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Helsinki hall

Location: Helsinki, Finland, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Language of Instruction: English and/or Finnish

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Fall, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: August - Late December
Spring Semester: Early January - Late May

Application Deadline:

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (final)
  • Spring: August 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements.

Helsini dish

Subjects Available:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Biology (also available at graduate level)
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology (graduate level only)
  • Chemistry (also available at graduate level)
  • Communications (also available at graduate level)
  • Computer Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (also available at graduate level)
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics (graduate level only)
  • Education - Adult & Higher Education (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - Early Childhood Education
  • Education - Educational Administration (graduate level only)
  • Education - Elementary Education (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - General Educational Studies (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - Secondary Education (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - Special Education
  • English (also available at graduate level)
  • Film Studies
  • History (also available at graduate level)
  • History - Museum Studies (graduate level only)
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Studies
  • Literature
  • Mathematics (also available at graduate level)
  • Media Studies
  • Modern European Studies
  • Philosophy (also available at graduate level)
  • Physics (also available at graduate level)
  • Psychology (also available at graduate level)
  • Public Policy and Administration (also available at graduate level)
  • Social Work (also available at graduate level)
  • Sociology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Students with a high proficiency/native fluency may enroll directly in the regular university programs in nearly all fields

The University: University of Helsinki is among the world's leading multidisciplinary research universities regularly reaching the Top 100 in global university rankings. Helsinki has been ranked as the World's Most Livable City and Finland as the World’s Best Country. Finland is also in the Top 10 of most highly educated nations in the world. 

Academics: The University of Helsinki is one of the leading research universities in the world. Students are closely connected to current research from the start of their studies. There are two basic kinds of courses at the University of Helsinki: lecture courses and reading courses. Students taking a lecture course must pass a final examination after attending the course, while those taking a reading course must pass a faculty examination. A Finnish specialty, faculty examinations (set book examinations), are arranged usually once a month. Oral examinations are unusual. 

Housing: Helsinki is a big student city and finding accommodation can be a challenge. Students work to arrange housing independently, however, the University provides students with a housing guide that includes important resources. Living in Helsinki is rumored to be expensive, and unfortunately there are grounds for these rumors. However, one third of all students live in reasonable cheap student apartments offered by the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (HOAS), student nations and student foundations. Many students have found the alternative way of living by sharing a rented apartment on the open market. 

Activities and Programs: There are over 260 clubs and organizations affiliated with the University of Helsinki Student Union (HYY). They all have their own style of doing things, however it may be connected to a major, a hobby, an ideology, or even to the region where the students originally came from. You are sure to find like-minded people to share an interest and party with – to be friends forever. And, supported by the Student Union, you and your friends may start your own club if you can’t find a suitable one!

Location: Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is situated on the south coast of the country on the Bay of Finland. It was founded in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa of Sweden. Fires destroyed the old wooden town many times, but it was always rebuilt. Helsinki quickly became the cultural and intellectual centre of Finland. Its harbour and location bolstered trade and made Helsinki an important city in the Baltic region. Today, Helsinki and the neighbouring cities of Espoo and Vantaa are home to a sixth of the Finnish population, or nearly a million people. The capital offers the cultural, educational and entertainment necessities of student life in beautiful natural surroundings, as the Helsinki metropolitan area is regarded as one of the greenest cityscapes in the world.

Helsinki is an international students city with over 63 000 students. A combination of the endless variety of a capital city and small town coziness makes Helsinki a cool and groovy student city. With your student card, you have discount access to opera or Helsinki Music Centre. You visit various film festivals or enjoy the numerous concerts and exhibitions of Helsinki Festival Weeks. You cook and eat during the pop-up restaurant day, have a picnic in Esplanadi Park or go on a hike in Nuuksio National Park.

International Office Website: http://www.helsinki.fi/exchange/

Course Offerings: http://www.helsinki.fi/studying/courses-in-english.shtml

Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3,789.60
HTH mandatory insurance $175.00
Books and course materials $40.00
Accommodations $2,200.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,550.00
Airfare $1,400.00
Local Transportation $175.00
Other $200.00
TOTAL $9,529.60

Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a five month semester. 
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes Student Union Fee and Sports Center Fee

Some Photos and Text Courtesy of Helsinki University