INFORMATION FOR IMMIGRANTS
The University of Helsinki advice service provides information on how to apply to a Finnish higher education institution. If you have previously studied at a higher education institution, we can advise you on continuing or supplementing your studies. We also offer preparatory training for higher education studies as well as qualification training in various fields.
Higher education advice for immigrants

The University of Helsinki provides advice to immigrants interested in studying at a Finnish higher education institution. The University’s advice service provides information on how to apply to a Finnish higher education institution. If you have previously studied at a higher education institution, we can advise you on continuing or supplementing your studies. We can help you explore your opportunities in the Finnish education system.

Preparatory training for higher education studies

Training in academic skills (AKVA)

Training in academic skills (AKVA training) is for immigrants who wish to study at a university or a university of applied sciences. The training enhances the students’ academic skills and proficiency in Finnish and acquaints them with higher education studies. Students at Finnish higher education institutions need good Finnish and English skills as well as the ability to study independently. AKVA training develops precisely these skills. The training also helps you find the studies suitable to you and includes personal and group guidance. All teaching is based on the concept of linguistic awareness, which means that the students practise their Finnish skills continuously. The training is free of charge. AKVA training is coordinated by the University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+. The next AKVA training programme will begin in autumn 2021. You can apply for the training in spring 2021. Detailed application dates and instructions will be posted on this page as soon as they are confirmed.

Open-enrolment Finnish courses

The Open University offers open-enrolment Finnish courses subject to a fee. You do not need to be enrolled as a student at the University of Helsinki to take the courses.

Introductory courses to university studies

Our introductory courses, worth one or two credits, acquaint you with university-level studies in a discipline you are interested in. The teaching is provided online, enabling students to attend flexibly.

 

Job interviews by completing free computer science courses

We offer flexible, 10-30 ECTS credit course packages of university-level courses that are meant to update your skills on various computer science and engineering topics.

Completing certain course packages will grant you a job interview at one of our partnering ICT companies. At the moment, Full Stack Open has the promise of a job interview for three partnering companies for everyone who completes the course and the project work with maximum credits (12 + 10 ECTS). For more information, see the course website and the interview promise. New collaborations will be revealed in the future!

 

Qualification training

Get qualified and get a job – Study paths in the education sector

This training enables early childhood education teachers, class teachers and subject teachers in general education who have completed an education degree outside Finland to obtain the qualifications required in Finland. Another aim is to enhance the students’ language skills so that they can take the level 4 or 5 test of the national certificate of language proficiency (YKI) during the training.

The training is intended for those who have completed a degree for early childhood education teachers, class teachers or subject teachers in general education outside Finland and wish to qualify as teachers in Finland. Both employed and unemployed individuals can complete the training. Up to 20 students are admitted to the training in accordance with the University’s criteria.

The training is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, and the teaching is free of charge to the students. The students must pay their own travel costs. The training is organised by the University of Helsinki and its Centre for Continuing Education HY+.

Further information on qualifying for the Finnish job market

If you have completed a degree outside Finland, you may need a decision on the recognition of your degree to be able to work or study in Finland. In most cases, the relevant employer, school or higher education institution assesses the qualifications and skills provided by your previous degree. If you have qualified outside Finland for a profession which in Finland is subject to specific regulations and you wish to qualify for the profession in Finland, you need a decision on the recognition of your degree from the Finnish National Agency for Education or other relevant authorities.