Open online courses or MOOCs

A MOOC is your gateway to the most interesting contents at a top university. Study according to your schedule!  

The acronym MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course.  Therefore, MOOCs are online courses which are open for everyone without limiting the number of students. 

MOOCs are typically available for a longer period (e.g., one academic term or year). Browse the course catalogue and join the courses flexibly on your own schedule! 


How does artificial intelligence work? What is its role in society? How to address the ethical issues related to AI? 

Our top-rated MOOC online courses will keep you on track with what AI is all about and where to go with it. Check out our current courses and study for free and flexibly on your own schedule! 

  • Elements of AI: Introduction to AI 2 cr  
  • Elements of AI: Building AI 1 cr (Intermediate)
  • Elements of AI: Building AI 1 cr (Advanced)
  • AI in Society: Introduction 1,5 cr
  • AI in Society: AI and Democracy 0,5 cr 
  • AI in Society: AI in Society: AI, Justice and Security 0,5 cr
  • AI in Society: AI and Discrimination 0,5 cr 
  • Ethics of AI 2 cr  

Become familiar with the key features of the Finnish education system, as well as with the current development directions. 



MOOC-courses available in spring and summer 2024

To take a MOOC, start by logging in to the online learning environment of the course. The study fee for the open university will usually only be required if you want credits to be registered for your completed course. More information about study practices is available in the Instructions for Students: MOOCs

How to get started

You usually begin studying a MOOC by logging into the online learning environment. You can find the necessary instructions on the course page of each MOOC.

You can participate in a MOOC free of charge. You will pay the Open University enrollment fee once you wish to have your course completion (credits) recorded in the University of Helsinki’s student information system. Some MOOCs are completely free of charge.

The Instructions for students page has more information on enrollment and study practices.

Looking for something else?  

Browse the full open university course catalogue