Welcome new 2024 Bachelor's students

You are about to start a new exciting phase in your life, the Bachelor's Programme in Science at the University of Helsinki. Begin your journey by reading this welcome page with the greetings from the Rector and the Programme Director, and other useful information for starting your studies in autumn 2024.

The admission results for Bachelor's Programme in Science (Admission group 1) from the application round between 1 Dec 2023 and 3 Jan 2024 have been sent to the applicants to the e-mail address given on their application form. The results can also be found in the My Studyinfo -service. The admission results for Admission group 2 (application round 13–27 March 2024) are sent to the applicants no later than  4 Jul 2024

Greetings from Rector Sari Lindblom

Congratulations! You have made an excellent decision in choosing the University of Helsinki. I’m delighted and honoured to welcome you to our academic community.

In recent years, societies have faced major global crises. Big and rapid change can provide fertile ground for uncertainty and even fear if we do not know the causes of events and are unable to anticipate their consequences. Universities hold a key role in evoking hope with long-term research and expertise that aim to solve global challenges. 

At the University of Helsinki, one of the world’s top 1% research universities, we educate experts for an unknown future. In the Bachelor’s Programme in Science, you get a truly interdisciplinary education based on high-quality research. You learn from world-class scientists at the Kumpula Campus, one of the largest clusters of scientific competence in the Nordic countries. You develop skills in analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, and the capability to understand broad interdisciplinary topics and perceive causalities.

As sustainability expertise is a basic skill for future professionals, we also offer a multidisciplinary sustainability course for all our students.

After completing your BSc degree, you can continue to Master’s programmes at our Faculty of Science or other universities in Finland or abroad.

However, your education should not be limited to book learning. Bildung, one of our four values, guides us on the right path, serves as our moral conscience and cultivates open-mindedness. It is about behaving with human decency and using knowledge for good.  As the only renewable resource entirely in our hands, we should nurture it with determination.

I also want to emphasize the importance to take care of your health and wellbeing. If you feel overwhelmed, ask for help. Support is available for our students.

In addition, I strongly encourage getting involved with our numerous student organisations. Extracurricular activities are an integral part of your study experience providing friends, social networks and boosting competences needed in life: curiosity, social skills and grit.

The University of Helsinki and our community has been a strong force for societal change for over 380 years. Let’s continue to work together for the world – with the power of knowledge. 

Welcome to the University of Helsinki!

Kind regards,

Sari Lindblom
Rector of the University of Helsinki

At the University of Helsinki, we educate experts for an unknown future.
Welcome to our programme

Dear Student,

On behalf of the Board of the Bachelor’s Programme in Science, I am happy to welcome you to our programme at the University of Helsinki! This is an exciting place for a young curious person like yourself to learn more about the different branches of Natural Sciences (Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics and Data Science) before you make a final decision to narrow down your specialisation.

Our programme offers an opportunity to study in English with the high standards of Finnish education. Our courses are highly research-oriented with enthusiastic teachers from around the world.

Academic freedom is of high priority at the University of Helsinki. Almost any course offered at the University is available to our students even when it is not a part of our programme.

Our students are encouraged to work together in groups or in designated classrooms, where they are able to help and support each other.

The board of the programme includes students’ representatives so that the voice of the students is heard immediately.

We take special care that our students are not left on their own but become active builders of their lives with all connections to the students in the same and adjacent BSc degree programmes.

It is important for us that you develop a feeling of being part of the strong academic community at the Kumpula Campus of the University of Helsinki. Our academic mentors will give you advice on how to organise your studies and find your way at the University. You will be able to join computer classes for programming and numerous clubs of interest.

We will always be here for you to give you a hand when needed but encourage you to discover your own world the way you like!

Sincerely yours,

Prof. Flyura Djurabekova
Director of the Bachelor Programme in Science
Professor in Materials in Extreme Environments
Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki

We will always be here for you to give you a hand when needed but encourage you to discover your own world the way you like!
Your first steps as a new student

Start your journey at the University of Helsinki and ensure your student place by taking the following steps:

If you are an international student:

  • Start looking for housing already now!
  • Get health insurance (non-EU/EEA students), a European Health Insurance Card (citizens of EU/EEA) or a UK Global Health Insurance Card (UK Citizens). More information about health insurances.
  • Apply for a residence permit (non-EU/EEA students) as soon as possible. The process can take several months.
  • Attend the online information session for new international students on 23 Apr at 14:0015:00 (UTC+3). A personal invitation will be sent to all admitted non-Finnish students by email. A recording will be available afterwards.
  • Make sure you have adequate funding for the entire period of your studies. Attend the Financing Your Studies -webinar on 7 May at 14:0015:00 (UTC+3). A personal invitation will be sent to all admitted non-Finnish students by email. A recording will be available afterwards. Check also our website for information about cost of living and financial matters
  • Attend Student Life in Helsinki -webinar by the Student Union HYY on 21 May at 14:0015:15 (UTC+3). A personal invitation will be sent to all admitted non-Finnish students by email. The recording will be available afterwards.
  • Complete the Pre-arrival course online for a smooth transition to your studies at UH. 
  • Attend Pre-arrival -webinar on 14 Aug. More information coming soon.
  • Join our Finnish courses for international students:
    • Survival Finnish with three online meetings in August.
  • Moving to Finland with children? Our directory of useful guides and websites on the Studies Service can help you with the information you might need.
Studying in the programme

Visit the Studying -page to find out more about the structure and content of the programme. On the page, you will find:

  • Information about the structure of the programme and the four study tracks: (1) chemistry, (2) computer and data science, (3) mathematics and statistics and (4) physics.
  • An introduction video where our lecturers and students tell about the study fields and themes that are available in the programme, as well as what kind of competence and work opportunities you gain.
  • A webinar recording with our students talking about why they chose to apply to the programme and what they consider to be the best things in their studies.

In the Studies service, you will find practical information for the University of Helsinki students in one place, for example:

  • Bulletins and current topics regarding your studies. Remember to always select your programme in the dropdown menu.
  • Instructions for student, e.g. a section for new degree students and tools to plan your studies.
  • Degree structure where you can explore not only the degree structure, but also content and learning outcomes from the level of the degree programme to individual courses. 
  • Course search where you can filter and look for available courses.
Support when your studies start

Academic freedom is highly valued and a capability to study independently is required at the University of Helsinki. However, you will not be left alone. Many helping hands and events will guide you through the start of your studies.

  • Your student tutor will contact you in August and meet you personally when the orientation activities begin. You can also meet some tutors in the Goin’ Connect app!
  • The orientation activities take place during the week commencing on 26 Aug 2024. They will help you to start your studies and life in Helsinki. You get support with administrative matters and learn more about the university campuses, facilities and studies in your programme. A detailed orientation and tutoring programme will be published later in the summer.
  • During the first week of your studies, the pink ASK ME! -logo will guide you with any questions you have!
  • The Student Union (HYY) organises an event in September to introduce freshers to their activities and student organisations.
  • The Kumpula Student Services gives you guidance and support all year round.
  • According to our students, professors and teachers are easily approachable when you need help or consultation.

International Degree student's journey

Students have lots of services at their disposal from the moment they apply to life after graduation. The International Degree Student's Journey has been designed to help international students understand and navigate the services available to them.

Get to know our students and student life

What do our students think about studying in the Bachelor's Programme in Science? How is student life or housing in Helsinki? 

  • Chat with University of Helsinki students on our platform to get answers to your questions (note that questions related to admissions should be directed to the Admission Services).
  • The blog posts on the chat platform are a great way to get an overview of student life in Helsinki.
  • In the student stories, students from the Bachelor's Programme in Science share their thoughts and insights about the programme.
  • Check out more stories by the University of Helsinki students and alumni to find out about their studies and student life, and how they've gotten support with their aspirations and goals.
Our active community of students

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) advocates students’ interests both at the university and in society. They organise services, benefits and events so that you as a student can focus on the most important part: studying and student life.

Extracurricular opportunities are an important part of your study experience. Over 250 student organisations operating within the Student Union (HYY) opening up a field of opportunities for you.

Integralis is a student organisation for students and by students of the Bachelor's Programme in Science. They promote the interests of the students in the programme and organise events. 

Your campus

As a student in the Bachelor's Programme in Science, the Kumpula campus will be your home base. It is dedicated to research and teaching in the exact natural sciences and one of the largest clusters of scientific competence in the Nordic countries.

You can visit the Kumpula Campus comfortably from your own sofa. The virtual campus tours take you through the campus facilities and some laboratories.

Find out how the staff and students describe the collaborative nature of degree programmes and the atmosphere at the campus:

There are many services and organisations operating at the Kumpula Campus.

One is Helsinki Think Company bringing together students, researchers and people interested in entrepreneurship. They have a workspace at the Kumpula campus and offer free co-working spaces, boot camps, idea accelerator programmes, hackathons, mentoring and a community of like-minded individuals.

Check out other services and organisations that can be found on the Kumpula Campus.

I think we have a lovely, warm, and diverse student community at Kumpula."
University of Helsinki in brief

The oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, the University of Helsinki, has since 1640 played a major role in the development of the Finnish cultural life and welfare state. Today, we seek solutions to problems that affect everyone.

As one of the world's top 1% research universities, we believe that the power of knowledge can change attitudes, people and society – for a better world.

Our core values
For international students

How is the city of Helsinki for students? What's special about studying in Finland and what are the quick facts about the country? What do you need to take into consideration when planning a budget for your studies in Finland? Check out the information for international students on our website.

Contacts and useful links

If you have questions related to the admissions and accepting your student place, please contact the Admission Services.

If you have questions about the content of the Bachelor's Programme in Science, please contact the Director of the Programme Flyura Djurabekova or Kumpula Student services, email kumpula-student(at)helsinki.fi.