Short and blended mobility 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.

Erasmus+-programme allows you to participate in a blended short mobility. Blended mobility means that a mobility includes both a physical short mobility (5-30 days) and a virtual component before and/or after the physical mobility. Erasmus+ blended short mobilities are often completed at a Blended Intensive Programme, BIP, organised by our partner university together with University of Helsinki and at least one other European Higher Education Institute, Then typically several students from UH and other organising universities participate in the same course, often joined also a by a teacher from UH.

If the short mobility cannot be funded by Erasmus+ or Nordplus funds, you can apply for a 500 euro grant for attending a course at another university abroad. The grant 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. 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.

What is an Erasmus+ blended short mobility?

Erasmus+ blended short mobility means that a mobility contains both a short (5-30 days) physical mobility together with a virtual component before and/or after the physical mobility.  Erasmus+ blended short mobilities are often completed as a part of a Blended Intensive Programme, BIP, organised by our partner university together with University of Helsinki and at least one other European Higher Education Institute, Then typically several students from UH and other organising universities participate in the same course, often joined also a by a teacher from UH.. Information on Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programmes are for the moment provided primarily by teachers of your own study programme, that are participating in organising BIPs.

Erasmus+ blended short mobilities include a daily grant. More information on the grant can be found in the Funding for the student exchange in the Erasmus+ mobility grants section.

Terms for Erasmus+ blended short mobilities

  • University organising the course must be UH's Erasmus+ partner university and our inter-institutional agreement must include blended mobility
  • The course contains a virtual component and a  5-30 days physical mobility. This means that the course must have online meetings before and/or after the physical mobility NB! The virtual component is not a compulsory requirement for PhD students.
  • The course is minimum 3 ECTS.
  • No tuition can be charged for the course. It is, however, possible to have a fee for leisure activities related to the course, such as trips and activities.

How can you apply for a Erasmus+ blended short mobility grant? The application period is ongoing (1.9.–31.5.) and the application for the grant is made in Mobility Online. Below you can find application instructions and a link to the application form.

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.–31.5.) 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 2023 is open 1.2. - 15.2.2023.

 

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)

  • Click on the banner "Erasmus SMP, Erasmus STT, Visiting student, Freemover and Freemover short courses...".
  • 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 2022/2023 as "Academic year"
  • Fill in the lacking information, including the name of the course and information on the credit transfer to your degree. Press “Send application".
  • 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.

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

  • Summer courses have their own application form.
  • Log in with your university username and password
  • Check once again that it says “Summer courses” as programme
  • Check that it says 2022/2023 as "Academic year"
  • Fill in the lacking information. Press “Send application".
  • 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.

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 China - Business and Innovation in China

Organiser Nordic Center, Fudan University
Time of exchange 30 June - 14 July 2023
Level of studies Master's level 
Course descriptions Course information
To be noted Host university in Mobility Online SHANGHAI01 - Fudan University
Approximate costs The course participation fee is 1000 RMB (about 140 EUR). The fee does not include accommodation, traveling, visa, or insurances.
Grant sum 500 EUR
Credits 5 ECTS
Places to apply for summer 2023 3

Nordic Center in India - no application round for summer 2023

Summer courses 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! Nomination to the Summer School is not yet a guarantee for admission.
 

Aarhus Summer School, Aarhus, Denmark

Time of exchange Term 1: 4 - 21 July 2023, Term 2: 24 July - 11 August 2023
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 (15.3.2023).

You may apply for a grant for one course.

Costs Nominated students from the University of Helsinki are waived from the tuition fees. 

Cost of living: Estimated budget for a one-month stay in Aarhus: approx. 1000 EUR. This estimate includes housing, living costs, transport, books and social programme. Find the budget here

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

Credits 5 or 10 ECTS 
Places to apply for summer 2023 3
 
Summer School's own deadline 15.3.2023

University of Gothenburg, Summer School for Sustainability, Gothenburg, Sweden

Time of exchange 3 July - 4 August 2023
Level of studies Bachelor's level
To be noted Course brochure (Pdf)

You must have completed at least 30 ECTS at the University of Helsinki when applying to the host university.

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
  • Short site-visits
  • Social programme

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

Credits 7,5 ECTS
Places to apply for summer 2023 2

 

Summer School's own deadline 31.3.2023

Linköping University Summer Academy, Linköping, Sweden

Time of exchange 3 - 28 July 2023
Level of studies Bachelor's level
To be noted Course brochure (Pdf)

You must have completed at least 60 ECTS at the University of Helsinki when applying to the host university.

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
  • Short site-visits
  • Social programme

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

Credits 7,5 ECTS
Places to apply for summer 2023 4

 

Summer School's own deadline 25.3.2023