Support for Studies

ExpREES students may attend all courses offered by ExpREES network listed on the Study Guide. After the information about the course you have passed has one way or another reached Aleksanteri Institute, it will be registered in the WebOodi of the University of Helsinki. If you want to follow you UH's weboodi, you can apply a user account /username here:

ExpREES program covers the travelling expenses of students attending courses offered by network universities. When you are graduating, ExpREES student will get a certificate from ExpREES studies and a transcript of the studies.

Travelling in Finland

ExpREES covers travelling expenses of students attending courses offered by network universities. The expenses of summer schools or excursions in Finland will not be covered by ExpREES funds.

The expenses will be covered as follows:

  • Travelling from place of residence (or closer) to courses will be covered by actual expences; meaning that if you live in Tampere, but travel to Helsinki from somewhere further than Tampere, ExpREES will compensate for costs of Tampere-Helsinki-Tampere journey, but if you travel from somewhere nearer, the actual cost of the journey will be compensated.
  • ExpREES compensate travel expenses using the cheapest means of transportation in full. If you use your own car, ExpREES will compensate the price of train or bus fare. ExpREES covers 50% of accommodation costs, but 21€/person/night at the most.
  • The budget for calendar year 2020 is 250€/student.
  • The compensation of costs of travel in local transport are a matter of discretion, keeping the distance to university in mind.
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The compensation of other than course journeys (for example data gathering) should be agreed in advance with ExpREES lecturer.

Travelling costs will be paid retrospectively after travel expense form with all the original receipts has been filled, scanned and sent as a single pdf-file to coordinator Hanna Peltonen (hanna.o.peltonen at Do not forget your signature and account number! If you do not have original receipt (for example mobile ticket), send a copy of bank statement, where the cost of travel is itemized.


Send travel receipts immediately after journey or two months after it at the latest. If travelling expenses are delivered later, a signed clearance of the reasons for delay must be included. Late travel expenses cannot be performed without signed clearance. If the course lasts over two months, several travel expense should be made, so that more than two months does not go by from the first journey.

Travelling aborad

If research data gathering or participation in scientific conference require travelling abroad, part of the expenses may be covered from ExpREES funds. This needs to be discussed in advance with the coordinator.

Some of ExpREES courses use University of Helsinki’s Virtual Learning Environment Moodle. The courses can be found under Independent Institutes and lecturers will inform students of course key if such is needed.

To log in to Moodle a student needs HAKA Federation or University of Helsinki’s account. More information may be found from Moodle Manual for Students.

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After you have successfully passed the course that belongs to the ExpREES’s study guide, you will get the credits. In order to get other than University of Helsinki’s courses included in the ExpREES studies, you need to ask the responsible teacher to send the information about your grade to the study coordinator via e-mail (hanna.o.peltonen at Only then your course can be registered in the Aleksanteri-institute. You may also send the proof of passed course by yourself, if possible.

After the information about the course you have passed has one way or another reached Aleksanteri-institute, it will be registered in the WebOodi of the University of Helsinki. To check the credits and to print out your transcript of records, students outside the University of Helsinki can apply for username here.

When you know that you will not be doing any more courses via the ExpREES, let the coordinator know. Then the latest you will be provided with the transcript of records to include the ExpREES studies to your degree. You will also receive a special certificate of completed unit of ExpREES studies, in case you have been granted at least 25 cr.

Please note, that the studies completed before you were accepted as ExpREES student cannot be included in these 25 cr. They can be included in the certificate only after the 25 cr are gained with new courses.

1. Send information of your ExpREES studies  by email to the coordinator at least one month before actual graduation.

2. The ExpREES will then send you a certificate and a study register (transcript) of your ExpREES studies. Add this certificate to your graduation application and ask your faculty’s study secretary if a brief statement can be included to your diploma: “Master studies include X cr of multidisciplinary studies completed at Finnish Master’s School in Russian and Eastern European Studies”.

3. Send to the ExpREES coordinator:

  • One copy of your master’s thesis and its abstract (if your thesis is classified, add the information of its duration)
  • If your master's thesis is available at your university's E-thesis servise (for examle at UH is Helda), please send a link to your thesis.
  • If your email address changes after graduation, tell us your new address so we can contact you also after graduation.

5. Tell your graduation day to the coordinator.