In the project courses, you will have a specific focus on working life skills, and you can apply for a traineeship. If you are interested in pursuing a career in research, you can apply to continue your studies as a postgraduate student. Successful completion of postgraduate studies will give you an opportunity to consider an international career in the academic world.
*As of 1 Aug 2023, the programme expands into the Master's Programme in Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies (MAREEES).
The Master's Programme in Russian Studies provides you with in-depth and interdisciplinary knowledge of Russia's past and present for use in your future career. Your acquired Russia-related expertise prepare you for many different career paths. Depending on your field of specialisation, you can find employment in the public sector, education, journalism, business and non-governmental organisations, both nationally and internationally.
Studies are part of your career. At the University of Helsinki, all degrees include career planning. The Career Services at the University of Helsinki, in cooperation with degree programmes, supports the growth of your expert identity as part of your studies and with separate services.
From the start of your studies until one year after the completion of your degree, the Career Services supports your career path.
Are you an international student and would like to build a career in Finland? Do you want to build professional networks during your studies and get valuable insight into Finnish working life? Then you should apply for the HelsinkiUNI International Talent Programme (HITP).
HITP is a group mentoring programme where Finnish companies and international students are brought together to share ideas and to learn from each other.
Successful applicants are placed in a group and assigned a mentor from a Finnish company or organisation. When applying you can choose which of the participating companies interest you the most.
You will receive support in growing your network among both professionals and fellow students. During the programme, your group will meet 4–5 times. Themes for the meet-ups include a company introduction and an overview of current competency requirements in that specific field. You will also get to present your own skills to the company.
When the HITP has been completed, the goal is that cooperation can continue between the student and the company if both parties wish to do so.
Although it is easy for international students to get by with English in the Helsinki region, learning Finnish will significantly improve your career options after graduation.
The University of Helsinki offers free Finnish language courses for enrolled international degree students. The beginners and intermediate level courses are not only a way to learn the language, but you also learn more about Finnish culture and get to network with other international students across the fields.
Information about the Finnish courses for international students in the Instructions for students.
The process of writing your Master's thesis also develops the basic skills required for conducting research. If you are interested in pursuing a career in research, you can continue your studies as a postgraduate student after completing your Master of Arts degree. You can apply to one of the Doctoral Programmes at the University of Helsinki or other universities in Finland or abroad. Successful completion of postgraduate studies will provide you with an opportunity to consider an international career in the academic world.
After graduation, the world is wide open and full of possibilities. How can you venture forward to make the career path you want? What kind of work would you like to do? What kind of life should you lead? The Helsinki alumni community is there to support you as you transition from the University to the world of work.
All previous University of Helsinki degree and exchange students, as well as staff, are our alumni. As a member of the University of Helsinki alumni network, Finland’s largest network of experts, you get valuable support, knowledge and contacts for your working life.