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This article concerns all degree students regardless of whether they are studying in the new degree programmes or according to the old degree structures. 

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 2019 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 is open 1.2.-15.2.2019.

 

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 2018/2019 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 "2019/2020" 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:

Heidi Säävuori

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: IND HYDERA01 (both courses in India) and CN 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 2019:

 

Contemporary India: An Interdisciplinary Introduction Course, Hyderabad, India

 
Organizer University of Hyderabad
Time of exchange 30.6.-27.7.2019
Level of studies Bachelor's level (undergraduate)
Course descriptions This is an undergraduate level introductory course that serves as a primer to the changing dynamics in India by focusing on a wide range of topics that have immediate relevance, including politics, economy, society, religion, and development. Students will learn and discuss contemporary trends in Indian politics and the effects it has on the economy and various socio-cultural stratifications characteristics of India. This intensive course will feature daily lectures, field visits both rural and urban, and various other engaging academic exercises.
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 110 970 (about 1 370 e) which includes

  • Course fee
  • Accomodation in Tagore International Student Guest House
  • Short study visits

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

Grant sum 900 e
Credits 7,5 or 10 ECTS
Places to apply for 3

 

Gender and Society in Contemporary India

 

Organizer Study in India Programme, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Time of exchange 14.7.-10.8.2019
Level of studies Master (postgraduate)
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.
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 110 970 (about 1 370 e) which includes

  • Course fee
  • Accomodation in Tagore International Student Guest House
  • Short study visits

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

Grant sum 900 e
Credits 7,5 or 10 ECTS
Places to apply for 3

 

Exploring the Environment in India: Issues in Sustainability

 

Organizer Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore
Time of exchange 23.6.-20.7.2019
Level of studies Master's level (graduate)
Course descriptions This is a post graduate level course that introduces students to the context and challenges related to environmental sustainability in India's urban and rural environment. The aim of the programmes is to equip students with the contextual knowledge to answer the question: “How does India manage its environment?” The course will primarily attempt to provide an overview of the policies and narratives surrounding environmental management in India, a critical analysis of the current challenges, a glimpse of the possible options for the near future along with the approaches adopted in managing environment in India.  Besides, we have designed the course keeping in view Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to match the global agenda.  SDGs aims to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
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  (1 336 €) for single room accommodation

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

Grant sum 900 e
Credits 7,5 or 10 ECTS
Places to apply for 3

 

Hindi Language Programme 

 

Organizer INLANSO, Centre for the Study of Indian Languages and Society, Varanasi
Time of exchange 30.6.-27.7.2019
Level of studies Language level of A1, A2 and B1 in Hindi (CEFR)
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. 
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 60 180 (about 745 e) which includes

  • Tuition
  • Short excursions

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

Grant sum 900 e
Credits 7,5 or 10 ECTS
Places to apply for 3

 

 

Nordic Center in China

 

Chinese politics and society, Shanghai, China

Organizer Nordic Center, Fudan University
Time of exchange 27.6.–10.7.2019
Level of studies Bachelor's level (undergraduate)
Costs 800 RMB (about 102 e) which includes an overnight visit to a nearby city.

The fee does not include costs for accomodation, travelling, visa or insurances.

Grant sum 500 e
Credits 5 ECTS
Places to apply for In total 3 students together with the other course of the Nordic Center in China

 

Business and Innovation in China, Shanghai, China

 

Organizer Nordic Center, Fudan University
Time of exchange 12.-25.7.2019
Level of studies Master's level (graduate)
Costs 800 RMB (about 102 e) which includes a overnight visit to a nearby city.

The fee does not include costs for accomodation, travelling, visa or insurances.

Grant sum 500 e
Credits 5 ECTS
Places to apply for Totally 3 students together with the other course of the Nordic Center in China

 

Summer schools 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 will be nominated to the host summer school.

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 2019:

 

King’s College Undergraduate Summer School, London, England

 

Time of exchange 1.-19.7.2019 or 22.7.– 09.8.2019
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

Required GPA 3.0 (UK scale)

You may apply 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:

  • Accomodation on campus £1200 is included in the course. The price has been agreed with King's.
  • 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  12
Summer School's own deadline 31.5.2019

 

Leeds International Summer School, Leeds, England

 

Time of exchange   6.7.–3.8.2019 (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

University of Helsinki nominees are not entitled to apply for the Santander grant from the summer school.

Costs University of Helsinki nominees are are waived from the tuition fees but not from a programme fee of £1,445 which includes:

  • on campus accomodation
  • field trips
  • weekend excursions (including a trip to London)
  • social programme
  • sports centre membership

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

Credits 10 ECTS
Places to apply for 4
Summer School's own deadline 1.4.2019

 

Aarhus Summer School, Aarhus, Denmark

 

Time of exchange 2.-19.7.2019 or 22.7.–9.8.2019
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 (1.4.2019)

You may apply to 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:

  • Accomodation in student housing (about 480 e)
  • Short site-visits
  • Social programme (about 140 e)

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

Credits 5 or 10 ECTS
Places to apply for 3
Summer School's own deadline 1.4.2019

 

Linköping University Summer Academy, Linköping, Sweden

 

Time of exchange 2.7.–27.7.2018
Level of studies Bachelor's level
To be noted 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:

  • Accomodation in student housing SEK 5 500 (about 555 e)
  • Short site-visits
  • Social programme

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

Credits 7,5 ECTS
Places to apply for  4
Summer School's own deadline 18.3.2019

 

Linnaeus University Summer Academy, Kalmar, Sweden

 

Time of exchange 15.7.–16.8.2019
Level of studies Mostly Bachelor's level courses but some on Master's level
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 is guaranteed for exchange students if applied on time
  • Short site-visits
  • Social programme

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

Credits 7,5 ECTS
Places to apply for  1
Summer School's own deadline 1.4.2019

 

 

Summer course 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 8.7.-26.7.2019
Level of the course Bachelor's and Master's level students
Course description Course description

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:

  • Accomodation on campus in a student dormitory: 35 euros for the whole duration of the course

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

Grant sum 500 e
Credits awarded 4 ECTS
Places to apply for 2019 1
Summer course's own deadline 1.6.2019

 

Summer school 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!

Please see the summer schools open for applications in the application round in February 2019:

 

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

 

Time of exchange July Session 23.6.-31.7.2019 or August Session 4.8.-24.8.2019

You may apply for one session

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

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 e
Credits max. 6 CUHK credits (12 ECTS)
Places to apply for 8
Summer School's own deadline 30.4.2019

 

Luojia International Summer Programme, Wuhan, Kiina

 

Time of exchange 23.6.-10.7.2019
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 Name of the course is "Understanding China: Past and Present". Time schedule and themes of the lessons are to be seen on the web page.
Our program offers students a chance to study two-week courses about Chinese language, culture, history and law at Wuhan University, plus a four-day trip to experience China in Hangzhou City.

Language requirement for UH students: English B2

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

  • 4-day trip to Hangzhou City
  • Extra curricular activities RMB 3500 (about 455 e)
Grant sum 500 e
Grant sum 2 Wuhan credits (4 ECTS)
Places to apply for 2
Summer School's own deadline 30.4.2019

 

Student conference UNICA

Student conference UNICA is being held every other year. The time of the conference and application period varies so do follow the announcements from International Exchange Services.You'll find more information on the conference on their web page.

There will not be a UNICA Student conference in Summer 2019.