Information sessions about student exchange

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By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content. You do not have to select a degree programme to see the Open University's instructions.

Due to the coronavirus situation these sessions will not be held on campus for now. If a session can be offered in another format, we will update such information here.

Come to our Information sessions and hear about the options for student exchange. Get more information from application clinics, Information sessions for students selected for exchange and  Departure orientations. After the exchange you can also take part in out "What I learned during my exchange?" -events.

For sessions only available in Finnish or Swedish, please check those language versions of this page.

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How to choose an exchange destination events

The next how to choose an exchange destination events:

You can choose the most convenient time and place, but please note that there will be campus specific information about exchange destinations at these events. Therefore, it is recommended that you favour the event held at your own campus. 

Autumn 2021:

Thu 9.9.2021 at 4.15 pm – 6 pm online (in English), Zoom link

The presentation of the event as a pdf file

Previous events:

Tue 26.1.2021 at 4.15 pm – 6 pm in Zoom, link (in English), the presentation as a pdf file

Application Clinics

Come and make your Mobility Online application with the support from specialists from the International Exchange Services in Zoom and ask questions related to the application process. When you come to the clinic, you should already know which exchange destination you are applying to. The purpose of this clinic is to help you make an application in Mobility Online. If you are still unsure of which exchange destination to choose, please see Exchange opportunities around the world. Come to an Exchange Info (see above) or come to our office hours.


Autumn 2021:

Supplementary application round for remaining exchange places in the EU/EEA area

Fri 10.9.2021 at 9.15 am – 11 am online, participation link


Exchange opportunities outside the EU/EEA area

Thu 28.10.2021 klo at 1.15 pm – 3 pm online, link to be added nearer the event


Information sessions for students selected for exchange

Have you been selected for an exchange? Do you know what to do next?

At this event we will talk about applying to your host university, practical preparations and rules related to Erasmus- and Nordplus (e.g. scholarship and language preparation). If possible, take a tablet or laptop with you, because after the event you can stay and fill out the application to your host university.


The next information sessions for students accepted for exchange: The events are in Finnish.


Departure orientations

During the departure orientation, you can get tips and advice regarding your exchange and meet other students from the University of Helsinki who are also heading on exchange to the same host country or same university as you. During the first hour of the orientation, you will get general information in Zoom, which will help you as you are getting ready to leave for your exchange. After this, your tutor will meet you and the other students heading to the same country in Teams to discuss your tutor's experiences about being on an exchange. This is an excellent opportunity for you to ask any possible questions that you might have.


The next departure orientations will be held:

NB! We will hold the following information sessions in Finnish, but you can ask questions in English.

In Zoom, links will be sent to the relevant students nearer the event


Autumn 2021

Africa and Latin America:
Mon 4.10.2021 at 2.15 pm

Europe and the Nordics:

Mon 8.11.2021 at 4.15 pm – 6 pm

Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Middle East and Egypt:

Tue 9.11.2021 at 4.15 pm

Asia, North America and Oceania:

Wed 17.11.2021 at 4.15 pm – 6 pm


"What I learned during my exchange" events

"What I learned during my exchange" events are organized once per term. These events focus on how to utilize the experience gained abroad in your working life and how to better bring these experiences into attention in job applications and CV´s so that your knowledge is not just hidden knowledge. The event is organized in Finnish.

The next "What I learned during my exchange" event (in Finnish) is on 24.3.2021 at 2 PM.

Slides from 14.3.2018 event (in Finnish)



Welcome back orientation for the students have been on exchange during the Academic Year 2020-2021

NB! We will hold the orientation in Finnish, but you can ask questions in English.

Years 2020 and 2021 have been very exceptional and unpredictable in Finland and around the world due to the spread of the coronavirus. This exceptional situation has also affected student exchanges. International Exchange Services will held a welcome back orientation for the students who have been abroad on exchange during the Academic Year 2020-2021. The orientation will focus on practical steps after the exchange, different exchange experiences during the pandemic and internationalisation at home.

Thursday 27.5.2021 presentation pdf (in Finnish)

Material from previous welcome back orientations:

Traineeship info sessions: traineeship abroad

Career services and International Exchange Services hold info sessions on traineeships in Finland and abroad (also in English).

Read more from Career Service's Traineeship info sessions website.