What is the Open University?

The University of Helsinki Open University provides everyone with the opportunity to complete flexible university-level studies based on educational methods that support learning. Students benefit from each other’s diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The University of Helsinki’s Open University offers high-quality, research-based university teaching which conforms to the degree requirements of the University. The Open University cooperates with associates within and outside of the University of Helsinki to design courses based on the learning outcomes set for a specific topic.

The University of Helsinki has offered Open University instruction since 1977. Today, the Open University is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki, and has units in Helsinki and Lahti. The Open University offers studies both on its own and in cooperation with other educational institutions in Finland.

Studies for all

There are no basic educational requirements or age limits for Open University studies. Studies at the Open University are suitable for various purposes, including:

  • Maintaining professional skills
  • Spending a gap year productively
  • Launching a new career
  • Learning about different disciplines
  • Experiencing the joy of learning and gaining new insights

The Open University designs the studies so that students can complete them while working. Many courses can also be completed online as distance studies. There are no age limits or previous education requirements.

The Open University also serves as a path for prospective degree students. Studies at the Open University can be incorporated into a University of Helsinki degree if the student pursues one later.

The Open University also provides services to University of Helsinki degree students. The Open University offers some studies as collaborative teaching with the University’s degree programmes, and both Open University students and degree students can complete such studies. In addition, the Open University organises the majority of the University of Helsinki’s summer studies. The summer studies are free of charge to University of Helsinki degree students.

The Open University is also responsible for organising the University of Helsinki’s open and free Studia Generalia lecture series. Their aim is to provide the general public with information about research and its results in various University disciplines.