Welcome New Bachelor's students 2022
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 Rector's greetings and other useful information for starting your studies in autumn 2022.

The admission results for Bachelor's Programme in Science (Admission group 1) from the application round between 1 Dec 2021 and 5 Jan 2022 and (Admission group 2) from the application round 16–30 March 2022 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.

Greetings from Rector Sari Lindblom

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

The past years have shown the significance of research-based knowledge and universities in solving global crises. At the University of Helsinki, one of the world’s top 1% research universities, our aim is that you also gain skills and courage that contribute to finding sustainable solutions for global challenges.

In the Bachelor’s Programme in Science, you get a truly interdisciplinary education. You learn from world-class scientists at the Kumpula Campus, the largest cluster of scientific competence in the Nordic countries. 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 most important values, also comprises mental maturity, open-mindedness and empathy. Bildung is about behaving with human decency.

In addition, it is important to take care of your health and wellbeing. Ask for help whenever you feel overwhelmed. Support is available for students. I also strongly encourage getting involved with our numerous student organisations. Extracurricular activities are an integral part of your study experience providing social networks and boosting competences needed in life: curiosity, social skills, grit and resilience.

The University of Helsinki and our community have been building the future and changing the world for more than 382 years – let’s continue to do so together!

Welcome to the University of Helsinki!

Kind regards,

Sari Lindblom
Rector of the University of Helsinki

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 and Chemistry) 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

Your first steps as 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:

If you deferred your admission in 2021 and wish to begin your studies in 2022:

Get prepared for your studies

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 overview of the ten (10) Master's Programmes in which you have an opportunity to continue after completing your BSc degree. 
  • 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:

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 directly with our students to get answers to your questions (but please note that for questions related to the admissions you should contact the Admission Services):

The blog posts on the chat platform are also a great way to get an overview of student life in Helsinki.

In the student stories, some of our students share their thoughts and insights about the programme.

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. Find out more about benefits and services for students at the University of Helsinki.

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

Integralis ry is an organisation for the students in the Bachelor's Programme in Science. Visit @integralisry on Facebook or Instagram.

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.
  • The orientation activities take place during the week commencing on 29 Aug 2022. 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 programme for orientation and tutoring 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 student ambassadors organise events and meetups open for everyone. To keep updated, follow the UH International Student Ambassadors Facebook page.
  • The Kumpula Student Services give you guidance and support all year round.
  • According to our students, professors and teachers are easily approachable when you need help or consultation.
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.

Helsinki Think Company brings together students, researchers and people interested in entrepreneurship. They also 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.

Find out more about the services and organisations operating at the Kumpula Campus.

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.

Check out the University of Helsinki in numbers and find out more about university rankings.

Experience Helsinki

Helsinki, the seaside capital of Finland, is a compact and safe city. Urban culture, green parks, beautiful islands and wild nature are all at your doorstep. The city is renowned for offering a high quality of life, clean air, a modern public transport system and great infrastructure with a high degree of social trust. Everything simply works.

  • 654 000 inhabitants, 1.5 million in the metropolitan area
  • 70 000 university students, about 8 000 of these international students
  • 15% of the population speak a mother tongue other than Finnish, Swedish or Sami
  • Air quality is good or satisfactory 95% of the time
  • 1/3 of the city consists of green space, the gorgeous archipelago consists of almost 330 islands
  • 1200 kilometres of cycling tracks, 818 indoor sports facilities, 216 km jogging tracks and footpaths, 172 outdoor ice rinks, 25 official beaches, 16 swimming halls, 14 winter swimming places.

 

Finland in 100 seconds

Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. It has been an independent state since 6 December 1917.

  • Population: 5.5 million
  • Area: 338,440 km², the 8th largest country in Europe
  • Currency: Euro
  • Form of government: Republic, parliamentary democracy. Member of United Nations since 1955 and European Union since 1995. 

Finland is:

  • the country with the best-performing graduates in Europe.
  • in the top 5 when it comes to press freedom in the world.
  • the world’s second best country for girls.
  • at the top worldwide when it comes to primary education. 
  • the country with the most forests in Europe.

Watch the story of Finland in 100 seconds through the eyes of six different generations.

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.