For new students
First steps of a new degree student
Welcome to the University of Helsinki! Please follow these instructions carefully, as they are intended for all new Bachelor’s and Master’s students. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please contact Student Services.
Instructions for incoming exchange students
Please follow these instructions carefully, as they are intended for all new exchange and visiting students and free movers alike.
You must apply for a residence permit if you plan to study in Finland for longer than three months. EU citizens, citizens of the Nordic countries, Liechtenstein and Switzerland do not need a residence permit.
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.
Have a look at this list of useful hints and sources of information for house hunters. Check out first the most important steps, then go ahead and apply for housing. Please note that there are separate housing quotas for Master’s degree students and exchange students.
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
In case of address changes, you can update your contact details on Weboodi or notify a Student service point. You can submit your address change notification to any student service point.
Open a bank account
If you are studying in Finland for a longer time it is advisable to open a Finnish bank account. Opening an account will be easier if you make some preparations even before you leave your home country.
Information for parents
The University of Helsinki offers excellent services for international students. A competent and friendly staff helps the student at every step from the application process and tutoring towards the graduation.
Orientation, Tutoring and Welcome Fair
Your studies at the University of Helsinki will begin with the orientation week with the help from your student tutor. The week includes the Welcome Fair, your faculty’s own orientation meetings and tutoring. You need to take part in all three!