University of Helsinki: Statistics



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#83 of 14,131 In the World
#15 of 2,785 In Europe
#1 of 36 In Finland
#1 of 8 In Helsinki
#6 of 1,021 For International Law
Top100 For 83 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate12%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (ylioppilastutkinto/studentexamen) or foreign equivalent, BA/BSc for admission into Master's programmes
Academic CalendarSeptember to May (September - December; January-May)
Full time employee4,638
Student:staff ratio7:1

We've calculated the 12% acceptance rate for University of Helsinki based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

University of Helsinki is a world-class research university with 152,127 scientific papers published and 4,875,380 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Medicine, Chemistry, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Genetics, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Engineering, Physics, and Computer Science.


University of Helsinki majors

by publication & citation count

104,207 / 3,880,208
80,421 / 2,957,421
80,251 / 3,156,152
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
63,709 / 1,711,434
59,347 / 2,455,104
Environmental Science
58,523 / 1,864,191
57,605 / 2,444,440
54,555 / 1,755,465
53,957 / 1,685,174
Computer Science
50,784 / 1,592,469
39,064 / 1,219,143
38,273 / 1,507,375
Organic Chemistry
36,076 / 1,357,191
34,970 / 1,201,965
32,885 / 946,790
Quantum and Particle physics
32,365 / 990,439
29,570 / 1,062,747
Geography and Cartography
29,542 / 836,387
27,204 / 579,556
27,030 / 846,720
Political Science
25,428 / 490,110
24,594 / 854,241
24,053 / 479,542
Materials Science
23,514 / 782,252
22,952 / 762,530
21,888 / 778,859
19,416 / 797,686
19,166 / 606,044
19,089 / 451,876
17,430 / 687,341
Public Health
17,355 / 678,761
16,652 / 584,935
16,610 / 423,479
15,993 / 579,060
Optical Engineering
15,613 / 510,222
14,741 / 328,987
14,069 / 306,237
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
13,763 / 357,624
13,132 / 289,714
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
10,396 / 311,499

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 1244 15178
1992 1332 16252
1993 1347 16804
1994 1613 19546
1995 1583 21502
1996 1840 24082
1997 1981 26978
1998 2089 31347
1999 2087 36734
2000 2237 42314
2001 2383 49199
2002 2433 57041
2003 2781 67090
2004 2881 75084
2005 2836 85058
2006 3295 96644
2007 3505 107684
2008 3656 119350
2009 4109 131650
2010 3999 145971
2011 4201 159831
2012 4602 177226
2013 5036 194174
2014 5195 207117
2015 5653 216441
2016 6161 223675
2017 6392 229712
2018 6806 253998
2019 7943 287252
2020 8017 337339
2021 8926 381744
2022 8377 389869
2023 7939 394018
Academic rankings


International studetns 13.000-18.000 for non-EU students studying in English-taught Bachelor's or Master's programmes (EUR)

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by University of Helsinki.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design No Yes TBD
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering No No No
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Kandidaatin tutkinto/Kandidatexamen Agriculture, Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Finnish, Food Science, Forestry, Geography, History, Literature, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Molecular Biology, Natural Sciences, Notary Studies, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Theology, Veterinary Science
Eläinlääketieteen lisensiaatti/Veterinärmedicine licentiat Veterinary Science
Hammaslääketieteen lisensiaatti/Odontologie licentiat Dentistry
Lääketieteen lisensiaatti/Medicine licentiat Medicine
Maisterim tutkinto/Magisterexamen Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Astronomy and Space Science, Astrophysics, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Commercial Law, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Danish, Data Processing, Ecology, Economics, Education, Educational Sciences, English, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Fine Arts, Finnish, Food Science, Forestry, Gender Studies, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Government, Health Sciences, Heritage Preservation, History, Hungarian, Icelandic, International Law, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Medicine, Meteorology, Microbiology, Modern Languages, Molecular Biology, Neurosciences, Nordic Studies, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Regional Studies, Religious Studies, Russian, Science Education, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Statistics, Theology, Town Planning, Translation and Interpretation, Urban Studies
Tohtorin tutkinto/Doktorexamen Arts and Humanities, Astronomy and Space Science, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Food Science, Gender Studies, Health Sciences, Heritage Preservation, History, Law, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Meteorology, Microbiology, Modern Languages, Molecular Biology, Nanotechnology, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences, Neurosciences, Oral Pathology, Pharmacology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Regional Studies, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Statistics, Theology, Veterinary Science, Wildlife

University of Helsinki alumni

  1. Linus Torvalds

    Linus Torvalds
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    1969-.. (age 55)
    Enrolled in the University of Helsinki
    1988-1996 graduated with master's degree in computer science

    Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish-American software engineer who is the creator and lead developer of the Linux kernel. He also created the distributed version control system Git.

  2. Jean Sibelius

    Jean Sibelius
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    1865-1957 (aged 92)

    Jean Sibelius was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely regarded as his country's greatest composer, and his music is often credited with having helped Finland develop a stronger national identity when his country was struggling from several attempts of Russification in the late 19th century.

  3. Albert Rivera

    Albert Rivera
    Born in
    Spain Flag Spain
    1979-.. (age 45)
    Enrolled in the University of Helsinki
    Studied in 2001-2001

    Albert Rivera Díaz is a Spanish former politician who was the leader of Citizens from its founding in 2006 until 2019. He was a member of the Parliament of Catalonia (2006–2015) and the Congress of Deputies (2015–2019).

  4. Urho Kekkonen

    Urho Kekkonen
    Born in
    Finland Flag Finland
    1900-1986 (aged 86)
    lawyerpolice officerjournalistpoliticiansprinter

    Urho Kaleva Kekkonen, often referred to by his initials UKK, was a Finnish politician who served as the eighth and longest-serving president of Finland from 1956 to 1982. He also served as prime minister (1950–1953, 1954–1956), and held various other cabinet positions. He was the third and most recent president from the Agrarian League/Centre Party. Head of state for nearly 26 years, he dominated Finnish politics for 31 years overall. Holding a large amount of power, he won his later elections with little opposition and has often been classified as an autocrat.

All 100 notable alumni

University of Helsinki faculties and divisions

Faculty : Agriculture and Forestry Agricultural Management, Agriculture, Arctic Studies, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Forestry
Faculty : Arts Aesthetics, African Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Baltic Languages, Cinema and Television, Comparative Literature, Comparative Religion, Cultural Studies, English, Ethnology, Film, Finnish, Folklore, German, History, Hungarian, Linguistics, Literature, Marine Science and Oceanography, Museum Studies, Musicology, Philology, Philosophy, Romance Languages, Scandinavian Languages, Slavic Languages, Theatre, Translation and Interpretation, Women's Studies
Faculty : Biological and Environmental Sciences Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Neurosciences, Physiology, Plant Pathology, Zoology
Faculty : Educational Sciences Behavioural Sciences, Cognitive Sciences, Education, Educational Testing and Evaluation, Handicrafts, Higher Education, Home Economics, Speech Studies
Faculty : Law Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights, International Economics, International Law, Justice Administration, Private Law, Public Law
Faculty : Medicine Biomedicine, Dentistry, Forensic Medicine and Dentistry, Medicine, Psychology, Public Health
Faculty : Pharmacy Pharmacy
Faculty : Science Astronomy and Space Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics
Faculty : Social Sciences Anthropology, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Psychology, Social Studies, Social Work
Faculty : Theology Bible, Comparative Religion, History of Religion, Orthodox Theology, Theology
Faculty : Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Science

General information

Alternative names UH
Helsingin yliopisto
Founded 1640
Accreditation Ministry of Education and Culture
Colors blue, gray

Location and contacts

Address P.O. Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33)
Helsinki, 00014
City population 665,000

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