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How doctoral studies are funded at HICT partner universities?

The quality of research and education in both HICT universities is world-class, but the education is still practically free as there are no tuition fees for doctoral students in the Finnish university system. Most doctoral students within the HICT network are typically hired as full-time employees for the duration of their doctoral studies in computer science. Some doctoral students also fund their studies with grants or by working in the industry while conducting their research. The HICT network does not directly fund doctoral student positions. Funding for HICT doctoral student positions is provided by the partner universities.

Read more about doctoral student positions and funding from HICT Admissions pages.

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Doctoral studies at Aalto University and University of Helsinki

The HICT network itself does not award doctoral degrees. All doctoral students within the HICT network are doctoral students of either Aalto University or University of Helsinki.

In the Finnish university system, a person must have a Master’s degree in order to enroll for doctoral studies. Find below useful links about the eligibility requirements and doctoral studies in general at Aalto University and University of Helsinki:


What is Finland and Helsinki like?

The Helsinki Metropolitan area is a comfortable place where services are close by and public transport works excellently. In terms of the living environment, Helsinki has consistently ranked as vibrant and safe city, and it is surrounded by beautiful nature, Helsinki is currently in the fifth place in the world’s startup city comparison (Valuer, 2021).

Finland is among the best countries in the world with respect to many quality of life indicators, ranking at the top in education and subjective wellbeing. Furthermore, Finland is the world’s happiest country in 2021 – for the fourth time in a row (World Happiness Report, 2021).

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