Guidance for immigrants

simhe kaksi opiskelijaa

 

The University of Helsinki offers guidance for immigrants, who are interested in studying in a Finnish Higher Education Institution. In the University’s guidance services you will get information on how to apply to a Finnish Higher Education Institution. If you have already studied in higher education, we can advise you in continuing or supplementing your studies in Finland. We will help you to identify your chances in the Finnish education system, and to find your own study path.

Contact us by email: simhe@helsinki.fi

Book an appointment here

When you contact us, please tell us about

  • your possible plans and questions
  • your previous studies: what have you studied, have you graduated
  • your language skills (especially English and Finnish/Swedish)
  • have you studied or worked in Finland
  • what do you want to study, and how much (a single course – a whole degree)

 

SIMHE – Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education

 

University of Helsinki is a member of the Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland (SIMHE) network. The network aims to support immigrants in their studies in higher education and in integration. The other higher education institutions in the network are Universities of Turku and Jyväskylä, and Metropolia, Karelia and Oulu Universities of Applied Sciences.

The activities aim at guiding immigrants in questions regarding the Finnish higher education system. In addition to guidance in applying to education, the subjects can be, for example, the processes of recognition of prior learning, and complementary studies. The goal is to speed up the immigrants integration and to facilitate entering a position in the Finnish labour market matching the immigrants professional profile.

 

University of Helsinki SIMHE Customer Register

SIMHE gathers data of their customers to the SIMHE Customer Register with the purpose of customer service and compilation of statistics. Detailed information concerning data gathered from the customers can be found from the SIMHE Customer Register Personal Data File Description. The e-mail address of the customer will solely be used for the purpose of SIMHE customer service.

See here for more information concerning the SIMHE Customer Register Personal Data File

 

Frequently asked questions 

 

1. What are SIMHE guidance services?

The University of Helsinki offers guidance for immigrants who are interested in studying in a Finnish University or University of Applied Science. The University’s guidance services you will give information on how to apply for studies. If you have already studied in higher education, we can advise you in continuing or supplementing your studies in Finland.

2. I have a degree from abroad and I want to work in Finland, what to do?

If you want to work in Finland in an occupation that is regulated (for example teacher, psychologist, nurse or medical doctor), you need to get your degree recognized.

Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH) grants decisions for people working in the field of education, such as teachers.

If you want to work as a teacher in Finland, you need to apply for a decision of your foreign degree. For more information, please see: https://www.oph.fi/english/services/recognition

National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) grants the right to practice as a licensed healthcare professional and the use of the occupational title of a healthcare professional. For more information, please see: https://www.valvira.fi/web/en/healthcare/professional_practice_rights

You can contact the SIMHE Service after you have gotten the recognition decision. We will help you regarding supplement studies!

Full List of regulated professions:

https://www.oph.fi/english/services/recognition/professional_rights_on_the_basis_of_a_foreign_qualification/teachers

Employers assess foreign qualification themselves when recruiting employees if national legislation does not specify qualification requirements for the position. If you have a profession that does not appear in the list of regulated professions, you do not need to ask for recognition of your degree.

3. Language requirements and where to study Finnish?

Studies in Finnish language are available at the Helsinki University’s Language Centre. You can find Finnish language courses here:

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/language-centre/teaching-and-research/finnish-for-foreigners

If you apply for a degree programme in Finnish, you need to prove your Finnish language skills first. Your language skills must be at least on the level B2. On how to prove your level of Finnish, please see the degree programme’s requirements listed here: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/admissions/proving-your-language-skills

4. I am an asylum seeker and I do not have access to official documents from my previous education. How can I apply?

If you are unable to submit all the enclosures usually required for application, or if your enclosures do not meet the country-specific requirements, contact simhe@helsinki.fi. In your message, state your application number and that you are a refugee. Also, explain why you cannot submit all the required documents (for example certified copies, certificate of language proficiency etc.)

5. I want to study individual studies without applying to a degree programme, what options do I have?

You can study courses of most faculties without being a full time student. In the Open University, you can study for your own pleasure, in order to learn new things or study courses in the field of your interest to improve your language skills and vocabulary. Studies in Open University are subject to a fee. See more details about the Open University here: https://courses.helsinki.fi/en/open-university/studies

The Open University offers some courses in English, but most of the courses are only in Finnish. More options are available for degree students. Most faculties can grant a right to pursue their studies as a non-degree student. Non-degree studies are subject to a fee and they will not lead to a degree.

You can see all the available courses for all faculties in Weboodi, a web page where you can see all the courses of University of Helsinki. See: https://weboodi.helsinki.fi/hy/etusivu.html?Kieli=6

More info on non-degree studies, and how to apply to them, please read the following web page: https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/non-degree-studies

As a rule, the right to complete non-degree studies cannot be granted if the studies in question can be completed at the University of Helsinki Open University