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University of Helsinki

Program Terms:

Fall Semester, Spring Semester, & Academic Year


The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. The University of Helsinki welcomes about 1,200 exchange students per year and offers them a wide variety of courses taught in English. The degree programmes offering the courses include dozens of International Master’s Programmes and Bachelor’s level programmes. (Source: University of Helsinki Factsheet)

Academic Details:

The University of Helsinki has the widest range of disciplines in Finland with 11 faculties and around 37 Bachelor’s degree programmes and 56 Master’s degree programmes. See: Information on courses suitable for exchange students. University level bilateral exchange students are required to choose the majority of their courses from one faculty, closest to their educational background. Exchange students need to have sufficient prior academic background in the disciplines taught at the receiving Faculty. Within one faculty, they can choose courses from several study programmes. One of the study programmes will be chosen as the host study programme for the student. Students are welcome to choose some courses from other faculties, as well, if they meet the requirements for the courses. Please note that some faculties/study programmes offer courses in English mainly at a Master’s level (suitable for advanced Bachelor students as well): Agriculture and Forestry, Pharmacy, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Geography, Translational Medicine. Fields not offered at the University of Helsinki include: business, engineering, fine arts. Students interested in a laboratory or research group traineeship can check the traineeship page. Please note that the thesis work option mentioned on the page is not open for university-level bilateral exchange students, unless agreed otherwise in the bilateral agreement. (Source: University of Helsinki Factsheet)

Housing Details:

For the students wanting to live in a student dormitory, University of Helsinki has agreed with housing providers, including Unihome and HOAS (Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region), on a number of rooms for incoming exchange students. Apartments are located around Helsinki. Students should choose their housing option based on their budget and their wishes. 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. Exchange students coming under university-level bilateral agreements are guaranteed housing but not necessarily the room type they have wished for. Mandatory fees prior to arrival: room deposit: €500 (subject to change) to be paid to the housing provider according to their instructions. Students should be prepared to pay the deposit when they receive instructions from the housing provider. This can be several months prior to arrival. Information about various other housing options is available on UH’s housing page.(Source: University of Helsinki Fact Sheet)


Useful Links for Exchange Students:

Program Budgets:

  • Fall Semester Budget
  • Spring Semester Budget
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