Non-University Higher education in Europe

Universities in Finland. Modified from Students who opted out of high school and went to vocational school can apply to both as long as they meet the requirements. Usually they go to the applied sciences institution first and then apply to university. High school is a faster track to university, but students also go to the applied sciences institutes from there. I really appreciate the flexibility of the system. You are never shut out from higher education.

Students apply directly to the department, to a certain major. Your school grades are taken into account as well as the matriculation exam (high school students), and the main requirement is the entrance exam specific to the major. Each entrance exam can be based on one or more books and contains application of the learned material to answer problems. For applied sciences, entrance exam is based on high school courses, but some fields like nursing might require psychological testing as well as group interaction tests.

There are no core courses required in the university. Only compulsory non-major classes are language classes (English and Swedish). All the general knowledge classes are taken at high school level. Minors can be used to widen one’s education. For example marketing, biology, chemistry, and microbiology are popular minors for biochemistry major.Student housing ( and student life at University of Oulu In retrospect, maybe having some sort of common core could have been beneficial and allowed introduction to more varied minor choices. Students have the freedom to not show up in most classes as long as they acquire the information on their own, return any homework required, and pass the exams. This is expected to change as teaching methods are developed to more student centered.

All higher education in Finland is tuition free at the moment. Administrative fees (includes student health care and dental fee) are low, around 90 euros ($125) per year in my old university. For citizens of Finland there is an automatic stipend to cover living expenses and support for renting an apartment as we have no dorms. Most students avoid loans like they are the plaque. The meals on campus have student discount pricing and consist of quite healthy home cooked style fare (side salad, bread, warm main, milk or water). Students take care of buying their books when needed, but libraries commonly carry enough books for most students to use during the semester. I bought around 6 books during undergrad.

Recently we have started several master’s programs completely taught in English. For example at the University of Oulu master’s degrees offered in English are from Business and economic, Education, Engineering and architecture, Health sciences, and Natural sciences. These have attracted students from Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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But is that a consequence of education success?

2012-11-29 20:20:09 by WhyNotWhyNot

Today the youth and young adult population of the world that has adequate wealth to get beyond basic survival and participate in education is exploding. This is not evident in traditional western civilization countries - US and Western Europe where the birthrate has dropped to or below the population sustenance level (excluding immigration). But one only needs to pay attention to the news from North Africa, the middle east, India, Brazil... to observe that the "on the scene" videos are filled with newly educated youth. Your fact may only be the result of student numbers. My youngest daughter is a science PhD student at a major state university

A lot of people here seem not well-educated

2006-02-20 17:26:34 by EmpireFalling

Ignorance abounds. On these forums, I see very little understanding of the scientific method or logic.
These discussions would be at a much higher level if conducted in Europe, or elsewhere where education is valued.
This is America. People here do not value education. They value money and status and superficial appearances. Thats' why Paris Hilton is famous and the finest teachers are not. That's why double-digit-IQ sports figures are paid millions while the inventors working on clean energy or pollution control are paid zip.
Once again, the patriarchal power structure has succeeded in negating another whole generation of women

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