Other study rights

The completion of studies requires a valid right to study. You can also study at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences without completing a degree! Such non-degree studies can include individual courses or modules, or if you are studying at another Finnish institute of higher education, you can obtain a flexible right to study subjects included in the degree you pursue at your home university. Students pursuing a degree at a university abroad can apply to study at the Faculty as exchange students.

RIGHT TO COMPLETE NON-DEGREE STUDIES

Persons who have completed a University degree or equivalent and who are not enrolled as degree students at any higher educational institution may be granted a right to complete non-degree studies. This right may be granted to enhance for example the applicant’s professional or academic expertise.

Eligible applicants for the right to complete individual courses or study modules include:

  • Persons who have completed a degree at a university, a university of applied sciences or educational institute who wish to complete their degree or improve their professional competence. The application must be accompanied by the degree certificate and a record of studies together with a statement of purpose and goals of the studies.
  • Persons who wish to upgrade and acquire professional qualifications. The application must be accompanied by a statement from the employer or by another well-grounded account of the relevance of the studies to upgrading professional qualifications.
  • Persons working in research positions who wish to upgrade their scientific qualifications. The application must be accompanied by a statement by the head of the research group, or a corresponding person, of the relevance of the studies to upgrading scientific qualifications.

However, as a rule, the right to complete non-degree studies cannot be granted to a degree student of another university in Finland. These students can obtain a right to study through the Flexible Study Right Scheme: JOO studies or through separate agreements between the educational programme and the students home-university or -institute. Students studying abroad will apply through the student exchange programmes.

As a rule, the right to complete non-degree studies cannot be granted if the studies in question can be completed at the University of Helsinki Open University. Open University instruction complies with Faculty degree requirements and corresponds to the teaching offered in the Faculty.

APPLYING FOR NON-DEGREE STUDIES

Applications for non-degree studies can be submitted twice a year using an electronic form. 2021 application periods are 1-15 April 2019 at 15:00 and 1-15 October 2019 at 15:00.

Decisions
The Dean of the Faculty decides whether to grant the right to study based on statement from the educational programme or the teacher responsible for the study period or module. The right to complete non-degree studies will be granted depending on the teaching resources and the amount and grades of the applicant’s previous studies, together with other documentation mentioned above. As a rule, the right to complete advanced studies cannot be awarded to applicants who have not completed basic and intermediate studies in the discipline in question.

The decisions are notified to applicants by e-mail in June (spring term) and November (autumn term). If the applicant receives the right to study, it usually becomes valid at the beginning of the following term. As a rule, the right to study of those accepted in the spring application process becomes valid on 1 August, and of those accepted in the autumn application process, on 1 January. Applicants can request on their applications that their right to study would become valid before the beginning of the following term, outlining the reasons for their request.

The duration of the right to complete non-degree studies is two academic years. If a student fails to complete the studies within this time, but wishes to continue to study, they must apply again during the application period for the right to complete non-degree studies, and they will also be charged another fee for non-degree studies.

FEES FOR NON-DEGREE STUDIES

Non-degree studies are subject to a fee. The course fee is €15 per credit (cr) for studies up to 35 cr and €10 per cr for studies between 36-60 credits. The payment details will be sent to students with their letter of acceptance.

All Finnish universities are parties to the Flexible Study Right (JOO) Agreement that enables undergraduate and postgraduate students to include studies completed at other Finnish universities in their degrees free of charge. Students must register as attending students at their home university to apply for the flexible study right and to complete studies at another university.

The flexible study right scheme aims to expand the course selection of the students’ home university, to increase study options and to support the smooth progress of studies. For students, the flexible study right scheme provides an opportunity to include in their degrees relevant studies taught by other universities as well as to make use of experts and specialist fields of other universities.

Application procedure

To browse and view information on the teaching provided by the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, use the course search engine. The latest information on teaching is available in WebOodi, in which you can search for course information, for example, with the course name, abbreviation or registration code (identifier). You can search for information both in WebOodi and on the course pages without logging in.