Distance learning across Finland

Open universities are providing free-of-charge courses to promote the progress of degree studies

A number of the courses organised in the form of distance learning by open universities in the spring and summer of 2020 have been made available free of charge to the degree students of all Finnish universities. This way, Finnish open universities are supporting degree students in the exceptional circumstances where contact teaching at the universities has been suspended. 

At the moment, they include more than a hundred courses from the open universities of the University of Helsinki, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Jyväskylä and the Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, the University of Lapland, the University of Turku, the University of Vaasa and Åbo Akademi University. Additions to the selection can be made during the spring.

The national offerings for degree students can be browsed on the website of the University of Jyväskylä Open University: Open university studies for degree students of Finnish universities (in Finnish only). 

Open university studies adhere to the curricula of university faculties. Students are responsible for having any completed courses recognised at their respective universities. Registration and other practical matters are carried out according to the procedures of the relevant university.

Substantial contribution from the University of Helsinki

For the national offerings, the Open University of the University of Helsinki has specifically selected courses with no limit on the number of students. In addition, there are a handful of summer courses in the mix which the University wishes to offer to all interested individuals.

Exceptionally, all of the courses organised by the University of Helsinki included in this national offering are free of charge not only to the degree students of Finnish universities but also to anyone else interested in taking them. Other studies are priced as usual. The summer courses, which begin in May, are free of charge for attending bachelor’s and master’s students of the University of Helsinki. 

Rector Jari Niemelä of the University of Helsinki is pleased with this new kind of collaboration in the exceptional circumstances: 

“The universities are together making sure that all students have the opportunity to continue their studies in spite of this difficult situation. That's a positive action for the benefit of students and an excellent example of the fact that exceptional circumstances can also be an opportunity for innovation and new types of cooperation,” Niemelä states.