University of Helsinki

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NB: Helsinki will be a University-wide destination from 2022-2023 

University of Helsinki is an exchange destination for Utrecht University Bachelor and Master students of the faculty of Humanities in Helsinki, Finland.

"I truly hope that more people would take interest in Nordic countries such as Finland - not only do they possess great educational prospects, but they also offer a unique culture for other Europeans to enjoy" - experience from a former exchange student 

Student experiences

Read about student experiences.


General information for exchange students

Information for exchange and visiting students

Course information

Exchange Brochure

Academic calendar

Semester I: approximately August – December
Semester II: approximately January – May

Academic Calendar


The University of Helsinki requires language skills in English, Finnish or Swedish that correspond to Level B2 on the CEFR scale. 

Areas of study open to exchange students

Subject area History and Art History. Students may choose for 50% within Humanities and Arts, but will have to meet the requirements of the course. Students History and Art History do have priority, but LAS and TCS students with a History and Art History profile may apply.

Master only: Communication and Media (agreement: Journalism and Communication) is within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Students should take at least 51 percent of the courses within the agreement. Uptil a maximum of 49 percent of the student's courses can be taken in other subjects within the faculty. Some limitations apply (for example it is not possible to take MA courses in other subjects without sufficient academic background in the subject in question). It is often possible to take 1-2 courses from other faculties as well, but there are some restrictions (scroll to "Restrictions in attending courses").


Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

English, Finnish and Swedish

Housing assistance

More information

Estimated living costs per month

All students have to pay for their accommodation and living expenses, as well as their books and other study materials. The total monthly living expenses of a single student average from 700 to 1000 euro - depending on your spending habits.

More information can be found here and here.


Normal study load per semester: 30 ECTS 

Number of places available

History: 2 places per year

Art History: 2 places per year

Journalism: 1 place per year



Additional information



Do you have any questions about this partner university or about studying abroad? Contact the International Office of the Faculty of Humanities (details below).

You can also see stories of students who have been abroad on Instagram!