After admission to STEP studies
If you are offered a study place in the STEP Programme on 16 June 2022, here is what you have to do before you can start your studies in 2022. Read and follow the instructions carefully.
Practical information

Accepting the offered study place

Accept the student place offered to you in the STEP Programme on 30 June 2022 at 3 the latest or you will lose the offered place. Let us also know if you do not wish to accept the offered student place.

If you a degree student at the University of Helsinki (taking a Bachelor degree) you do not have to accept the study place. Your study right will automatically be added to you in the SISU system.

If you have a Finnish personal identity code, accept the offer of admission using the MyStudyinfo service. If you do not have access to the required methods of identification to use the MyStudyinfo service, contact Admissions Services immediately.

If you do not have a Finnish personal identity code, the service will send you an email with a link to a page where you can indicate whether you wish to accept the offered place. You will receive this email within 24 hours of the announcement of admissions results.

Showing original documents

You do not have to show your original documents when applying to the Programme. The unofficial copies of documents are sufficient for our purposes for the application. However, the Admission Services checks the original or officially certified documents of all the applicants who are accepted to study in the Programme. You must be able to produce the required original documents by 30 June 2022 as requested by the Admission Services. If you fail to do so you will lose the offered study place.

Instructions on how to activate a new account

If you a new non-degree student, in order to use the IT services available at the University of Helsinki, you must first activate your user account. This can be done after your registration is completed in the Student Registration System SISU. You should be able to active your account the firs week of August at the latest.

This is the information and support page of the IT Department on activiting your account.

Starting your studies

The Faculty of Educational Sciences STEP pages help you further and give more detailed information on your studies.

Registering as a non-attending student

You can register for non-attendance for the 2022 - 2023 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.

In cases above, please contact the before 1 August 2021, or after that date,