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You can search for teaching and studies available at the University of Helsinki through the Course pages or WebOodi.

The Course page

The Course page is a handy way to see the information for an individual course, such as a description of its content, the course level, goals and scope, methods of completion, coordinator, prerequisites if any, as well as other important information. However, you cannot register for the course on the Course page.


WebOodi features the course catalogues of the degree programmes as well as the information for individual courses and examinations. In addition to the information on the Course pages, WebOodi features information about study modules as well as the degree structures for the degree programmes. However, the search function on WebOodi is not as efficient as the one on the Course pages.

You can only register for courses through WebOodi.

Preliminary syllabus

The preliminary syllabys of your study programme can be seen in a chapter below when it is published.

Information for exchange students

Your Learning Agreement

You can find links to preliminary course lists for the academic year 2018-2019 below on this page. Course names will be published by mid-April 2018. For some degree programmes, the course list has already been published in early March.

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. You should choose the majority of your courses from the faculty that has the exchange agreement with your home institution. University level bilateral exchange students are required to choose the majority of their courses from one faculty.

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
  • Political science

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 preliminary lists of courses offered in 2018-2019 by clicking on the links below.

For the course descriptions, please see the University of Helsinki Course Pages: please us the search function in Course search.
Course descriptions for courses offered in 2018-2019 are usually not available yet. You can use last year's course description until the course descriptions for 2018-2019 have been published. In short: 1) find the course name from the lists below, 2) use the course code in Course search to find the course description, if the same course was offered in 2017-2018.

Language courses for all exchange students

Other study modules in English