Find out more about the University organisation and matters related to your studies. Do you have questions? Write them down so that you remember to ask them during your orientation week!
Recognition of prior learning
Have you completed any previous studies that could be recognised for your new degree? The recognition of prior learning will be considered on a degree programme-specific basis during the autumn term. More details will be provided during your orientation week. However, you can already read about the recognition process here. If you have questions about the recognition of prior learning, you should wait until the beginning of the academic year because teachers, student advisers and education planning officers cannot make recognition decisions concerning individual new students in the summer.
All degrees include compulsory language and communication studies worth at least 10 credits (second national language, foreign language and native language), in addition to which degree programmes may include other language studies. At the University of Helsinki, the Language Centre is responsible for language studies. In addition to the compulsory language studies, you can pursue other language studies offered by the Language Centre in approximately 15 different languages. The Language Centre offers courses on all University of Helsinki campuses. You can read more information about the language studies and other language activities in the Language Centre's newsletter for new students.
You can also read more about the language studies and other language activities on the Language Centre’s summer orientation in Moodle. You can log in to Moodle after you have registered as an attending student and have activated your University of Helsinki user account.
The Helsinki University Library operates in the Main Library in Kaisa House on the City Centre Campus as well as campus libraries in Kumpula, Viikki and Meilahti. The Library also has two learning centres on the City Centre Campus: Minerva and Aleksandria. The Library facilities feature group work areas, computers and reading spaces – in short, everything a student needs! Find out more about the Helsinki University Library.
Although you are just beginning your studies, you may also be considering exchange studies at a university outside Finland or minor subject studies at another Finnish university. International Exchange Services can help you with your plans!
The specialists at International Exchange Services coordinate both student and staff mobility. You can contact International Exchange Services during office hours, by phone or by email for information about exchange opportunities, traineeships and short courses abroad, funding for student exchange and the Flexible Study Right Scheme (JOO).
The bilingual university
The two main official languages in Finland are Finnish and Swedish. The University of Helsinki is the only bilingual multidisciplinary university in Finland. Together the University students and staff members create a multilingual community where Swedish plays its own unique part. The University also contributes to the debate concerning the Swedish society in Finland. Over a hundred Swedish-speaking researchers and teachers work at the University of Helsinki to offer you courses and student services in Swedish. There are around 2,000 Swedish-speaking students within the university!
The various kinds of student services are provided in Finnish, Swedish an English. IT Helpdesk, Student Services such as student counselling, International Exchange Services and Admissions Services are available in these three languages.
The Bilingual Affairs (Svenska ärenden) at the University Services co-ordinates and develops bilingualism at the University. In our newsletter we communicate about Swedish speaking courses and events. If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter (in Swedish), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the bilingual university, please click here.
Support for studies
Several units and individuals at the University of Helsinki can help you during your studies. Guidance Corner (City Centre Campus) provides low threshold advice and guidance services on, for example, wellbeing, digital skills and job seeking – and even a weekly energising exercise break. See the Guidance Corner section for more information.
- On the Instructions for students website, see the Study support section for information about the special arrangements and student counselling available to students.
- Career Services can support you with career planning, job seeking and traineeships – read the instructions available on the Instructions for students website: Jobs and career and Traineeships. You can also follow Career Services on Facebook!
- Sometimes you may need someone to talk to. The University of Helsinki’s university chaplains can help you in situations related to studies and personal life regardless of your religion or beliefs!