Virtual, short and summer courses abroad

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Is a traditional student exchange of several months too long time for you to be away but you would still like to study abroad? Would you like to proceed with your studies during the summer and gain some international experience at the same time? Short courses give you the opportunity to internationalize in a shorter time.

You can now apply for a grant for attending a course at another university abroad. The amount of the grant is 500 euros and it will be paid towards the acceptance letter of the receiving institution. You can apply for the grant if you don't get any other grant or scholarship for the course, for example, the Nordplus grant. The application period is ongoing (1.9.–31.5.) and the application for the grant is made in Mobility Online.

In addition, the International Exchange Service organizes an application round to some Summer Schools with which we have made an agreement. A certain amount of students will be chosen for these universities based on the agreements and general selection criteria of International Exchange Services will be used. You can find some general information on the universities in question on this page but further information will be updated in February.

Una Europa virtual mobility and online courses 2020-2021

Who can apply?

Eight leading European research universities have come together to create a unique alliance – Una Europa. The alliance now offers its students a chance to study at each partner university online.

Students of the University of Helsinki are welcomed to apply to the courses offered by other Una Europa partner universities.

  • In order to apply to the courses, you have to meet the requirements of the host university including, for example, suitable academic background, study level, language competence.
  • There are no course fees. You cannot apply for a mobility / short course grant for these online courses.
  • After successful completion of the course, you will receive a transcript of records. You have to transfer the credits to your home university's degree.
  • You can apply for up to 3 courses (among all available courses) by submitting an application in the University of Helsinki's application portal by the deadline. The University of Helsinki makes a pre-selection and nominates selected students to the host universities for the final decision. You can read the detailed application instructions below.

Available online courses

You can find detailed information on the courses on Una Europa website

Freie Universität Berlin / Germany

  • Courses offered during spring 2021 
  • Preferably for bachelor students
  • Bachelor level courses (4 ECTS per course) in European Studies, Philosophy and History
  • Application period not open (last round held in January 2021)

Jagiellonian University / Poland 

  • Courses offered during spring 2021 
  • Courses available from several fields, e.g. Arts, Social Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, Computer Science, Law
  • Application period not open (last round held in January 2021)

KU Leuven / Belgium

  • Courses offered during spring 2021
  • Courses from the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Arts
  • Application period not open (last round held in January 2021)

University of Bologna / Italy

  • Courses offered during spring 2021
  • Courses offered in Humanities, Health, Sciences, Social Sciences, Technology
  • Application period not open (last round held in January 2021)

Universidad Complutense de Madrid / Spain

  • Courses offered during spring 2021
  • Application period not open (last round held in January 2021)

How to apply?

You must first submit an application to the University of Helsinki application portal by the deadline. In case you apply for courses in more than one university, you will need to submit a separate application to each of them. 

  • Start the application process by registering online using the Mobility Online portal 
  • You need to click on the "ISEP, NORTH2NORTH.." banner at the top of the page and select the correct programme (Tailor-made programmes). The online application will open in a new window.
  • Log in using your University of Helsinki IT user account.
  • The application form for tailor-made programmes (= Una Europa online courses) includes a question a list of the courses you are planning to take. Write the name of the course(s) you would like take at the host university, how many credits they are, which language you will use for your studies, and how the credits will be transferred to your degree at the University of Helsinki (for example as elective studies). If you apply to more than one course please list the order you wish to prioritise the courses.
  • Once you have filled in the form click on the “Send application” -button.
  • After that, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to upload your transcript of records (in English) to be submitted together with the application. You can order the transcript from Sisu. Save it on your computer and then upload it (Upload documents) to Mobility Online.
  • When you are ready, click the link "Confirm that you have uploaded all required documents". Choose tick the box. Save your confirmation with the “Create” button. This completes your application (there is no separate submit/send button).

Selection criteria

The University of Helsinki selects students to be nominated and sends their application data to the host university for the final selection. If you get selected, the host university will send you instructions on how to register for the courses.

The selection is based on the following criteria: 

  • Requirements of the host university such as suitable academic background, study level and language competence
  • Applicant’s study progress and performance at the University of Helsinki 

Contact information

Our service email address is: studentexchange@helsinki.fi

When sending an e-mail mention in the subject line Una Europa online courses.

You can also reach us by calling our phone number +358 2941 22401 on weekdays between 10:00–15:00 (EET). 

What is meant by a short course?

With a short course we mean any courses taught at another university abroad. The course must be of high quality and support your studies at the University of Helsinki. The duration of the course may vary from 1 week to 3 months.

The student applies independently to the course at the host university's home page. The student must pay any course fees and travelling and housing costs himself.

University of Helsinki gives a grant for attending the course. The grant can be applied by all Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral levels. The application period is ongoing (1.9.–15.6.) and the application is made at an online application portal Mobility Online. If you are entitled to a general student grant from Kela, you may apply for that also for attending the short course if you meet their criteria. 

Please note that there is a certain amount of grants available and if they run out, we must end the application period in advance. In that case, we would inform about it on this page and directly to prospective students who have already started their application by email.

International Exchange Services will open an application round in February for grants for courses held in Summer. The summer school places to apply for in February are listed below.

 

How can I find a suitable short course?

The simplest way to find courses abroad is to see partner universities' home pages and course catalogues.

Many universities organize for example courses during summertime (Summer School, Summer Academy) but it might be possible to attend courses during the semester as well. All universities have different guidelines for accepting students for a shorter time than a semester.

You may apply to any university of high quality (preferably a partner of the University of Helsinki), teaching is at university level (Bachelor, Master, Doctoral) and you get the course credits transferred as a whole to your program / degree at the University of Helsinki.

Some short courses can be found on these pages (also other times than summer):

How to apply?

These application instructions are both for you applying for a grant for attending a short course that you've found independently (instructions A) and for you who are applying for places on Summer Schools offered by partners of the University of Helsinki during the application round in February (instructions B).

The application period for attending a short course whereto you have applied independently is ongoing (1.9.–31.5.). You may apply for the grant once you’ve received confirmation for your attendance on the course. You may of course already start your application before receiving the acceptance letter from the course.

The application period for agreement-based places in Summer Schools 2022 is open 1.2. - 15.2.2022.

 

Here is how you apply

1. Register as an applicant the Mobility Online portal (Internet Explorer works best with the portal)

A) Independent attendance on a short course (freemover short course)

  • Choose Freemover short courses
  • Log in with your university username and password
  • Check once again that it says “Freemover short courses” as programme
  • Check that it says 2020/2021 as "Academic year"
  • Fill in the lacking information, including the name of the course and information on the credit transfer to your degree.
  • If you are about to convert the credits of the course to a certain obligatory course in your program, seek for approval from your faculty. You’ll find the instructions on “Returning home” and “Credit transfer”. If you are planning on including the course in your selective studies, it is sufficient to write, for example, "To my selective studies in Master's degree." on the registration form. No signatures are needed.
  • Press “Send application"

B) Application for attendance on an agreement-based Summer School

  • Choose from the menu: Faculty = International Exchange Services (Administration) and Academic year = 2021/2022 and click Show details 
  • Choose your first choice for an exchange and press the green ball next to the name of the host university. Please note that the courses organized by Nordic Centres are listed under host universities: HYDERA01 (India) and SHANGHAI01 (China)
  • Log in with your university username and password
  • Fill in the lacking information, including the name of the course(s) and 2. and 3. option and information on the credit transfer to your degree.
  • If you are about to convert the credits of the course to a certain obligatory course in your program, seek for approval from your faculty. You’ll find the instructions on “Returning home” and “Credit transfer”. If you are planning on including the course in your selective studies, it is sufficient to write for example "To my selective studies in Master's degree." on the registration form. No signatures are needed.
  • Press “Send application"

2. You’ll receive an email with a link to the application system where you can finish your application. Log in to your application through the link.

3. Check your information in “Download Application Form” and save the pdf on your computer. It will be uploaded a supplement to your application.

4. Prepare the following supplements to your application and upload them on your application on “Upload application documents”:

Motivation letter

  • You can write the motivation letter in Finnish, Swedish, or English
  • Length max 1 page (400 words)
  • Upload the letter on your application either as a doc or Docx –format.
  • Motivate why attending this particular course is relevant for your study program / your degree
  • Tell where you are planning on including the course in your program/degree
  • More tips on how to write a motivation letter can be found here under “Required documents”.

Unofficial transcript of records of the University of Helsinki

  • You can order this via Sisu, save it on your computer and add it to your application.

Application form as a pdf

A copy of the acceptance letter from the host university (Only required in the application phase when applying as independent applicant "A")

  • Once you’ve received information on your acceptance of the course, upload the letter (might be an email as well) on your application. Even the summer courses applicants must later upload the acceptance letter on the account.

5. After all the supplements have been uploaded, go to "Submit application with attachments".

Your application is now submitted and handed in for International Exchange Services for processing.

 

Your questions will be answered by:

International Exchange Services

studentexchange@helsinki.fi

Nordic Center summer courses in India and China

University of Helsinki takes part in Nordic co-operation in India and China and gets to choose a couple of students yearly to attend summer courses offered by Nordic Centers there. University of Helsinki nominates the chosen students to the centres and sends students' applications there.

Please note that Nordic Center summer courses can be found in Mobility Online under 'Summer courses' and the following codes: HYDERA01 (both courses in India) and SHANGHAI01 - Fudan University (both courses in China). Write the name of the course(s) to the text field in your preferred order

 

Nordic Center in India - no application round for summer 2021, only online courses

Nordic Center in China - no application round for summer 2021 (information updated 9.2.2021), only online courses

Summer courses in England and in the Nordic countries

University of Helsinki has agreed on sending a certain amount of students after pre-selection to the summer schools offered by our partner universities. 

The nominated students don't have to pay course fees but must there might be other costs for attending the course. International Exchange Services pays a grant of 500 euros for nominated students to help with the costs.

Selection of the nominees will be done as soon as possible after the application period. Some of the courses might have been filled before the decision about the grant. Remember to check the deadline and to apply to the Summer School in time!
 

Leeds International Summer School, Leeds, England

Time of exchange 3.-31.7.2021 (2 modules)
Level of studies Summer School offers courses on Bachelor's level. Master's level students may also apply but do make sure that credit transfer is possible to your Master's Degree.
To be noted To be eligible to apply for the summer school you should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or equivalent (UK scale).

Language requirement for UH students: English B2 (CEFR)

You can participate in one module or two modules.

Short LISS videos featuring student profiles, summer school activities and more.

Costs University of Helsinki nominees are waived from the tuition fees but not from a programme fee of £1,540 (4 weeks / two modules) or £970 (2 weeks / one module) which includes:

  • on-campus accommodation
  • breakfast and lunch (Mon-Fri)
  • field trips
  • weekend excursions 
  • social programme
  • sports centre membership

In addition, the student is responsible for travel, insurance and possible visa expenses.

Credits 10 cr
Places to apply for summer 2021 6

NB the actual participation to this summer school is upon to the official coronavirus guidelines given by the host institution, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. 

 

Aarhus Summer School, Aarhus, Denmark

Time of exchange 5.-23.7.2021 / 26.7.-13.8.2021 
Level of studies Bachelor's and Master's level

When applying for Master level courses, you must hold a Bachelor's degree (or as a minimum have obtained 180 ECTS in your study programme) by the time of application deadline to Aarhus (1.4.2020)

You may apply for a grant for one course.

Costs Nominated students from the University of Helsinki are waived from the tuition fees, but the following costs are to be paid by the student:

  • Accommodation in student housing (appr. 490 EUR)
  • Social programme (appr. 120 EUR)

In addition is the student responsible for travel, insurance and possible visa expenses.

Credits 5 or 10 ECTS 
Places to apply for summer 2021 3

NB the actual participation to this summer school is upon to the official coronavirus guidelines given by the host institution, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.