Welcome new 2022 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 page with the Rector's greetings and other useful information for starting your studies in autumn 2022.

The admission results (application round from 1 Dec 2021 to 12 Jan 2022) have been sent to the applicants by email. The results can also be found in the My Studyinfo -service.

Greetings from Rector Sari Lindblom

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

The past years have shown the significance of research-based knowledge and universities in solving global crises. At the University of Helsinki, one of the world’s top 1% research universities, our aim is that you also gain skills and courage that contribute to finding sustainable solutions for global challenges.

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. As sustainability expertise is a basic skill for future professionals, we also offer a multidisciplinary sustainability course for all our students.

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, it is important to take care of your health and wellbeing. Ask for help whenever you feel overwhelmed. Support is available for students. I also strongly encourage getting involved with our numerous student organisations. Extracurricular activities are an integral part of your study experience providing social networks and boosting competences needed in life: curiosity, social skills, grit and resilience.

The University of Helsinki and our community have been building the future and changing the world for more than 382 years – let’s continue to do so together!

Welcome to the University of Helsinki!

Kind regards,

Sari Lindblom
Rector of the University of Helsinki

Your first steps as new stu­dent

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

If you are an international student:

If you deferred your admission in 2021 and wish to begin your studies in 2022:

Get prepared for your studies

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 29 Aug 2022. 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 for orientation and tutoring will be published later in the summer.
  • The teaching for the academic year 2022-23 starts officially on 5 Sept 2022. 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. 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.