Support for Studies

UH's user account for ExpREES students, travel support, communication, registration of courses and graduation
UH's user account for ExpREES students

ExpREES students take REE courses from a ExpREES curriculum. The credits are gathered together in Sisu, the study register system of the coordinating university, the University of Helsinki. ExpREES students need to apply a user account /username on UH's website

You will get a -email, where emails from UH's moodle and Sisu comes. Please, use your -email (read the instructions). You may direct email to another to system (read the instructions).

When the student is graduating from their home university and ExpREES studies are complete, the student will receive a separate certificate for the ExpREES studies in addition to the transcript of studies.

Travel Support

Travelling in Finland

ExpREES covers travelling expenses of students attending REES-courses offered by network universities. The expenses of summer schools or excursions in Finland will not be covered by ExpREES funds.

The expenses will be covered as follows:

  • Travelling from place of residence (or closer) to courses will be covered by actual expences; meaning that if you live in Tampere, but travel to Helsinki from somewhere further than Tampere, ExpREES will compensate for costs of Tampere-Helsinki-Tampere journey, but if you travel from somewhere nearer, the actual cost of the journey will be compensated.
  • ExpREES compensate travel expenses using the cheapest means of transportation in full. If you use your own car, ExpREES will compensate the price of train or bus fare. ExpREES covers 50% of accommodation costs, but 30€/person/night at the most.
  • The budget for calendar year 2023 is 250€/student.
  • The compensation of costs of travel in local transport are a matter of discretion, keeping the distance to university in mind.

The compensation of other than course journeys (for example data gathering for Master's thesis) should be agreed in advance with ExpREES lecturer.

Travelling costs will be paid retrospectively after travel expense form with all the original receipts has been filled, scanned and sent as a single pdf-file to coordinator Hanna Peltonen (hanna.o.peltonen at Do not forget your signature and account number! If you do not have original receipt (for example mobile ticket), send a copy of bank statement, where the cost of travel is itemized.


Send travel receipts immediately after journey or two months after it at the latest. If travelling expenses are delivered later, a signed clearance of the reasons for delay must be included. Late travel expenses cannot be performed without signed clearance. If the course lasts over two months, several travel expense should be made, so that more than two months does not go by from the first journey.

Travelling aborad

If research data gathering or participation in scientific conference require travelling abroad, part of the expenses may be covered from ExpREES funds. This needs to be discussed in advance with the coordinator.

Communication and emailing list ai-verkko

Main communication channels are:

You can find more information about Aleksanteri Insitute on their website. Aleksanteri-institute emailing list is Aleksanteri Institute's official mailing list. By subscribing to aleksanteri-institute, you'll receive the most important news about open calls, events and publications monthly in English. You cannot post your own messages to this list. (Check the instructions for aleksanteri-lista)

Registration of Courses

After you have successfully passed the course that belongs to the ExpREES’s study guide, you will get the credits. In order to get other than University of Helsinki’s courses included in the ExpREES studies, follow Sisu instructions (inclusion).

When you know that you will not be doing any more courses via the ExpREES and you have finalized your thesis, let the coordinator know. Then the latest you will be provided with the transcript of records to include the ExpREES studies to your degree. You will also receive a special certificate of completed unit of ExpREES studies, in case you have been granted at least 25 cr.

Please note, that the studies completed before you were accepted as ExpREES student cannot be included in these 25 cr. They can be included in the certificate only after the 25 cr are gained with new courses.


1. Send information of your ExpREES studies by email to the coordinator at least one month before actual graduation.

2. The ExpREES will then send you a certificate and a transcript of your ExpREES studies. Add this certificate to your graduation application and ask your faculty’s study secretary if a brief statement can be included to your diploma: “Master studies include X cr of the Expertise in Russian and Eastern European Studies".

3. Send to the ExpREES coordinator:

  • One copy of your master’s thesis and its abstract (if your thesis is classified, add the information of its duration)
  • If your master's thesis is available at your university's E-thesis servise (for examle at UH is Helda), please send a link to your thesis.
  • If your email address changes after graduation, tell us your new address so we can contact you also after graduation.

4. Fill the online final evaluation form of ExpREES studies (in Finnish)

5. Join the ExpREES alumni email list.