Can I complete optional/minor subject studies during the exchange?
You can complete optional/minor subject studies during the exchange. In such a case, you must submit your application through the exchange agreement concluded by the relevant optional study module/minor subject, provided the programme in question is an Erasmus programme or a faculty and unit bilateral agreement. However, the major subject students of the relevant subject have priority when exchange students are chosen. Further information: https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/do-you-want-study-abroad#p…
In University-wide exchange programmes outside the EU and in the Nordic countries (Nordlys), students can complete studies in either their own degree programme or in an optional study module, or elective studies in the form of courses selected from the university-wide selection of the host university. Please note potential restrictions set by the host university on the availability of subjects. Further information on the Nordlys network: https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/erasmus-and-nordplus-destinations-europe#paragraph-460
Can I complete an optional/minor subject module during the exchange even if I don’t have a study right for the subject at the University of Helsinki? Can I complete minor subject studies or an entire minor subject module during the exchange in a subject not taught at the University of Helsinki?
You can complete an optional/minor subject module during the exchange to be recognised by your faculty as an optional study module completed abroad. This is possible in most faculties. However, you should bear in mind that optional minor subject modules completed abroad are not equivalent with courses organised by the University of Helsinki. Please note any restrictions set by the host university.
Should I apply for a place in the bachelor’s or master’s degree stage?
I am completing my bachelor’s degree. Can I also complete master’s degree studies during the exchange?
In certain universities this is possible, but other strictly prohibit this. Details are available on the website of your host university. This may also apply to master’s level students who wish to complete bachelor’s level studies during their exchange.
Can bachelor’s level courses completed during the exchange be recognised as master’s level courses?
Bachelor’s level courses completed during an exchange can often be recognised as elective master’s level studies. If you wish to substitute a compulsory master’s level course included in your degree requirements with a bachelor’s level course, you can ask the course coordinator about the possibility.
Where can I find the courses offered by the host university? What if I can’t find the list of courses available next year?
Course lists can be found on the website of the host university. Most universities only display the courses available during the current academic year, so you can base your course selections for the learning agreement on them. Further information: https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/application-process#paragraph-478
Do the requirements vary a lot between universities?
Host universities require the same performance from exchange students as from their degree students. The degree of difficulty may be impacted by, among others, your language skills.