University of Helsinki

City: Helsinki
Language of instruction: English, Swedish
  • The oldest and largest university in Finland
  • Founded in 1640
  • Repeatedly been ranked among world's top universities
  • Regularly been ranked among Europe’s 10 to 15 best universities on worldwide ranking lists of research universities
  • Only civilian institution to be awarded the Cross of Liberty in 1940
  • Some 470 doctorates are completed annually and nearly 10 000 scientific articles or monographs are published yearly by the university’s researchers
  • Helsinki is the captial city of Finland, and the country's largest city
  • Was designated as the 2012 World Design Capital by the World Design Organization

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Partner university's areas of study


Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Courses taught in Finnish are offered, in addition to English and Swedish
  • Students must have at least a B2 level to study in Finnish or Swedish (self-assess with: European Language Portfolio Global Scale)


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)Summer

Who can go?

  • Students from the Faculty of Arts, and the Faculty of Forestry

Term dates

  • Autumn semester: late August to December
  • Spring semester: January to May

Summer program

Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • 2 ECTS credits = 1 UBC credit

Passing grade

1 or E

Grading scheme

  • The University of Helsinki uses a six-level grading scale from 0 to 5
    • 5 = excellent or A
    • 4 = very good or B
    • 3 = good or C
    • 2 = satisfactory or D
    • 1 = passable or E
    • 0 = fail or F or FX
  • In addition to applying this grading scale, pass/fail grades may be used when grading practical training and practical skills courses

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

  • Courses taught in English can be found here
  • Exchange students are required to choose the majority of their courses from one faculty
  • Economics, Psychology, Communication, and Political Science have restrictions regarding acceptance (both for local and exchange students) - they only accept students who are majoring in the subject in question and have completed enough courses in the discipline in their home university prior to arrival
  • Psychology majors should check which of the following is more suitable considering their study background: Social Psychology courses (Faculty of Social Sciences) or Psychology courses (Faculty of Behavioral Sciences)
  • English Philology only accepts students majoring in English
  • Other foreign languages: student should be a major or minor in the language at the home university
  • These studies are considered case by case
  • Economics courses in English offered on Master’s level only

Full course load information

  • 60 ECTS credits in an academic year
  • 30 ECTS credits per academic term

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: CRWR 3rd
Title: 21st Century Digital Storytelling: The New Media, Technology and Frames of Reality
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-10-08
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Games and History: Playing with Time and Culture
Partner course code: NA 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-20
UBC course: PHIL 332
Title: Environmental Ethics in a Global Context
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-10
UBC course: ECON 2nd
Partner course code: 97122
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-21

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Persons and Social Relations
Partner course code: YMA 3204
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-03
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Psychology of learning and development
Partner course code: PED 002
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-18
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Linguistic minorities and interlinguistic communication
Partner course code: MSV-ME 305
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-06
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Nordic societies and cultures
Partner course code: ENS 305
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-18
UBC course: CULT 4th
Title: Memory and History
Partner course code: ALKU E317
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-10
UBC course: GWST 334
Title: Feminist Research Methodologies in Theory and Practice
Partner course code: 02956 97120
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-28
UBC course: LANG 1st
Title: Intensive Beginners Finnish
Partner course code: Finn 115
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-11-14
UBC course: MGMT 4th
Title: Consumer behaviour
Partner course code: SOSK 508
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-25
UBC course: PSYO 4th
Title: Work and Organizational Psychology II: Power relations and intersectionality
Partner course code: MSV-SP 302
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-18
UBC course: PSYO 4th
Title: Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition
Partner course code: LDA-C 5012
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-18
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Special questions challenging well-being in old age
Partner course code: SOSK 508
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-29
Health and Social Development
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Nutrition and Society
Partner course code: HNFB 221
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-10
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Summer students attend through our exchange agreement and pay tuition to UBC based on the number of credits earned at the partner institution 
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • The University of Helsinki on secures a number of rooms for exchange students wanting to live in a student dormitory
  • Apartments are located around Helsinki
  • Exchange students submit their housing application as a part of their exchange application
  • Students may also wish to make their own housing arrangements

Information on Accommodation

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