The US, UK, Canada and Australia are the most preferred destinations for Indian students to study abroad. However, in the last decade, it has been seen that Indian students are choosing more off-grid destination to pursue their higher studies. Several Baltic and Scandinavian countries have caught the fancy of Indian students.
One of those countries is Finland which is increasingly becoming popular for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) courses. There were 210 Indian students in Finland in 2017. This number increased to 232 in 2018. From January to August 2019, Finland has already received 603 applications from Indian students.
Here is why you should consider choosing Finland to study abroad:
Finland is a small country with a small population. Professors in Finland, hence, focus more on offering a streamlined education to their students. The student to professor ratio in Finland is 20:1. Hence, each student gets ample attention and guidance from their teachers.
The Finnish educational system encourages students to be candid and friendly with their teachers. Hence, students are able to discuss their queries much more openly.
Each Finnish institute has support groups and psychological counsellors to help and support international students. Students may seek help regarding the documentation processes as well as familiarizing themselves with a new environment and different lifestyle. This, in turn, helps international students feel more at home in Finland.
Popular courses and institutes
Finland is well known for its technological and innovative achievements. Some of the most popular courses in Finland are Artificial intelligence (AI) and Biotechnology. Some of the popular Universities in Finland are University of Turku, Aalto University, Helsinki, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Tampere.
Collaborations with Indian institutes
An MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed between 10 Indian and 12 Finnish institutes in 2014. These included IIT Delhi, IIT Mandi, IIT BHU, IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay among others. This collaboration helped facilitate student exchanges between the Indian IITs and the Finnish Universities.
IIT Madras and IIT Kanpur collaborated with Aalto University. While the collaboration with IIT Kanpur offered a course in Design Factory Cooperation, the collaboration with IIT Madras offered a PhD Double Degree.
Finnish Universities pay more attention to developing practical skills in their students. The course curriculum is developed to make students industry-ready.
As per the World Happiness Report 2018 and 2019, Finland country is the happiest country to live in. Finnish people strive to enrich the lives of the local people besides attracting more tourists to the country.
Also, unlike other countries of Europe, communication is not a problem in Finland for international students. Globalization is quite high in metropolitan cities like Helsinki. Finnish people living in the metro cities, as well as remote areas, are quite fluent in English.
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