According to the Universities Act (558/2009) there should be at least 28 professorships with Swedish being the teaching language at the University of Helsinki. University of Helsinki is the only university in Finland which offers academic education in Swedish in the fields of medicine, social work, social psychology, veterinary medicine, agronomy, geography and journalism.
Students have the right to receive service in Finnish and/or in Swedish. Service is also provided in English.
IT Helpdesk, Student Services, International Exchange Services and Admissions Services are available in these three languages. Faculties ensure that student counselling is offered in these languages.
Each campus has a group tasked with developing and coordinating Swedish and bilingual activities and teaching. The Viikki and Kumpula campuses have a joint campus group. For additional information please contact the campus coordinator of the campus in question (see the Office for Bilingual Affairs).
Each faculty has a dean or a vice-dean responsible for bilingual affairs. In order to see the list of vice-deans responsible for bilingual affairs, please see the Finnish or Swedish page.
According to the Universities Act the rector or one of the vice-rectors should be a holder of a professorship with Swedish as the teaching language. Vice-rector Kai Nordlund is responsible for the bilingual activities of the university.
“Svenska verksamhetsnämnden” is the Board for the Development of Swedish Affairs and Teaching. The board is regulated by the Universities Act and it is led by the rector or a vice-rector holding a Swedish professorship.
The Board of the University nominates the members and the deputies for a four-year term. All the faculties, the Swedish School of Social Sciences, partner universities and institutions and the Student Union of the University of Helsinki are represented in the board, and Swedish Affairs functions as the secretariat. For the list of members, please change to the Finnish or Swedish page.
The Delegation for Swedish Affairs at the University of Helsinki contributes to research and teaching in Swedish by developing the connections and interaction with society. For the list of members, please change to the Finnish or Swedish page.
The team of Swedish-Language and Bilingual Affairs is a part of the University Services and coordinates and develops the bilingual activities at the University.
Each campus has its own coordinator developing bilingualism at the University's four campuses.
Swedish-Language and Bilingual Affairs
PO Box 59 (Unionsgatan 38)
00014 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Head of Swedish-Language and Bilingual Affairs
Tel. +358 50 453 1401
Tel. +358 50 411 2728
Tel. +358 50 414 2318
Campus Coordinator, Viikki (Vik) and Kumpula (Gumtäkt)
Tel. +358 50 434 2351
Campus Coordinator, City Centre Campus
Tel. +358 50 314 6792
Campus Coordinator, Meilahti (Mejlans)
tel. +358 50 566 8762
Coordinator for Helsingforsalliansen
tel. +358 50 479 4406
Helsingforsalliansen (Helsinki alliance) (page in Swedish) is a cooperation network for Swedish-language and bilingual universities and higher education institutions in the Helsinki area. The goal of the cooperation is to strengthen high-quality Swedish-language education in the region.
The University of Helsinki is responsible for the administration of Helsingforsalliansen.