What is it?
- Learning Agreement is an obligatory part of your application form in the Mobility Online application system. It is a list of courses that you wish to take at UH and it helps you to organize your studies during the exchange.
- Please fill in also the details of the contact person at the receiving unit (contact persons can also be used for when filling in your Digital/Online Learning Agreement).
- The Learning Agreement is a preliminary plan. It does not guarantee a place on the course.
Where to find courses? Are there any restrictions?
- Information concerning courses in English can be found at Course selection.
- If you are applying for the autumn semester or full year, we ask that you do not complete your Learning Agreement before April, because the most up-to-date course information will usually not be published before then.
- Most courses require previous studies in the subject/discipline in question or are restricted altogether. See more about course requirements and restrictions under Restrictions in attending courses.
- When you plan your studies please note that you should mainly select courses in the field of study you have been nominated for or according to what is stated in the exchange agreement between your home institution and UH.
- Usually exchange students have unrestricted access to lecture courses in English at their host faculty, but restrictions may apply for field courses, laboratory courses, methodology courses and seminars.
- It might also be possible to take courses at the other departments/faculties to some extent. However, they may have different rules for registration, prerequisite studies and they will give preference to their own students. It cannot be guaranteed that courses organized by other faculties are available.
- Restrictions on which courses you are allowed to take may apply – for instance courses in English Philology are only available for exchange students who are nominated based on exchange agreements of the discipline of English Philology at the Univ. of Helsinki and to university level exchange students who are majoring in English at their home university. You can find faculty and study programme specific course restrictions by choosing the correct faculty under Information for exchange students.
- If you have more precise questions on the contents of a specific course, please contact the responsible person of the course. You can find his/her name under course description in course search under course overview.
How many courses? How about lab or thesis work?
- The average workload for one semester at the University of Helsinki is 30 ECTS credit points (60 ECTS for the whole academic year). In the end it depends on your home university how many ECTS credits you have to obtain per semester, since the sending institution is in charge of the approval of the courses. However, at the application stage your learning agreement should include at least 20 ECTS credit points (at least 40 ECTS for the whole academic year).
- If you plan to write your thesis or do research during your exchange period, please include in the learning agreement the title of your thesis or research, and include an invitation letter from your supervisor at UH to your application. Check the University of Helsinki Research Portal for possible supervisors.
Step-by-step guide for the Learning Agreement process
Before the application deadline
- Fill in the learning agreement in the Mobility Online application system. Erasmus students can optionally use the Learning agreement of your home institution, provided that it fulfils the criteria for an Erasmus Learning Agreement as an upload. If you use the Mobility Online Learning Agreement, see the detailed Mobility Online application instructions. Please note that the learning agreement is an obligatory step of the online application. You should add the course names and course codes in Mobility Online one by one and then print the form.
- For visiting students the Learning Agreement is a separate document (pdf) (the online version of the LA in Mobility Online is for exchange students only).
- Lab or thesis work does not require course codes
- Print out the learning agreement (download it to your computer).
- Specific information for Learning agreements for students of the Erasmus exchange programme (namely students from EU countries or from Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Turkey): fill in the name and contact information of the responsible person of your home university and of the University of Helsinki. See the responsible persons at the University of Helsinki.
4. Ask your home university coordinator to confirm and sign your learning agreement. If your home institution requires that you must use the Learning Agreement form of your own university, you may ask signatures from your home institution to that form. After this, upload the learning agreement(s) on your Mobility Online account. If your home university is using the Online Learning Agreement / Digital Learning Agreement you can upload a pdf version of OLA/DLA including the electronic signature from your home coordinator to the application.
Between the acceptance and the exchange period
5. Learning Agreement will be checked as a part of the acceptance process. If major changes are required to the courses you listed on the Learning Agreement, you will receive an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions and feedback regarding your Learning Agreement.
6. Please note that your learning agreement is a preliminary plan for your studies in Helsinki, but it is not a registration for any courses nor a guarantee that you are accepted to those courses. Changes to your Learning agreement can be made throughout the academic year, if your home institution approves of this.
7. The Learning Agreements are signed after the acceptance by the International Exchange Specialists responsible for your study field after your arrival in Helsinki. If you need a signature before arrival please contact International Exchange Services.
At the start of your exchange period in Helsinki
8. The actual registration for the courses takes place after your arrival in Helsinki during the orientation period. At this point, as far as we are concerned, it is still possible to change your course selection or add new courses into your study plan.
- If the registration period to the course in question ends before the orientation course, be in contact with the teacher of the course.
9. Registration to courses will be done through Sisu (https://sisu.helsinki.fi/student/search). You will need University of Helsinki student number and your IT user account for that and you will get them during the Orientation Course. Please note that we do not send them by e-mail or by mail, but one has to collect them in person during the orientation.
10. The final Learning Agreement is signed by the International Exchange Specialists.
11. In case you need to change your learning agreement after you have started your studies at UH and your home university has not provided you with a form for changes, you will find the form here.