University of Helsinki
Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is situated on the south coast of the country on the Bay of Finland. It was founded in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa of Sweden.
Helsinki quickly became the cultural and intellectual center of Finland. Its harbor and location bolstered trade and made Helsinki an important city in the Baltic region. Today, Helsinki and the neighboring cities of Espoo and Vantaa are home to a sixth of the Finnish population, or nearly a million people. The capital offers the cultural, educational and entertainment necessities of student life in beautiful natural surroundings. The Helsinki metropolitan area is regarded as one of the greenest cityscapes in the world.
|Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2013/2014||4 semester students (late-August-December or Early January-May).|
|Utrecht Network contact person||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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Service e-mails for students
Questions from students: email@example.com
|General university web site|
|International office web site|
|Areas of study open for exchange students||
All areas, but there are restrictions in some fields of study.
|Open undergraduate and
graduate areas of study
taught in English
|Are graduate areas open
|Areas of study open to
|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
- 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
students take graduate
Usually not, but can be considered case by case
|Can graduate students
take undergraduate level
|Areas of study restricted
to prior bilateral
exchange departments or
|Are summer courses
available as exchange
|Orientation session(s) for
Welcome Fair, Faculty Orientation and Tutoring at the beginning of semesters, usually in
No examination period
|Application deadline for
For academic year or autumn semester: April 15 ( citizens of non-EU/EEA-member
|Application material on the web site or paper copies only|
|How does the application
and admissions process
differ for undergraduates
|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
- 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
|Do students register for
classes in advance or
|Are prior arrangements
needed to secure a visa
before arrival in country?
Please see Other important notes; Residence permit
The University of Helsinki requires language skills in English, Finnish or Swedish that
|Language test certificate required?||
Language certificate is not required, if
|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
Are there any special
For course selections and restrictions, please see the section: Areas of study open to
|Required minimum and
maximum number of
credits available through
|Is housing assistance
available? How do
students apply, and is it
Not guaranteed, but the International Exchange Services of the University of Helsinki
Information about various housing options is available at
|Is housing available between breaks in the term?||Yes|
|Is there a campus meal plan?||No|
|Total cost estimates per
month in Euro
|Comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed||See the website of Finnish Immigration Service
|Are health facilities
available at the university?
Student health care
|Student jobs available/allowed?||
|Other important notes||
|Last update of this information||December 17, 2013
Tuula Hellstedt, firstname.lastname@example.org