|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. Fires destroyed the old wooden town many times, but it was always rebuilt. Helsinki quickly became the cultural and intellectual Centre 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, as the Helsinki metropolitan area is regarded as one of the greenest cityscapes in the world. A combination of the endless variety of a capital city and small town coziness makes Helsinki a cool and groovy student city. With a student card, exchange students have discount access to the opera or Helsinki Music Centre. Exchange students can visit various film festivals or enjoy the numerous concerts and exhibitions of Helsinki Festival Weeks. Exchange students can enjoy leisure activities have a picnic in nearby Esplanadi Park or Nuuksio National Park.
|Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2013/2014||3 semester students|
|Areas of study open for exchange students||
|Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between the exchanging departments or faculties||None|
|Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students||None|
|Utrecht Network contact person||
|General university web site|
|International office web site|
Academic year August, 2013 - July 2014
No examination period
In autumn semester in turn of the months of August and September.
|Application deadline(s) for admission||
May 15, 2013 for autumn semester 2013.October 15, 2013 for spring semester 2014.
|Application material on the web site or paper copies only||
|Course registration deadline(s)||Usually during orientation|
|Enrollment in coursework/academic advising support : Are there special issues students should concern themselves with course registration? Any services available to assist in registration or course selection?||
English as native language or TOEFL score 80-93 (IBT) 213-237 CBT.
|Language requirements||If English is not applicant’s native language, language certificate is required (see requirement on website www.helsinki.fi/exchange)|
|Language test certificate required?||N/A|
|Preparatory language course for incoming students||N/A|
|Courses taught in English||
|Student jobs available/allowed?||
It is allowed for international student/student visa holder to work 25 hours a week. There are very few jobs offered. Most jobs require skills in Finnish or Swedish language.The University of Helsinki however requires incoming exchange students to complete at least 20 Finnish credits / semester during the exchange period (a total of 30 credits is the full-time workload for one semester).
Due to the difficult housing situation, the University of Helsinki can’t guarantee housing.
Student dormitories and Student Residence Halls.
|Housing application deadline(s)||As soon as possible, but at the latest May 15 or October 15|
|Cost estimates per month||
700-1000 EUR/ month
|Optional on campus meal plan?(Y/N)||No|
|Comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed||The Finnish Immigration Service requires an insurance policy when the student applies for residence permit. More information on the website of Finnish Immigration Service www.migri.fi (Students’ Health Care).|
|Health facilities at the university||Student health care by Finnish Student Health Care Centre. Please note this health care functions during weekdays between 8 am and 4 pm, and it is not an insurance.|
|Summer courses available?||
|Prior arrangements needed to secure visa before arrival in country?||
The admitted student must start the residence permit application at once when he/she has received the acceptance letter.
Instructions and application forms on the website of Immigration Directorate
A residence permit may be granted for exchange students who are temporarily supplementing their studies at an educational institution abroad with at most one academic year at a Finnish university or polytechnic, vocational institution or upper secondary school.
Compulsory medical insurance
Financial Guarantee for Residence Permit6000 EUR / year, 500 EUR / month
|Last update of this information||January 2013|