To facilitate the long-term planning of studies, each student is required to make a personal study plan. To facilitate the monitoring of progress in studies, the study plan will be checked regularly. However, at the University of Helsinki, the personal study plan is not considered to be a binding agreement between the student and the University.
All new students participate in an orientation course or week arranged by his or her faculty. Depending on the faculty students might also receive credits for completing the course. The orientation week for new international students is provided in co-operation by the Education Services and the faculties. More information on the Orientation week and the Welcome Fair for new students is available on the Orientation and Welcome Fair website.
Tutoring is a support arrangement for students at the University of Helsinki, which introduces Finnish university life to new students and makes it easier for you to settle into the new environment. The faculty assigns you a tutor (or a peer counsellor) and a tutoring group. Students are divided into groups on the basis of the faculty, department or master's programme where they study in Helsinki. The tutors also study at the same faculty.
The tutors assist new students in getting through the most important things during the first couple of days. Your tutor can point out where to register as a resident, where to get your city transport travel card, where your department is, and who to contact there, where the most important services on the campuses and around the city are. Tutoring is successful if the members of the tutor group cooperate. When the group and the tutor work together, each individual student gets the most out of the tutoring sessions.
A starting point to access course information and courses taught entirely or partly in English at the University of Helsinki is the Courses in English website.
The registration for courses is in most cases done through the WebOodi -system. To log in to WebOodi, you need a username for the University's computer network. International students will receive their username after arrival. Students will register for courses after arrival according to the instructions provided during Orientation.
If you are already in Finland before the Orientation week starts, please see more information on how to activate you usename on the website of the IT services.
The Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies is responsible for the Finnish language teaching for all international students at the University of Helsinki. The Finnish language courses are intended for exchange and degree seeking students enrolled at the University of Helsinki. Read more on the department website >>
Intensive Finnish Course at the Helsinki Summer School: If you were accepted to certain International Master's Degree Programmes, you can apply to the Intensive Finnish Course at Helsinki Summer School.
Finnish and Swedish courses at other institutions of higher education: International students can now study Finnish or Swedish at the University of Helsinki or apply for the right to take courses at the Aalto University, the HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences, the Arcada University of Applied Sciences, the Laurea University of Applied Sciences, the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the Hanken School of Economics. Before applying for courses at other institutions, however, please check whether the University of Helsinki offers suitable courses. More information is available on the intranet, Flamma (University of Helsinki username and password required).
Finnishcourses.fi website: At the Finnishcourses.fi website, you can look for information on Finnish (and Swedish) language courses in the Helsinki region (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen). Course information is available in Finnish, English and Russian.
The Language Centre offers courses in Swedish and English for international students. Please note that the English courses are intended for degree students only. Regretfully, exchange students do not have a permission to participate in the English language courses.
In addition to Swedish and English the Language Centre offers courses in several other languages. On many of the courses the language of instruction is Finnish.
You can also study languages in the self-access facilities of the Language Centre. You can study over 40 languages with the help of self-access staff and language tutors, choosing your own materials, schedule and study pace.
At the University of Helsinki we do our best to provide an accessible learning environment to all students.
If you have a disability, an illness or a learning disability, you might need some special arrangements to be able to complete your studies. You should contact the faculty at the beginning of the studies or as soon as the need arises.
The practical arrangements are usually agreed upon by the teacher and the student before the course or seminar begins. If needed you can also consult the Head of Academic Affairs at the faculty.
Special arrangements in studies, i.e. individual support for learning, can be extra time to complete assignments and exams, teaching materials given in advance or in electronic form, accessibility of classrooms and alternative ways to complete assignments and coursework.
If you would like to have more information on the special arrangements, you can contact the Student Services in the City Centre.