• General Information

    Full Name of University:

    University of Helsinki

    Number of MAUI semesters you can accept during 2016/17 (not students):

    4

    General University Website:

    Click here.

    International Office/Website for Incoming Students:

    Click here.

    Contact person for incoming and outgoing students:

    Tuula Hellstedt
    Student Exchange Co-ordinator
    International Exchange Services
    P.O.Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33)
    FI-00014 University of Helsinki
    tel. +3582941 22177
    email for co-ordinators: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    email for students: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Application website. If paper only, please write “paper only.”

    Click here.

    How does the application and admissions process differ for undergraduate versus graduates?

    No difference

    Other important notes

    Residence permit
    - Students who are non-EU nationals need to apply for a Residence permit according to
    the instructions provided by Finnish Immigration Service
    http://www.migri.fi/studying_in_finland. Information regarding applying for a Residence
    permit is also available at the closest Consulate of Finland
    - University of Helsinki recommends that students submit their application
    electronically, because it makes the application process a bit faster. Students are
    advised to apply immediately after receiving their Acceptance Letter from the
    University of Helsinki.
    - Even if the students has submitted the Residence permit application electronically,
    he/she needs to visit the Finnish consulate in person to verify his/her identity and to
    present the original copies of any supplements needed for the application.
    Health insurance
    Students who are non-EU nationals need to seek comprehensive health insurance prior to
    applying for a Residence permit. For more, please see
    http://www.helsinki.fi/newstudents/insurance.html and www.migri.fi

    Last updated

    1 September 2016

  • Academics

    Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students (list explicitly)

    All areas.

    Open undergraduate areas of study taught in English (list explicitly)

    Click here.

    Are graduate areas open for exchange?

    Yes

    Areas of study open to graduate exchange students (list explicitly)

    All areas,see restrictions:

     - Economics, Psychology, Communication, Political Science, Veterinary Medicine and Law have restrictions regarding acceptance (both for local and exchange students). They only accept students who are majoring in the subject in question and have completed enough courses in the discipline in their home university prior to arrival. 

    Psychology majors should check which of the following is more suitable considering their study background: Social Psychology courses (Faculty of Social Sciences) or Psychology courses (Faculty of Behavioral Sciences)

     - English Philology only accepts students majoring in English. Other foreign languages: student should be a major or minor in the language at the home university.  These studies are considered case by case.

     - English courses offered by the Language Centre are not open for exchange students.

     - Economics and Fac. of Agriculture and Forestry: courses in English offered on Master’s level only 

    - Highly restricted: Medicine, Dentistry. Please contact student exchange coordinator before nominating students for Medicine or Dentistry.

    Can advanced undergraduate students take graduate level courses?

    Yes

    Can graduate student take undergraduate level courses?

    Yes

    Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between exchange departments or faculties

    - Economics, Psychology, Communication, Political Science, Veterinary Medicine and Law have restrictions regarding acceptance (both for local and exchange students). They only accept students who are majoring in the subject in question and have completed enough courses in the discipline in their home university prior to arrival. 

    Psychology majors should check which of the following is more suitable considering their study background: Social Psychology courses (Faculty of Social Sciences) or Psychology courses (Faculty of Behavioral Sciences)

     - English Philology only accepts students majoring in English. Other foreign languages: student should be a major or minor in the language at the home university.  These studies are considered case by case.

     - English courses offered by the Language Centre are not open for exchange students.

     - Economics and Fac. of Agriculture and Forestry: courses in English offered on Master’s level only 

    Areas of study not available to exchange students

    Websites for course offerings

    Click here for courses in English
    Click here for courses in Finnish and Swedish are presented on the website of each faculty

    Required minimum and maximum number of credits available through the exchange

    For both undergraduate & graduate

    Exchange students are required to take at least 20 ECTS credits in semester (normal workload for semester is 30 ECTS credits).

    Are summer courses available as exchange (non fee-paying)?

    If so, please provide summer school website.

    No

    Do students register for classes in advance or upon arrival?

    Upon Arrival

    Language Requirements

    The University of Helsinki requires language skills in English, Finnish or Swedish (the language you mainly plan to study with) that correspond to Level B2 on the CEFR scale.
    Language certificate is not required, if
    your transcript of credits clearly indicates a CEFR B2 level of knowledge in English, Finnish, or Swedish.
    your native language is English, Finnish, or Swedish.
    your study programme at your home university is taught completely in English

    https://www.helsinki.fi/en/the-application-for-student-exchange#a-language-certificate--

    Language test certificate required?

    If so, which and when: before admission or upon arrival?

    Click here.

    Preparatory language course for incoming students?

    Indicate dates and costs

    No

    Are there any special advising or registrations concerns that students should be aware of? Are services available to assist in registration or course selection?

    Services available to assist in registration or course selection

    Additional Notes

    Last updated

    1 September 2016

  • Dates

    Application deadline for each term

    Semester 1
    April 15: citizens of non-EU/EEA-member states
    May 15: citizens of EU/EEA-member states, Iceland,   Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

    Semester 2
    September 30: citizens of non-EU/EEA-member states
    October 15: citizens of EU/EEA-member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

    Academic Calendar

    Please list exact dates

    Semester 1: late August - December
    Semester 2: January - May

    Examination period(s)

    No

    If there is a break between the academic course calendar and exams, can arrangements be made so the student may take exams early?

    (i.e. semester ends in December and exams are late January).

    No

    Orientation session(s) for incoming students

    Is it mandatory, indicate dates and costs

    Exchange student should participate in the Orientation Course and the Welcome Fair.

    No costs.

    Orientation Course dates vary from faculty to faculty;
    Semester 1: between August 30-September 2, 2016
    Semester 2: January 11-13, 2017

    https://www.helsinki.fi/en/studying/new-students/orientation-and-welcome-fair    

    Course registration deadline

    After arrival in Helsinki

    Last updated

    1 September 2016

  • Costs

    Total cost estimates per month in Euro

    (broken down below)

    700-1,000. Click here for more information.

    Housing

    400

    Meals

    2.60-4.40/lunch at campus cafeteria

    Course Materials

    50-150

    Local Transportation

    Local transportation costs are about 24,80 euro / 30-days travels in Helsinki and 49,30 euro / 30-days regional travels from Espoo and Vantaa to Helsinki (prices shown include the student discount which is available to Bachelor and Master’s students under the age of 30).

    Health Insurance

    Students who are non-EU nationals need to seek comprehensive health insurance prior to applying for a Residence permit. For more information, click here.

    Other

    (please indicate and specify any mandatory additional fees)

    Is comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed?

    If not, please include fees in “other” field above.

    Yes

    Additional Notes

    Student union membership
    Exchange students are strongly recommended to pay the Student Union Membership Fee
    for Exchange Students (€92 for academic year and €47 for semester, subject to change).
    Student Union membership includes benefits for students, for example basic health care,
    student discounts, student card, etc.). Please see:
    http://hyy.helsinki.fi/en/students/membership and
    http://hyy.helsinki.fi/en/students/membership-fee-benefits/member-benefits-and-services

    Last Updated

    1 September 2016

  • Housing and Student Life

    Is housing assistance available? How do students apply, and is it guaranteed?

    Yes

    Housing options

    Click here.

    Housing application: exchange students submit their housing application as a part of their exchange application. Their information will be forwarded to housing providers. Each exchange student will receive one housing offer.

    Housing Website and Contact Person(s)

    Do students apply for housing with their regular application or is it separate?

    Please list housing application deadline.

    Housing application: exchange students submit their housing application as a part of their exchange application. Their information will be forwarded to housing providers. Each exchange student will receive one housing offer.

    Deadlines: April 15 (Semester 1) or September 30 (Semester 2)

    What kinds of health facilities are available at the university?

    Finnish Student Health Care

    Are internships available?

    Yes

    Are student jobs available/allowed?

    Yes

    Additional Notes

    Internships can sometimes be offered; the student must apply for it separately.
    With the Student Residence permit the student can work 25 hours a week. Please note however that the University of Helsinki requires the exchange student to study during the exchange semester at least 20 ECTS credits.

    Last Updated

    1 September 2016

  • Promotional Materials

    Please add links to promotional materials below

    Please keep in mind that these resources are here for partners to use to promote exchanges; this is not itself a promotional website. As such, please simply link to your promotional materials and refrain from embedding video or images on this page.

    University Video:

    University Image Library:

    University or Departmental Brochures:

    Last Updated

    23 May 2017