Visiting students

Student mobility without a university exchange agreement

Who can apply?

The Faculty can offer a visiting student status (free movers, non-exchange programme students) at undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate level for a student who is enrolled and actively studying at a university outside Finland.

The prerequisite is that the student will take courses at the University of Helsinki and that the courses completed at the University of Helsinki may be transferred to the student's home institution to be integrated into the student's degree programme there.

Visiting students receive credit for all of their work, but are not able to obtain a degree. The visiting student status is normally valid for a minimum of three months and a maximum of two academic years.

If you are an intern/trainee and wish to apply for student status at the Faculty, please read the information below under the title "Erasmus Placement Program (SMP) interns and other trainees as Visiting Students". The same instructions apply to all interns regardless of the funding/program.

How to apply?

There is no official deadline for visiting student applications, but the online application should be filled in, printed out and sent to the Faculty with all the required enclosures at least two months before the planned period. The online application for visiting students is available at the university's admissions site. Please choose the heading for visiting student applications from top of the page (the blue bar). After filling in the application you will receive an automatic email message sent by the system. Next you need to register to the system and fill in more information before the application is complete.

The following documents must be enclosed with the Mobility Online application and be sent by post to the International Affairs Officer at the Faculty:

  • Official transcript from the student's home institution
  • Statement on credit transfer from the student's home institution
  • Study plan that indicates which courses the student intends to take at the Faculty
  • Motivation Letter
    Including a clarification of sufficient language skills
  • The faculty may ask the student to demonstrate further evidence of sufficient language skills
  • If you have received a scholarship (e.g. from CIMO or the Fulbright Center), please enclose a copy of the decision.

Applications that are not complete, there are documents missing or the copies are not certified by the correct authorities will not be processed.

Information on the requirements applying to diplomas and transcripts and on other relevant issues can be found here.

 

Erasmus Placement Program (SMP) interns and other trainees as Visiting Students

Concerning Erasmus Placement Program (SMP) and other internships, the University of Helsinki has a rule that practicing student interns should be taken into an employment relationship with the University. Students should be paid by their place of internship. Issues concerning responsibilities and insurance must be considered by the employing unit. In addition, the students are strongly recommended to have a good personal insurance.

If interns wish to obtain a student status and a right to study at the Faculty, they must apply as a Visiting Student (see above). The prerequisites are that the student has already secured a host and that student will take courses or receive ECTS credits for practical training at the Faculty. The credits completed at the University of Helsinki should be transferred to the student's home institution to be integrated into the student's degree program there. Visiting Students receive credit for their work, but are not able to obtain a degree. NB! The intern should apply for the status from the Faculty he/she plans to study/receive the ECTS credits in.

The following documents must be enclosed with the Mobility Online application and be sent by post to the International Affairs Officer at the Faculty:

  • Official transcript from the student's home institution
  • Statement of approval from the student's home institution
    Including a statement of granting the Erasmus Placement Grant and a statement of approval of the credits completed at the University of Helsinki
  • Study plan that indicates which courses the student intends to take at the Faculty
  • Motivation letter by the student
    Including information of the host at the University of Helsinki
    Including a clarification of sufficient language skills
  • The faculty may ask the student to demonstrate further evidence of sufficient language skills

NB! Training agreements should not be sent to the International Affairs Officer at the Faculty Office. If a training agreement is required, it should be signed at and agreed upon by the host / employing unit.

There is no official deadline for applications, but the online application should be filled in, printed out and sent with all the required enclosures at least two months before the planned period. The visiting student status is normally valid for a minimum of three months.

The online application for visiting visiting students students is available at the university's admissions site. Please choose the heading for visiting student applications from top of the page (the blue bar).