Studying for a degree | Open University

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While the Open University does not grant degrees, the studies are useful for those seeking to complete a degree. Through the Open University, students can discover interesting fields of research and find out what university studies are like. It is possible to complete degree studies in advance. At the same time, students build up the knowledge and skills they will need for university studies.

In addition, studies completed at the Open University may be used as the basis for an application to degree studies at most faculties of the University of Helsinki. This is commonly known as the Open University route.

Tips for studying towards a degree

  • Have a plan and follow it systematically and with determination. Plan your time management so that you have enough time to complete your studies.
  • Select courses from the Open University course catalogue which are included in the degree you would like to pursue. Your completed studies will be entered in the University of Helsinki’s student register and they may be used for a degree later.
  • If you are applying to be a degree student via the Open University route, make sure to choose courses which are included in the admission criteria of the route. 
  • Please note that completed individual courses will usually expire within 10 years. However, the Open University route typically requires that the relevant studies are completed within a specific timeframe. The requirements vary by degree programme. 
  • Remember that it is also possible to develop your study skills. Read more: Study skills