Registration for the academic year
New students must not only confirm that they accept the place offered to them, but also register as attending or non-attending students by 31 August 2021. Registration for the academic year 2021–2022 begins on 1 May 2021.
General information about registering for the academic year

Register for the academic year following the instructions on this page if you have been granted in the student admission for 2021 the right to complete a first-cycle or second-cycle university degree or both. In subsequent years, register for the academic year according to the instructions on the Instructions for Students website.

You may register as an attending or non-attending student for your first academic year, once you have accepted a student place.

If you already have a study right at the University of Helsinki, but you have been granted a new right to complete a degree at the University of Helsinki this spring, register for the academic year following the instructions on this page. This is the only way to record your study right information in the Student Register. 

  • If you have already registered for attendance or non-attendance, please contact Admissions Services at the University of Helsinki.
  • If you have already paid the Student Union membership fee for 2021–2022, you do not have to pay it again.

Student healthcare fee in higher education

You must pay the university student’s health service fee to Kela if you register as an attending student for the whole academic year or only for the autumn or spring term. The health service fee is included in the tuition fee of students liable to pay tuition fees (including students who have received a grant) and they are exempt from having to pay this fee to Kela.

Read more about the payment of the student health service fee on the Kela website.

Your information will be recorded in the Student Register

Register for the academic year as early as possible, since information related to your new study right will only be recorded in the University of Helsinki Student Register after you have done so.

For example, you can only activate your user ID in the University’s information systems and receive a student card after your information has been recorded in the Student Register.

  • It typically takes from a few days to a week for your information to be recorded. If you were admitted to the University of Helsinki through the transfer application procedure, storing your information may take longer since we will contact your prior higher education institution.
  • You will be notified when your information has been recorded by email to the address you provided in your application form.
  • Please contact us at hakijapalvelut@helsinki.fi if you have registered for attendance or non-attendance more than two weeks ago and still have not received a notification about your information having been recorded.
Registering as an attending student

You must pay the University of Helsinki Student Union membership fee (€74.50/academic year) in conjunction with the registration for the academic year. In addition to the membership fee, you may pay the following optional fees: student association (student nation) membership fee (€12.00) and the support payment for development cooperation projects (€5.80).

The University of Helsinki Student Union protects your interests in the academic and wider communities, supports the activities of various organisations, arranges events, and offers discounts and services. Read more about student benefits and discounts on the Student Union website. You will be able to start using your student benefits once your study right comes into force on 1 August 2021.

You can read more about the student nations and development cooperation projects on the Student Union website.

Registering in My Studyinfo

We recommend that you register as an attending student using the My Studyinfo service on the Studyinfo.fi website.

You can register as an attending student in the My Studyinfo service if you have a Finnish personal identity code and Finnish online banking credentials, a Finnish Mobile ID or a Finnish electronic identity card. Once you have logged in to the service, first click on “My applications” and then click “Register for attendance”.

If you cannot use the My Studyinfo service

If you cannot use the My Studyinfo service, follow these instructions:

  1. Pay the Student Union membership fee in a bank or using online banking with the below payment information.
  2. Complete the registration form.
  3. Submit a receipt of a paid membership fee to the University of Helsinki’s Admissions Services following the instructions on the registration form.
Payment information

Recipient: University of Helsinki Student Union

Account number, when paying through a Finnish bank:

  • FI80 1573 3000 0324 57 (Nordea)
  • FI80 8000 1500 0668 82 (Danske Bank)

Account number when paying through an international bank:

  • FI80 1573 3000 0324 57 (Nordea)
  • BIC NDEAFIHH
  • Nordea’s address: Nordea Bank Finland, Aleksanterinkatu 36 B, FIN-00020 Nordea, Finland

The compulsory Student Union membership fee for 2021–2022 is €74.50.

In addition to the membership fee, you can pay optional fees:

  • Student association (student nation) membership fee: €12.00
  • Development cooperation project support payment: €5.80

When paying, use the reference number 28 04990.

If you pay the optional student association (student nation) membership fee, indicate in the message field to which student nation you are making the payment.

Follow these instructions if

  • you were granted the right to pursue a Bachelor’s or Master's degree in English,
  • you are liable to pay the tuition fee, and
  • you do not have a scholarship from the University of Helsinki Scholarship Programme.

For your first academic year, you automatically register as an attending student by paying your tuition fee.

The tuition fee includes Helsinki University Student Union's (HYY) membership fee, and therefore you do not have to provide a membership receipt.

If you are liable to pay a tuition fee and you do not pay it, you will lose the right to study due to the failure to register. To be readmitted, you must pay the tuition fee and the re-enrolment fee.

Information on the tuition fee, payment procedure and due date is included in the material which is sent to all admitted applicants.

If you were accepted conditionally, you will be registered as an attending or non-attending student only after you have fulfilled the conditions required for acceptance.

How to pay the tuition fee:

  • The payment instructions will be sent to you after you have received the acceptance e-mail.
  • Please note that the tuition fee must be paid as a single instalment for the following academic year.
  • Admission services will send you a confirmation message after receiving your tuition fee. Please be patient as the transfer might take a while.

If you have been awarded a scholarship covering your tuition fee from the University of Helsinki Scholarship Programme, you will be registered for your first academic year after you have accepted the study place. 

By accepting the offered study place and scholarship covering your tuition fee, you will be automatically registered as an attending student for the academic year 2020–21.

If you were accepted conditionally, you will be registered as an attending or non-attending student only after you have fulfilled the conditions required for acceptance.

The scholarship covering your tuition fee includes Helsinki University Student Union's (HYY) membership fee, and therefore you do not have to provide a membership receipt.

Registering in the following academic years

You must register as an attending or non-attending student every academic year. The registration period is from the beginning of May to the end of August each year. For more information, please see the instructions for students.

Registering as a non-attending student

You can register for non-attendance for the 2021–2022 academic year only if your non-attendance is based on a statutory reason. If the statutory reason for absence falls only on one of the terms (e.g., your military service or maternal leave starts in January), you may register as non-attending for the entire academic year, if you so wish.

You may change the registration as an attending student for the spring term to registration as a non-attending student during the spring term registration period.

Pursuant to the Universities Act, a first-year student may register as a non-attending student for the academic year only for the reasons listed below and must present one of the documents described below to demonstrate that the non-attendance is based on a statutory reason:

  1. You are performing a service based on the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995).
    • Call-up orders
  2.  You are on maternal, paternal or family leave.
    • Kela’s certificate on the maternal, paternal or family leave period or, if you do not yet have the certificate, a medical certificate of pregnancy
    • Corresponding certificates on statutory family leave provided by authorities in other countries
  3. You are incapable of starting your studies due to an illness or disability.
    • A sickness allowance decision or, if you do not have one, a medical certificate which indicates both what the illness or disability is and that it prevents you from starting your studies on 1 August 2021.
    • Obstacles caused by practical arrangements required by an illness or an injury: an example of sufficient documentation is a statement from a student housing association stating that the student is queuing for an apartment required by their disability. A student’s own statement is not considered sufficient.

Documents providing evidence on the reason for non-attendance must be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.

  1. Complete the registration form.
  2. Submit a document to Admissions Services complying with the instructions on this page demonstrating that your non-attendance is based on a statutory reason.
    • If you prove the reason for your absence with a call-up order, you can send it as an attachment to a normal email message to hakijapalvelut@helsinki.fi. Use the heading “Registration for the academic year: call-up orders”.
    • If you are using some other document to prove the reason for your absence, submit it as an attachment to an encrypted email to University of Helsinki Admissions Services.

If you cannot or do not want to send the certificate entitling you to non-attendance electronically, you can send it by post to the below address (enclose the following completed form with the documents):

University of Helsinki Admissions Services, PO Box 24, 00014 University of Helsinki

When starting your studies later after your non-attendance, you should also submit a certificate about the statutory reason for your absence to Student ServicesBy doing so, you ensure that your non-attendance will not affect the target duration of your degree studies. Registering as a non-attending student due to obstacles caused by an illness or disability affects the target duration of your degree studies.

If you wish to register as an attending student only for the 2021 autumn term or the 2022 spring term and to register as a non-attending student for the other term, please do as follows:

  1. Pay the University of Helsinki’s Student Union membership fee for the 2021 autumn term or the 2022 spring term using the payment information above.
  2. Complete the registration form.
  3. Submit a receipt of payment for the term of attendance to Admissions Services along with the document demonstrating that your non-attendance is based on a statutory reason. Submission instructions are included in the registration form.

Payment information

Recipient: University of Helsinki Student Union

Account number, when paying through a Finnish bank:

  • FI80 1573 3000 0324 57 (Nordea)
  • FI80 8000 1500 0668 82 (Danske Bank)

Account number when paying through an international bank:

  • FI80 1573 3000 0324 57 (Nordea)
  • BIC NDEAFIHH
  • Nordea’s address: Nordea Bank Finland, Aleksanterinkatu 36 B, FIN-00020 Nordea, Finland

Compulsory Student Union membership fee:

  • If you register as an attending student for the autumn term 2021 only, you must pay a membership fee of €53.50.
  • If you register as an attending student for the spring term 2022 only, you must pay a membership fee of €21.00.

In addition to the membership fee, you can pay optional fees:

  • Student association (student nation) membership fee: €12.00
  • Development cooperation project support payment: €5.80

When paying, use the reference number 28 04990.

If you pay the optional student association (student nation) membership fee, indicate in the message field to which student nation you are making the payment.

Information about the Student Union and the student nations

The University of Helsinki Student Union protects your interests in the academic and wider communities, supports the activities of various organisations, arranges events, and offers discounts and services. Read more about student benefits and discounts on the Student Union website.

You will be able to start using your student benefits once your study right comes into force on 1 August 2021.

You can read more about the student nations and development cooperation projects on the Student Union website.