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The University of Jyväskylä is an internationally renowned research university. We are one of the largest and most popular multidisciplinary universities in Finland.
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We offer high-quality, research-based master’s degree programmes in English. International students are welcome to apply to the two-year programmes, which lead to an officially recognised master’s degree and qualify for doctoral studies. We also offer non-degree programmes and courses with instruction in English for exchange students in a variety of fields.

The University of Jyväskylä Graduate School for Doctoral Studies educates professionals in research, helping them become competent and versatile experts in various fields for the needs of society. Approximately 160 doctors graduate yearly from the University’s six faculties.

Finland is well known for highly professional teachers and a top grade educational system. The roots of the system lie in Jyväskylä. JYU has been a pioneer in teacher training since its establishment in 1863. Today, teacher training still is one of our core competences.

Study experience at JYU is shown as excellent results in the International Student Barometer (ISB) in autumn 2017: Over 90% of our international respondents are satisfied with their study experience. In the survey, JYU's ratings for satisfaction with living were the best worldwide and satisfaction with teaching was the highest in Finland. ISB also shows our success in welcoming our international students, as satisfaction with arrival experiences and conditions topped other European universities.

Jyväskylä – a city with four seasons and a beating heart


Your destination is Jyväskylä, a student-friendly, continuously growing city with a population of nearly 140,000, of which almost every third are students. In this lively and compact city, you can live close to the campus and the city centre while having a touch of Finnish nature right next to you. With people and services close by, you are always just a bicycle ride from the beat of the city. The lively but safe environment lets you focus on the important things in your life and studies.

Jyväskylä is located in Central Finland with beautiful natural surroundings and inspiring architecture. The JYU campus is a combination of modern style and classics of the famous architect Alvar Aalto. The lakeside city, bordered by forests, is a perfect environment for outdoor activities. The look of our campus is determined by four distinctive seasons, with each one bringing something different and refreshing throughout the year.

JYU cares for you


Our new international students are first welcomed by a student tutor, who is there to help with practical issues and social aspects of student life. Students get to know each other during an orientation programme. An additional chance to get to know the Finnish way of life is through a local friendship family programme. There are plenty of opportunities for mixing in with locals, with all kinds of events arranged by the University and local organisations.

In Jyväskylä, students not only populate the campus, but also the city itself. This means that entertainment is guaranteed outside of working hours. Jyväskylä is rich with free time activities ranging from sports to culture. If you are searching a new hobby or just eager to try new things, there is something for all tastes.

At JYU, the community takes care of its members. The helpful staff and the Student Life operating model, designed specifically to enhance the wellbeing of our students, support you through even the most demanding periods of study.

As a student here, you get more than just the right to attend courses. For example, since JYU is the only provider of university-level education in sport sciences in Finland, we have a great selection of sports and other activities to keep you sharp and powered up. We love to keep moving – you don't need to be a sports student to enjoy the range of exercise.

Affordable student accommodation lets you share your free time with fellow students and create a long-lasting bond with JYU’s international community.

JYU also offers scholarships for its most successful international master’s degree students, which cover the cost of tuition fees and make studying with us rewarding and very affordable.