Erasmus Placement Program (SMP) interns and other trainees as Visiting Students

Concerning Erasmus Placement Program (SMP) and other internships, the University of Helsinki has a rule that practicing student interns should be taken into an employment relationship with the University. Students should be paid by their place of internship. Issues concerning responsibilities and insurance must be considered by the employing unit. In addition, the students are strongly recommended to have a good personal insurance.

If interns wish to obtain a student status and a right to study at the Faculty, they must apply as a Visiting Students. The prerequisites are that the student has already secured a host and that student will take courses or receive ECTS credits for practical training at the Faculty. The credits completed at the University of Helsinki should be transferred to the student's home institution to be integrated into the student's degree program there. Visiting Students receive credit for their work, but are not able to obtain a degree. NB! The intern should apply for the status from the Faculty he/she plans to study/receive the ECTS credits in.

The following documents must be enclosed with the Mobility Online application and be sent by post to the International Affairs Officer at the Faculty:

Erasmus SMP trainees/visiting student applicants must enclose the following documents with the application form :

  • An official transcript from applicant’s home institution (indicating the grading system of the institution)
  • Language certificate Proficiency in either Finnish, Swedish or English is a prerequisite for admission.
  • A statement of purpose
  • Statement of approval from the student's home institution Including a statement of granting the Erasmus Placement Grant and a statement of approval of the credits completed at the University of Helsinki. Also, if the student intends to take courses at the University of Helsinki, a study plan which has been approved by the home university.

NB! Training agreements should not be sent to the International Affairs Officer at the Faculty Office. If a training agreement is required, it should be signed at and agreed upon by the host / employing unit.

There is no official deadline for applications, but the online application should be filled in, printed out and sent with all the required enclosures at least two months before the planned period. The visiting student status is normally valid for a minimum of three months.

The online application for visiting undergraduate and graduate visiting students students is available at the university's admissions site.

Normally the visiting student status based on an Erasmus SMP internship is given for three months, but the period can not exceed one academic year.