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  • Locations: Helsinki, Finland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • Apps for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Derek Shepard Program type: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75 Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Housing options: Residence Hall Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English, Finnish
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

University of Helsinki

On this program, UNC students enroll at the University of Helsinki for a semester or academic year as an exchange student for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life. You will take courses along-side degree-seeking Helsinki students, have access to student housing, and participate in all aspects of student life.

The University of Helsinki offers many courses taught in English. Additionally, English is widely spoken in Finland so UNC students are able to easily navigate the university and city without a language barrier. The university does offer Finnish language and culture courses for those interested in learning the language.


The University

Established in 1640 and enrolling 36,000 degree-seeking students, the University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest university in Finland. It also has the widest range of disciplines of any university of Finland and it is consistently ranked in the top 100 universities in the world. The languages of instruction are Finnish and Swedish with a wide variety of courses taught in English.

The University has four campuses within 6 miles of each other, all accessibly by public transportation.

  • The City Centre Campus for Arts and Social Sciences
  • Kumpula Science Campus
  • Meilahti Campus for Medicine
  • Viiki Campus for Life Science

The City

Helsinki, located in southern Finland, is the country’s capital. With a population around one million, it is the largest city in Finland. In 2011, Helsinki was named the most livable city.

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Courses & Credits

Coursework at the University of Helsinki

Faculties (Schools) at the University of Helsinki include:

  • Arts
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

The University of Helsinki offers a variety of courses taught in English.

Though it is possible to take courses across disciplines, it is required that exchange students take the majority of their coursework in one faculty. 

Economics, Psychology, Communication, and Political Science courses are only open to students who are pursuing a major and have completed significant coursework in the field prior to studying abroad.

Some fields of study, such as Environmental Science, offer courses taught in English only at the Master's level. These courses could be an option for very advanced undergraduate students with significant academic background in the subject.

One feature of studies at the University of Helsinki is the emphasis on the student’s own initiative and individual work.

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED

  • You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
  • You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
  • These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
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Most exchange students at University of Helsinki secure housing through Unihome (housing owned by the University) or HOAS (a foundation for student housing in the Helsinki region)
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
Exchange spots on this program are not usually competitive. Competitiveness depends on many factors, primarily the number of students that apply, which varies. Review the program carefully, research the host institution, and put a lot of thought into your application. If you are not selected for an exchange spot, the Study Abroad Advisor will work with you one-on-one to find a good alternative. It is not necessary to re-apply, though a new program may require additional application items.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/10/2021
10/05/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2022 02/10/2022
02/21/2022 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 02/10/2022
03/05/2022 TBA TBA

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Apps for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1