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Opiskelijoita saapumassa yliopiston päärakennukselle juhlistamaan Yläkaupungin yötä. Image Tero Takalo-Eskola

Jyväskylä is a welcoming city for students. Students have always formed an important and cherished part of Jyväskylä’s demographic, thanks to its long history as a city of education.

Jyväskylä was the home of Finland’s first Finnish-speaking secondary school, teacher training seminary, an all-girl school in the 19th century. Today, one in three residents holds a higher education degree. This is a very high proportion.

According to a 2018 survey by Taloustutkimus, 40% of adult Finns under the age of 30 would recommend Jyväskylä as a place to study. According to the international ISB survey, 95 % of the international students would recommend the University of Jyväskylä.


Jyväskylää opiskelijan silmin, osa 1, by EduFutura-opiskelijatiimi
Ihmiset kertovat: Jos Jyväskylä olisi ihminen..., by Visit Jyväskylä
Letter from the Jyväskylä Region, Lakeland Finland, by Visit Jyväskylä

There are many sides to Jyväskylä that make it the leading city for students:

A manageable and cyclable size, it is youthful, welcoming and idyllic, and people are friendly. Everything within easy reach.
A wide range of disciplines and  high academic standards.

Lovely people, great ambiance, and a warm, encouraging atmosphere.
Cross-disciplinary synergies!
The Athens of Finland! A smart city of learning.
An active, sportive city close to nature. Best sports facilities including local venues and plenty of organised activities. Physical activity is encouraged throughout the year.
International campuses

(Student comments collected by EduFutura-students)