The University of Helsinki offers a diverse variety of study and learning environments. You can study on four different campuses in historical buildings from the 19th century, in versatile classrooms, in a modern award-winning library or in state-of-the-art laboratories. Or you can immerse yourself in discussions with fellow students and faculty members in student cafes or restaurants on campus, in buzzing meeting places especially designed for co-creation, in group study rooms at the libraries or in virtual spaces. The University of Helsinki also operates operates in other corners of the world - from Kilpisjärvi in Lapland to Kenya in Africa.
Inspiring study environments
The University of Helsinki has four campus areas in different parts of the city.
City Centre Campus: The multidisciplinary City Centre Campus in the very heart of the capital city is the largest campus of the University of Helsinki. It houses the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Theology, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Swedish School of Social Science. Read more about the City Centre Campus.
Viikki Campus: This campus surrounded by green fields is a hub of teaching and research in the fields of biosciences, agriculture and forestry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. It also hosts several government research institutions, the esteemed Viikki Teacher Training School and a teaching and research farm for agricultural sciences with extensive grounds that are popular as recreational areas amongst the locals. Read more about the Viikki Campus.
Kumpula Campus: Dedicated to research and teaching in the exact natural sciences, the Kumpula Campus is perched on a verdant hill only four kilometres from the centre of Helsinki. This idyllic campus comprises the largest cluster of scientific competence in the Nordic countries. The research conducted on the Kumpula Campus is recognised as world class, and teaching is provided by successful scientists. Read more about the Kumpula Campus.
Meilahti Campus: This campus is also known as the Academic Medical Center Helsinki (AMCH). It is one of the best medical campuses in Europe bringing together top research, teaching and medical care every day. The core of the AMCH’s work is the close cooperation between the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Medicine, the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE), and the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) to provide the very best for its patients. Read more about the Meilahti Campus.
You can find course and study literature at the University's modern campus libraries. The newest library is the award-winning Kaisa Library in the city centre. The materials and literature are available to you in virtual, mobile or traditional book form.
Also the National Library of Finland, the oldest and largest scholarly library in Finland, is part of the University of Helsinki.
The University of Helsinki offers varied learning environments. You can complete your studies in state-of-the-art laboratories, in versatile class rooms or in historical buildings from the 19th century. There are also facilities where you can study outside the normal opening hours, for example the Learning Centre Aleksandria.
Apart from the physical buildings, teaching today is also carried out in virtual spaces at the University of Helsinki. Different electronic learning platforms are in use, study materials are distributed through electronic channels and course literature can be borrowed as electronic books. You can also study languages at the Self Access Area in the Aleksandria Learning Centre with the help of audio tapes and videos.
As a student at the University of Helsinki, you have access to comprehensive ICT services to support your studies and make them go smoothly. On the IT Centre freshman page, you can find information on how to obtain a username to the university's network as well as information on other services, e.g. computer facilities. In any ICT related problems, the IT Centre's helpdesk and chat service will be there to support you.
During your studies you will get to know many electronic tools such as Flamma, WebOodi, Course Pages, Moodle, My Studies and Opinder. In order for you to log in to these services, you will need a university username.
- Instructions for students apply to degree programmes started on August 1st, 2017.
- WebOodi is an electronic study portal where you register for courses and exams. Through WebOodi you can also make your study plan, check your credits and grades, give course feedback and update your contact information.
- On the Course Pages you can find courses through the search function. All teaching events and courses have their own Course Pages through which teachers can publish information to students, including basic course information, materials, and messages.
- Moodle is an online learning environment which enables an active and diverse interaction between students and teachers. Moodle collects assignments, discussions, chats, examinations, surveys, calendar entries and learning material in one place.
- On the My Studies page you can easily find your courses after registering for them through WebOodi. My Studies gathers your course timetables, links to Course Pages and possible other learning environments all in the same place as well as other links and to-do lists that can be modified.
- Opinder is a mobile app which helps the students to communicate with other students in the same courses. Students can create events, and invite other students from their courses to join. Teachers can use Opinder to schedule mentoring appointments with their students.
The University offers inspiring meeting places such as the Think Corner and Helsinki Think Company.
Think Corner is a spectacular public meeting place located in the heart of Helsinki where doors and ideas are open for everyone. Built around scientific themes and individual events, its programme deals with the versatile world-class research conducted at the university as well as with topical, red-hot issues. Themed events, debates and a discussion arena where experts, researchers, influencers and the audience meet on and off the stage. Sassy science, noisy co-creation, exciting encounters and learning together. New perspectives and a platform to generate new ideas and creative energy. Best talks in town, good coffee and dialogue in easily digested forms.
Helsinki Think Company brings together students, researchers and people interested in entrepreneurship and helps them put their academic skills into action. They provide a platform for testing business ideas streaming out of the university and the tools needed for it: free co-working spaces, bootcamps, accelerator programs, mentoring, workshops and other events, and a community of like-minded individuals. Helsinki Think Company has three different venues located in different campus areas: one in the Think Corner at the City Centre Campus, one at the Viikki Campus, and one at the Meilahti Campus.
The Language Centre provides language courses for students at the University of Helsinki. The Language Centre's Language Services also offer open enrolment language courses, which are not restricted to students at the University of Helsinki and include a variety of languages from Arabic to Swedish, as well as Finnish for Foreigners at many levels.
Read more about language studies for international students on the Language Centre website.
Did you know, that the University of Helsinki was established already in 1640? The Power of Thought is the new main exhibition of the Helsinki University Museum, which tells the fascinating story of the oldest University in Finland.
Explore the secrets of the Universe on Tähtitorninmäki Hill! The Observatory, inaugurated in 1834, houses the Centre of Astronomy of Helsinki University Museum.
As a student you are introduced to the latest research from the very beginning of your studies, as all teachers at the University of Helsinki also do research.
High quality research is carried out at e.g. the botanical gardens, research stations, laboratories and even in barns. Unique source materials are available at the libraries and archives. The research environment is International and multidisciplinary.