Applicants may be granted the right to pursue non-degree studies if they have completed an academic degree by the deadline for applications. The degree may be a Finnish university degree or a degree completed at a university abroad which the Finnish National Agency for Education has recognised as comparable to a Finnish university degree. An exception to the above is the discipline of Romani and Roma culture, for which applications are accepted from applicants with an upper secondary qualification.
The right to pursue non-degree studies cannot be granted to applicants enrolled as degree students at any Finnish university at the time when they must inform the University of Helsinki of their acceptance of the right to pursue non-degree studies (see Scope and duration of the right to study, fees to be collected and acceptance of the student place).
University of Helsinki degree students graduating during the spring term of 2023 may apply for the right to pursue non-degree studies, but their degree must be completed before the right to pursue non-degree studies begins (see Scope and duration of the right to study, fees to be collected and acceptance of the student place).
Degree students from other Finnish universities can apply for the right to pursue studies at the Faculty of Arts under the JOO Flexible Study Right Scheme. The right to complete non-degree studies cannot be granted even in the case that the applicant’s home university does not support the JOO application.
In 2023, the right to pursue non-degree studies can be granted for studies which provide teaching qualifications in a school subject to be taught (teacher application). In addition, the Romani language and Roma culture are open to applicants for non-degree studies (basic application). Study rights are granted only for modules or courses of a minimum scope. For each application, the applicant may be granted the right to complete up to 100 credits.
For more information on the Faculty’s teaching subjects and related studies, please see Instructions for Students, Studies in the Teaching Subject for Subject Teachers.
Basic studies are the same for everyone. The modules of basic studies, including descriptions, can be found in Instructions for Students, Structure and Scope of the Degree Programme.
For Intermediate Studies, please see a separate table (pdf, in Finnish).
The scope of Intermediate Studies is lower for non-degree students (Subject Teacher, second teaching subject) than for students completing a degree, so the Intermediate Studies in Structure and Scope of the Degree Programme are not applicable.
For more information on courses, type the code (e.g. FILK-E213, see separate table above) in the search field of the study information system called Sisu.
However, the application process for non-degree studies does not include modules and related courses offered by the University of Helsinki Open University during the academic year (inculding summer teaching) in the Helsinki region or as web-based studies. Typically, such modules and courses include basic studies in the following disciplines representing school subjects to be taught: philosophy, history, Swedish as a second national language and Finnish language and literature. Also, basic studies in Romani and Roma culture are typically available at the Open University. The right to complete basic studies or related courses in the above-mentioned disciplines cannot be applied for through the application process for non-degree studies. If another discipline is added to the teaching programme of the University of Helsinki Open University before the curriculum is confirmed in May, the right to complete non-degree studies in that discipline cannot be granted even if applications for it have been accepted. Even in the case that Open University studies are unsuitable for some reason for the applicant, the applicant cannot be granted the right to pursue the above-mentioned studies as a non-degree student. If you are missing individual study units that you need to complete in order to apply for an equivalency certificate for studies required of a subject teacher, you may be granted a non-degree study right, even if the same study units are also offered at the Open University. You must submit a teacher application for non-degree studies and the study units in question have to be specified in advance (e.g. in an equivalency statement).
In addition, the application process for non-degree studies does not include advanced studies (60 cr) in any discipline representing school subjects to be taught or the studies in speech communication (10 cr) required to qualify as a native language and literature teacher. Teaching in speech communication is offered every academic year at the University of Helsinki Open University. The application process does also not include studies that cannot be completed during the first academic year (e.g. studies in language subjects that are taught every second year).
Applicants cannot be granted the right to complete studies that are essentially equivalent to those previously completed, unless these studies have expired or will expire in the next academic year. When deciding on the expiry of studies, applicants are treated in the same way as students admitted in or after 2023 to complete a degree in the Faculty of Arts. Information on expiry of studies can be found on the web site Instructions for Students. Studies in teaching subjects do not expire from the point of view of subject teacher qualifications even though they would not be valid according to the degree requirements at the UH.
Applicants must have the required knowledge and skills to complete the studies applied for. For example, sufficient language proficiency is required for language studies. The prerequisite knowledge and skills can be assessed on the basis of previous studies or a test.
A test is typically required in those language disciplines where studies do not begin at the elementary level. The test ensures that applicants have the language skills needed to complete the studies. The decision on whether to administer a test cannot be made before the closing date for applications because this decision requires information on all applicants. The test is arranged in connection to the language level test. Applicants will be separately informed if a test will be required. NB. If more applicants than can be admitted apply for a discipline, the test can also serve as an elimination test.
Course-specific prerequisites have been defined in discipline-specific degree requirements (“previous studies”). Applicants may be granted the right to complete a single course as non-degree studies if no previous studies are required for the course or the applicant has completed the required studies, or if the applicant can likely demonstrate by 31 August 2023 that he or she has completed the required studies or the applicant is applying for the right to complete the required studies in the same application process.
As a rule, there are no prerequisites for basic studies. The right to complete an intermediate study module can be granted if the applicant has completed the preceding module (basic studies), or the applicant can likely demonstrate by 31 August 2023 that he or she has completed the preceding module, or the applicant is applying for the right to complete the preceding module or the courses missing from it in the same application process.
At the Faculty of Arts, the language of study in basic and intermediate studies is, as a rule, either Finnish or Swedish.
Applicants must demonstrate that they are proficient in one of these languages. Typically, applicants have completed an academic degree in Finnish or Swedish, in which case they can demonstrate language skills with their degree diploma.
The different ways that applicants can demonstrate their language proficiency has been decided on in Rector’s Decision No HY/9199/00.00.06.00/2022. If you have not completed an academic degree in Finnish or Swedish, you can find information on how to demonstrate your language proficiency here (in Finnish) and here (in Swedish). Proof of language proficiency can be demonstrated only as specified in the Rector’s Decision. Language proficiency must be demonstrated by 31 August 2023.
The exception, however, are courses in language disciplines completed entirely in the language in question. In such cases, applicants can apply for the right to complete individual courses by demonstrating that they are proficient in the language in question. The language skills needed to complete a course are assessed on the basis of documents submitted by the applicant at the application stage.
Applications can be submitted from 8 March to 22 March 2023, at 15.00 (local Helsinki time), using the following two electronic application forms. Please contact Metsätalo Student Services if you have questions regarding the accessibility of the application forms.
The application forms will be available from 8 March at 00.01 to 22 March 2023 at 15.00 (local Helsinki time). Submit your application in good time!
Enclosures to the application must also be submitted within the application period. The application enclosures should primarily be submitted electronically as attachments to the electronic application form (saved or scanned as a PDF file). Exeptionally the enclosures may be sent to the Metsätalo Student Serives either per e-mail or as hard copies ; if you send the enclosures by post, please mark the envelope with the Finnish words “Erilliset opinnot, humanistinen tiedekunta” (non-degree studies).
Each applicant can submit up to three applications. Each application can be used to apply for a single discipline. If applying for several disciplines, you must complete a separate application for each.
The right to complete non-degree studies can be applied for by submitting a basic application or a teacher application.
The teacher application can be used to apply for the right to complete the basic and intermediate study modules in a discipline representing a school subject to be taught. Applicants can apply for the right to complete an entire module or incomplete parts of a module. Applicants granted the right to pursue non-degree studies will be notified of the studies that they must complete to obtain the qualification. If the applicant has an old equivalency statement, the studies might change from those specified in the statement.
The disciplines equivalent to school subjects at the Faculty of Arts are ethics, English, Spanish, philosophy, Finnish as the second national language, history, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Latin, Swedish language and literature for native Swedish speakers, minority religions (Islam), Portuguese, French, Swedish, German, Russian, Estonian, and native language and literature/Finnish as a second language. For detailed information about the Faculty’s disciplines representing school subjects and related studies, please see here.
NB. Studies in the subject of Evangelical Lutheran religion and Catholic Religion must be completed in the Faculty of Theology, whereas studies in the subject of social studies must be completed in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Studies in Muslim religion can also be completed in the Faculty of Theology.
The right to complete non-degree studies can be granted to those who submit a teacher application in the following two cases:
The studies mentioned under item 2 above include the following:
The basic application can be used to apply for the right to complete one or more courses and/or modules in Romani and Roma culture. The modules and/or courses must be identified in the application.
Applications must be accompanied by the documents specified on the application form or instructions. The official who processes applications may also request the submission of particular documents.
Typically, applicants must submit a copy of their degree diploma together with any appendices and supplements as well as a transcript of studies. Other possible enclosures include a language certificate, an equivalency certificate or statement on studies required for teacher qualifications, a certificate of the expiry of the right to study, and a statement on the estimated date of completion of incomplete studies (if such studies are a prerequisite for the studies applied for).
No enclosures need be submitted for studies and degrees that have been completed at the University of Helsinki. Such studies and degrees will be verified directly from the student register. NB. Copies of equivalency statements issued by the Faculty of Arts must be submitted when studies specified in the statement are being applied for.
When submitting enclosures, please ensure that your transcript of studies contains all pages and that the copy of your degree diploma contains all appendices and supplements (all pages).
The copies need not be certified. If necessary, the Faculty will ask the applicant to present the original document. If an applicant provides incomplete or inaccurate information, his or her study right may be revoked.
NB. Only the requested enclosures should be submitted with the application. Applicants should not submit any other unrequested documents, such as a letter of justification, letter of motivation, employer’s statement or recommendation, testimonials, CVs or language course diplomas for other languages than Finnish or Swedish. These will receive no consideration when deciding whether to grant the right to pursue non-degree studies.
The dean of the Faculty decides on granting the right to complete non-degree studies after consulting the relevant degree programme.
Applicants will be notified of the decision by email as soon as it has been made, most likely at the beginning of May 2023. If your email address changes after the closing date for applications, please notify the Metsätalo Student Services.
The decision to grant the right to study depends not only on the resources of each degree programme, but also on the number of applicants for specific studies.
If all teacher applications cannot be accepted, priority will be given to applicants who need to complete the least amount of studies to qualify in their school subject to be taught. If a discipline’s teaching resources also permit the admission of applicants who wish to complete entire modules, such applicants can be ranked based on their performance in the test mentioned earlier or in their previous studies.
NB. Applications for studies providing qualifications as a native language and literature teacher of Finnish will focus on studies in the Finnish language and literature, not the qualification as a whole.
If all basic applications cannot be accepted, the applications will be subject to a lottery system.
The Faculty may also grant conditional rights to complete non-degree studies or grant rights to complete only some of the studies applied for. In the former case, the right to study will take effect only if the specified conditions are met by the set deadline. Common conditions include a receipt of payment for the study right fee or a certificate of the completion of previous studies.
Applicants can be placed on a reserve list.
Students pursuing non-degree studies may complete only those studies for which the right was granted. They are not enrolled at the University of Helsinki as degree students and do not have the right to complete a degree at the University.
Being granted the right to complete a specific course (or module) as non-degree studies does not guarantee that this course (or module) will be taught before the right expires. If the course cannot be completed by attending teaching, it can typically be completed as a book examination or an essay. The teaching schedule for the 2023 autumn semester will be published by the end of June and the schedule for the spring semester will be published by the end of September.
The right to study is free of charge if it applies to studies which the applicant needs to qualify as a subject teacher and if the applicant has completed studies in education for teachers by the closing date for applications or holds the right to complete such studies at a Finnish university on the closing date for applications.
Otherwise, a fee will be collected. According to the rector’s decision, a fee of €15 per credit will be collected for non-degree studies.
Applicants who are granted the right to pursue non-degree studies must inform the Faculty by 31 May 2023 of their acceptance of this right. If they fail to inform the Faculty, their study right will be revoked. Applicants who fail to inform the Faculty of their acceptance or applicants who inform the Faculty that they do not wish to pursue the studies applied for can be replaced by applicants from the reserve list. Acceptance from the reserve list will end at the latest 1 June 2023. Applicants accepted from the reserve list must inform the Faculty of their acceptance of this right by 15 June 2023.
If the study right is free of charge and unconditional, it will take effect on 1 August 2023.
If the study right is subject to a fee, it will take effect once proof of payment is submitted, but no earlier than 1 August 2023. Proof of payment must be presented no later than 31 August 2023.
If the study right is conditional, it will take effect once the conditions indicated in the decision are met, but no earlier than 1 August 2023. Applicants must prove that they meet the conditions by 31 August 2023. The conditions may include meeting the required prerequisite knowledge and skills (test) or proving the completion of previous studies (e.g., completion of the basic studies module).
The right to study will expire once the student has completed the studies for which the right was granted, but no later than 31 July 2025.
When the student’s study right for non-degree studies is coming to an end, a one-year extension to the study period may be granted, provided that the student gives compelling reasons for the extension. The application must be submitted to the Dean no later that 31.10.2025.
If the applicant considers the decision on the right to non-degree studies erroneous, he or she may request a rectification of the decision. The request must be made in writing and it must indicate which decision and which part of the decision is to be rectified, how the decision should be altered and on what grounds. The request for rectification should be addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and submitted to the Metsätalo Student Services (email@example.com). The request must be submitted to the Student Services within 14 days of when the applicant has first received the decision. The applicant is considered to have received the decision three days after it was posted to the applicant.
No statistics have been compiled on the number of applicants for non-degree studies and the number of students accepted.