International research visits and doctoral studies
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Studying abroad as a doctoral candidate - start here!
Would you like to write a part of your doctoral dissertation abroad? The University of Helsinki encourages doctoral candidates to engage in international activities, and an exchange period or a researcher visit abroad is a good way to get international experience.
Doctoral schools and programmes encourage doctoral candidates to undertake visits to suitable universities, research institutes and equivalent units outside Finland.
Invest in networking during your doctoral studies! The opportunity to meet other doctoral candidates and established researchers in your field at local, national and international meetings and conferences promotes your integration into the academic community.
Exchange opportunities around the world
Read more about the University’s exchange programmes and partner universities to find the right destination.
Application process for exchange studies
Find information about application periods and processes as well as the required documents.
Language requirements in student exchange
You will need appropriate language skills to succeed in your application for exchange studies and cope during the exchange.
Funding for the student exchange
Students who participate in a student exchange can receive a mobility grant as well as student financial aid for their stay abroad.
Travel grants for doctoral candidates
The University of Helsinki awards travel grants for doctoral candidates to support scientific travel both in Finland and abroad.
Before your exchange - instructions for those chosen for student exchange
The checklist includes the most important tasks regarding participation in an exchange.
Returning home - instructions for returning exchange students
You should prepare for your return to Finland even before the end of your exchange studies.
Short courses and summer courses abroad
Short courses give you the opportunity to internationalize in a shorter time.
Going abroad independently (as a free mover/visiting student)
You can also make your own arrangements to study outside Finland.
Changes during the exchange
Things do not always go as planned. If you must suspend or cancel your exchange, read these instructions.
International Exchange Services
If you are coming from abroad to the University of Helsinki as an exchange student or as a visiting student, we are here to help you! We also help degree students in matters concerning studies or traineeships abroad, as well as flexible study rights (JOO) for degree students.
Frequently asked questions (for outgoing students from the University of Helsinki)
This FAQ guide supports the planning of international exchange periods and the completion of exchange applications. If you can’t find an answer to your question on this page or on the other sections of the Study abroad website, please contact International Exchange Services.