Exchange studies

Are you considering a student exchange at the University of Helsinki or have you already been nominated by your home university? University of Helsinki takes part in several exchange programmes like Erasmus, Nordplus, ISEP, EuroScholars and North2North. Each year we welcome about 1000 exchange students from our partner universities! It is also possible to apply for a visiting student status if your home university does not have a valid agreement with UH.

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently working on the application instructions and although the content does not change, the information may be presented in a different format February 1st 2019 onwards. 

If you are interested in student exchange at the University of Helsinki, you should start by contacting the International Office at your home university. 

You can apply to the University of Helsinki as an exchange student if there is a valid student exchange agreement between your home university and the University of Helsinki, and you have been nominated by your home university. We welcome all students and we also offer services for disabled students.

Information about other study options can be found here.

After your Home University has nominated you for student exchange at UH, you can follow the instructions below.  

Annual application periods are:

For the academic year or autumn semester

  • March 15 - April 15: citizens of non-EU/EEA-member states
  • March 15 - May 15: citizens of EU/EEA-member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

For the spring semester

  • August 15 - September 30: citizens of non-EU/EEA-member states
  • August 15 - October 15: citizens of EU/EEA-member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

Please note that late applications will not be considered!

Exchange duration:

2018 - 2019

  • Autumn semester: August 28 - December 21, 2018
  • Spring semester: January 9 - May 31, 2019
  • Academic year: August 28, 2018 - May 31, 2019

The academic calendar of the University of Helsinki can be found here. Please note that incoming exchange students do not take part in the intensive period before orientation. 

During application process you will complete an online application on the Mobility Online application system. You find the instructions for applying and a link to the Mobility Online portal in the Application Instructions


The University of Helsinki requires language skills in English, Finnish or Swedish that correspond to Level B2 on the CEFR scale. Read more

A physical or psychological illness, difficulty or disability does not necessarily prevent you from reaching your study-related goals and dreams. Read more about special arrangements, intended to support your studies in the Instructions for Studies

The Faculties at the University of Helsinki consider every application individually and make the admission decision on the basis of the fully completed application form and enclosures. If you meet the requirements set by the University of Helsinki, your host faculty at UH will send you a confirmation of acceptance by e-mail. Please note that "Formally checked" on Mobility Online does not yet mean that you application has been accepted by the faculty.

Acceptance information is available about 6 weeks after the application deadline. 

Please note that during the time when applications are processed, it is not possible to answer individual questions concerning the status of your application. You can follow up the proceedings via your Mobility Online account.

NB! In addition to the host Faculty's acceptance e-mail, university bilateral exchange students, faculty and unit bilateral exchange students and ISEP, AEN, MAUI and North2North exchange students (not Erasmus SMS, Nordplus/Nordlys) will also receive an official, scanned acceptance certificate from the International Exchange Services. This certificate is sent directly to the student and his/her home university's exchange coordinator, and it is needed for the residence permit application.

Information for accepted students is available on For New Students.

During your stay at the university of Helsinki you can look for information related to studying in the Instructions for students

In the aforementioned instructions you can find e.g. important information for incoming exchange students in the instructions for new students about to start their degree/exchange/visiting studies at the University of Helsinki. 

If you are interested in doing an internship at the University of Helsinki, please see the section Other Study options. In case you wish to work on your thesis, please read more under Learning Agreement in our application instructions.

Information for our current partner universities and to universities interested in cooperation can be found on our Mobility Partners site.