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About the Programme

Starting a new life in a foreign country is very exciting but can also be quite intimidating. But do not worry! The Helsinki Programme with all its services and benefits will help you make that transition smoother. The programme features step-by-step guidance with the important official maneuvers as well as a wide range of things that are just there to simply inspire you and to make your path pleasant and memorable.

What makes the Finnish education so good?

From the first steps in elementary school to specializing in your field of interest at the university, the Finnish education and the whole school system is world-renowned because of its greatness. Why? What makes the Finnish education so good there is something to learn about it abroad?

Northern in location, global in outlook

The University of Helsinki is the largest university in Finland, and one of the leading multidisciplinary universities in the world. Helsinki has also a reputation of being a vibrant city for international students. Find out more and follow us!

Thinking about studying in Finland?

Finland is one of the northernmost countries in the world, and while it may be off the beaten track this Nordic country is anything but insular. Finland leads the world in education, government transparency, stability, and saunas.

Guide for new students!

The University of Helsinki offers excellent services for you. Find out more about living in Finland before and after your arrival, for example housing. We are excited that you are planning to study at the University of Helsinki. Check the new student guide!

Helsinki, here I come!

Getting ready for coming to Helsinki. Here you can find couple of really good tips.


Have a look at this list of useful hints and sources of information for house hunters. Check out first the most important steps, then go ahead and apply for housing.

The student union - part of your student experience

The Student Union of Helsinki University HYY, Finland's largest and oldest student union, welcomes you to the university.

Life on Campus

Student restaurants, sport facilities and health services are introduced in this section. We want to support your well-being on our campuses.

Study environment

The University of Helsinki operates in many corners of the world - from Kilpisjärvi to Kenya - offering 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.

Stu­dent dis­counts & di­gital stu­dent ID

Looking for an easier student life? Frank gathers the best student discounts, a digital student ID, and a lot more into one service.

Student Ambassadors are ready to support you!

Our Ambassadors will share their insights and experiences on studies, career and life in Helsinki. Student ambassadors volunteer to help.

Want to start your semester earlier?

Helsinki Summer School proudly presents an intensive Finnish course for Master’s students. This course is targeted especially for international students beginning their master’s degree studies in the autumn of 2018 at the University of Helsinki. It offers the incoming students the opportunity to study the Finnish language before the beginning of the University’s autumn term.

Come and meet us at Think Corner!

Come meet us at the Think Corner. Admissions Services will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 noon – 2 pm and Wednesdays 2 pm – 4 pm. Our new location at the Think Corner is designed for quick and spontaneous visits. Come and ask us any questions you have in mind or stop by to talk. Our admission advisors will answer any questions regarding the University and how to apply. You will find the Think Corner across from the Porthania building, located at Yliopistonkatu 4.

On the way to the top

Regarding what is likely to be the main goal in your life, studying at the top ranking university gives you numerous opportunities for your professional life. Please check all the important information regarding to trainee-ships and employment from the instructions for students: Additional information for example about start-ups you can find below.

Information for parents

FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES - 致学生家长和亲属 Welcome, parents and families of the University of Helsinki students!