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. 


All University of Helsinki MOOC courses
How to get started
  • Start by checking the timetables and other instructions on the course's own course page.
  • As a rule, you do not have to register in advance for MOOC (massive open online course) courses – the studies commence simply by registering in the online learning environment.
  • MOOC (massive open online course) courses usually do not require prior enrolment, but start by logging into the course's online learning environment.
  • Participation in MOOCs is free of charge. However, if you want to enter the completed course (credits) in University of Helsinki’s student information system, you must register for the course after completing it and pay the course fee. Some MOOCs are completely free of charge also in terms of credit registration.
  • University of Helsinki user accounts are not opened for MOOC students, since you do not need a user account to study a MOOC course.
  • Check out our Instructions for Students for more information on the practices of web-based studies.
Looking for something else?  

Browse the full open university course catalogue