HelsinkiUNI International Talent

HelsinkiUNI International Talent Programme (HITP) is a six month mentoring programme where companies and international students get to know each other. The programme enables students to build important networks to the Finnish labour market, bringing with them the latest knowledge. For companies it is a great way for a company to try internationalization and to create a positive employer brand.


The role of companies in the HelsinkiUNI International Talent programme:

  • The company gets to choose students to its mentoring group. The size of the group is 5-8 students.
  • The company representative participates in the kick-off and closing events.
  • The company commits to organizing 3 -5 meet-ups during the programme. Themes for the meet-ups can include a company presentation, the latest trends in the field and current competency requirements. Getting to know the students and discovering their potential is an important theme.
  • When the programme is finished, companies are very welcome but not obliged to continue cooperating with the students.

The planned schedule for the programme is described below. Of course, we will follow the coronavirus situation and this may lead to changes in the plan.

  • May- August: Registration for companies is open until September. Companies choose which degree programmes they are interested in when enrolling. It is advisable to have an open mind in the selection, as students can be selected from several degree programmes.
  • September: Student marketing begins. Students choose which company group they want to participate in. Students can choose one of the companies that have expressed interest in one’s own degree programme.
  • October: Career Services provides the company with a list of students who have applied for the company group. The company will make the final choice.
  • December: The programme starts with a joint Kick-off event.
  • January - May: Students and company representatives meet 3-5 times on company’s premises.
  • May: The programme ends with a joint closing session.

The programme is intended for all companies and organisations operating in Finland.

The registration for companies for the season 2021 - 2020 begins later in Spring 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Career Services:

Students in the following Master's Degree Programmes may apply for the HelsinkiUNI International Talent Programme in season 2020 - 2021 (the Degree Programmes for the season 2021 - 2022 will be published later in Spring 2021). Students can be selected from one or more degree programmes for the group copany wish to mentor.

  • Russian Studies
  • Intercultural Encounters
  • European and Nordic Studies
  • Global Politics and Communication
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • Contemporary Societies
  • Changing Education
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Translational Medicine
  • Suomen kieli ja kulttuuri (kansainvälisille opiskelijoille)

You can find out more about the degree programmes and the skills they produce below.

The Master's Programme in Russian Studies gives tools to understand diverse social, political, and cultural phenomena and processes, and to identify their importance for Russia and the world at large. In the curriculum can be found themes such as

  • Security and Power
  • Environment and Climate
  • Culture and Identity.

In addition to academic courses there are project courses focusing on strengthening students' professional skills such as critical thinking, knowledge production, and project work. An understanding of Russia is needed in many areas of society. Read more about the Master's Programme in Russian Studies.

The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters is a genuinely interdisciplinary programme where students can grow their expertise in cultural understanding. The programme provides insight into the diversified world from different perspectives such as

  • Religion and Conflicts
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Knowledge and Decolonisation
  • Transnationalism.

Students will be able to act and grow in multidisciplinary and multicultural groups and deal with issues of intercultural interaction, diversity, internationalisation, media and power. Read more about the Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters.

Understanding Europe today requires much more than understanding the process of European integration. The tensions, challenges and possibilities that are manifesting themselves today have their roots in a longer political, social and cultural history.

In the Master's Programme in European and Nordic Studies (ENS), students are taken back to these roots and gain a profound understanding of Europe in all of its historical, political and cultural diversity. It is also a unique programme in the Nordic countries where you can specialise in Nordic Studies in English.

There are two study tracks. Students are either

  • specializing in the Nordic countries, Eastern and Central Europe, or legal history or
  • specializing in EU studies, politics and history, migration and minorities, or politics and communication in Europe.

Read more about Mas­ter's Pro­gramme in European and Nordic Stud­ies.

The Master's Programme in Global Politics and Communication is an interdisciplinary and innovative Master’s degree programme that addresses the key challenges of globalisation from the perspective of media and communication studies, organisation research and global political economy. Students specialize in one of the following tracks

  • Governance, Organisations and Communication
  • Media and Democracy 
  • Global Political Economy.

The programme emphasises developing your critical thinking, a necessary skill in many careers. Read more about the Master's Programme in Global Politics and Communication

The Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning (USP) prepares students to excel as professionals capable of understanding and addressing complex urban development challenges. USP is a joint programme between the University of Helsinki and Aalto University.

There are three study tracks in the Master’s programme:

  • Urban planning and Design
  • Urban Life, Economy and Cultures 
  • Urban Ecologies and Systems.

Urban challenge themes are explored theoretically through perspectives from the different areas and are addressed practically through experiential learning within specific cases, sites or initiatives. Read more about the Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning.

As societies become increasingly diverse, change rapidly, and are confronted with inequalities, there is a growing need for professionals trained in the analysis of these dynamics. Master's Programme in Contemporary Societies focuses on the key themes in the dynamics of contemporary societies both in a European and a global context.

The following thematic pathways are available for students:

  • Ethnic Relations and Migration: Sociology and Social Psychology
  • Mind and Society: Sociology and Social Psychology  
  • Socio-Cultural Shifts: Social and Cultural Anthropology; Development Studies
  • Sources of Inequalities: Social and Public Policy, Sociology and Development Studies.

The teaching in the programme is organised so that you can acquire expertise and skills relevant for working life as well as qualifications for doctoral studies. Read more about the Master’s programme in Contemporary Societies.

Master’s Programme in Changing Education gives an understanding of education as a dynamic and transformable construct from the individual neural level to global policies. Studies are theory-driven, science-based and hands-on and you gain the knowledge and skills to analyse, develop and influence the practices and structures of education systems, institutions, teaching and pedagogical issue. The programme is structured around three topic areas:

  • Education, society and culture
  • Educational psychology and neuroscience 
  • Pedagogy, educational institutions and research-based teacher education.

Students will be able to work on education-related issues as a well-qualified professional within administration, development, research and training. Read more about the Master’s Programme in Changing Education.

Master’s Programme in Computer Science gives tools to create new network solutions, build the future digital society, develop secure digital services, or be involved in a ground-breaking international software project. The study tracks in the Master’s Programme for Computer Science are:

  • Algorithms
  • Networks
  • Software.

Students gain lasting professional skills for specialist, design, or managerial posts in the corporate world, or for research and doctoral education, since the Master’s programme in computer science gives you the aptitude for both independent working and multidisciplinary teamwork. Read more about the Master’s Programme in Computer Science.

Data science combines computer science and statistics to solve exciting data-intensive problems in industry and many fields of science. In the interdisciplinary Master's Programme in Data Science, students are trained to work in data-intensive areas of industry and science, with the skills and knowledge needed to construct solutions to complex data analysis problems. For example students will be able to:

  • Understand the general computational and probabilistic principles underlying modern machine learning and data mining algorithms
  • Assess the suitability of each method for the purpose of data collection and use
  • Implement state-of-the-art machine learning solutions efficiently using high-performance computing platform.

Especially in applied data science, also problem-based learning methods are used, so that students can address real-world issues. Read more about the Master's Programme in Data Science.

Translational medicine aims to facilitate new therapies and medical procedures by implementing research findings in patient care, and by applying clinical data in research. This requires understanding of both science and medicine. The Master's Programme in Translational medicine has five study tracks, of which students may choose their preference during the first study year:

  • cancer
  • regenerative medicine
  • metabolic disorders
  • neuroscience and psychobiology
  • cross-disciplinary translational medicine.

The students have ample opportunities for direct interactions with both researchers and clinicians to adopt and practice interdisciplinary communication skills. Read more about the Master's Programme in Translational Medicine.

International students studying in the Bachelor's program in Finnish languages ​​and literature and in the Master's program in Finnish language and Finno-Ugric languages ​​and cultures can apply for the program.

More information in Finnish.

Want to learn more? Please contact: 

University of Helsinki,  Career Services
Project Specialist, Anna Storgårds
mobile: 050 4154595