The right to pursue non-degree studies may be granted to persons who are not enrolled at the University of Helsinki as degree students. Applicants for non-degree studies may be granted the right to complete a maximum of four courses included in the Bachelor of Laws or Master of Laws degrees. Faculty of Law general studies, language studies and basic studies cannot be completed as non-degree studies.
The right to pursue non-degree studies will not be granted for studies which will be available at the Open University during the term following the submission of the application. The right to pursue non-degree studies will not be granted to students whose home university offers equivalent courses.
Students pursuing non-degree studies are not enrolled at the University of Helsinki, and they do not enjoy the same student benefits as enrolled students. Students admitted to pursue non-degree studies do not have the right to complete a degree at the University. The right to study is restricted to those studies for which it has been granted.
If you are interested in applying for the right to complete individual law courses, see our course offer from Course search or WebOodi Course catalogues.
At the Faculty of Law, the right to pursue non-degree studies is applied online using this e-form.
The application periods close on 30 April and 31 October.
The Faculty will decide on granting the right for non-degree studies after having consulted the discipline coordinator and having considered the applicant’s justifications. When making the decision, the Faculty will also consider the teaching resources of the discipline and the applicant’s qualifications for the studies. The right to complete non-degree studies will be granted for no more than two years at a time. The right to complete non-degree studies will be entered in the Student Register so that the validity of the two year-long study right to take effect at the beginning of the term will be extended to include the month preceding the term in question to allow students to register for courses. After having been granted the right to pursue non-degree studies, the students in question must register for the course(s) of their choice.
Applicants seeking the right to pursue non-degree studies in order to complete supplementary studies to obtain a decision on the recognition of the level of their degree may be granted the right to complete non-degree studies based on a conditional decision by the National Agency for Education. The right to complete non-degree studies may be granted for more than four courses.
Eligible applicants include the following:
- Students from another university, university of applied sciences or other educational institution who intend to incorporate the completed studies into a degree to be awarded by the home institution (The application must be accompanied by a study plan approved by the home institution.). NB! As university students belong under the scope of the JOO Flexible Study Rights Scheme, they must apply for non-degree studies in law through the JOO system.
- Holders of a university degree or upper secondary level qualification who wish to supplement and upgrade their degree or qualifications (The application must be accompanied by a copy of the degree diploma and a statement on the purpose and objective of the non-degree studies.)
- Professionals wishing to upgrade their qualifications (The application must be accompanied by a statement by the applicant’s employer or an equivalent statement on the relevance of non-degree studies to the upgrading of professional competence.)
- Open University students, if the Open University does not offer the studies applied for. Such students must have completed at least 30 credits of studies in law at the Open University by the closing of the application period (The application must be accompanied by a certificate of studies completed at the Open University and a statement on the purpose and objective of the non-degree studies.)
- As of 1 January 2016, applicants who have received a conditional decision from the National Agency for Education on the recognition of the eligibility provided by their studies completed abroad for positions requiring the degree of Master of Laws (The application must be accompanied by a copy of the conditional decision made by the National Agency for Education on the recognition of the comparability of degrees.)
You may also include other supporting documents with the application.
Non-degree studies are subject to a fee.