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Information for exchange students

Your Learning Agreement

 Course names will be published around mid-April for the next academic year.

When you choose courses, please pay attention to:

  • language of teaching
  • when does the course take place: please select your courses so that they are not all organized during the same teaching period. Study year is divided into four periods. Autumn semester consists of 1st and 2nd period, spring semester consists of 3rd and 4th period.
  • restrictions: please read more on this page. 

Course levels

The courses at the University of Helsinki are offered on three levels (Basic, Intermediate or Subject and Advanced). Some courses require previous studies in the subject/discipline in question. The following terminology will help you to find out if the course is suitable for you:

  • Basic studies (or “perusopinnot” in Finnish, grundstudier in Swedish): Bachelor’s level courses, do not usually require previous studies in the subject.  
  • Subject studies or Intermediate studies (or “aineopinnot” in Finnish, ämnesstudier in Swedish): Bachelor’s level courses, intermediate level, require some previous studies, mainly for 2nd or 3rd year students of the subject.
  • Advanced studies (or “syventävät opinnot” in Finnish, fördjupade studier in Swedish): Master’s level courses, for students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or have the same level of knowledge.

Please note that depending on the course level, the programmes have the right to decide whether the student has enough previous studies to participate.

Re­stric­tions in at­tend­ing courses

In the majority of cases non-degree students (scholarship holders and exchange students) have non-restricted access to courses within their own subject and most of the other courses given in English, but some restrictions may apply.

If you are an exchange student coming under "Erasmus, Nordplus, SEMP or Faculty and unit bilateral agreement" programme:

  • You should choose the majority of your courses from the faculty that has the exchange agreement with your home institution.

If you are an exchange student coming under "University bilateral agreement, Nordlys, ISEP, Erasmus University Wide or Erasmus global"

  • you are required to choose the majority of their courses from one faculty and you can be only accepted by the Faculty closest to your educational background in order for you to do well during your exchange studies. Also note that you need to have sufficient prior academic background in the disciplines taught. 

Please note that you may not be able to take all the courses you want. If there are mandatory courses which you need to take in order to graduate, we recommend that you would take them at your home university. It is strongly recommended to be flexible with your course selection because you may have to adjust your plans.

Courses from the following degree programmes are only available to that faculty's/degree programme's own exchange students:

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Law
  • Courses which have a code beginning with KIK-EN or ENG- = Bachelor's Programme in Languages (study track: English) and Master's Programme in English Studies
  • Politics, Media and Communcation, Global Political Communcation

Language centre's English courses are not open to exchange students.

We are experiencing a high demand for some courses, especially at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and at the Faculty of Social Sciences. This means that you have to be aware that it may be difficult to fit on these courses.

Priority is usually given to those exchange students that are enrolled at the University of Helsinki in the degree programme offering the course.

Detailed information concerning the rights of exchange students and other non-degree students to participate in courses is best obtained from the degree programme's staff. Restrictions which are marked above are non-negotiable.

Links to course information

You can find lists of courses offered in 2019-2020 by clicking on the links below. For the course descriptions, please use the search function in Course search.

Language courses for all exchange students

Other study modules in English

Preliminary syllabus for the academic year 2019-2020

Bachelor's Programme in the Languages and Literatures of Finland

Please change language into Finnish or Swedish to view the preliminary syllabus for the coming academic year for your degree programme. The teaching langauge is in most cases Finnish or Swedish. Please note that changes may occur. The final syllabus will be published in WebOodi.

Finnish Language: all courses are in Finnish (see the page in Finnish)

Finnish Language and Culture: all courses are in Finnish (see the page in Finnish)

Finnish Literature: all courses are in Finnish (or Swedish) (see the page in Finnish or Swedish)

Romani and Roma Culture: all courses are in Romani or in Finnish (see the page in Finnish)

Finno-Ugrian Languages and Cultures

Basic Studies 
 
Name of the Study Unit Code Name of the Course Scope (cr)  Teaching Languages Periods Equivalencies Suitable for Exchange Students
Introduction to Finno-Ugrian languages KOK-G106 Johdatus suomalais-ugrilaisiin kieliin 5 cr Finnish 1, 2  SOK5 Open for all students, in Finnish
Hungarian Language and Culture, Basic Studies 
Name of the Study Unit Code Name of the Course Scope (cr)  Teaching Languages Periods Equivalencies Suitable for Exchange Students
Hungarian I KOK-G101 Unkari I, syksy 5 cr Finnish, Hungarian 1 ZUN112/KOK-405S/SUKU-G301/SUKU-G302 Open for all students, in Finnish/Hungarian
Hungarian I KOK-G101 Unkari I, kevät 5 cr Finnish, Hungarian 3, 4 ZUN112/KOK-405S/SUKU-G301/SUKU-G302 Open for all students, in Finnish/Hungarian
Hungarian II KOK-G102 Unkari II 5 cr Finnish, Hungarian 2 ZUN113/SUKU-G301/SUKU-G302 Open for all students, in Finnish/Hungarian
Hungarian III KOK-G103 Unkari III 5 cr Hungarian, Finnish 3 ZUN114/SUKU-G301/SUKU-G302 Open for all students, in Hungarian/Finnish
Hungarian IV KOK-G104 Unkari IV 5 cr Hungarian, Finnish 4 ZUN211/SUKU-G301/SUKU-G302 Open for all students, in Hungarian/Finnish
Hungarian grammar KOK-G107 Unkarin fonologia ja morfologia 5 cr Finnish 2, 3 406639 (SOK3) Open for all students, in Finnish
Hungarian: Culture and Society KOK-G108 Unkarin maan- ja kulttuurin-tuntemus 5 cr Finnish 1 ZUN111 Open for all students, in Finnish
Estonian Language and Culture, Basic Studies 
Name of the Study Unit Code Name of the Course Scope (cr)  Teaching Languages Periods  Equivalencies Suitable for Exchange Students
Estonian I KOK-G111 Viro I 5 cr Finnish, Estonian 1, 2 ZVI111 Open for all students, in Finnish/Estonian
Estonian II KOK-G112 Viro II 5 cr Estonian, Finnish 3, 4 ZVI112 Open for all students, in Estonian/Finnish
Estonian III KOK-G113 Viro III 5 cr Estonian, Finnish 1, 2 ZVI232/ZVI233/406726 Open for all students, in Estonian/Finnish
Basic Course in a Cognate Language KOK-G114 Võron perus-kurssi 5 cr Finnish 1, 2 ZIS221 Open for all students, in Finnish
Estonian phonology and morphology KOK-G117 Viron äänne- ja muoto-oppi 5 cr Estonian, Finnish 1, 2, 3, 4  ZVI131 Open for all students, in Estonian/Finnish
Estonian Culture and Society KOK-G118 Viron kulttuuri ja yhteiskunta 5 cr Finnish 1, 2 406626 Open for all students, in Finnish
Sámi Studies, Basic Studies 
Name of the Study Unit Code Name of the Course Scope (cr)  Teaching Languages Periods Equivalencies Suitable for Exchange Students
Sami I KOK-G121 Saame I 5 cr Sami, Finnish 1 KOK-405S/SUKU-G301/SUKU-G302/IND-515/SOK3 (402776) Open for all students, in Sami/Finnish
Sami II KOK-G122 Saame II 5 cr Sami, Finnish 2 SUKU-G301/SUKU-G302/IND-515/SOK3 (402776) Open for all students, in Sami/Finnish
Sami III KOK-G123 Saame III 5 cr Sami, Finnish 3 ZSA122/IND-515/SUKU-G301/SUKU-G302 Open for all students, in Sami/Finnish
Sami IV KOK-G124 Saame IV 5 cr Sami, Finnish 4 ZSA122/IND-515 Open for all students, in Sami/Finnish
Sami grammar KOK-G127 Saamen kielioppi 5 cr Sami, Finnish 4 IND-515 Open for all students, in Sami/Finnish
Sápmi and the Sami people KOK-G128 Saamenmaa ja saamelaiset 5 cr Finnish 1, 2 ZSA130/IND-515  Open for all students, in Finnish
 
Intermediate Studies
 
Name of the Study Unit Code Name of the Course Scope (cr) Teaching Languages Periods Equivalencies Suitable for Exchange Students
Research methods KOK-G210 - 5 cr Finnish 1, 2 KOK-F210/SOK6 Open for all students, in Finnish
Proseminar KOK-G240 Proseminaari (suomalais-ugrilainen kielentutki-mus, saamentutki-mus, Unkarin kieli ja kulttuuri) 4 cr Finnish 3, 4 ZUG260P Open for all students, in Finnish
Proseminar KOK-G240 Proseminaari (Viron kieli ja kulttuuri) 4 cr Estonian, Finnish 1, 2, 3, 4 ZVI240P/SUKU-V380/ZVI370 Open for the exchange students of the study track, in Estonian/Finnish
Hungarian Language and Culture, Intermediate Studies
Name of the Study Unit Code Name of the Course Scope (cr) Teaching Languages Periods Equivalencies Suitable for Exchange Students
Special Traits in the Hungarian Language KOK-G201 Unkarin kielen erikois-kysymyksiä 5 cr Finnish, Hungarian 1, 2 SUKU-U324/ ZUN321/ZUN322 Open for all students, in Finnish/Hungarian
Hungarian syntax KOK-G202 Unkarin syntaksi 5 cr Finnish, Hungarian 3, 4 406643 (SOK4) Open for all students, in Finnish/Hungarian
Hungarian V KOK-G205 Unkari V 5 cr Hungarian, Finnish 1 ZUN212/SUKU-G301/ SUKU-G302 Open for all students, in Hungarian/Finnish
Hungarian VI KOK-G206 Unkari VI 5 cr Hungarian, Finnish 2 ZUN213/SUKU-G301/ SUKU-G302 Open for all students, in Hungarian/Finnish
Hungarian Language and Culture through Texts KOK-G207 Unkarin kulttuuria ja kieltä tekstien kautta 5 cr Hungarian, Finnish 3, 4  ZUN214 Open for all students, in Hungarian/Finnish
Estonian Language and Culture, Intermediate Studies
Name of the Study Unit Code Name of the Course Scope (cr) Teaching Languages Periods  Equivalencies Suitable for Exchange Students
Estonian Standard Language Registers KOK-G211 Viron kirjakielen rekisterit 5 cr Estonian, Finnish 3, 4 ZVI211 Open for all students, in Estonian/Finnish
Estonian syntax KOK-G212 Viron lauseoppi 5 cr Estonian, Finnish 1, 2 ZVI212 Open for all students, in Estonian/Finnish
Translation Exercises Estonian to Finnish KOK-G215 Käännöshar-joituksia virosta suomeen 5 cr Estonian, Finnish 3, 4  - Open for all students, in Estonian/Finnish
Estonian Literature KOK-G218 Viron kirjallisuus 5 cr Finnish 3, 4 ZVI235/ZVI236/ZVI237/ZVI239 Open for all students, in Finnish
Optional Study Module on Estonian Culture and Literature KOK-GV511 Viron ja Unkarin kirjallisuus sosialisti-sessa yhteiskun-nassa  5 cr Finnish 3, 4 SUKU-U332/SUKU-U334/SUKU-V323/KOK-GV511/ZUN324/ZUN326/ZVI238 Open for all students, in Finnish
Sámi Studies, Intermediate Studies
Name of the Study Unit Code Name of the Course Scope (cr) Teaching Languages Periods Equivalencies Suitable for Exchange Students
Other Sami Languages I KOK-G221 Koltansaame 5 cr Sami, Finnish 4 IND-515 Open for all students, in Sami/Finnish
Sami: written exercises KOK-G226 Saamen kirjoitushar-joituksia  5 cr Sami, Finnish 3 IND-515 /ZSA212 Open for all students, in Sami/Finnish
Sami: oral exercises I KOK-G229 Saamen keskustelu-harjoituksia I 5 cr Sami, Finnish 1 IND-515/ZSA212 Open for all students, in Sami/Finnish
Sami: oral exercises II KOK-G230 Saamen keskustelu-harjoituksia II 5 cr Sami, Finnish 2, 3 IND-515/ZSA212 Open for all students, in Sami/Finnish
Finno-Ugrian Language Studies, Intermediate Studies
Name of the Study Unit Code Name of the Course Scope (cr) Teaching Languages Periods  Equivalencies Suitable for Exchange Students
Phonetics and Morphology of the Uralian Languages KOK-G231 Uralilaisten kielten äänne- ja sanaoppi 5 cr Finnish 1, 2 ZUG231 Open for all students, in Finnish
Comparative morphology and syntax KOK-G232 Uralilaisten kielten vertaileva muoto- ja lauseoppi 5 cr Finnish 3, 4 ZUG232 Open for all students, in Finnish
Near or far-related Cognate Languages I KOK-G235 Karjalan  perusteet 5 cr Finnish 1, 2 KOK-G236/KOK-G114/SUKU-G303/SUKU-G304/SUKU-G305/SUKU-G306/ZIS221 Open for all students, in Finnish
Near or far-related Cognate Languages II KOK-G236 Komin peruskurssi 5 cr Finnish 1, 2 KOK-G235/KOK-G114/SUKU-G303/SUKU-G304/SUKU-G305/SUKU-G306/ZUG312 Open for all students, in Finnish
Language Changes, Variations and Contacts KOK-G237 Kielen muutos, vaihtelu ja kontaktit 5 cr Finnish 3, 4 402674 Open for all students, in Finnish
Specialization Studies in Finno-Ugristics KOK-G238 Uralilaisten kielten lainasana-kontaktit 5 cr Finnish 1, 2 SUKU-G322/ZUG321C Open for all students, in Finnish
Specialization Studies in Finno-Ugristics KOK-G238 Permiläisten kielten rakenne ja kehitys 5 cr Finnish 3, 4 SUKU-G315/ZUG311B Open for exchange students of Master's Programmes, in Finnish
Specialization Studies in Finno-Ugristics KOK-G238 Sosiolingvis-tiikka: Monikielisyys ja vähemmistö-kielet  5 cr Finnish 1, 2 SUKU-G330/SUKU-S302 Open for all students, in Finnish
Specialization Studies in Finno-Ugristics KOK-G238 Kenttätyö-kurssi 5 cr Finnish 3-4 (+ intensive period) SUKU-G331/ZUG321F Open for all students, in Finnish
Finnic Languages I KOK-G531 Liivin kielen kurssi  5 cr Finnish 3, 4 KOK-G235/KOK-G236/SUKU-G305/SUKU-G306/SUKU-G303/SUKU-G304/ZIS221 Open for all students, in Finnish

Finnish for International students

Name of Study Unit Code Name of the Course / Group Scope (cr) Teaching Languages Periods Equivalencies Suitable for Exchange Students
Finnish 1A FINN-111 Finnish 1A, City Centre Campus (autumn) 3 cr Finnish, English 1 405601 Open for all students
Finnish 1A FINN-111 Finnish 1A, Kumpula Campus 3 cr Finnish, English 1 405601 Open for all students
Finnish 1A FINN-111 Finnish 1A, Viikki Campus (autumn) 3 cr Finnish, English 1 405601 Open for all students
Finnish 1A FINN-111 Finnish 1A, City Centre Campus (spring) 3 cr Finnish, English 3 405601 Open for all students
Finnish 1A FINN-111 Finnish 1A, Viikki Campus (spring) 3 cr Finnish, English 3 405601 Open for all students
Finnish 1B FINN-112 Finnish 1B, City Centre Campus (autumn) 2 cr Finnish, English 2 405602 Open for all students
Finnish 1B FINN-112 Finnish 1B, Kumpula Campus 2 cr Finnish, English 2 405602 Open for all students
Finnish 1B FINN-112 Finnish 1B, Viikki Campus (autumn) 2 cr Finnish, English 2 405602 Open for all students
Finnish 1B FINN-112 Finnish 1B, City Centre Campus (spring) 2 cr Finnish, English 4 405602 Open for all students
Finnish 1B FINN-112 Finnish 1B, Viikki Campus (spring) 2 cr Finnish, English 4 405602 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, City Centre Campus A (autumn) 5 cr Finnish, English 1+2 405786 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, City Centre Campus B (autumn) 5 cr Finnish, English 1+2 405786 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, City Centre Campus C (autumn) 5 cr Finnish, English 1+2 405786 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, Viikki Campus D 5 cr Finnish, English 1+2 405786 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, City Centre Campus A (spring) 5 cr Finnish, English 3+4 405786 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, City Centre Campus B (spring) 5 cr Finnish, English 3+4 405786 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, City Centre Campus E (autumn) 3 cr Finnish, English 1+2  405786 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, City Centre Campus F (autumn) 3 cr Finnish, English 1+2  405786 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, City Centre Campus G (autumn) 3 cr Finnish, English 1+2  405786 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, Kumpula Campus H (autumn) 3 cr Finnish, English 1+2 405786 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, Viikki Campus I 3 cr Finnish, English 1+2   405786 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, City Centre Campus C (spring) 3 cr Finnish, English 3+4  405786 Open for all students
Finnish beginners' course for exchange students FINN-114 Finnish beginners' course for exchange students, Kumpula Campus D (spring) 3 cr Finnish, English 3+4  405786 Open for all students
Intensive Finnish for beginners (Finnish 1A+1B+2A) FINN-115 Intensive Finnish for beginners (Finnish 1A+1B+2A) 8 cr Finnish, English 1+2 405601 Open for all students
Finnish 2A FINN-221 Finnish 2A, City Centre Campus (autumn) 3 cr Finnish, English 1 405603 Open for all students
Finnish 2A FINN-221 Finnish 2A, Viikki Campus (autumn) 3 cr Finnish, English 1 405603 Open for all students
Finnish 2A FINN-221 Finnish 2A, City Centre Campus A (spring) 3 cr Finnish, English 3 405603 Open for all students
Finnish 2A FINN-221 Finnish 2A, City Centre Campus B (spring) 3 cr Finnish, English 3 405603  Open for all students
Finnish 2A FINN-221 Finnish 2A, Viikki Campus (spring) 3 cr Finnish, English 3 405603 Open for all students
Finnish 2B FINN-222 Finnish 2B, City Centre Campus (autumn) 2 cr Finnish, English 2 405604 Open for all students
Finnish 2B FINN-222 Finnish 2B, Viikki Campus (autumn) 2 cr Finnish, English 2 405604 Open for all students
Finnish 2B FINN-222 Finnish 2B, City Centre Campus A (spring) 2 cr Finnish, English 4 405604 Open for all students
Finnish 2B FINN-222 Finnish 2B, City Centre Campus B (spring)  2 cr Finnish, English 4 405604 Open for all students
Finnish 2B FINN-222 Finnish 2B, Viikki Campus (spring) 2 cr Finnish, English 4 405604 Open for all students
Finnish continuation course for exchange students FINN-224 Finnish continuation course for exchange students 5 cr Finnish, English 3+4 405787 Open for all students
Intensive Finnish continuation course (Finnish 2B+3) FINN-225 Intensive Finnish continuation course (Finnish 2B+3) 7 cr Finnish, English 3+4 405604 Open for all students
Finnish 3 FINN-231 Finnish 3, City Centre Campus (autumn) 5 cr Finnish  1+2 405605 Open for all students
Finnish 3 FINN-231 Finnish 3, Viikki Campus 5 cr Finnish 1+2 405605 Open for all students
Finnish 3 FINN-231 Finnish 3, City Centre Campus (spring) 5 cr Finnish 3+4 405605 Open for all students
Finnish 4 FINN-241 Finnish 4, City Centre Campus, group 1 (autumn) 5 cr Finnish 1+2 405611 Open for all students
Finnish 4 FINN-241 Finnish 4, City Centre Campus, group 2 (autumn) 5 cr Finnish 1+2 405611 Open for all students
Finnish 4 FINN-241 Finnish 4, City Centre Campus (spring) 5 cr Finnish 3+4 405611 Open for all students
Finnish 5 FINN-251 Finnish 5, City Centre Campus (autumn) 5 cr Finnish 1+2 405612 Open for all students
Finnish 5 FINN-251 Finnish 5, City Centre Campus (spring) 5 cr Finnish 3+4 405612 Open for all students
Finnish 6 FINN-261 Finnish 6, City Centre Campus (autumn) 5 cr Finnish 1+2 405613 Open for all students
Finnish 6 FINN-261 Finnish 6, City Centre Campus (spring) 5 cr Finnish 3+4 405613 Open for all students
Listen and write I FINN-301 It is possible to participate in any course and write a learning diary 2 cr        
Listen and write II FINN-302 It is possible to participate in any course and write a learning diary 3 cr        
Write and Discuss I FINN-310 Write and Discuss I, City Centre Campus (autumn) 5 cr Finnish 1+2 405847 Open for all students
Write and Discuss I FINN-310 Write and Discuss I, City Centre Campus (spring) 5 cr Finnish 3+4 405847 Open for all students
Write and Discuss II FINN-311 Write and Discuss II, City Centre Campus (autumn) 5 cr Finnish 1+2 405847 Open for all students
Write and Discuss II FINN-311 Write and Discuss II, City Centre Campus (spring) 5 cr Finnish 3+4 405847  Open for all students
Introduction to Finnish Literature  FINN-402 Introduction to Finnish Literature  5 cr English 3+4 SKO133 Open for all students
Structure of Finnish Language  FINN-401 Structure of Finnish Language 5 cr English 1+2 - Open for all students

Syllabus for the academic year 2018-2019

Bachelor's Programme in the Languages and Literatures of Finland

From your degree programme’s syllabus you can, among other things, see what courses your degree programme offers during the current academic year and in which period the courses take place. You can also easily move to the course’s course page for a more detailed description of the course.