Arcada University of Applied Sciences
Helsinki, Finland

Arcada University of Applied Science is a state-recognized university of applied sciences in Helsinki, Finland. Arcada was established in 1996 and obtained permanent status by the Ministry of Education in 1998. According to the concession, our mission is to promote the Finland-Swedish language and culture taking the needs of the young Finland-Swedish population into account. Arcada is maintained by the Stiftelsen Arcada Foundation.

There are about 170 members of staff and 2900 students at at Arcada. Arcada offers 16 degree programs, three of which are in English. Arcada also offers specialization studies, professionally orientated supplemental training and open courses within the frames of Arcada Further Education. We offer education within Sports, Health Care, Social Services, Business Administration, Media and Technology. Arcada provides an international learning environment. A good 10 per cent of our students are of foreign origin and represent more than 40 nationalities.

The City of Helsinki is the capital of Finland. Facing the Baltic Sea, it commands busy transit on its pier, ferry boats and marina. The Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport is 40-minutes from the city center and offers direct flights from all over the world.

Helsingfors is the city's official Swedish name. Helsinki, as it widely known, is in Finnish. In local slang it is called Stadi, and Hesa in colloquial Finnish. Helsinki is Finland's hub for cosmopolitan living and the city also houses many of the country's landmarks and functional institutions like the Ateneum Art Museum, Temppeliaukio Church, Parliament of Finland and Helsinki Cathedral. With over 200 schools, polytechnics and universities, Helsinki offers modern education, thus resulting in a high percentage of employment.

The town of Helsinki was founded by King Gustavus Vasa of Sweden (which Finland belonged to for many centuries) as a new trading post in southern Finland and a competitor to Tallinn in Estonia, the Hanseatic city on the opposite shore of the Gulf of Finland.

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Estimated Monthly Living Expenses:

Housing - $400 to $600
Meals - $250 to $350
Personal Expenses - $400 to $500
Insurance - $90 (one time only)

Courses Available:

Management, Economics, Finance, and Business Communications. There might be other courses available, please visit the Centre for Global Competency for more information.

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