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  • Locations: Helsinki, Finland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
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Advisor: Mark Hayes Minimum GPA: 3.0
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Courses Offered: Yes Housing: Dormitory
Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?

University of Helsinki LogoThis program is right for students who wish to experience the Finnish education system first hand by taking classes directly enrolled at a Finnish university.  Classes are taught in English directly alongside local Finnish and other international students.

Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest university in Finland and consistently ranks among the top 100 universities in the world. It has over 32,000 students of whom just under 2,000 are international.

Academics

The University of Helsinki has over 1500 courses taught in English. Key areas of academic excellence include Education, Biology, Political Science, Russian and Eastern European Studies, Gender Studies, Strategic Communication and International Relations. For more information on courses on offer, visit https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/where-can-i-find-studies.

When choosing courses, students need to select a home Faculty at the University of Helsinki and take a majority of courses in that Faculty.  The widest ranges of courses of interest to AU students will be in the Faculty of Arts (Russian and Eastern European Studies, History, Regional Studies, Finnish Studies and International Relations) and Faculty of Social Sciences (Political Science, Economics, Strategic Communications and International Relations). Education related courses are in the Faculty of Education Science.  All three of these Faculties are located at the University of Helsinki's City Center Campus.

Exchange students can also take the following foreign languages while at the University of Helsinki: Finnish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Course Equivalency

View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.

Student Life

With just under 500,000 the people, Helsinki is one of the most livable cities in the world. It is safe, modern, green and hip.  Helsinki also 
has a reputation of being a fantastic city for students with several higher education institutions in the Helsinki area and 60 000 university students. To learn more about the city, visit https://www.myhelsinki.fi/en.

Housing & Meals

While students attend the University of Helsinki, they live in university coordinated housing managed by one of two housing providers: UniHome or HOAS (Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region). Details on the type of accommodations available are on their websites.

Exchange students submit their housing application as a part of their exchange application. Their information will be forwarded to the housing providers and each exchange student will receive ONE housing offer. Prior to arrival, students must pay a room deposit of €500 or ~ $590 (subject to change) to the housing provider as soon as their housing assignment is confirmed. This usually happens 2-3 months before the start of the semester.

Exchange are encouraged to join the Student Union in order receive numerous discounts at the university cafes,  on public transportation, and the university sports center.

Visa Information

All students who study abroad at the University of Helsinki are required to apply for and obtain a Finnish residency permit prior to arriving in Finland. This is done at the Finnish Consulate or Embassy. It is the student's responsibility to obtain the necessary immigration documentation in order to legally enter the country. To find out residency permit procedures or to ask any questions, please contact the Finnish Immigration Service.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/26/2017
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Varies by program TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
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Varies by program 08/27/2018 05/12/2019
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
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Varies by program 08/27/2018 12/21/2018
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Spring 2019 09/20/2018 ** Varies by program 01/10/2019 05/31/2019
NOTE: Please note that these dates are approximate. Final dates will be sent to students directly upon their acceptance into the program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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