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Full Name of University University of Helsinki
Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2013/2014 4 semester students (late-August-December or Early January-May).
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Ms. Tuula Hellstedt
Student Exchange Coordinator
University level bilateral student exchange with partner universities in Americas, Oceania.
ISEP-, AEN-, MAUI- and North2North programmes
contact person regarding both incoming and outgoing exchange students
Tel. +358-9-191 22177
E-mail for coordinators: tuula.hellstedt@helsinki.fi
Service e-mails for students
Questions from students: studentexchange@helsinki.fi

General university web site

www.helsinki.fi/university

International office web site

www.helsinki.fi/exchange

Areas of study open for exchange students

All areas, but there are restrictions in some fields of study.
Please note that there are fields of study that offer only a few undergraduate courses in
English (those fields of study focus on graduate studies).
Exchange students should choose the majority of their courses from one Faculty.
Within one Faculty, they can choose courses from several disciplines. For example, a
student applying to be an exchange student at the Faculty of Arts, can choose courses in
several disciplines taught at the Faculty of Arts. Students are welcome to choose some
courses from other Faculties, too. Please note that depending on the course level,
disciplines have the right to decide whether the student has enough previous studies to
participate.

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. For Veterinary
Medicine students must be on graduate level at the home university.
- 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.
- Highly restricted: Medicine, Dentistry. Please contact student exchange coordinator
before nominating students for Medicine or Dentistry.
- Fields not offered at the University of Helsinki: business and engineering

Open undergraduate and
graduate areas of study
taught in English
Courses taught in English at the University have been collected to the Courses in English
website: http://www.helsinki.fi/studying/courses-in-english.shtml
On the website, courses are classified according to the Faculty, then the Department,
and, finally, the semester.
Please follow the links to each Faculty’s courses in English.
Are graduate areas open
for exchange?
Yes
Areas of study open to
graduate exchange
students
All areas, but there are restrictions in some fields of study.
Exchange students should choose the majority of their courses from one Faculty.
Within one Faculty, they can choose courses from several disciplines. For example, a
student applying to be an exchange student at the Faculty of Arts, can choose courses in
several disciplines taught at the Faculty of Arts. Students are welcome to choose some
courses from other Faculties, too. Please note that depending on the course level,
disciplines have the right to decide whether the student has enough previous studies to
participate.

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. For Veterinary
Medicine students must be on graduate level at the home university.
- 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.
- Highly restricted: Medicine, Dentistry. Please contact student exchange coordinator
before nominating students for Medicine or Dentistry.
- Fields not offered at the University of Helsinki: business and engineering
Can advanced
undergraduate exchange
students take graduate
level courses?

Usually not, but can be considered case by case

Can graduate students
take undergraduate level
courses?

Yes

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

No.

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

No

Orientation session(s) for
incoming students

Welcome Fair, Faculty Orientation and Tutoring at the beginning of semesters, usually in
late-August and early-January.
Web http://www.helsinki.fi/newstudents/orientation/index.html
Exchange students are expected to arrive in Helsinki before the Welcome Fair starts.

Academic Calendar

http://www.helsinki.fi/studying/academic_year_and_teaching_periods.shtml

Examination Period(s)

No examination period

Application deadline for
each term

For academic year or autumn semester: April 15 ( citizens of non-EU/EEA-member
states)
For spring semester: September 30 (citizens of non-EU/EEA-member states)

Application material on the web site or paper copies only

www.helsinki.fi/exchange

How does the application
and admissions process
differ for undergraduates
versus graduates?
The nominated students submit their applications online by using the online application
system of the University of Helsinki, and include the listed enclosures in their application.
If all the enclosures are submitted online, there is no need to send paper copies of the
application.
- Printed and signed copy of the online application form
- Signed Learning agreement (study plan listing the names of the courses the student
intends to participate in at the University of Helsinki, please see Workload for the amount
of credits to complete;
- the agreement is based on the previous year’s teaching, so it is a preliminary plan)
- Transcript of Records from the student’s home university
Course registration deadline(s)

Yes, but the student can register for the courses after arrival in Helsinki when he/she has
the user account at the University of Helsinki (the user account will be given durong the
Welcome Fair).

Do students register for
classes in advance or
upon arrival?

Upon Arrival

Are prior arrangements
needed to secure a visa
before arrival in country?

Please see Other important notes; Residence permit

Language Requirements

The University of Helsinki requires language skills in English, Finnish or Swedish that
correspond to Level B2 on the CEFR scale. This can be certified by
Language Certificate (pdf, 15kb) signed by teacher of English language of your home
university; or TOEFL score 79 (IBT) or IELTS score 6.

Language test certificate required?

Language certificate is not required, if
- Language skills, indicating a skills level equivalent to CEFR B2, are listed in
Transcript of Credits
- Your native language is English
- You are studying at home university in Study Programmes taught in English (this
must be certified in the application enclosures).
Web http://www.helsinki.fi/exchange/admission.html

Preparatory language course for incoming students?

Yes, in August there are fee based courses.

During the semesters there are available courses in Finnish for International student and
Swedish for International students (no fees).

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

For course selections and restrictions, please see the section: Areas of study open to
undergraduate and graduate exchange students

Required minimum and
maximum number of
credits available through
the exchange

20 – 30 Finnish credits (20-30 ECTS credits) in a semester

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

Not guaranteed, but the International Exchange Services of the University of Helsinki
does everything in its’ power to ensure that all AEN and MAUI exchange students will
get housing.

Housing options

Information about various housing options is available at
http://www.helsinki.fi/newstudents/housing.html

For the students wanting live in a student dormitory, University of Helsinki has agreed with
HOAS (Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region) on a number of rooms for
incoming exchange students. Apartments are located around the Helsinki region.
Students wishing to live downtown should choose their housing options accordingly.
Exchange students need to apply for housing separately. They are advised to apply for
housing as early as possible, e.g. submit their housing application around the same time
when they submit their application to the University of Helsinki. Please see
http://www.hoas.fi > English for more.
Rent includes electricity, water and a free internet connection. Some of the apartments
have basic furniture. Students must bring their own computer with an ethernet network
card and RJ45 -data cable, and their own essentials. For more, please see
http://www.hoas.f i > English.

Mandatory fees prior to arrival: room deposit: €500 (subject to change) to be paid to
HOAS, Foundation for Student Housing in Helsinki Region, according to their instructions.
Students should be prepared to pay the deposit when they receive instructions from
HOAS. This can be several months prior to arrival.

Is housing available between breaks in the term? Yes
Is there a campus meal plan? No
Total cost estimates per
month in Euro
-Housing
-Meals
-Books
-Local Transportation
-Health Insurance

-Other




700 – 1000 Euros (including housing)
More information on website http://www.helsinki.fi/newstudents/cost-of-living.html

See the New student website http://www.helsinki.fi/newstudents/insurance.html and
the website of Finnish Immigration Service
http://www.migri.fi/studying_in_finland/filling_in_the_application/insurance

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

Comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed See the website of Finnish Immigration Service
http://www.migri.fi/studying_in_finland/filling_in_the_application/insurance
Are health facilities
available at the university?

Student health care
Exchange students who join the Student Union can use the services of Finnish Student
Health Service, http://www.yths.fi/en, which is open during weekdays 8 am-4 pm.

Internships available? No
Student jobs available/allowed?

Yes
With student visa it is possible to work 25 hours / week. Please do not count on student
jobs, because in most jobs there is a language requirement of Finnish or Swedish

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 update of this information December 17, 2013
Tuula Hellstedt, tuula.hellstedt@helsinki.fi