University of Helsinki, Finland – EBI Europe
Prof. Dr. Seppo Villa


The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640.

It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and in 9 other localities in Finland. The University’s 11 faculties are home to many departments. Furthermore, the University accommodates several independent research-oriented institutes, multidisciplinary research networks and campus units, as well as units attending to duties of a national authority. The University of Helsinki enjoys great visibility and influence all around Helsinki and in the rest of Finland.

The University of Helsinki is the only Finnish university to be a member of the League of European Research Universities, or LERU, an association of 21 leading European universities promoting the conditions and opportunities for basic research in Europe.

Of the University of Helsinki’s teachers and researchers, 22% are from outside Finland. The University has 1 700 international Master’s and doctoral students in 2016.

Approximately 800 students embark on a student exchange every year. Meanwhile, the University of Helsinki receives approximately 1,000 incoming exchange students every year.

The University of Helsinki was established in Turku in 1640, and the University continues to celebrate its anniversary on the date of the establishment of the Royal Academy of Turku, 26 March. The University moved to Helsinki during Finland’s Russian rule in 1828, and when Finland gained its independence, it was renamed the University of Helsinki.

Part of the University of Helsinki, a top-quality multidisciplinary European university, the Faculty of Law is the leading Finnish provider of legal education.

The Faculty’s operations emphasise teaching based on high-quality, topical research. The Faculty aims to educate students for demanding national and international duties that call for legal expertise. In its teaching, the Faculty stresses the development of skills needed to understand and solve legal problems, as well as a broad range of argumentation and interaction skills.

The Faculty cooperates closely with society to provide diverse expert and education services. The Faculty’s graduates find employment in various sectors, including private industry and trade, public administration, the court system, organisations and law firms – not to mention research and professions other than those traditionally opted for by legal experts.


Helsingin yliopisto/
University of Helsinki Oikeustieteellinen tiedekunta/
Faculty of Law
P.O. Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33)
00014 University of Helsinki

Tel.: +358 2941 911