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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange Areas of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian Studies, Chinese, Economics, English, European Studies, History, Journalism, Literature, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Sociology, Theology
Language of Instruction: English, Finnish Housing Options: Residence Hall, Shared Apartment, Studio Apartment
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Advisor: Robert Dowden
Click here for a definition of this term On-Site Language Course Required: No Click here for a definition of this term Credits: 15 +
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
Helsinki Nightscape

University of Helsinki

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The University of Helsinki was established in 1640 and has the widest range of disciplines in Finland. The city itself is well known for design, technology, and diverse culture.


Students should plan to enroll in a total of 30 ECTS (European credits), which is the equivalent of 15 US credits. Most University of Helsinki courses are worth 5 ECTS, so the typical student takes 6 courses. Some courses require previous studies in the discipline in question. Please see the terminology below:

  • Basic studies (or “perusopinnot” in Finnish): Bachelor’s level courses, do not usually require previous studies from the student
  • Subject studies or Intermediate studies (or “aineopinnot” in Finnish): Bachelor’s level courses, intermediate level, require some previous studies from the student, mainly for 2nd or 3rd year students of the subject
  • Advanced studies (or “syventävät opinnot” in Finnish): Master’s level courses, for students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or have the same level.
In addition, some fields are only open to students who are majoring in that discipline. These include Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Law, English philology, and Political science. 

To find courses and syllabi, search the course catalog. Course searches should be restricted by
  • Method of Study: Course, Lecture Course, and Seminar
  • Teaching Language: English (or others, if you are proficient)
  • Type of Teaching: Basic, Intermediate, General, and Optional, Other, and Language Studies
You may also consider restricting your search according to the faculty (school of study) and starting month for the course. Not all your courses have to start at the same time, so long as they are all contained within the same semester.


Students live in the University of Helsinki dorms.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission 01/09/2019 06/01/2019
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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