Erasmus students can apply for an extension to their exchange and for a new grant decision. The extension must be requested from International Exchange Services at least one month before the end of the original exchange. The student must also simultaneously submit a new learning agreement. The credits to be completed at the target university must be transferrable in full to your degree at the University of Helsinki also during the extended exchange. International Exchange Services decides on the extension of the exchange based on the agreement quota and the learning agreement drawn up for the new exchange period.
If you wish to extend your exchange, follow these instructions:
Erasmus and Nordplus exchange:
- First, contact International Exchange Services to enquire whether the agreement permits an extension. The extension requires the submission of a new, approved learning agreement.
- If International Exchange Services answers in the affirmative, contact your target university to confirm that it approves the extension.
- Finally, submit the completed Notification of changes form to International Exchange Services. You must state the changed duration of your exchange on the form, which may affect the amount of your mobility grant.
Other exchange opportunities (e.g., Bilateral agreements with universities outside Europe):
- It is not possible to extend your exchange in the exchange programmes to destinations outside the EU.
Grants if the exchange is extended:
Grants are always awarded for the months specified in the exchange agreement. In other words, an extension of the exchange does not automatically entitle you to apply for an additional mobility grant. In addition, no additional grant will be awarded once the target university’s second term has already begun. This means that the extension of an exchange does not always entitle the student to an additional mobility grant.
For more about the amounts of mobility grants, see Funding for the student exchange.
Can an exchange last over a year?
An exchange can last up to one academic year. It cannot take place over two separate academic years.
Can I complete a degree abroad?
University of Helsinki degrees cannot be completed outside Finland. Degree programmes usually accept only a limited amount of studies completed abroad for inclusion in a degree. If you find that you enjoy your studies at your target university so much that you wish to complete a degree there, find out more about the target university’s application process and dates, entrance requirements, and tuition fees.