University of Helsinki

  • Helsinki, Finland
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With a lively student population that can be seen throughout the city, friendly locals are met at every turn. Engaging with the people of Helsinki will be one of your favorite experiences, as you explore the many opportunities the city has ready for you. Helsinki is known for its green space, surrounding islands, markets, museums, waterfronts, and a theme park, all which give you access to Finnish culture and many different adventures.
The University of Helsinki is the largest university in Finland, and one of the leading multidisciplinary universities in the world. With 1,700 international students and a global faculty, the University of Helsinki gives you first hand access to global and Finnish perspectives. While at your home away from home, take part in student organizations, and enjoy the countless student-run events that are hosted daily.

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University of Helsinki


  • Helsinki

Program Term

  • Academic Year
  • Fall
  • Spring

Language of Instruction

  • English
  • Finnish
  • Swedish

Exchange Program


Program Details

Academic Program

University of Helsinki is a bilingual institution. The languages of instruction are Finnish and Swedish. In addition to courses taught in Finnish and Swedish, the University offers a lot of courses taught in English. Courses taught in English are offered by each Faculty of the University. Exchange students can participate in courses taught in English. No prior knowledge of Finnish or Swedish is required.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

University of Helsinki has 11 faculties

The faculties, listed here in alphabetical order, are:

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Educational Sciences (formerly known as Faculty of Behavioral Sciences)

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Pharmacy

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Theology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

You will have a host faculty, which means that they you to select a minimum of 50% of their courses from one faculty.

Students for the fields of English philology, Economics, Psychology, Communication, Political Science, Law, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine, must be studying the discipline as his/her major at the home university and have enough previous studies in the discipline prior to arrival. Please note that University of Helsinki does not offer accounting or business studies as a major.

Review University of Helsinki’s website for more information regarding course offerings.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 

Your Instructors

Your courses are taught by local faculty.


University of Helsinki has partnered with housing providers, including Unihome and HOAS (Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region), for a number of rooms for incoming exchange students. Apartments are located around Helsinki. You should choose your housing option based on your budget and wishes.

You will submit your housing application as a part of your exchange application. Their information will be forwarded to housing providers. Each exchange student will receive one housing offer. Learn more about the housing application process and options online.


There are many places to eat on and near campus. No meal plan is included with this program. 

Academic Year 2019/20

Estimate of Costs

Finland_Abo_Oulu_Helsinki EX 19-20 REV 071019.pdf

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

Juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at a least 2.5 GPA are welcome to apply. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with the study abroad program coordinator.

Experiential Learning

The University of Helsinki offers several interesting attractions which you can visit quickly or peruse at leisure to learn more about research, to admire architecture or to expand your networks.

Student Clubs and Organizations

The University of Helsinki has hundreds of student organizations, and exchange students are welcome to join. Please see the Orientation Handbook for more. Students’ ESN network organizes a lot of activities for exchange students.

Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.

In Their Own Words

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Program Advisor

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About the City

Did you know that Helsinki is one of the most livable cities in the world?* The city scores especially well in the areas of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, infrastructure and education. Helsinki is a compact and vibrant seaside city of urban culture and design, beautiful islands and green parks where everything works and is within your easy reach.

The University has 4 campuses throughout Finland with different Faculties offered at each one.

More information about Finland.

Your local guide to the best of Helsinki.

Land of the midnight sun – Finland” 

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. You will need to apply for a residence permit/visa to participate on this program. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
  • Fall/Year/Summer programs: December

Academic Year 2018/19 

Program Dates

Academic Year 2018-2019

8/27/2018 to 5/31/2019

Fall 2018

8/27/2018 to 12/22/2018

Spring 2019

1/9/2019 to 5/31/2019

More information on the academic calendar can be found online. The dates above are for the academic calendar. Your move in and move out date for housing could be slightly different. Please do not book flights until you have confirmed your housing dates and been accepted to the program. 

About the Program

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640.

Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Study at Helsinki

Learn more about the University of Helsinki

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International Exchange Services has regular office hours throughout the year, during which students may seek advice and support. Welcome Fair and Orientation Course are also arranged at the beginning of each semester. As an incoming exchange student, you may use nearly all the services that are available for University of Helsinki’s own students. Students are advised to contact the International Exchange Services whenever problems occur. 

Learn more about the University of Helsinki online.

Top 5 Reasons Why Finland is an Exciting Destination for Students?!

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Upon arrival at University Helsinki’s, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.

University of Helsinki’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.