Exchange opportunities around the world

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You can choose from more than 450 destinations across the world. Read more about the University’s exchange programmes and partner universities to find the right destination. Also see the application dates, calls for application and application instructions.

You can read blog posts and stories  by previous exchange students (mostly in Finnish) or read about experiences of students that are on an exchange right now on Instagram to get inspiration and information on our exchange destinations.

If you cannot find a suitable option through the University of Helsinki’s exchange programmes, you can also make independent exchange arrangements.


The most popular European student exchange programme is Erasmus. The Nordplus programme also offers exchange opportunities in Nordic and Baltic countries. See Instructions for students for more information.

Outside the Erasmus region, you can study at leading universities in Russia and Ukraine. For more about the destinations, see Instructions for students. You can also find our exchange destination in the Caucasus region, Georgia, on the same page.

Middle East and Africa

Exchange opportunities are available at top-level universities in the Middle East and Africa in countries such as Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa. 

More information on Exchange opportunities in Middle East and Africa website.


You can complete exchange studies at some of the top universities in Asia, for example, in Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore. Proficiency in the language of the target country is not always required because you can study in English at many of the Asian destinations.

More information on Exchange opportunities in Asia webpage.

Australia and New Zealand

We offer exchange opportunities in Australia and New Zealand.

More information on Exchange opportunities in Australia and New Zealand website. 

North America

You can complete a wide range of exchange studies in Canada and the United States. The University of Helsinki currently has approximately 40 destinations in North America.

More information on Exchange opportunities in North America website.

Latin America

You can participate in a student exchange to Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, or Uruguay.

More information on Exchange opportunities in Latin America website.