New Degree students
Confirmation of acceptance of study place
You have been admitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Helsinki. To be able to begin your studies, you have to confirm the acceptance of the study place in writing and register at the university. This can be done immediately after you have received information on your acceptance, however, it must be done by the deadline given in your e-mail message of acceptance. If you fail to return the signed confirmation form of acceptance to the Academic Affairs Office of the Faculty by the deadline, you will lose your study place.
In order to register, you also have to return the required registration documents to the Faculty. Documents are to be delivered by mail (address: Faculty of Social Sciences, Academic Affairs Office, P.O. Box 54, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland) or you can hand them in personally at the Academic Affairs Office (address: Unioninkatu 37, first floor, room no 1055) from 5 May onwards.
Documents required for registration
Please return the following documents to the Faculty preferably together with the confirmation form as soon as possible:
- Registration form
- Bank transfer receipt / online banking printout of the obligatory Student Union membership fee together with the payment form
- Officially certified copy of your Bachelor’s Diploma and final transcript, if you have not included ones in your application.
If you have not yet received your final diploma and transcript, you must return them by 29 July 2014. The copies of your diploma and the transcript ought to be officially certified by the degree awarding institution or a notary public (must bear the authentic stamp of the institution that issued the document). For some countries, there are country-specific requirements, further information on them is available here. Please note that these documents should be sent to the Faculty of Social Sciences (instead of UAF).
If you fail to return all the required documents (including your degree certificate and final transcript) to the Academic Affairs Office of the Faculty by 29 July 2014, your study place will be offered to the applicants in reserve.
N.B.! Please note that before starting your studies in September you need to present the original diploma of your Bachelor's degree. The diploma will be returned to you in October.
Further information for new students
- Welcome Letter
- Guide for International Students 2014
- New Students' web page for all the new students of the University (information on housing, insurance, residencce permit etc.)
- Check list for new students
- Finnish Language course in August
In addition to the Student Union (HYY) there are various student organisations operating within the Student Union. Social sciences students' association Kannunvalajat acts as the umbrella organisation for the student associations of the various disciplines at the Faculty. For further information, please refer to the web page of Kannunvalajat or the Student Union. You can also join the organisation, Tsemppi, representing international students of the University.
The Faculty of Social Sciences has sent you the Acceptance Letter by e-mail. In order to be able to start your studies you only need to go through the listing of courses offered during your stay and to update your learning agreement accordingly just before arriving to Helsinki. You do not need to enrol or register at the University separately, this has been taken care of by the International Mobility Services of the University.
However, you do need to enrol on the courses you wish to take during your stay in WebOodi. You can start signing up for the courses after you have received your computer user account. You can only receive the user id and password in person at the IT centre of the University (Fabianinkatu 28, 3rd floor).
Although it is not compulsory for the exchange students to join the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) it is highly recommeded that you become a member of the Student Union. As the member, you are entitled to many benefits and discounts (such as inexpensive meals and health services). More information on HYY is available on the web site of the Student Union.
In order to be able to start your studies, you should register at the university. Please return the registration form to the following address: Study Office, Faculty of Social Sciences, P.O. Box 54, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland. The sooner you send the document, the better. The registration will then be completed, and after your arrival you will be able to receive your computer user account without delay.
Although it is not compulsory for visiting students to join the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) it is highly recommeded that you become a member of the Student Union if you study at the university for more than three months. As the member, you are entitled to many benefits and discounts (such as inexpensive meals and health services). More information on HYY is available on the web site of the Student Union.