You may apply for the recognition and validation of previous studies, but only after you have been granted a right to study and you have registered as an attending student at the University. New students should apply for the recognition and validation of previous studies at the beginning of their studies when they are drafting their personal study plans.

Detailed instructions and forms for recognition and validation of previous studies:

  • students who have started their studies before 1.8.2017 in Flamma (requires login, in finnish)
  • students who have started their studies 1.8.2017 or later in Guide

General principles

Studies completed in the University of Helsinki or any other university in Finland or abroad may be recognised for a degree pursued in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. In addition, studies completed in a university of applied sciences may be recognised for the first-cycle degree. The maximum number of credits which can be transferred to a first-cycle degree is 90. For Master’s degrees, the maximum number is 60 credits. In addition to these, previously completed compulsory studies in the second national language and at least one foreign language may also be recognised for the degree. Studies exceeding the minimum scope of degrees (180 credits for the first-cycle and 120 credits for the second-cycle degree) will not be recognised. Theses, maturity tests, orientation studies, personal study plans and ICT Driving Licences cannot be incorporated into another degree. The ICT Driving License may only be substituted with the three-credit ICT Driving License completed in the University of Helsinki or its Open University after 1 August 2005.

Individual compulsory courses

Substitution means replacing compulsory studies, as specified in the degree requirements, with other studies. In substitution, the compensating studies must correspond in content to the studies being substituted. Be prepared to discuss the content with the teacher, using, for example, the course description in the course catalogue of the institution in which you completed the studies. The courses must also be of an equivalent level: studies completed at a university of applied sciences cannot substitute studies in a second-cycle degree but are accepted for first-cycle degrees. Other assessment criteria include the workload of the substituting course and the date of completion.

Elective studies and minor subject modules

In addition to substituting compulsory courses, students may include modules that comply with the university degree requirements as minor subjects in their degree. Studies completed in a research-oriented or art university outside Finland may be compiled into a module of at least 25 credits. Individual courses completed in a university in Finland or abroad may be included in the degree as elective studies. Individual courses or modules with a minimum scope of 25 credits completed at a university of applied sciences may only be included in the first-cycle degree.

With the exception of language studies, studies included in a previously completed first-cycle university degree may not be included in a second-cycle university degree.