|Autumn Semester / 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|
|Adviser||Mike Renes | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester) Spring Semester priority deadline|
|May 15 (Spring Semester)|
|General||Students will have the opportunity to study at the University of Helsinki, the oldest and largest university in Finland.|
|Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
|Visas||This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.|
Where You Will Study
The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of more than 40,000 students and members of 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. Most courses are taught in Finnish or Swedish, with a large number of courses available in English.
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.
AcademicsThe languages of instruction for most Helsinki courses are Finnish and Swedish, however nearly all of the Faculties at the University of Helsinki offer courses in English. Students also have the option to take Finnish or Swedish language courses.
You can begin your search for courses right here:
University of Helsinki Course Catalog
For details about course restrictions, FAQ, and postgraduate work, please see further information about studying at Helsinki.
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 on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges
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.
Further housing and living information
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
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 IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.
For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.
To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.
See Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.
See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.