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

University of Helsinki


University of Helsinki, established in 1640, is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland with 32,000 students, 4,600 researchers, and 180,000 alumni. Claiming international renown for high-quality teaching, research and innovation, UH often places among the top 100 universities in the world based on various rankings. 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 their respective discipline. Please make note of 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.
Additionally, some subjects 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
Applicants to this program may also consider restricting their search according to the faculty (school of study) and starting month for the course. Not all courses have to start at the same time, so long as they are all contained within one semester.

Housing Accommodations & Meals

Students on this program live in a student dormitory. University of Helsinki has agreements with different housing providers across Helsinki, including Unihome and HOAS (Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region), to reserve rooms for incoming exchange students. Applicants to this program should choose their housing based on budget and personal preferences, but be aware that they will receive only one housing offer.

Students must also submit a refundable damage deposit of 500€ to University of Helsinki's affiliated housing provider prior to arrival. Additional information can be found here.

Meals are self-catered. Students are encouraged to take advantage of nearby grocery stores, cafes, and restaurants.

Exchange Scholars

Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students. This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide. Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
Rolling Admission 01/07/2020 05/30/2020
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** 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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