Practical Issues

The University of Jyväskylä, located in a rapidly growing and modern city in the lake district of Finland, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in the country with almost 16 000 students, including 660 international students. Like all other Finnish institutes of higher education, University of Jyväskylä is state-run, and under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.

The University takes pride in the fact that for several years it has been one of the most popular institution of higher education among Finnish students. The University offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, Licentiate and Doctoral degrees within the faculties of Education, Humanities, Information Technology, Mathematics and Science, Social Sciences, Sport and Health Sciences and the School of Business and Economics. Altogether, there are over 100 subject area disciplines to choose from and more than 40 degree programmes leading to a Master’s degree. There is a strong emphasis on international cooperation in the University of Jyväskylä. In addition to high academic standards, we provide comprehensive counselling services for international students.

Surrounded by lakes, ridges and forests, Jyväskylä, "a small city with a big feel", is a place of great natural beauty. In summer there are numerous attractive beaches in the city, and the lakes can be used for fishing all year round. In winter, there are dozens of miles of cross-country skiing tracks and slalom slopes near the winter sports centre in Laajavuori. The Hippos Sports Centre includes, for example, an indoor ice stadium, an indoor sports centre with squash courts, training halls, football pitches, tennis and badminton courts and a swimming hall, all within walking distance of the main campus.

The city plays host to a variety of international sports and cultural events, such as the Neste Rally Finland, Alvar Aalto Symposium, Graphica Creativa and the annual Jyväskylä Arts Festival. A versatile cultural programme including theatre performances, concerts by choirs, orchestras and rock bands, art exhibitions, literary matinees and handicraft events, is offered throughout the year. During the past few years Jyväskylä has become a centre of specialist know-how in important worldwide growth areas, such as energy, information technology and environmental technology. Entrepreneurship based on these areas of expertise is nurtured at the Jyväskylä Technology Centre. As one of Finland's busiest congress cities, Jyväskylä is also developing a high reputation as an international congress and exhibition centre.

You will find more detailed information on the services provided for international students by the University of Jyväskylä in the webpage of the International Office.

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Where would I live?

There are various possibilities for accommodation in Jyväskylä. You can use the services of the International Office and rent a room in Kortepohja Student Village. The Student Housing Foundation of Central Finland (KOAS) also offers housing units. You can also rent a flat in the open market. For further information and assistance please visit the International Office.

Kortepohja Student Village is owned by the Student Union and is a home for 1 900 students. It is located about 2 miles from the Main Campus and the city centre. KOAS, the Student Housing Foundation of Central Finland, offers about 3 700 housing units all around Jyväskylä. Rooms in Kortepohja Student Village and KOAS housing units are furnished and have modern conveniences. Linen, blankets or kitchenware are not included. In 2004, the cost of a single dormitory room with a shared kitchen and bathroom is about € 160 - 220 per month.

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How would I travel to and from Jyväskylä?

The city of Jyväskylä is located in Central Finland, some 270 km north of Helsinki, and is best reached by plane, train or coach. The connections are relatively frequent and the journey from Helsinki to Jyväskylä takes 3-4 hours by train. For more travel information please visit the International Office.

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How would I finance my studies?

The University of Jyväskylä has no scholarship programmes and cannot offer any financial aid to international students. You must be able to finance your studies yourself or have a scholarship from your home country or from other sources. International students cannot apply for student loans and grants in Finland, unless they have lived in Finland for the past two years in some other capacity than that of a student and can be considered permanent residents in Finland. Inquiries about study aid should be directed to the Study Aid Unit, P.O.Box 35, FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland, tel. +358 14 260 1068.

The Finnish Ministry of Education grants scholarships for international students, researchers and specialists under seven different programmes. For further information please contact: Centre for International Mobility (CIMO), P.O.Box 343, FI-00531 Helsinki, Finland, tel. +358 9 7747 7033 (switchboard), fax +358 9 7747 7064 or visit the CIMO web page.