1. All applicants must have a licence to practice medicine/dentistry in Finland
The University of Helsinki will consider a person's admission to a specialization program only after he/she has been granted a permit to practice medicine in Finland.
The practice of medicine by foreign citizens is controlled by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira).
Postal address: P.O. Box 210, FIN-00531 Helsinki, tel: +358 9 772920,
To be permitted to practice medicine, the applicant must have:
- completed a medical degree approved by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health
- obtained oral and written command of the Finnish language and
- passed examinations required by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.
The completion of a specialist's degree takes 5 to 6 years and usually comprises general training and special training, mostly or entirely in form of service in university departments and central hospitals.
More information of the specialist training in Medicine (in Finnish)
2. Language requirements
All applicant´s must know how to speak finnish or swedish. The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) is responsible for checking the language skills of doctors and dentists during the legalization process.
The university allso assesses the applicant's language skills (finnish and/or swedish). Language skills are assessed as part of the interview.
3. The university organicizes student selection twice a year
Application criteria are available in finnish and swedish (look from below form this website).
When the applicant has obtained the right to study, he/she is responsible to find the training post by themselves. The study right does not guarantee a specialization in a hospital or a health care center. Hospital districts select employees for the training posts according to the recruitment procedure.