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English Philology belongs to the Department of Modern Languages.

P.O. Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40 B)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

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Each year some 5–10 international degree students begin their English Philology studies. The Faculty of Arts handles all admissions, but applicants must take an entrance exam arranged by the subject.

After completing studies in English philology, as a student, you will be well versed in literature and culture in English, and have an extensive knowledge of the history and structure of the English language as well as the variants of the language spoken in different parts of the world. In addition, you will speak and write excellent English. After you have got off to a good start in your studies, you can choose your focus. For instance, you can become a language teacher, a translator, or find employment in the media or publishing, the business world or at the service of international organisations requiring language skills.

The subject society for students of English Philology is SUB ry.


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If you already have a Bachelor’s Degree in English, you can apply for direct admission into the Master’s Degree studies with English Philology as your major subject. Applicants are chosen based on their applications.

All questions concerning admissions should be directed to the University of Helsinki Admission Service:

Address: P.O. Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
Telephone: +358 2941 24140 (customer service)

Degree structure for international students