University of Helsinki: Statistics

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#80 of 14,131 In the World
#13 of 2,785 In Europe
#1 of 36 In Finland
#1 of 8 In Helsinki
#17 of 1,033 For International Law
Top100 For 92 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate17%
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 17% 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 133,985 scientific papers published and 4,302,929 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Genetics, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Engineering, Physics, and Computer Science.


University of Helsinki majors

by publication & citation count

91,234 / 3,392,567
70,772 / 2,773,996
70,742 / 2,579,835
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
53,670 / 1,445,805
52,650 / 2,172,891
50,983 / 2,154,104
Environmental Science
50,396 / 1,597,830
46,786 / 1,505,171
46,511 / 1,444,945
Computer Science
42,457 / 1,349,572
33,884 / 1,067,906
33,510 / 1,303,253
Organic Chemistry
31,334 / 1,154,879
29,700 / 1,013,940
27,914 / 803,311
Quantum and Particle physics
27,766 / 845,711
Geography and Cartography
25,157 / 716,992
25,081 / 875,994
22,937 / 723,624
22,552 / 481,730
Political Science
20,706 / 384,984
20,603 / 697,540
Materials Science
20,090 / 664,544
19,417 / 375,292
19,307 / 651,277
19,103 / 686,132
17,448 / 691,591
16,775 / 518,506
15,689 / 371,949
14,929 / 584,526
Public Health
14,904 / 580,757
14,483 / 511,358
13,678 / 348,844
13,625 / 476,489
Optical Engineering
13,263 / 414,575
12,256 / 268,965
11,628 / 262,977
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
11,496 / 291,937
10,982 / 233,212
Anatomy and Physiology
9,215 / 314,235

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 1083 13438
1991 1122 13572
1992 1218 14598
1993 1232 14990
1994 1468 17547
1995 1450 19412
1996 1687 22003
1997 1805 24740
1998 1895 28651
1999 1922 33610
2000 2055 38665
2001 2187 45111
2002 2163 52177
2003 2434 59791
2004 2586 66156
2005 2566 76994
2006 2904 87840
2007 3141 96034
2008 3538 109700
2009 4693 122106
2010 3606 130840
2011 3883 145780
2012 4228 164528
2013 4683 182425
2014 4896 195514
2015 5164 205250
2016 5744 211000
2017 6080 224063
2018 5989 230795
2019 6870 267356
2020 7281 315683
2021 9058 392644
2022 7629 372243
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 54)
    Enrolled in the University of Helsinki
    1988-1996 graduated with master's degree in computer science
    programmersoftware developer

    Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish software engineer who is the creator and, historically, the lead developer of the Linux kernel, used by Linux distributions and other operating systems such as Android. 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 national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia.

  3. Albert Rivera

    Albert Rivera
    Born in
    Spain Flag Spain
    1979-.. (age 44)
    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)
    athletics competitorsprinterpoliticianjournalistpolice officer

    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. Nevertheless, he remains a respected figure.

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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