Welcome new 2021 Master students
You are about to start a new exciting phase in your life, an International Master's Programme at the University of Helsinki, one of the top 1% research universities in the world. Begin your journey by reading this welcome letter with the Vice-Rector's greetings and other useful information for starting your studies in autumn 2021.

The admission results for our International Master's Programmes from the application round between 1 Dec 2020 and 15 Jan 2021 have been sent to all applicants at the latest on 16 April 2021 to the email address given on the application form. The results can also be found by logging into the MyStudyinfo –service.

Greetings from Vice-Rector Sari Lindblom

Congratulations! You have made an excellent decision in choosing the University of Helsinki. I am both happy and honoured to welcome you to our academic community.

The past year demonstrated how the world can change in an instant. It also showed the significance of research and universities in solving global crises. Research-based knowledge is needed now more than ever.

Also at the University of Helsinki, one of the world’s top 1% research universities, our aim is to build a better world with the power of knowledge. In our multidisciplinary Master’s Programmes, you learn and interact with world-class scholars. You become a specialist in your field with the capability of understanding broad interdisciplinary topics and perceiving causalities. You gain skills and courage that contribute to finding sustainable solutions for global challenges together with experts representing a range of fields.

However, your education should not be limited to book learning. Bildung, one of our most important values, also comprises mental maturity, open-mindedness and empathy. Bildung is about behaving with human decency.

In addition, your studies should boost the basic skills required in the new millennium: curiosity, social skills, grit and resilience. I strongly encourage you to get involved with our numerous student organisations. Extracurricular opportunities are an important part of your study experience.

Although the future is uncertain, knowledge, learning and education provide us with the momentum to serve as drivers for change. I hope that in the course of the next academic year we can slowly return to our campuses and change the world together.

Welcome to the University of Helsinki!

Kind regards,

Sari Lindblom
Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki

Your first steps as new stu­dent

Start your journey at the University of Helsinki and ensure your study place by taking the following steps:

If you are an international student:

*The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) provides information on the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on their operations and services on their website. They also publish weekly updates on the processing queue for applications for a residence permit for studies.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) up­dates

The University of Helsinki continuously monitors the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and takes measures following the instructions by the authorities. Our top priority is always the health, welfare and safety of our students and staff. You can follow the coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki on the University website.

It is understandable if the current circumstances cause uncertainty when it comes to your future studies. Therefore, we have put together a page with coronavirus (COVID-19) related questions and answers for admitted students. It is updated when new information is available.

Sup­port when your stud­ies start

Academic freedom is highly valued and a capability to study independently is required at the University of Helsinki. However, you will not be left alone. Many helping hands and events will guide you through the start of your studies.

  • Your student tutor will contact you in August and meets you when the orientation activities begin.
  • The orientation activities take place during the week commencing on 30 Aug 2021. They will help you with starting your studies and life in Helsinki. You get support with administrative matters and learn more about the university campuses, facilities and studies in your programme. A detailed programme will be published later in the summer. Please note that depending on the coronavirus situation, the orientation activities might be organised partly or entirely online.
  • During the first week of your studies, the pink ASK ME! -logo will guide you with any questions you have!
  • The Student Union (HYY) organises an event in September to introduce freshers to their activities and student organisations. The format depends on the coronavirus situation and will be decided closer to the date. Other student organisations will have their own events too.
  • The student ambassadors organise events and meetups open for everyone. To keep updated, follow the UH International Student Ambassadors Facebook page.
  • The Student Service Points give you guidance and support all year round.
  • According to our students, professors and teachers are easily approachable when you need help or consultation.
Get to know our stu­dents and stu­dent life

Would you like to know first-hand what our students think about studying at the University of Helsinki? Or how is student life or housing in Helsinki? 

Chat directly with our students to get answers to your questions (but please note that for questions related to the admissions you should contact the Admission Services).

The blog posts on the chat platform are also a great way to get an overview of student life in Helsinki.

Our active community of students, the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY), advocates students’ interests both at the university and in society. They organise benefits, services and events so that you as a student can focus on the most important part: studying and student life.

Extracurricular opportunities are an important part of your study experience. Luckily, more than 250 student organisations operate within the Student Union (HYY). Whatever your interests are, you are likely to find like-minded people and the right activities for you.

You can easily connect with the teachers. You don’t just have to sit down and listen. Instead, you can have real conversations.
"There’s a lot of freedom at the University of Helsinki, which can be good or bad — you’re able to tailor your studies much more personally, but there’s also more room for self-doubt and procrastination."
University of Helsinki in brief

The oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, the University of Helsinki, has since 1640 played a major role in the development of the Finnish cultural life and welfare state. Today, we seek solutions to problems that affect everyone.

As one of the world's top 1% research universities, we believe that the power of knowledge can change attitudes, people and society – for a better world.

Check out the University of Helsinki in numbers and find out more about university rankings.

Our core values

For international students

How is the city of Helsinki for students? What's special about studying in Finland and what are the quick facts about the country? What do you need to take into consideration when planning a budget for your studies in Finland? Check out the information for international students on our website.

Con­tact us

Do you have questions? You can contact the Admission Services at the University of Helsinki. We are there to support you.