The Finnish Open University is not an autonomous university as such, but rather a system of study. A number of Finnish universities provide Open University courses in cooperation with their departments and faculties.

Basic Principles

  • Openness: open to all, regardless of age and educational background
  • Equivalence: the quality and standard of teaching are equivalent to the teaching at the university
  • Equality: the Open University promotes education and regional equality

All goals of study are considered equal, whether studies are pursued as a hobby, for professional qualification or for a university degree – and studying is part-time (evening and weekend classes).

The Open University does not grant degrees; however, courses are part of university degree programmes and may therefore be incorporated into a university degree if the student applies and is admitted to university studies later.

For more information about the Open University system in Finland, please go to www.avoinyliopisto.fi website.