Where can I find courses?

The instruction belongs to the following themes

You can search for studies available at the University of Helsinki through the Courses search, Sisu or WebOodi.

The preliminary teaching programme

On this page you will find the preliminary teaching programme for the coming academic year. Preliminary teaching programmes contain information on which courses can be completed during the academic year, in which teaching period, in which language, and in what way. The final teaching programme will be published in Sisu and in Courses.

The Course page

The Course page is a handy way to see the information for an individual course, such as a description of its content, the course level, goals and scope, methods of completion, coordinator, prerequisites if any, as well as other important information. However, you cannot register for the course on the Course page. You can find all course pages via the Courses search. Your own course pages can be found on the My Studies page.

WebOodi and Sisu

WebOodi features the course catalogues of the degree programmes as well as the information for individual courses and examinations. In addition to the information on the Course pages, WebOodi features information about study modules as well as the degree structures for the degree programmes. However, the search function on WebOodi is not as efficient as the one on Courses.

You can only register for courses through WebOodi.

In May 2021 WebOodi will be replaced by Sisu. In Sisu you plan and schedule your studies and starting on May 31, 2021, you register for courses in Sisu. You can search for courses in Sisu and place them in your study plan. You can find Sisu in the Studies service. The easiest way to search for courses is through the Courses. On the course page in the Courses you can also find more information on the individual courses.

Information for exchange students

Your Learning Agreement

When planning your learning agreement, start by looking at the syllabuses by clicking on the Faculty links below. Course lists for the next academic year are published in the end of March/beginning of April. Please us the links below instead of Course search when looking for courses for your learning agreement.

When you choose courses, please pay attention to:

  • language of teaching
  • availability for exchange students
  • teaching periods: please select your courses so that they are not all organized during the same teaching period. Study year is divided into four periods. Autumn semester consists of periods I & II, spring semester consists of periods III & IV
  • restrictions: please see more below 

Re­stric­tions in at­tend­ing courses

In the majority of cases non-degree students (scholarship holders and exchange students) have non-restricted access to courses within their own subject and most of the other courses given in English, but some restrictions may apply.

If you are an exchange student coming under "Erasmus, Nordplus, SEMP or Faculty and unit bilateral agreement" programme:

  • You should choose the majority of your courses from the faculty / degree programme (or study track) that has the exchange agreement with your home institution.

If you are an exchange student coming under "University bilateral agreement, Nordlys, ISEP, Erasmus University Wide or Erasmus global"

  • you are required to choose the majority of your courses from one faculty and you can be only accepted by the Faculty closest to your educational background in order for you to do well during your exchange studies. Also note that you need to have sufficient prior academic background in the disciplines taught. 

Please note that you may not be able to take all the courses you want. If there are mandatory courses which you need to take in order to graduate, we recommend that you would take them at your home university. It is strongly recommended to be flexible with your course selection because you may have to adjust your plans.

Courses from the following degree programmes are only available to that faculty's/degree programme's own exchange students:

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Law
  • Courses which have a code beginning with KIK-EN or ENG- = Bachelor's Programme in Languages (study track: English) and Master's Programme in English Studies
  • Politics, Media and Communication, Global Politics and Communication
  • Geography (Faculty of Science)

Language centre's English courses are not open to exchange students.

We are experiencing a high demand for some courses, especially at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and at the Faculty of Social Sciences. This means that you have to be aware that it may be difficult to fit on these courses.

Priority is usually given to those exchange students that are enrolled at the University of Helsinki in the degree programme offering the course.

Detailed information concerning the rights of exchange students and other non-degree students to participate in courses is best obtained from the degree programme's staff. Restrictions which are marked above are non-negotiable.

Links to course information

You can find lists of courses offered by clicking on the links below

Language courses for all exchange students

 

Course descriptions

You can find course descriptions via the Courses search.

 

Course levels

The courses at the University of Helsinki are offered on three levels (Basic, Intermediate or Subject and Advanced). Some courses require previous studies in the subject/discipline in question. The following terminology will help you to find out if the course is suitable for you:

  • Basic studies (or “perusopinnot” in Finnish, grundstudier in Swedish): Bachelor’s level courses, do not usually require previous studies in the subject.  
  • Subject studies or Intermediate studies (or “aineopinnot” in Finnish, ämnesstudier in Swedish): Bachelor’s level courses, intermediate level, require some previous studies, mainly for 2nd or 3rd year students of the subject.
  • Advanced studies (or “syventävät opinnot” in Finnish, fördjupade studier in Swedish): Master’s level courses, for students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or have the same level of knowledge.

Please note that depending on the course level, the programmes have the right to decide whether the student has enough previous studies to participate.

Preliminary syllabus for the academic year 2021-2022

Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

Please find below your degree programme's preliminary teaching programme for the coming academic year. The preliminary programme has been decided by the degree programme's steering group. Please note that changes may occur. The final teaching programme will be published in Sisu and Courses. This table will no longer be updated after the publication of the final teaching programme.

Preliminary syllabus for the academic year 2021-2022
Course code Course name Scope Language(s) of instruction Suitable for exchange students Teaching period Method of completion
ATM323 Advanced Course in Radar Meteorology 5 English x III Lecture course
ATM318 Aerosol measurement techniques 5 English x II Lecture course
ATM312 Aerosol Modelling 5 English x   Lecture course
ATM304 Aerosol physics II 5 English x II Lecture course
ATM309 Analysis of atmosphere-surface interactions and feedbacks 5 English x I Field course
ATM372 Atmosphere of planets from our solar system and beyond 5 English x IV Lecture course
ATM307 Atmospheric and aerosol chemistry 5 English x III Lecture course
ATM301 Atmospheric and Earth Sciences Today 5 English x I Lecture course
ATM355 Atmospheric General Circulation I 5 English x III Lecture course
ATM319 Atmospheric observations of aerosols, clouds and reactive trace gases 5 English x summer Field course
ATM358 Atmospheric photochemistry and reaction kinetics 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM357 Atmospheric Radiation 5 English x I Lecture course
ATM345 Atmospheric science seminar for Master’s students 5 English   I-IV Seminar
ATM306 Basics of atmospheric chemistry 5 English x II Lecture course
ATM314 Biospher-atmospher process modelling II 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM313 Biosphere-atmosphere process modelling I 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM347 Boundary Layer Physics I 5 English x IV Lecture course
ATM305 Classical Nucleation Theory 5 English x II Lecture course
ATM302 Climate Change Now 5 English x II Lecture course
ATM354 Cloud Physics 5 English x II Lecture course
ATM340 Coastal Oceanography 5 English x III Lecture course
ATM363 Continuum theory applications in snow and ice research 5 English x III-IV Lecture course
ATM356 Convective Weather Systems and Climate 5 English x III Lecture course
ATM337 Descriptive Oceanography  5 English x II Lecture course
ATM365 Dimension analysis 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM336 Dynamic Oceanography 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM348 Dynamics of Atmospheric Flow Structures I 5 English x I Lecture course
ATM349 Dynamics of Atmospheric Flow Structures II 5 English x II Lecture course
ATM377 Earth System Modelling 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM359 Eddy covariance intensive course 5 English x III Intensive course
ATM321 Field Course in Micrometeorology and Hydrology 5 English x not lectured Field course
ATM327 Fine particles in occupational environments 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM342 Frozen Ground 5 English x I Lecture course
ATM335 Geophysics of Snow and Ice 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM343 Glaciology 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM328 Global biogeochemical cycles 5 English x III Lecture course
ATM344 Global Hydrology 5 English x III Lecture course
ATM326 Health Effects of Fine Particles 5 English x IV Lecture course
ATM4171 Introduction to Machine Learning for Atmospheric and Earth System Research 5 English x May Intensive course
ATM371 Laboratory course in aerosol physics 5 English x III Laboratory course
ATM317 Laboratory Course in Numerical Meteorology 5 English x III-IV Lecture course
ATM324 Laboratory Course in Radar Meteorology 5 English x IV Lecture course
ATM364 Laboratory course in synoptic meteorology 5 English x not lectured Laboratory course
ATM373 Leadership for sustainable change  5 English x III MOOC course
ATM320 Mass Spectrometry in Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental analysis 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM334 Measurement Methods in Hydrospheric Geophysics 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM351 Mesometeorology 5 English x IV Lecture course
ATM322 Meteorological observation systems 5 English x II Lecture course
ATM315 Numerical meteorology I 5 English x III Lecture course
ATM316 Numerical Meteorology II 5 English x IV Lecture course
ATM339 Oceanography of the Baltic Sea 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM381 Physical and chemical characterization of charged molecules and clusters at atmospheric pressure 5 English x I Lecture course
ATM346 Physics of lakes and rivers 5 English x IV Lecture course
ATM367 Polar Oceanography 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM341 Polar Oceans and Ice 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM303 Project course in atmospheric sciences 5 English   I-IV Project work
ATM325 Satellite Remote Sensing Methods in Aerosols Science 5 English x IV Lecture course
ATM311 Simulations of Formation of Molecular Clusters 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM380 Solutions.now 5 English x IV Online course
ATM308 Statistical tools for climate and atmospheric science 5 English x I Lecture course
ATM362 Stratospheric Dynamics and Chemistry 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM338 Surface Water Waves 5 English x II Lecture course
ATM378 Sustainable.now 5 English x  I Online course
ATM352 Synoptic meteorology I 5 English x II Lecture course
ATM353 Synoptic meteorology II 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM379 SystemsChange.now 5 English x ? Online course
ATM332 Terrestrial water, carbon and nitrogen cycles 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM331 Theory of micrometeorological flux measurements 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM310 Time Series Analysis in Geosciences 5 English x not lectured Lecture course
ATM333 Turbulence Theory 5 English x not lectured Lecture course

Available chemistry and physics courses offered by Aalto University

Master's Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences
Master's Programme in Materials Research
Master's Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods
Doctoral Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences (CHEMS)
Doctoral Programme in Materials Research and Nanosciences (MATRENA)

The Faculty of Science and Aalto University have a bilateral agreement, which allows their students to take certain chemistry and physics courses more easily.

 

How to apply for a study right

Degree students in the Master’s and Doctoral Programmes in the Faculty of Science (not available for exchange students currently) can apply for a study right for certain chemistry and physics courses offered by Aalto University. The study right will last for two years, but it will end earlier if you graduate.

Chemistry courses

You can apply for a study right using the following form: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/506919DFE116B3EA.
You can choose to request a study right for one or several courses mentioned below.
For further information you can contact Aalto University Learning Services: studies-chem(a)aalto.fi .

A study right can be obtained for the following courses during academic year 2020-21:

Electrochemistry

Physical Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Also, please note that the teaching periods are different for the University of Helsinki and Aalto University:
https://into.aalto.fi/display/enopinnot/Academic+calendar+2020-2022 .

Physics courses

You can apply for a study right using the application form for non-degree studies found in https://www.aalto.fi/en/admission-services/non-degree-studies-exchange-studies-studies-under-the-flexible-study-right
The filled in form can be send to academic coordinator Sari Salmisuo by e-mail, sari.salmisuo(a)aalto.fi
You can choose to request a study right for one or several courses mentioned below.
For further information you can contact Sari Salmisuo, sari.salmisuo(a)aalto.fi

A study right can be obtained for the following courses during academic year 2020-2021:

Also, please note that the teaching periods are different for the University of Helsinki and Aalto University:
https://into.aalto.fi/display/enopinnot/Academic+calendar+2020-2022

 

Registration and recognition of studies done in Aalto University

To be able to include these studies to your degree, they must be formally recognized by the University of Helsinki. These courses will be recognized (as substitutions) according to the following table:

Course offered by Aalto University Corresponding course at the University of Helsinki Course name cr
CHEM-E4235 KEM503 Transport Processes at Electrodes and Membranes 5
CHEM-E4255 KEM504 Electrochemical Energy (2019-2020)
Electrochemical Energy Conversion (2020-2021 ->)
5
CHEM-E4225 (2019-2020)
CHEM-E4115 (2020-2021 ->)
KEM505 Computational Chemistry II: Surface calculations 5
CHEM-E4210 KEM506 Molecular Thermodynamics 5
CHEM-E8105 (2019-2020)
CHEM-E4109 (2020-2021 ->)
KEM507 Enzymatic and biomimetic catalysis (2019-2020)
Modern Methods in Biocatalysis (2020-2021 ->)
5
CHEM-E8130 (2019-2020)
CHEM-E4220 (2020-2021 ->)
KEM508 Medicinal Chemistry 5
CHEM-E4295 KEM509 Asymmetric synthesis of Natural Products 5
CHEM-E4106* KEM510 Electrochemistry 5
CHEM-E4107* KEM511 Laboratory Work in Electrochemistry 3-5
PHYS-E0546 MATR375 Density Functional Theory for Experts 5
PHYS-E0547 MATR376 Machine Learning for Materials Science 3

* NB! The course content of CHEM-E4175 and CHEM-E4185 (KEM501 and KEM502) will be lectured on CHEM-E4106 and CHEM-E4107 starting academic year 2020-2021. The combined contents of previously taught courses (CHEM-E4175 ja CHEM-E4185) approximately correspond the combined contents of the new courses (CHEM-E4106 ja CHEM-E4107).

You can apply for recognition (=substitution) of studies by sending the filled form for recognition of studies (https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/recognition-and-validation-prior-learning) and a transcript of studies (https://into.aalto.fi/display/enopisk/Transcript+of+records) to kumpula-student(a)helsinki.fi. The subject of the message should be “Recognition of courses offered by Aalto University”. However, if you also want any other studies/courses recognized, you should act according to the normal instructions on the form.