa

Hei! My name is Dina and I come from Latvia, a beautiful green country approximately 400 kilometres south from Finland. I have 22 years of experience of life, and it seems to me that I always happen to be at the right time and place. Now I’m in Helsinki studying in the International Master’s degree programme in Plant Production Sciences. I am very pleased with my studies: the variety and quality of the courses and the people I am lucky enough to have met. I know some might disagree, but the winter in Helsinki is particularly wonderful: it’s cold outdoors, but never inside, and all white and soft – exactly what you expect when heading North. I’m still surprised that, while some ski to the classes, others may never stop riding their bikes. Remarkable things happen here embraced by a contagious peacefulness.

Barbora Czókolyová

I am 23 years old girl from Slovakia. After finishing my Master´s degree in Law in May 2012 in Bratislava, Slovakia I decided to apply for International Master´s Degree Programme at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki and here I am now studying International Master´s Degree Programme in International Business Law. I believe that this specialized degree will help me in my future career. I have already successfully finished the first semester and I have extended my knowledge in many different areas of International and European Business Law.

Abdul Ghafar

I am Abdul Ghafar from Pakistan. I have graduated from University of Helsinki, Finland in Erasmus Mundus Food of Life (EMFOL): the science of animal derived foods and now Post-Graduate student at Department of Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki. In addition, I completed MSc (Hons.) Food Technology and BSc (Hons.) Agriculture major subject Food Sciences from University of Agriculture Faisalabad-Pakistan.

I am working with Hemicellulose Research Group, under the kind supervision of Dr. Kirsi Mikkonen and Dr. Kirsti Parikka. My research for Doctoral thesis is focusing on ‘Novel functional materials from upgraded biopolymers: polysaccharide aerogel’.

It is pleasure for me to be a part of the University of Helsinki Ambassadors Team to attract more international students (Master and PhD Degree students) to the University of Helsinki, Finland.

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“Distribute Happiness to All”

Xiao Zhou

Hi, I am Xiao Zhou, 23 years old and I am from China!  I am now in the international master’s degree programme in Food Sciences, and this is my first year. You can learn the principles and theories of food processing, how to produce your favorite products, and how to maintain food safety in our department! I love food science, I love food, I love cooking Chinese dishes! Also, I love traveling and reading! If you are interested in Food Science, or in our university, make your move, we are waiting for you!

MA Qian

I am Qian from China. I obtained my bachelor’s degree, majoring in Human Resources Management and minoring in International Economy and Trade from Soochow University in China in 2009. After graduation I worked in a French aerospace company as an HR officer for 3 years. Last August I left from Suzhou, a place known as ”Heaven on Earth” in China and set foot on Helsinki -”the Daughter of the Baltic Sea”.

I have studied in the master’s degree programme of Adult Education and Developmental Work Research (ATMO) in the Institution of Behavioural Sciences since September 2012. The programme offers me creative and concrete tools for in depth insights of organizational learning, work development and change management. With the help of the world class professors, I am able to integrate the theoretical studies with the practical societal needs. The programme aims at cultivating human resources developers, consultants and professional researchers and it fits my future career plan perfectly.

Marie Christine Acmo

I am a Filipino national who is currently taking my master studies in Media and Global Communication. I arrived here in Finland in August 2012, and I have enjoyed the weather and the university life. Coping with a teaching style which is very different from what I am used to was my greatest struggle, but nevertheless, I managed to adjust. I am very much looking forward to obtaining a degree and getting a job in the communication industry in the near future.

Wang Xiaoqing

Hi, my name is Wang Xiaoqing. I am a master student of Food Science in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. I feel honoured to be a member of the student ambassador team and I am more than happy to introduce the fun life here up north. Please do not hesitate to ask anything, I will try to do my best to help you to get to know this brilliant university.


Yujie Wang

I come from China, majoring in Food Science in Faculty of Agriculture and Forest. I started my master study in 2012. Finland as well as University of Helsinki attracted me a lot which makes me more determined to study here. Also, I plan to begin my working career here where I experience excellent professors, plenty of study opportunities, good study environment and appealing living environment.

Veronika Kiseleva

I am one of the international students at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, located at the Viikki campus of the University of Helsinki. I specialize on Forest Products Marketing and Management.

I have first arrived to Finland in August 2008 in order to start pursuing my Bachelor’s degree. Having completed 2 years of my studies I went to Canada for my exchange programme. After that I was focusing on my final thesis for 3-4 months and then flew to Maldives, where I spent a year. In Maldives I was devoted to the completion of my internship followed by the regular half-year employment.  In August 2012 I have returned to Finland again to continue my education and commence my Master’s degree studies.

I enjoy finding a perfect combination between social and academic life. Being busy keeps me alive. I am result-oriented, enthusiastic, energetic and optimistic individual. I have numerous life experiences to share with. I find traveling, diving, nature exploration and experience exchanging to be the most exciting things what life can offer.

74 thoughts on “Student Ambassadors

  1. I m so excited to come and study in the university of helsinki in finland but still have 2years to accomplish in here
    -Meriem from Morocco

  2. Hello, I am Ashama from Nepal. I have been accepted for international master’s degree in biotechnology. Is there any one from the same field to get more acquainted before I come? 🙂 Love to make new friends and get familiar with the atmosphere.

  3. hello, i am a Cameroonian studying last year Political Sciences
    it will be very nice for me to study in the university of Helsinki come 2014
    i will like to study my masters Program in Democracy and Global transformation
    hope to meet new friends and acquintances
    facebook address is vadys thierry

  4. Hlw, I am Faqrul from Bangladesh. I complete my BSc in Forestry from one of the leading university of Bangladesh. I want to pursue my Master’s Degree in Biotechnology (MBIOT) under Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, university of Helsinki. Is my degree is eligible to apply for this MS program? Do I need any publication and work experience to apply? Waiting for your replay.


    • Hello!

      Regrettably, we cannot make any advance assessments on the information you have given, as the student selections are carried out by the faculties and departments of the University of Helsinki (UH). They will assess your previous studies once you have submitted your application – along with the requested documents for admission – but not before.

      For general entry requirements for the MBIOT programme, please see


    • Hello Nusaiba! Thank you for your message. Regrettably, as HND (Higher National Diploma) is a higher education qualification that is considered equivalent to the first two years of a university course, it is not sufficient for applying to the Master´s level at the University of Helsinki. You would need the have a fully completed Bachelor´s degree to be eligible for Master´s studies.

      The University of Helsinki does not offer any undergraduate majors/degree programmes in English. Only the two domestic languages, Finnish and Swedish, can be used in undergraduate studies. Also the entrance examinations, which have to be passed to be admitted to undergraduate studies, are given entirely or partly in Finnish and Swedish. Best wishes, Katja/Admissions Services

  6. Hi
    I’ve just finished my university in iran.and I love to start master of food sience in finland but I’m afraid because I don’t know anything about living in finland.
    Can you please give me some information and connect with me ? This is my email address:
    I hope that with your guidance I can make my dreams real.

  7. Hello,

    My name is Juliana. I am interested to pursue my Master’s Degree in ATMO (Adult Education and Developmental Work Research). I found that one of the student ambassador was taking the program. I want to know more about the program by discussing it with Ms. Ma Qian. May I get her e-mail address for further information about the experience of the program?

    Thank you very much for your kind attention.

  8. Hello, my name is Angel Zhang.

    I am interested in pursuing my master’s degree in biotechnology (MBIOT) and I would like to speak with one of the ambassadors of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry about their experience at applying and studying.

    Thank you so much for your time and for serving others.


    Angel Zhang

  9. Arvin. from Iran..23 years old. i study economic(bachelor) .
    If I am a undergraduate student in the final semester can I apply for admission for MA Economics in Finland this month.?(in December 2013)
    (I will graduate in two months later,when your admission finish)
    And the second question: score for IELTS is important for send in first admission? ..or i can send it later?
    3 question: what grade accept for master in Finland?

    • Dear Arvin,

      Thank you for your message. You can apply even if you haven´t graduated yet. If you have not graduated by the time the application period for the programme you are applying to begins, you are required to submit an officially certified copy of your latest transcript of records. See also the Country-specific requirements,, on how to authorize your educational documents. If you receive the degree certificate and the final transcript of records during the application period, it is recommended that you submit them as well.

      You should point out the anticipated graduation date on the application and submit the documents you have at the time of applying. Do not wait to receive your final diploma or degree certificate if it is not available during the application period.

      Please note that conditionally accepted applicants are required to present their degree certificates by July 29, 2014, at 16:15 local time (GMT +2).

      A language test or other accepted proof or your language skills is essential, it must be submitted by the application deadline January 31, 2014, otherwise your application can not be processed. Please see for accepted methods to indicate your language skills.

      Kind regards,
      Katja/Admissions Services

  10. Hello Everyone,

    I am interested to pursue my masters in Bioinformatics at University of Helsinki.

    I have a problem regarding the submission of Language Test requirements document, I have scored 86 in my first attempt of TOEFL iBT which is less than minimum required score of 92 besides satisfying the minimum requirement in writing section of 22(i got 25). Moreover, if we convert the TOEFL iBT score 86 into IELTS, it will be exactly 6.5 which is also accepted by the university.

    The next available test dates for TOEFL iBT are on or after 12th Jan’14. Once the test is taken on the next least possible date, the scores probably may or may not reach UAF before the application deadline 31st Jan’14.

    Could you please advise me on the same? Will i get any extra time to submit the latest test scores after the deadline, if i submit the application with the old scores ??

    Thanks in advance !!!

    • Hello and thank you for your message!

      If your language test score is below the minimum, your application file will not be processed further (see:

      However, you will be given time to supplement your application (10 working days from the processing date of your application), so you can send in your application form and the other attachments by the application deadline January 31, 2014. Please note that you can supplement your application only once after the deadline has passed. Please note also that if your application form arrives later than January 31, 2014 at 16:00/4 p.m. (GMT +2), your application will be considered late and can not be processed at all.

      Merry Christmas!

      Kind regards,
      Katja /Admission Services

      • Thanks for your reply.

        May i have the contact of the students from Bioinformatics and Neuroscience program to inquire research related queries?

  11. hi, my name is Girdhari pandram from India. i have completed bachelor degree in the discipline of Agriculture, i m looking for admission in 2years master programme in agriculture. MY SKYPE ID girdhari.pandram.cell

  12. Hello

    I am interested in doing a masters in Political Science at the University of Helsinki, but it seems that it is only offered in Finnish. My question is that could I do that same masters in English?
    Thank You
    Best Regards

  13. I’m Aayush from Nepal. I m currently a 3rd year student of Bachelor of Technology in IT. My graduation completes next year. I want to pursue Masters in Computer Science from UH. My CGPA will be around 6.6. will I be eligible for the course mentioned? Are there any other South Asian students studying Computer science i can get help from regarding the complete admission process? I would be grateful if you could shed some light in admission process in computer science. Waiting for reply. Thanks!

    • Hi Aayush, and thank you for your interest in the University of Helsinki.

      We do offer an international master’s degree programme in computer science at UH, and in order to get admitted a suitable bachelor’s degree from a compatible field is required from the applicant. To check whether your bachelor’s degree is compatible with the international master’s degree programme in computer science, please contact the Faculty of science: The next application period begins in early December 2014 and ends in the end of January 2015.

      Regarding information about the application process, please check our admissions pages:

      For more information regarding the international master’s degree programme in computer science, please check:

      Best regards

  14. Hello my question is I’ve done the post grad diploma from London.Now I want to become a chef so my question is do I need to take admission in bachelors? Or will I get admission in masters?? At the moment m around 31 of age thanks

    • Hi, and thank you for your enquiry. Regrettably, the University of Helsinki does not offer any culinary education programmes.

  15. Hello everyone. Mohammad Ahsan Qureshi from Pakistan here. I graduated with a double degree from a local university, in Economics and Finance and have been working as a Researcher for a year with a think-tank based in Islamabad.
    I believe it is time to pursue my masters and looking around, I have indeed fallen in love with the nordic areas. I have many reasons for it, something I hope to personally share with some of you if and when I manage to reach Finland.
    I need you to confirm a few things for me:
    * The website clearly states that the trail period of fees has ended in 2014. I need you to confirm if University of Helsinki will not be charging me any tuition fee.
    *Moving forward, I have with me a few months before the admissions open. I will be ofcourse working on my Finnish Language skills during this period. Is there any other thing I should be working on which would help me in getting a job via which I can pay for my basic necessities while I am there. Any specific skills that I should learn?
    *Is there any specific experience that can help strengthen my C.V. for a Finnish market or university?
    *Does the university offer lodging at the campus?
    * I will be applying through the website and I am told that this alone is way I can. How long till I get a response from the university? When would the semester start?
    *Lastly, as far as passions go, I am a writer. I have had a few publications and am currently working on a novel [half way through]. The point is that if it were upto me, i would prefer working as an english tutor or a librarian, a bookstore salesman etc. Is it possible to get such jobs for Masters students in Finland?


    • Thank you for your message,

      At present the University of Helsinki does not charge any tuition fees. However, all undergraduate and graduate students are required to pay an annual Student Union fee of c. 100 EUR. The university does not offer lodging on campus, but here we have gathered some useful information regarding housing:

      The application period for our international masters degree programmes starts on 1 December 2014 and ends on 30 January 2015. Due to the amount of applications, processing them may take several months. The fall semester begins in early September. For a full list of programmes, see:

      For further information regarding the application process and requirements, please read our Admissions pages:

      Kind regards,

      Admissions services

  16. this is saud James from Pakistan,I am a dairy technologist doing job as Q.A.E in milk processing company ,now want to get admission in Master in food sciences but on scholarship.Kindly guide is there any scholarship for international students or if not them what is the total cost for the cost ,Secondly I don’t have IELTS yet and without IELTS either I am eligible to apply or not.

    • Hello,

      and thank you for your interest in the University of Helsinki. You can read all about our language requirements on the following link:

      In short; you cannot apply without valid means of proving your language skills, you need a IELTS test or equivalent.

      Below you will find a short overview of funding options in Helsinki:


      Students who have been accepted to study in one of the 2014 nominated International Master`s Degree Programmes (IMDPs) are, in the beginning of their first year of studies, eligible for the Helsinki University International Student Grant. Further information regarding the grant and on the application process is available at



      The Finnish Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) offers scholarships for visitors to Finland from abroad, primarily for postgraduate (PhD) studies and research. These scholarships include CIMO Fellowships, Bilateral scholarships based on cultural agreements between Finland and over 30 countries around the world, Baltia 75 scholarships, and Kindred Nation Programme scholarships.

      Scholarships for Finnish studies and research are offered either for postgraduate studies and research at a Finnish university or for advanced (i.e. Master’s level) studies of the Finnish language. CIMO also runs a Finnish-Russian Student Exchange Programme based on university networks, with the participating institutions responsible for selecting the exchange students.

      Read more on CIMO’s website, Discover Finland: the scholarship section.


      Most grant and scholarship programmes, offered by various foundations and other organizations in Finland, are also open to international students and researchers. The University Helsinki offers its degree students two funding databases as to facilitate the search for grants and scholarships relevant to their lines of study or research themes. Use the Orientation Handbook´s PDF version ( on the How to apply? website for reference.


      Admissions Services

      P.O. Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33)
      FI-00014 University of Helsinki

  17. Hi,

    I am a 21 year old student from South Korea.
    Just have a question with regards to the language requirements: do all graduates(non-EU international applicants) other than those from Aus/Can/US must provide proof of language proficiency?
    I have attended schools in America since Grade 8 and have completed a bachelor degree in English.

    *Also by when does GRE test have to arrive at the admissions office?

    Best Regards,

  18. hello there!
    first of all i would like to thank you for giving such a very important information to the international students. i want to ask that can a student apply for the master studies without having EILTS score card in hand but have taken and the result is yet to be announced. result would be announced after the deadline of addmission!

    • Hello,

      based on our experience, any test taken later than the application period deadline will be too late as comes to receiving the score in time for the application process. This true even if the possible personal extended time (two weeks counting from the day when the application and other documents have been processed) is considered.


      Admissions Services

  19. Hi everybody I want to start studying Genetics at UH this year. I know the entrance exam includes Biology and Chemistry. Is there any current student that can remember more or less what are the Biology topics to be studied? I really want to pass the exam and start this year!



  20. Hello!

    A quick question.
    How many students did the University accept for the year of 2014 in MA Economics? Also, could you please provide the total number of applicants and the proportion of international students(MA in Economics)? Thank you!


  21. Hi, My name is Maryama and I am finishing my bachelor’s in a year and would like to pursue law in Helsinki. If someone could email me back I have so many questions ! Thanks in advance !

  22. Hey!

    I have recently completed my Graduation from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was a dual degree program in accounting and finance from Asia Pacific University, Malaysia and Staffordshire University, Uk. My convocation is in November. I want to do my Masters in Finland. My preferred courses are Accounting/Finance/MBA.

    Need assistance of this team.


  23. Hi
    I am an Algerian student in the second year of a university in the Division of Technology ,Can I complete my studies in this universit ?ans how ?
    thank you .

  24. hello:
    I want to apply for Masters degree programme. I have completed by Bs(Hons) degree in Statistics from Punjab University, Lahore Pakistan. Can you please provide me the following detail for applying at helsinki university:
    – can i apply without ielts or toffel my degree is in english also medium of instruction & examination in university of punjab is in english?
    – Do i required any bank statement? if yes, how much and for what duration?
    – is there any other specific requirement of the Helsinki University?

    • Hello,

      Thank you for interest in the University of Helsinki and the International Master’s Programmes (IMPs). All IMPs are available fully in English. Below you will find an information package about applying to our International master’s degree programmes.

      The application period for International Master´s Programmes beginning the autumn of 2016 (2016 admissions) opens in early December 2015 and closes on January 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm (GMT +2). For more information on the International Master´s Programmes (IMP), see

      The University of Helsinki has only one application and starting period for international students.

      The electronic application form will be available during the application period only at Applicants who have completed their qualification degree outside of EU (European Union), EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland will be charged a non-refundable application fee of 100 euro.

      Tuition fees will be introduced in 2017. Many details are still open and only an estimate of the minimum fee can be given: 1500 euro per year has been suggested. If you start as a non-fee-paying student, you will continue as such until you graduate with a Master’s degree. Applicants who have completed their qualification degree outside of EU (European Union), EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland will be charged a tuition fee.



      – – The printout of the finalized PDF-format application form

      – Your university transcript or mark sheet that includes full information on your completed coursework, the content of each course, and a chart indicating the grading system of the institution.

      – Your university diploma or degree certificate, if you have graduated with a university degree.

      – An academic reference/recommendation letter. Normally a voluntary enclosure, in TRANSMED (Translational Medicine programme) it is obligatory.

      The documents above must be submitted in their original language and as official (legalized) translations (into English, Finnish, or Swedish). Any photocopy (of any original document) must be legalized by a stamp and signature of an authorized official of the school or university that has issued the original document or by a notary public.

      Remember to pay attention to the country-specific requirements available at

      – The result of your language test. For acceptable ways of indicating your language skills, see

      If available:

      – A diploma supplement
      – A certificate supplement
      – An academic reference (for TRANSMED this is obligatory)

      Please note that the application will be processed in the faculty´s student selection procedure only if the enclosures meet the minimum requirements set by the University of Helsinki:

      Some International Master´s Programmes may request additional documents. For details, see

      Admission is paper-based: there is no examination to be passed or an interview to be cleared.

      Please note that if you apply for MORE THAN ONE MAJOR, you need to submit A FULL APPLICATION FILE (the printed application form and all obligatory enclosures) FOR EACH MAJOR you apply for. You cannot apply for more than a total of THREE (3) MAJORS.

      The University of Helsinki DOES NOT ACCEPT scanned applications or documents sent as attachments to an email message, neither do we accept faxed applications or documents. You should send your application documents in regular (air) mail or through an international courier service (UPS, DHL, TNT, Fed-Ex, etc.).

      Some International Master´s Programmes may request additional documents. For details, see

      Please note that for the ECONOMICS Master´s Programme, you are required to take the GRE General Test:

      All graduate applications and documents to University of Helsinki must be mailed to the following address:

      University Admissions Finland
      Unioninkatu 40B
      FI-00170 Helsinki

      University Admissions Finland (UAF) is a centralized application service established by Finnish universities. UAF´s task is to help applicants to go through the application process as smoothly as possible. If you have questions about the application procedure, the UAF personnel can help you via e-mail and over the telephone. For more information, visit the UAF website at

      UAF does not have appointment hours for visiting clients.

      The University of Helsinki (UH) is a research-intensive institution. This trend is also reflected in the International Master´s Programmes, taught entirely in English. These programmes provide students with skills needed in demanding professions and give a solid foundation for doctoral (PhD) studies. The prerequisite for the International Master´s Programmes or Master´s level studies in general, is a Bachelor´s degree of equivalent.

      The extent of the International Master´s Programmes is 120 ECTS credits. Two years of intensive full-time study is required of the student for graduation. All programmes follow the national legislation governing university education and are therefore recognized throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Quality of the programmes is ensured by an international quality assurance system. An important part of the system is the assessment of all research and education of the University of Helsinki carried out by international experts every six years.

      In 2016, all programmes are free of charge for all accepted students, EU and non-EU students alike. The exception to this rule is the two International Master´s Degree Programmes (Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry and Economy, State and Society) that have Euromaster or Erasmus Mundus status. These may have tuition fees.

      As indicated above, you must have a Bachelor´s degree or equivalent to qualify for entry to an International Master´s Programme. However, the Bachelor´s does not have to be exactly in the same field of study as the Master´s degree you are applying for. Most International Master´s Programmes accept students with a varying background. Some IMDPs may even accept students with a degree from a university of applied sciences. Nevertheless, major parts or modules in your past studies must be relevant to the programme you are applying for. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences should always first contact the Admissions Services (

      Some programmes may require that the applicant’s degree is from a specific field. Please see the programme´s website for detailed requirements.

      The final assessment of your existing degree will be carried out once you have submitted your application. Detailed information regarding the types of degrees that are acceptable cannot be given in advance.

      However, you are able to compare the content Bachelor´s degree programme that you have completed with a similar one offered at the University of Helsinki by going through the course information on the appropriate department´s website at

      The programme/syllabus (often called a study guide) can usually be found by clicking the Studies or Courses link. You will find an overview of all classes offered in English at the Courses in English website at

      In order to qualify for Master´s level studies, your grades must be fairly good. At the University Helsinki, where a grading scale from 0 to 5 is used, a student wishing to enter Master´s studies must have 3 (three) as the average performance grade in the Bachelor´s degree. In some cases, the average grade requirement may be as high as 4/5 or even higher.

      Even if you are in the middle of the last year of your undergraduate university studies, you should still send in the documents that you have at the moment of application. Do not wait until you receive your final diploma or degree certificate, if it is not available within the application period. Instead, submit the documents you have and indicate in your application the anticipated university graduation date.

      For the majority of the programmes, the application deadline is January 27, 2016. University Admissions Finland (UAF) must receive the application form, including whatever enclosures you are able to submit. At UAF, the processing of applications will continue until the late February or early March. After this first stage of processing the application files are forwarded to the appropriate faculty.

      If you are planning to apply for one of the International Master´s Programmes, please note that Bachelor´s diplomas and transcripts may still be processed as late as July 15, 2016. However, this again may vary according to an individual Master’s programme.

      At present, the following Master´s Programmes are offered by the University of Helsinki (the coordinating faculty is in brackets):

      * Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry (Euromaster):
      * Atmosphere Studies (Science):
      * Biology (Biological and Environmental Sciences):
      * Biotechnology (Biological and Environmental Sciences):
      * Chemistry (Science):
      * Computer Science (Science):
      * Democracy and Global Transformations (Social Sciences):
      * Economics (Social Sciences): (GRE General Test required!)
      * Economy, State and Society (Erasmus Mundus):
      * Environment and Natural Resources (Agriculture and Forestry):
      * Environmental Ecology (Biological and Environmental Sciences, in the city of Lahti):
      * Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration (Swedish School of Social Science):
      * European Studies (Arts/Social Sciences):
      * Food Sciences (Agriculture and Forestry):
      * Forest Sciences and Business (Agriculture and Forestry):
      * Geography and Geology (Science):
      * Intercultural Encounters (Arts/Social Sciences):
      * International Business Law (Law):
      * Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Science):
      * Media and Global Communication (Social Sciences):
      * Molecular Bioscience (Biological and Environmental Sciences)
      * Neuroscience (Biosciences):
      * Physical Sciences (Science):
      * Plant Production Science (Agriculture and Forestry):
      * Public International Law (Law):
      * Religion, Conflict and Dialogue (Theology):
      * Religious Roots of Europe (Theology):
      * Research Master´s Programme in Social Sciences (Social Sciences):
      * Statistics (Science):
      * Translational Medicine (Medicine):

      In addition to the International Master´s Programmes above, it is possible to study using only the English language in some regular majors/degree programmes at the Master´s level. For a complete list of faculties and their departments/majors see

      However, this often means that you end up taking numerous reading courses (i.e. reading set books and taking exams), as the majority of lecture courses are not offered in English. Please note that the situation can vary a great deal from one major to another.


      Below you will find a short overview of funding options in Helsinki.

      Students who have been accepted to study in one of the 2016 nominated International Master`s Programmes (IMDPs) are, in the beginning of their first year of studies, eligible for the Helsinki University International Student Grant. Further information regarding the grant and on the application process is available at

      Website address is

      Website address is

      The Finnish Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) offers scholarships for visitors to Finland from abroad, primarily for postgraduate (PhD) studies and research. Read more on CIMO’s website, Discover Finland, in the scholarship section.

      Most grant and scholarship programmes, offered by various foundations and other organizations in Finland, are also open to international students and researchers. The University Helsinki offers its degree students two funding databases as to facilitate the search for grants and scholarships relevant to their lines of study or research themes. Use the Orientation Handbook´s PDF version for reference (


      Admissions Services

      P.O. Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33)
      FI-00014 University of Helsinki

      Tel. +358 2941 24140

  25. I Am medical student in Ukraine I am interested in post graduation in Finland
    I want to know how to apply and in which language the they teach
    How much will be fee

  26. Hello.
    I am Mina from Iran. I am studying master science of Nano material engineering. I am interested to know about available fund about my field for PHD at Helsinki.

    Thanks in advance.

  27. Dear Sir/Ma’am,
    I am Ashutosh Jaiswal , currently pursuing my Bachelor’s in Life Sciences(three years program) from Ramjas College, University of Delhi, India. I’m really interested in the master’s program offered in Neurosciences by your university. However, I have a few doubts regarding the requirements of the program and whether I will be able to financially support myself, which I hope you can clarify.
    These are as follows :-
    1. Being a student from an Indian University, am I eligible to apply for the course, given that my undergraduate program is only of three years?
    2. Also, if I could trouble you to brief me about the scholarships that I may be eligible to apply for?
    3. Is the program entirely in English ?
    4.Could you let me know the deadlines regarding the session 2017-2018?

    Thanking you in advance,
    Yours Obediently,

  28. Hello, I’m Shola from Nigeria. I would like to apply for the Masters Programme at your esteemed university. I’ve read up a lot online already, but there seems to be contradicting posts on some blogs, so I’m very confused already.

    I’ve a Bachelors degree in Economics Ed already and I would like to know the kind of options that are available to me.

    And also the process of application, and if the available full scholarships for an international student like me from Africa.

    Please your help would go a long way to shedding more light on a very confused issue.

    I look forward to hearing from you, (and maybe meeting you in a year’s time when I’ve been hopefully admitted.)

  29. Hi,i will come to UH to pursue my PhD thesis. Here, i had a question before arriving.
    What kinds of documents do i need to prapare for the register for my PhD programe when i arrving helsinki. I come from China with the national scholarship.
    Thank you for your help.

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