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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: 1st week of September - 3rd week of December
Semester II: 3rd week of January - 2nd week 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 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 700-1000 euros


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 Humanitie are popular. 


Selection was not necessary last year


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