This page is a starting point of access to course information and courses taught entirely or partly in English at the University of Helsinki.
Courses in English
The courses at the University of Helsinki are offered on three levels (Basic, Intermediate or Subject and Advanced). Some courses require previous studies in the subject/discipline in question. The following terminology will help you to find out if the course is suitable for you:
- Basic studies (or “perusopinnot” in Finnish, grundstudier in Swedish): Bachelor’s level courses, do not usually require previous studies in the subject.
- Subject studies or Intermediate studies (or “aineopinnot” in Finnish, ämnesstudier in Swedish): Bachelor’s level courses, intermediate level, require some previous studies, mainly for 2nd or 3rd year students of the subject.
- Advanced studies (or “syventävät opinnot” in Finnish, fördjupade studier in Swedish): Master’s level courses, for students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or have the same level of knowledge.
Please note that depending on the course level, the programmes have the right to decide whether the student has enough previous studies to participate.
In the majority of cases non-degree students (scholarship holders and exchange students) have non-restricted access to courses within their own subject and most of the other courses given in English, but some restrictions may apply. You should choose the majority of your courses from the faculty that has the exchange agreement with your home institution.
Courses from the following are only available to that faculty's/subjects' exchange students: Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Law, English philology and Political science.
Detailed information concerning the rights of exchange students and other non-degree students to participate in courses is best obtained from the subject's staff.
You can find courses at the University of Helsinki Course Pages through the search function in Course search.
The links below guide you either to the websites/study guides of the faculties or to the Course search. Always see first the instructions of your faculty.
Faculties and programmes might also offer study modules in English. Some examples are listed below.
Always check that the courses you plan to take are mainly from the faculty you have a study right to or you will apply to.
To register for the courses you need an IT username to the university's network. The international students will receive their computer usernames during the orientation. Course registration takes place in weboodi during the orientation week.