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Is a traditional student exchange of several months too long time for you to be away but you would still like to study abroad? Would you like to proceed in your studies during summer and gain some international experience at the same time? Short courses give you the opportunity to internationalize in a shorter time.

You can now apply for a grant for attending a course at another university abroad. The amount of the grant in 500 euros and it will be paid towards acceptance letter of the receiving institution. You can apply for the grant if you don't get any other grant or scholarship for the course, for example Nordplus grant. The application period is ongoing (1.9.–15.6.) and the application for the grant is made in Mobility Online.

In addition, the International Exchange Service organizes an application round to some Summer Schools with which we have made an agreement. A certain amount of students will be chosen to these universities based on the agreements and general selection criteria of International Exchange Services will be used. You can find some general information on the universities in question on this page but further information will be updated in February.

What is meant by a short course?

With a short course we mean any courses taught at another university abroad. The course must be of high quality and support your studies at the University of Helsinki. The duration of the course may vary from 1 week to 3 months.

The student applies independently to the course at the host university's home page. The student must pay any course fees and traveling and housing costs himself.

University of Helsinki gives a grant for attending the course. The grant can be applied by all Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral level. The application period is ongoing (1.9.–15.6.) and the application is made at an online application portal Mobility Online. If you are entitled to general student grant from Kela, you may apply for that also for attending the short course if you meet their criteria. 

Please note that there is a certain amount of grants available and if the run out, we must end the application period in advance. In that case, we would inform about on this page and directly to prospective students who have already started their application by email.

International Exchange Services will open an application round in February for grants for courses held in Summer. The summer school places to apply for in February 2020 are listed below.

 

How can I find a suitable short course?

The simplest way to find courses abroad is to see partner universities' home pages and course catalogues.

Many universities organize for example courses during summer time (Summer School, Summer Academy) but it might be possible to attend courses during semester as well. All universities have different guidelines for accepting students for a shorter time than semester.

You may apply to any university of high quality (preferably a partner of the University of Helsinki), teaching is at university level (Bachelor, Master, Doctoral) and you get the course credits transferred as a whole to your program / degree at the University of Helsinki.

Some short courses can be found on these pages (also other times than summer):

 

How to apply?

These application instructions are both for you applying for a grant for attending a short course that you've found independently (instructions A) and for you who are applying for places on Summer Schools offered by partners of the University of Helsinki during the application round in February (instructions B).

Application period for attending a short course whereto you have applied independently is ongoing (1.9.–15.6). You may apply for the grant once you’ve received confirmation for your attendance on the course. You may of course already start your application before receiving the acceptance letter from the course.

Application period for agreement-based places on Summer Schools 2020 is open 31.1. - 13.2.2020.

 

Here is how you apply

1. Register as applicant the Mobility Online portal (Internet Explorer works best with the portal)

A) Independent attendance on a short course (freemover short course)

  • Choose Freemover short courses
  • Log in with your university username and password
  • Check once again that it says “Freemover short courses” as program
  • Check that is says 2019/2020 as "Academic year"
  • Fill in the lacking information, including the name of the course and information on the credit transfer to your degree.
  • If you are about to convert the credits of the course to a certain obligatory course in your program, seek for approval from your faculty. You’ll find the instructions on “Returning home” and “Credit transfer”. If you are planning on including the course in your selective studies, it is sufficient to write foe example "To my selective studies in Master's degree." on the registration form. No signatures are needed.
  • Press “Send application"

B) Application for attendance on an agreement-based Summer School

  • Choose from the menu: programme "Summer courses", academic year "2020/2021" and click "Show exchange details"
  • Choose your first choice for exchange and press the green ball next to the name of the host university. Please note that the two courses organized by Nordic Centres are listed under the same host university: HYDERA01 (India) and SHANGHAI01 (China)
  • Log in with your university username and password
  • Fill in the lacking information, including the name of the course(s) and 2. and 3. option and information on the credit transfer to your degree.
  • If you are about to convert the credits of the course to a certain obligatory course in your program, seek for approval from your faculty. You’ll find the instructions on “Returning home” and “Credit transfer”. If you are planning on including the course in your selective studies, it is sufficient to write for example "To my selective studies in Master's degree." on the registration form. No signatures are needed.
  • Press “Send application"

2. You’ll receive an email with a link to the application system where you can finish your application. Log in to your application through the link.

3. Check your information in “Download Application Form” and save the pdf on your computer. It will be uploaded a supplement to your application.

4. Prepare the following supplements to your application and upload them on your application on “Upload application documents”:

Motivation letter

  • You can write the motivation letter in Finnish, Swedish or English
  • Length max 1 page (400 words)
  • Upload the letter on your application either as a doc or docx –format.
  • Motivate why attending this particular course is relevant for your study program / your degree
  • Tell where you are planning on including the course in your program/degree
  • More tips on how to write a motivation letter can be found here under “Required documents”.

Unofficial transcript of records of the University of Helsinki

  • You can order this via Weboodi,save it on your computer and add it to your application.

Application form as a pdf

A copy of the acceptance letter from the host university (Only required in the application phase when applying as independent applicant "A")

  • Once you’ve received information on your acceptance on the course, upload the letter (might be an email as well) on your application. Even the summer courses applicants must later upload the acceptance letter on the account.

5. After all the supplements have been uploaded, go to "Submit application with attachments".

Your application is now submitted and handed in for International Exchange Services for processing.

 

Your questions will be answered by:

International Exchange Services

studentexchange@helsinki.fi

Nordic Center summer courses in India and China

University of Helsinki takes part in Nordic cooperation in India and China and gets to choose a couple of students yearly to attend summer courses offered by Nordic Centers there. University of Helsinki nominates the chosen students to the centres and sends students' applications there.

Please note that Nordic Center summer courses can be found in Mobility Online under 'Summer courses' and following codes: HYDERA01 (both courses in India) and SHANGHAI01 - Fudan University (both courses in China). Write the name of the course(s) to the text field in your preferred order.

You may apply to following courses in the pre-application round in February 2020:

 

Nordic Center in India

Gender and Society in Contemporary India

 
Organizer Study in India Programme, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Time of exchange 13.7. - 8.8.2020
Level of studies Master's level 
Course descriptions This is a postgraduate level course that aims to provide and overview of issues related to gender and sexuality in India from a feminist perspective. The diversity of India will be a lens through which the course will explore issues. The themes being considered include Integrating Theory and Praxis in Gender Studies, Gender Violence, Gender and Development, Intersectionality: Caste, Class and Gender, Gender, Religion and Politics, Body, Sexuality and Representations of Gender. Students will learn more about the themes via lectures, readings, films and field trips.

Course brochure

To be noted Host university in Mobility Online IND HYDERA01 - Nordic Center in India - University of Hyderabad

If you apply for more than one of Nordic Center in India courses, list them in the application in the preferred order. However, note the level of the courses and that you only can get admitted to one course per summer.

Approximate costs INR 110970 (about 1390 EUR) which includes

  • Course fee
  • Accomodation in Tagore International Student Guest House (single room, shared room is cheaper)
  • Short study visits

The fee does not include costs for traveling-, visa or insurances.

Grant sum 900 EUR
Credits 7,5 or 10 ECTS
Places to apply for summer 2020 3

 

Exploring Urban India: Sustainability Challenges

Organizer Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore
Time of exchange 29.6. - 25.7.2020
Level of studies Master's level 
Course descriptions This is a postgraduate level course is an extension of the long running NCI programme, “Approaching Environmental Management in India” The present course plans to introduce students to the state of sustainability in contemporary urban India along with the challenges, prospects and many localised innovations towards increased sustainability. This course will specifically look at the issue of urban sustainability through the themes of city governance, urban planning, provision of basic services, the use of technology and innovation, and urban activism among others.

Course brochure

To be noted Host university in Mobility Online IND HYDERA01 - Nordic Center in India- University of Hyderabad

If you apply for more than one of Nordic Center in India courses, list them in the application in the preferred order. However, note the level of the courses and that you only can get admitted to one course per summer.

Approximate costs INR 110000 (about 1380 EUR) which includes:

  • Course fee
  • Accomodation in Guest House
  • Short study visits

The fee does not include costs for traveling-, visa or insurances.

Grant sum 900 EUR
Credits 7,5 or 10 ECTS
Places to apply for summer 2020 3

 

Hindi Language Studies

Organizer INLANSO, Centre for the Study of Indian Languages and Society, Varanasi
Time of exchange 15.5. - 15.6.2020
Level of studies A1, A2 and B1 levels (CEFR) in Hindi
Course descriptions This is a four-week-long intensive summer Hindi language course for students at A1, A2 and B1 levels of Hindi. The language programme focuses on the principle of combining classroom knowledge with outdoor practice with an emphasis on making students speak and use Hindi starting from the very first day of study. Special attention is paid to cultural and societal interactions so that students get the context of the language they are learning to speak.

Course brochure

To be noted Host university in Mobility Online IND HYDERA01 - Nordic Center in India- University of Hyderabad

If you apply for more than one of Nordic Center in India courses, list them in the application in the preferred order. However, note the level of the courses and that you only can get admitted to one course per summer.

Approximate costs INR 60180  (appr. 745 EUR) with single room accommodation.

The fee does not include costs for traveling-, visa or insurances.

Grant sum 900 EUR
Credits 7,5 or 10 ECTS
Places to apply for summer 2020 3

 

Nordic Center in China

Chinese politics and society, Shanghai, China

Organizer Nordic Center, Fudan University
Time of exchange 25.6.–8.7.2020
Level of studies Bachelor's level 
Course descriptions Course brochure

Promotional video

To be noted Host university in Mobility Online is SHANGHAI01 -  Fudan University. 

If you apply for more than one of Nordic Center in China courses, list them in the application in the preferred order. However, note the level of the courses and that you only can get admitted to one course per summer.

Approximate costs 1200 RMB (appr. 155 EUR). The fee does not include accommodation, travelling, visa or insurances.
Grant sum 500 EUR
Credits 5 ECTS
Places to apply for summer 2020 3  (altogether with the places for the course Business and Innovation in China)

NB the actual participation to this summer school is upon to the official coronavirus guidelines given by the host institution, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. 

 

Business and Innovation in China, Shanghai, China

Organizer Nordic Center, Fudan University
Time of exchange 10. - 23.7.2020
Level of studies Master's level 
Course descriptions Course brochure

Promotional video

To be noted Host university in Mobility Online is SHANGHAI01 -  Fudan University. 

If you apply for more than one of Nordic Center in China courses, list them in the application in the preferred order. However, note the level of the courses and that you only can get admitted to one course per summer.

Approximate costs 1200 RMB (appr. 155 EUR). The fee does not include accommodation, travelling, visa or insurances.
Grant sum 500 EUR
Credits 5 ECTS
Places to apply for summer 2020 3 (altogether with the places for the course Chine politics and society)

NB the actual participation to this summer school is upon to the official coronavirus guidelines given by the host institution, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. 

Summer courses in England and in the Nordic countries

University of Helsinki has agreed on sending a certain amount of students after pre-selection to the summer schools offered by our partner universities. 

The nominated students don't have to pay course fees but must there might be other costs for attending the course. International Exchange Services pays a grant of 500 euros for nominated students to help with the costs.

Selection of the nominees will be done as soon as possible after the application period. Some of the courses might have been filled before the decision about the grant. Remember to check the deadline and to apply to the Summer School in time!

Please see the summer schools open for applications in the application round in February 2020:

 

King’s College Undergraduate Summer School, London, England

Time of exchange  29.6.–17.7.2020 tai 20.7.–7.8.2020
Level of studies Summer School offers courses on Bachelor's level. Master's level students may also apply but do make sure that credit transfer is possible to your Master's Degree.
To be noted Language requirement for UH students: English B2 (CEFR)

Required GPA 3.0 (UK scale)

You may apply grant for one course.

Costs Nominated students from the University of Helsinki are waived from the application and tuition fees, but following costs are to be paid by the student:

  • Accommodation 
  • Short site-visits
  • Social programme

In addition is the student responsible for travel, insurance and possible visa expenses.

Credits Most of the courses 7,5 ECTS
Places to apply for summer 2020 10
Summer School's own deadline 15.5.2020

 

Leeds International Summer School, Leeds, England

Time of exchange 4.7.–1.8.2020 (2 modules)
Level of studies Summer School offers courses on Bachelor's level. Master's level students may also apply but do make sure that credit transfer is possible to your Master's Degree.
To be noted To be eligible to apply for the summer school you should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or equivalent (UK scale).

Language requirement for UH students: English B2 (CEFR)

You can participate on one module or two modules.

Short LISS videos featuring student profiles, summer school activities and more.

Costs University of Helsinki nominees are are waived from the tuition fees but not from a programme fee of £1,540 (4 weeks / two modules) or £970 (2 weeks / one module) which includes:

  • on campus accommodation
  • breakfast and lunch (Mon-Fri)
  • field trips
  • weekend excursions 
  • social programme
  • sports centre membership

In addition, the student is responsible for travel, insurance and possible visa expenses.

Credits 10 cr
Places to apply for summer 2020 6
Summer School's own deadline 1.5.2020

 

Aarhus Summer School, Aarhus, Denmark

Time of exchange 6.-24.7.2020 or 27.7.–14.8.2020
Level of studies Bachelor's and Master's level

When applying for Master level courses, you must hold a Bachelor's degree (or as a minimum have obtained 180 ECTS in your study programme) by the time of application deadline to Aarhus (1.4.2020)

You may apply grant for one course.

Costs Nominated students from the University of Helsinki are waived from the tuition fees, but following costs are to be paid by the student:

  • Accommodation in student housing (appr. 480 EUR)
  • Short site-visits
  • Social programme (appr. 140 EUR)

In addition is the student responsible for travel, insurance and possible visa expenses.

Credits 5 or 10 ECTS 
Places to apply for summer 2020 6
Summer School's own deadline 1.4.2020

 

Linköping University Summer Academy, Linköping, Sweden

Time of exchange 26.6. - 25.7.2020
Level of studies Bachelor's level
To be noted Course brochure

You must have competed at least 60 ECTS at the University of Helsinki when applying to the host university

Costs Nominated students from the University of Helsinki are waived from the tuition fees, but following costs are to be paid by the student:

  • Accommodation in student housing SEK 5500 (appr. 520 EUR)
  • Short site-visits
  • Social programme

In addition is the student is responsible for travel, insurance and possible visa expenses.

Credits 7,5 ECTS
Places to apply for summer 2020  4
Summer School's own deadline 15.3.2020

 

Linnaeus University Summer Academy, Kalmar, Sweden

Time of exchange 13.7.–14.8.2020
Level of studies Mostly Bachelor's level courses but some on Master's level
To be noted Course brochure
Costs Nominated students from the University of Helsinki are waived from the tuition fees, but following costs are to be paid by the student:

  • Accommodation in student housing 
  • Short site-visits
  • Social programme

In addition is the student is responsible for travel, insurance and possible visa expenses.

Credits 7,5 ECTS
Places to apply for summer 2020  1
Summer School's own deadline 1.4.2020

 

Summer courses in Hong Kong (CUHK) and in China (Wuhan)

University of Helsinki has agreed on sending a certain amount of students after pre-selection to the summer schools offered by our partner universities.

The nominated students don't have to pay course fees but must there might be other costs for attending the course. International Exchange Services pays a grant of 500 euros for nominated students to help with the costs.

Selection of the nominees will be done as soon as possible after the application period. It is however possible that you must apply to the Summer School before knowing whether you'll get the grant. Remember to check the deadline and to apply to the Summer School in time!

 

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) International Summer School, Hong Kong

Time of exchange no application round for summer 2020
Level of studies Courses are on Bachelor's level, but Master's level students may also apply, if they make sure that the recognition of the credits will be approved.
To be noted Language requirement for UH students: English B2 (CEFR)

Nominated students from the University of Helsinki are referred on the web page as "exchange students".

Approximated costs Nominated students from the University of Helsinki are waived from the tuition fees, but following costs are to be paid by the student:

  • Accomodation on campus HK$5,130 (about 570 euros)
  • Administration and Activities fee HK$3,800 (about 424 euros) which includes evening and weekend activities
  • Short site-visits

In addition is the student responsible for travel, insurance and possible visa expenses.

Grant sum 500 EUR
Credits max. 6 CUHK credits (12 ECTS)
Places to apply for summer 2020 no application round for summer 2020
Summer School's own deadline no application round for summer 2020

 

Luojia International Summer Programme, Wuhan, Kiina

Time of exchange no application round for summer 2020
Level of studies The course is on Bachelor's level, but Master's level students may also apply, if they make sure that the recognition of the credits will be approved.
To be noted Course brochure

Name of the course is "Understanding China: Past and Present". Time schedule and themes of the lessons are to be seen on the course brochure.

Language requirement for UH students: English B2 (CEFR)

Approximated costs Students nominated by the University of Helsinki are waived from tuition fees. Accommodation in 2 persons shared rooms is also paid for UH's students. In addition to travel expenses and insurances, the student must pay for:

  • 4-day trip to Xi'an (optional)
  • Extra curricular activities RMB 3500 (appr. 455 EUR)
Grant sum 500 EUR
Grant sum 2 Wuhan credits (4 ECTS)
Places to apply for summer 2020 no application round for summer 2020
Summer School's own deadline no application round for summer 2020

 

Summer courses in Korea (Sungkyunkwan University) and Singapore (NTU)

University of Helsinki has agreed on sending a certain amount of students after pre-selection to the summer schools offered by our partner universities.

The nominated students don't have to pay course fees but must there might be other costs for attending the course. International Exchange Services pays a grant of 500 euros for nominated students to help with the costs.

Selection of the nominees will be done as soon as possible after the application period. It is however possible that you must apply to the Summer School before knowing whether you'll get the grant. Remember to check the deadline and to apply to the Summer School in time!

Please see the summer schools open for applications in the application round in February 2020:

 

Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul

Time of exchange 24.6. - 22.7.2020
Level of studies Bachelor's level students, but Master's level students may also apply, if they make sure that the recognition of the credits will be approved.
To be noted course brochure
Approximated costs Nominated students from the University of Helsinki are waived from the tuition fees, but following costs are to be paid by the student:

- Housing 650,000 KRW (On/Off-campus, due to availability)

- Cost of living normally 500,000-600,000 KRW / month including meals, transportations etc. (not including housing)

In addition is the student responsible for travel, insurance and possible visa expenses.

Grant sum 500 EUR
Credits 3 cr
Places to apply for summer 2020 10
Summer School's own deadline 1.5.2020

 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Time of exchange June-July 2020, 2/4/6 weeks programmes, check the dates from course brochure below
Level of studies Bachelor's level students (students from non-humanities fields can also study master level courses) 
To be noted Course brochure

Language requirement for UH students: English B2 (CEFR)

Required GPA 2.5/5

Approximated costs Nominated students from the University of Helsinki are waived from the tuition fees, but following costs are to be paid by the student:

- Housing on campus (furnished twin room) SGD 30 / night

In addition is the student responsible for travel, insurance and possible visa expenses.

Grant sum 500 EUR
Credits varies between courses
Places to apply for summer 2020 6
Summer School's own deadline 20.4.2020

Summer courses in Russia

University of Helsinki has agreed on sending one student to the following summer course without a course fee.

International Exchange Services provide the nominated student with a grant of 500 euros to help with the other costs for attending the course.

Udmurt State University

Summer School of Russian Language and Culture
 

Time of exchange 6.7.-26.7.2020
Level of the course Bachelor's and Master's level students
Course description Course brochure 

Language requirement: at least 4 ECTS Russian language studies

Approximated costs The nominated student from the University of Helsinki is waived from the tuition fee, but following costs are to be paid by the student:

  • Accommodation on campus in a student dormitory: 30 euros for the whole duration of the course

In addition, the student must pay for travel and insurance costs.

Grant sum 500 EUR
Credits awarded 5 ECTS
Places to apply for summer 2020 1
Summer course's own deadline 30.5./15.6.2020

 

UNICA Student Conference 2020

What is UNICA?

The UNICA-network brings together Universities from capital cities in Europe. The Student conferences are arranged to deepen the cooperation between students in the partner universities. More information on the network can be found on the network´s webpage.

The UNICA conference was created in 2000 by the Freie Universität Berlin. Since then, it gathers every 2-3 years in a different city and involves 200-300 students. During the UNICA conference, you will have the possibility to discuss with other students about meaningful issues related to higher education.

UNICA Student Conference 2020

In 2020, the conference will be held in Lisbon and will be hosted by NOVA University. The theme of the conference is “Dream your university in the capital city”. The application round for the conference 2020 ended 21.1.2020.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact:

International Exchange Services
studentexchange@helsinki.fi
+358 2941 22401