Finland Norway Sweden Russia Higher Education Systems in the Barents Region
Language of Instruction is given mainly in Finnish. However several Norwegian language is the primary language of instruc- Mainly in Swedish. Although lectures may only be offered The main educational programmes are provided in Rus-
instruction degree programmes and non-degree programmes and tion at Norwegian institutions of higher education. How- in Swedish, international students will be given special tu- sian. Part of the courses at some universities and higher Finland, Norway and Sweden Russia
courses are offered in English every semester. ever, more and more courses are offered in English at toring in English. Many courses are also held in English. education institutions is delivered in English.
Norwegian institutions, especially at the master’s level. Doctor of Science
Post-Doc Degree / 3 years
Tuition fee None. However, students are encouraged to join the Not required for studies at Norwegian higher education With rare exceptions, tuition fees in higher education The cost of education at a preparatory department is Doctoral Degree
Student Union where membership fee amounts approx institutions, although fees may be imposed for certain in Sweden are fully subsidised by the government. This equal to USD 1000-1200 per year. The cost of university
40 € per semester. All student discounts and health serv- professional education programmes, further and special applies to both foreign and Swedish students. Students education depends on the educational programme and Ph.D. Kandidat of Science
ices are included in the fee. Students have to pay for their education programmes and study at some of the pri- are required to pay a small membership fee to the local varies between USD 1200-2000 per year. 3–4 years 3 years
books and other materials, plus their accommodation vate institutions. Students are required, however, to pay student union. Fees range from SEK 150-400 per term Master’s Degree
and living expenses. The total monthly living expenses of a registration fee each semester. This fee is paid to the depending on the union.
a single student average around EUR 700. student welfare organisation and amounts to approxi- MA, M.Sc. MA, M.Sc.
mately NOK 500. 1–2 years / ~120 ECTS 1–2 years
Cost of living Students in both universities and polytechnics have to An expensive country by any standards.To obtain a study The total monthly living expenses of a single student av- The total monthly living expenses of a single student
pay for their books and other materials, plus their ac- and residence permit, you must prove that you are able erage around EUR 600. However, a student card gives average around USD 300. However, students enjoy cut- BA, B.Sc. Specialist BA, B.Sc.
commodation and living expenses. The total monthly liv- to support yourself while studying. Currently the amount access to travel discounts and on-campus restaurants rate tickets on local public transport. 3–4 years / 180–240 ECTS 5 years 4 years
ing expenses of a single student average around 700 €. is NOK 40.000 per semester, which is meant to cover are good value.
basic expenses: food, accommodation, books, etc.
Finnish higher education institutions have an innovative Whatever the interests, you should be able to ﬁnd a club The Student Union arranges social events throughout the Students are met in the airports of Moscow and Saint-
and welfare In Finland In Norway
and friendly academic environment, up-to-date premises or society to cater for it, from scuba-diving to wine tast- academic year, such as student parties, various contests Petersburg and provided assistance in transporting, ac-
and modern facilities such as libraries, computer classes, ing, aerobics to student radio. Most institutions have an and lots of sports activities. Modern, top-notch student commodation, and social adaptation to life in Russia. Stu- The Finnish higher education system comprises two paral- The system of higher education in Norway comprises all
cafeterias, and health centres. Every international stu- International club, which arranges concerts, excursions housing is usually located within a 3 km radius of campus dents may use libraries, sport facilities and computer labs lel sectors: universities and polytechnics. The Finnish uni- educational programmes at universities and university col-
dent has an assigned tutor or peer counsellor to help and activities as well as a welcoming service to help you with different housing possibilities; an apartment shared with internet access. Student residences are provided. As versity degrees are bachelor’s, master’s, licentiate (postgrad- leges. Entrance to such institutions is normally gained on
him/her adjust to Finnish society and the academic en- feel at home. The institutions offer student housing of with another student or a dorm room (corridor). The a rule 2-3 persons share the room. The bath-room and uate) and doctor’s (postgraduate). All programmes will be the basis of upper secondary education. The University
vironment. Student accommodation is arranged for all good standard for students. It is common to be in self- cost is approximately the same. Electricity, heating and kitchen are shared among residents of the same ﬂoor.
based on a joint European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) Colleges primarily oﬀer undergraduate education, both
incoming international students with cooperation of the catered apartments with two or three other students. water are included in the rent. Own bed-linen as well The cost depends on the number of beds in the room,
local Student Housing Ofﬁces. as quilts, pillow and cooking utensils have to be brought level of comfort and varies within 17-150 dollars per and both universities and polytechnics issue a Diploma theoretical and vocational, however some oﬀer education
along. month. Supplement. at all levels up to a PhD.
Culture and Finland is a stable and secure welfare state with the aim Despite being a young nation, Norway has developed Small nation, great country! The “Golden Middle Road” A polysemantic culture due to a great territory span and
environment of securing equal opportunities for a good life for its into a wealthy country. Norwegian adoration of nature is - this Swedish phrase says something about a nation that peculiarities of historical epochs. The mixture of practi- In Sweden In Russia
5.2 million inhabitants. With the combination of West- a vital ingredient in the country’s national identity. Mag- has always honoured compromise, understanding, con- cal West and mysterious East traditions, the dominant Higher education at universities in Sweden is divided into Education of foreign students in Russia is divided into
ern and Eastern inﬂuences, Finnish culture has developed niﬁcent landscapes, climatic contrasts and people, alone, cord and the less bad of two imperfect alternatives. In role of religion and close connection with nature cre- undergraduate studies, postgraduate studies and research. two stages: learning the Russian language and education
into something strong and highly individual. Just like the pitted against the crushing forces of nature: all of these many respects, Sweden is generally considered to be one ates a unique blend in ways of thinking and attitudes to
All programmes will be based on a joint European Credit according to the selected degree programme. Russian lan-
Finns themselves. The Finnish way of life reﬂects the are part of the fascination that Norway holds for visitors of the world’s most modern and sophisticated civiliza- life. Picturesque landscapes and endless forests, amazing
democratic principles of the nation. Nature plays quite from other countries. tions that admire nature. ancient cities and people’s hospitality make the country Transfer System (ECTS) and in Sweden the universities is- guage education is carried out at preparatory departments
a role in the Finnish way of life as well as sports, the arts one of the most beautiful in the world. sue a Diploma Supplement. and includes not only Russian language lessons but also
and the sauna. classes in mathematics, physics, chemistry and other rel-