University of Helsinki

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University of Helsinki is a universitywide partner in Helsinki, Finland.

Student experiences

Student experiences 


General Information for Exchange Students

Course information

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Exchange student experiences at the University of Helsinki (Youtube)

Academic calendar

Semester I: End of August - End of December
Semester II: Mid January - End of May

Orientation generally commences the last week of August for Semester I and the 2nd week of January for Semester II.

Exams take place late October and late December for Semester I and early March and early May for Semester II.

Academic Calendar


GPA (Average Grade)

There is no GPA requirement for this destination.

Language Requirement

You need B2 level in your language of instruction.
For more information about language requirements

Areas of study open for exchange students

All, except:

  • Medicine
  • English studies

Courses from the following degree programmes are only available to students who major in this at UU:

  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine 
  • Faculty of Law
  • Politics, Media and Communication, Global Politics and Communication
  • Geography (Faculty of Science)
Courses at Master level


Housing assistance

For the students wanting to live in a student dormitory, University of Helsinki has agreed with housing providers, including Unihome and HOAS (Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region), on a number of rooms for incoming exchange students. Apartments are located around Helsinki. Students should choose their housing option based on their budget and their wishes.

Exchange students submit their housing application as a part of their exchange application. Their information will be forwarded to housing providers. Each exchange student will receive one housing offer. 

Information about various other housing options is available here

Estimated living costs per month

Costs and finance

The monthly living costs for a student in Helsinki for basics such as food, rent and transportation are on average 900-1250 EUR depending on lifestyle. 


Normal study load per semester: in credits:  30 ECTS (each course is worth 5 credits so on average a total of 6 courses per semester)

Number of places available

15 places per year

Maximum of 4 places per faculty. Especially Social Sciences and Humanities are popular. 


Selection was not necessary last year


If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office:

Asia, Latin America & Middle East

Name: Ms. Clim Gorissen

North America & UK

Name: Ms. Cathelijne van Weelden

Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Spain*

Name: Ms. Tessel Arendsen

* Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universitat de Barcelona


Name: Ms. Mandy van den Houten

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General exchange questions

Name: Patrick Chan

Erasmus+ grant questions

The International Office can only help you with questions related to the content of your Learning Agreement and with signing documents on behalf of the Sending Institution.

For all other Erasmus+ grant related questions, please refer to the Erasmus+ grants for Studies page (scroll down to “Contact the Erasmus Office” to make an appointment) or send an e-mail to

For questions about faculty programmes and internships, contact the Faculty International Offices.

Phone availability

Phone: +31 (0)30-2531224
Office hours for calling: Monday and Thursday, 13:30-15:00 - NOT AVAILABLE: 15 July – 15 August 2024

Make an appointment via Teams

We are available for appointments via Teams. If you have a question, use the calendar below to make an appointment.

If you are unable to make it to your appointment, please do not forget to cancel.