The University of Helsinki is inherently a multilingual and multicultural campus. In our high-quality teaching and research as well as in our day-to-day interaction we use Finnish, Swedish and English.
This brings unique diversity and a set of perspectives that are a part of making our campus special. We are committed to being an inclusive and welcoming campus for all, and to focusing on the needs of an increasingly multicultural campus.
This is, among other things, increasingly reflected in our attention to different language needs. We will launch an action plan for multilingualism and cultural diversity. A range of initiatives and activities for all new students, but especially for new international and exchange students and international researchers, will be implemented. Examples include campaigns like the "Ask me!" campaign as well as training on diversity. .
Our campus is increasingly global and diverse.
In 2019 we had 1,970 international degree students out of 31,572, which is 6,2 % of all students.
In 2019, 575 students went abroad on exchange, while we were able to welcome 1,245 exchange students at the University.
We offer 35 English-language or multilingual master's degrees and 32 doctoral programs.
Out of 8,110 employees, 26 % are international staff members, which means around 2,100 of our employees.
All previous University of Helsinki degree and exchange students as well as staff are our alumni. Alumni are extremely important to our University. Together we can increase the University’s impact, offer even higher quality teaching and conduct increasingly diverse research. Check out all the exciting opportunities and choose your own way to support our community: be a mentor, offer a topic for a master thesis or share your knowledge in courses.
We promote academic freedom and integrity in our campus and beyond.
As part of the Scholars At Risk (SAR) Network, the University of Helsinki is supporting the work of protecting individual scholars and higher education communities from repression of their research publication, teaching and learning.
This is accomplished by placing scholars in jeopardy of persecution in host universities, offering workshops and trainings and by inviting speakers from other universities in the network.
Since 2017, all Finnish SAR member universities, including the University of Helsinki, have formed the Finnish section for Scholars at Risk within the confines of Universities Finland UNIFI.