The University of Helsinki operates in many corners of the world - from Kilpisjärvi to Kenya. The University of Helsinki offers a diverse study and learning environment. You can e.g. read a book at one of the libraries or immerse yourself in discussions with fellow students and faculty members, either on campus or in virtual spaces.
Helsinki is a vibrant city for students. With several higher education institutions in the Helsinki area and 60 000 university students, it is well set up to cater to the needs of students from all walks of life. There are many student activities, services and leisure activities on offer.
By joining in the activities of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki you get to know the city as well as other students. A great help when you need to figure out how to get from point A to point B in the Helsinki Metropolitan area, is the Journey Planner website.
The University of Helsinki operates on four campuses in Helsinki. Apart from the campuses the University also operates at 15 other locations within Finland and abroad e.g. in Kenya.
There are varied learning environments. You can complete your studies e.g. in state-of-the-art laboratories, in versatile class rooms or in historical buildings from the 19th century. At the University there are also facilities where you can study outside the normal opening hours. One example is the Learning Centre Aleksandria.
Apart from the physical buildings, teaching today is carried out also in virtual spaces. There are different electronic learning platforms in use at the University of Helsinki, study materials are distributed through electronic channels and course literature can be borrowed as electronic books. You can also e.g. study languages at the Self Access Area in the Aleksandria Learning Centre with the help of audio tapes and videos.
The University of Helsinki is divided into 4 campuses all around the capital city of Helsinki.
City center campus: The multidisciplinary City Centre Campus in the very heart of Helsinki is the largest campus of the University of Helsinki. The City Centre Campus houses the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Theology, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Social Sciences as well as the Swedish School of Social Science. Read more
Viikki campus: The multidisciplinary Viikki Campus is located in the geographical centre of Helsinki, and has served as a campus area since 1946. The Viikki Campus is a hub of teaching and research in the biosciences, agriculture and forestry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. The Viikki Campus employs nearly 1,900 people and has more than 6,000 students. Read more
Kumpula campus: The Kumpula Campus, dedicated to research and teaching in the exact natural sciences, 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
Meilahti campus: The Meilahti Campus is a campus area of the University of Helsinki in Finland. It houses the Faculty of Medicine and many medical research institutions. Read more
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.
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 the Centre's other services, e.g. computer facilities. The Helpdesk and chat service support you in any ICT related problems.
During your studies you will get to know the electronic tools such as Flamma, WebOodi, Course Pages, Moodle, My Studies and Opinder. In order for you to log in to the services you need a university username.
- Instructions for students apply to degree programmes started on August 1st, 2017 and the content of the site is being developed and completed.
- 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 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.
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.
The University offers inspiring meeting places such as the Think Corner and Helsinki Think Company.
Think Corner is a meeting place for research, the public and society located in the heart of Helsinki. 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.
Helsinki Think Company is a workspace and channel to academic entrepreneurial services as well as a venue for events. Helsinki Think Company has three different venues located in different campus areas: one in Center, one in Viikki, and one in Meilahti.
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.
The University of Helsinki is committed to promoting sustainable development in both education and in its own activities. Students are encouraged to consider the ecological consequences of their everyday choices and to reflect preconditions for a sustainable lifestyle. In support of reaching these goals, University of Helsinki has collected a green guide for students available on the Flamma intranet. There you can find information about environmental issues both at the University and in the everyday life of a student.
In the guide you can read how you as a student can affect the well-being of your local environment. You can also find information about your opportunities to participate in environmental and sustainable development activities both at the university and also on a larger scale in society.