• Arcada has 18 undergraduate degree programs, 15 taught in Swedish and 3 in English. There are also 3 Master’s level degree programmes taught in Swedish. About 2700 students study for a degree at Arcada. Arcada in its current form came into being in 1996, before that education was carried out at three separate institutions. The former English name of Arcada was polytechnic but in the beginning of 2007 we started to use the translation Arcada University of Applied Sciences.

      As a student at Arcada you are in for some adventures, but always remember you are not alone with your questions and concerns. With students of about 50 different nationalities, Arcada is one of the most international institutes of higher education in Finland. Out of about 2000 students at Arcada 13 % of our students are from other countries than Finland, and these have encountered the same joys and difficulties that you have yet to discover. The members of staff also includes people who have moved to Finland from abroad so regardless of whether you are an exchange or degree student, there are also members of staff who you can turn to should you have questions or concerns.

      About Helsinki

      Helsinki is a sea-town par excellence and an exciting, dynamic place. Half the city seems to be water, and the tortured geography of the coastline includes any number of bays, inlets and a speckling of islands. The harbour is the heart of the city, and watching the giant ferries glide into port is a defining memory and essential Helsinki experience.

      Helsinki is cool without - as yet - being self-consciously so. Unlike other capitals, you sense that people go to places because they enjoy them, not to be seen. Much modern décor is ironic and humorous, and achieves stylishness by daring to differ rather than trying too hard.

      While not an ancient place, much of what is loveable in Helsinki is older. The style of its glorious Art Nouveau buildings, the spacious elegance of its cafés, the careful preservation of Finnish heritage in its dozens of museums, restaurants that have changed neither menu nor furnishings since the 1930s are all part of the city's quirky charm.

      It has a very different feel to the rest of Finland, partly because before the days of the hi-tech society it was the country's sole point of contact almost with the rest of the world.

      Like all of Finland, though, Helsinki has a dual nature. In winter you sometimes wonder where all the people are. In spring and summer they are back again, packing green spaces and outdoor tables to get a piece of blessed sun, whirring around on thousands of bicycles and kicking the city's nightlife into overdrive.

      -Lonely Planet