Current or former student of the University of Helsinki (main admissions and master’s admissions)

If you are currently or have previously been a degree student of the University of Helsinki, please read the information on this page before applying for a new right to complete a degree.

Students’ right to complete a degree in the University of Helsinki’s new bachelor’s and master’s programmes as of 1 August 2017 has been restricted. According to the rector’s decision, students at the University of Helsinki can hold:

1. Only one right at a time to complete a bachelor’s degree with the same degree title (e.g., Bachelor of Arts)

If you are applying for a new right to complete a degree that leads to the same bachelor’s degree title as your previous right, you must graduate by 31 July (i.e., before the new right becomes valid on 1 August) or must waive your previous right. You need not waive your previous right before you have received information about whether you are admitted to another degree programme.  If you accept a new right to complete a degree, you simultaneously waive your previous right. 

2. Only one right to complete a degree in the same degree programme

If you apply for a new right to complete a degree in the same degree programme (e.g., a programme that offers several target degrees) in which you are already studying, you must graduate by 31 July (i.e., before the new right becomes valid on 1 August) or must waive your previous right. You need not waive your previous right before you have received information about whether you are offered a new right to complete a degree.  If you accept a new right to complete a degree, you simultaneously waive your previous right in the same degree programme.

The first restriction applies to the new bachelor’s programmes launched as of 1 August 2017, and the second to both bachelor’s and master’s programmes. Please note that if you were granted the right to complete a degree before 1 August 2017, but you have transferred to a degree programme in the new system, the above restrictions also apply to your transferred right to complete a degree.

Medical students (degree programmes in medicine and dentistry) can hold only one right at a time to complete a second-cycle degree (Licentiate of Medicine or Licentiate of Dentistry) at the University of Helsinki.

Please note that certain degree titles can be awarded by several faculties, which means that the restriction concerning the right to complete a first-cycle degree leading to the same degree title may apply to several faculties.  Such degree titles include the following:

  • Bachelor of Science (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Faculty of Science)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Medicine)

Please also note that if a right to study can be reinstated, it is considered a valid right to complete a degree.  If necessary, you can apply to your faculty for the reinstatement of your right to study. If your right to complete a degree is about to expire, you cannot have it extended by reapplying for the same right.  Instead, you must separately apply to your faculty for an extension.

If you have questions, please contact Admission Services prior to submitting an application.

If you are also applying through the transfer admissions procedure, please click here for detailed instructions (in Finnish).

Below are examples of typical situations governed by the rector’s decision. 

 

Bachelor’s programmes

  1. You were admitted in or after 2017 to the new Bachelor’s Programme in Philosophy to complete a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, or you have transferred your previous right to complete a degree in social and moral philosophy to a degree programme in the new system. You are applying to the Bachelor’s Programme in Politics, Media and Communication to complete a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree. You can be admitted to the programme, but you must graduate or waive your previous right.
  2. You hold the right, granted prior to 1 August 2017, to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree in kindergarten teacher education, and you have not transferred this right to a degree programme to the new system. You are applying to the Bachelor’s Programme in Education, Study Track in Class Teacher Education, to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree. You can be admitted to the programme and retain your previous right to complete a degree.
  3. You were admitted to the new Bachelor’s Programme in Education in or after 2017 to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree in the Study Track in Kindergarten Teacher Education, or you have transferred your previous right to complete a corresponding degree in kindergarten teacher education to the new Bachelor’s Programme in Education (Study Track in Kindergarten Teacher Education). You are applying for a new right to complete a degree in the Study Track in Class Teacher Education within the Bachelor’s Programme in Education. Your aim is to complete the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Arts (Education). You can be admitted to the Study Track in Class Teacher Education within the Bachelor’s Programme in Education, but you must graduate or waive your previous right to complete a degree in the Study Track in Kindergarten Teacher Education.  Please note, however, that if you waive your previous right to complete a degree in the Study Track in Kindergarten Teacher Education without graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree, you can no longer receive the qualifications required of kindergarten teachers, unless you apply and are readmitted to the Study Track in Kindergarten Teacher Education within the Bachelor’s Programme in Education. The minimum qualification requirement for kindergarten teachers is a university-level Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree, including studies in kindergarten teacher education, i.e., a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree in the Study Track in Kindergarten Teacher Education.
  4. You hold the right to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree, granted prior to 1 August 2017, in the major subject of German philology, and you have not transferred this right to a degree programme in the new system. You are applying to the Bachelor’s Programme in History to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree. You can be admitted to the programme and retain your previous right to complete a degree.
  5. You were admitted to the new Bachelor’s Programme in History in or after 2017 to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree, or you have transferred your previous right to complete a degree in general history to a degree programme in the new system. You are applying to the Bachelor’s Programme in Languages to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree. You can be admitted to the programme, but you must graduate or waive your previous right.
  6. You were admitted to the Bachelor’s Programme in Environmental and Food Economics in or after 2017 to complete a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) degree, or you have transferred your previous right to complete a degree in food economics to a degree programme in the new system. You are applying to the Bachelor’s Programme in Environmental and Food Economics to complete a Bachelor of Food Sciences degree. You can be admitted to the programme, but you must graduate or waive your previous right.
  7. You hold the right to complete a Licentiate of Dentistry degree. You are applying for the right to complete a Licentiate of Medicine degree. You can be admitted to the programme, but you must graduate or waive your previous right.
  8. You hold the right to complete a bachelor’s degree in forest economics, granted prior to 1 August 2017, and you have not transferred this right to a degree programme in the new system. You are applying to the equivalent Bachelor’s Programme in Forest Sciences. You cannot be admitted to the programme as a new student because you can continue your studies based on your previous right to complete a degree. Your application will not be considered. If you believe that your existing right to complete a degree may correspond to the relevant option available for application, please contact Admission Services.
  9. You were admitted to the Bachelor’s Programme in Biology in 2017 or you have transferred your previous right to complete a degree in biology to a degree programme in the new system and are applying again to the Bachelor’s Programme in Biology. You cannot be admitted to the programme as a new student because you can continue your studies based on your previous right to complete a degree. Your application will not be considered. 

 

Master’s programmes

  1. You hold the right to complete a master’s degree in forest economics, granted prior to 1 August 2017. You are applying through the master’s admissions procedure to the equivalent Master’s Programme in Forest Sciences. You cannot be admitted to the programme as a new student because you can continue your studies based on your previous right to complete a degree. Your application will not be considered. If you believe that your existing right to complete a degree may correspond to the relevant option available for application, please contact Admission Services.
  2. You were admitted to the Master’s Programme in Mathematics and Statistics in 2017 or you have previously transferred your right to complete a degree in mathematics to a degree programme in the new system and are now applying for the Master’s Programme in Mathematics and Statistics. You cannot be admitted to the programme as a new student because you can continue your studies based on your previous right to complete a degree. Your application will not be considered.  
  3. You were admitted to the Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning in or after 2017 to complete a Master of Social Sciences degree. You are applying to the Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning to complete a Master of Arts degree. You can be admitted to the programme, but you must graduate or waive your previous right to study.