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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year (A/W/Sp) 2019-2020 01/15/2019 01/16/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of January 15th.
Autumn Semester 2019 01/15/2019 01/16/2019 08/26/2019 12/20/2019
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of January 15th.
SpringSemester(W/Sp) 2020 01/15/2019 01/16/2019 01/02/2020 05/29/2020
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of January 15th.
Program Information:

QUICK FACTS
Location Helsinki, Finland
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Academic Year
Spring Semester
Credits 20 - 25 UW credits per semester
Eligibility Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.0 GPA
Language Instruction in English
Program Manager Mike Renes | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
Spring Semester priority deadline
May 15 (Spring Semester)
HIGHLIGHTS
General Students will have the opportunity to study at the University of Helsinki, the largest and oldest university in Finland. As it has a large scientific community, much of the teaching at this university is based around research.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of more than 40,000 students and staff. Established in 1640, it is the oldest university in Finland and one of the oldest universities in Europe. The University places high emphasis on high-quality teaching and research of a top international standard, and has repeatedly been ranked among the world’s top universities. The university houses 11 faculties (colleges) and 11 research institutes, thereby allowing students to explore an array of courses. Most courses are taught in Finnish or Swedish, with a large number of courses available in English.
 
LOCATION

Site

Located in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki is the capital and largest city of the country. Helsinki is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural, and research center as well as one of northern Europe's major cities. Home to more than 1.2 million people, it has been constantly been ranked among the most liveable cities in the world. Helsinki is famous for Suomenlinna (an 18th century sea fortress), market square, and Sibelius Monument (a post-abstract moneument), and more.






 

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Credits

20 - 25 UW credits per semester

Courses

University of Helsinki offers courses in English, so students don't need any Finnish or Swedish language skills. For students interested taking courses alongside local students, the university requires language skills in Finnish or Swedish that correspond to Level B2 on the CEFR scale. 

Students can begin their search for courses right here: University of Helsinki course catalog


If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing


Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Finland. The University of Helsinki provides resources and assistance to students looking for housing, but they do not have residence halls for students. One option for exchange students is HOAS (The Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region), which offers rooms in shared apartments.

Students can learn more about their accommodations by visiting University of Helsinki housing.

 

 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.