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Who can apply
If you are interested in student exchange at the University of Helsinki (UH), you should start by contacting the International Office at your home university.
The annual application periods for incoming exchange students are: For the academic year or autumn semester
The Academic Year and Teaching Periods
The academic year begins on 1 August and ends on the last day of the following July.
How to apply as an exchange student
After your Home University has nominated you for student exchange at UH, you can follow the instructions below.
How to apply as a visiting student (free mover)
If your home university does not have a student exchange agreement with the University of Helsinki or if your studies in Helsinki are not based on an exchange agreement, you can apply for the visiting student status.
How to apply for internship/thesis work/research
If you are interested in a laboratory or research group traineeship or wish to work on your thesis at the University of Helsinki, the best way to find a placement is to contact interesting units directly.
You can search for teaching and studies available at the University of Helsinki through the Course pages or WebOodi.
The Faculties at the University of Helsinki consider every exchange application individually and make the admission decision on the basis of the fully completed application form and enclosures.
It is very important that you have good health insurance that is valid during the entire time your studies last. Health insurance is one of the obligatory requirements you will need for obtaining a residence permit for studies.
Residence permit for exchange students
You must apply for a residence permit if you are not a citizen of EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and you plan to study in Finland for longer than 90 days.
Orientation and Tutoring
Here you will find information concerning the orientation period and student tutors.
How do I register for my courses and exams?
In addition to registering as for the academic year, you will have to register separately for all courses which you intend to complete.
Register with the authorities
After arriving in Finland you will have to register with a few relevant authorities within a certain period of time.
Updating your personal information and contact details
You can update your contact details on Weboodi or notify a Student service point.
Important documents during your exchange
During your exchange at the University of Helsinki you will need the following documents for student discounts or for your home institution.
Events for exchange students
Here you can find events for incoming exchange students. Besides these events, pay attention to the events arranged by the many student organisations of the university.
If you need special arrangements during your studies or wish to extend, cancel or suspend your exchange or if you failed a course, read these instructions.
Before returning home
You should prepare for your return from Finland well before the end of your exchange studies. We have listed here a few things you should not forget.
Contact the International Exchange Services
Here you will find contact information for the International Exchange Services. Do not hesitate to contact.
Living in Helsinki
Shaped by the Baltic, swinging between extremes of dark winters and midsummer sun, and defined by its east-meets-west geography – the Finnish capital is a one-off. -Lonely Planet, 2016
Vocabulary for new students
Whether you are a new or an old student, here you can find explanations for key terms related to academic studies and student life.
As a student, the University’s extensive variety of learning environments and facilities are at your disposal. This guide features information about these facilities, such as libraries and learning centres.
Digital Learning Environments
Learning takes place not just in a variety of physical spaces, but also in digital learning environments. The University of Helsinki utilises a selection of different digital services to make your studies easier.
The Student Union and subject organisations
The Student Union of the University of Helsinki, or HYY for short, comprises all the students at the University of Helsinki.