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Education System Overview

Academic year: August – June

In the 2015-2016 academic year, 396 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in Finland, a 55% increase from the year before.

Academic year: August - June

Major school holidays/break: June - August, one week in December, and one week in March

Major exam period(s): February – March

Structure of the University System

Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: Earning a bachelor's degree takes 3 to 4 years of full-time study. Higher education in Finland has a dual structure. Universities and polytechnics, also known as universities of applied sciences, provide higher education. Both sectors have their own profiles. Universities emphasize scientific research and instruction, whereas polytechnics adopt a more practical approach. Higher education institutions are very autonomous in organizing their instruction and academic year.

The language of instruction in universities: Finnish and Swedish. There are also more than 500 study programs in English.