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  • Locations: Helsinki, Finland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Restrictions: SIU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 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.
Program Description:
University of HelsinkiHelsinki, Finland
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is situated on the south coast of the country on the Bay of Finland. It was founded in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa of Sweden. Fires destroyed the old wooden town many times, but it was always rebuilt. Helsinki quickly became the cultural and intellectual center of Finland. Its harbor and location bolstered trade and made Helsinki an important city in the Baltic region. The capital offers the cultural, educational and entertainment necessities of student life in beautiful natural surroundings, as the Helsinki metropolitan area is regarded as one of the greenest cityscapes in the world.

Helsinki is an international students city with over 63,000 students. A combination of the endless variety of a capital city and small town coziness makes Helsinki a cool and excting city. With your student card, you have discount access to the opera or the Helsinki Music Centre. You can visit various film festivals or enjoy the numerous concerts and exhibitions of Helsinki Festival Weeks. You can cook and eat during the pop-up restaurant day, have a picnic in Esplanadi Park or go on a hike in Nuuksio National Park.


Academic System and Language Requirements
The University of Helsinki is one of the leading research universities in the world. Students are closely connected to current research from the start of their studies. There are two basic kinds of courses at the University of Helsinki: lecture courses and reading courses. Students taking a lecture course must pass a final examination after attending the course, while those taking a reading course must pass a faculty examination. A Finnish specialty, faculty examinations (set book examinations), are arranged usually once a month.

Examinations may be taken in Finnish, English, or Swedish. Taking an examination in English may require an agreement made with the teacher in advance.


Accommodations and Other Arrangements
Helsinki is a big student city and finding accommodation can be a challenge. Students work to arrange housing independently, however, the University provides students with a housing guide that includes important resources. Living in Helsinki is rumored to be expensive, and unfortunately there are grounds for these rumors. However, one third of all students live in reasonable cheap student apartments offered by the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (HOAS), student nations and student foundations. Many students have found the alternative way of living by sharing a rented apartment on the open market.

For more information and a detailed FAQ, please visit the MAUI-Utrecht Network page for the University of Helsinki.