University of Helsinki Summer School

About the Program

The University of Helsinki Summer School offers 20 multidisciplinary and innovative summer courses offering students the opportunity to carry out a short study period abroad in Finland. The University of Helsinki is ranked among the top 100 universities around the world. Along with engaging in academics, students can partake in the organized Social Programme events to get to know their fellow international classmates.

Final program details will be published by the partner institution that manages this program and are generally updated on their program webpage. However, you must apply through Go Global to be considered for this program and ensure you follow the appropriate transfer credit process.

Further details about the Helsinki Summer School.

Partner Institution
University of Helsinki
Program Dates


  • Finland
Area(s) of study
ArtsEnglishForestryGeographyHistoryInternational RelationsLawMusicPolitical SciencePsychology
Tuition payable to
  • Partner institution
  • UBC
Application deadline
  • February 7, 2019

Additional Requirements or Restrictions

Please refer to the partner website for any additional requirements.

Course Credits

Students will enroll in one class. Each class is worth 5-6 ECTS credits. 2 ECTS credits = 1 UBC Credit.

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 5 years. If you don't see a particular course you listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while abroad. For more information, please visit the Go Global Transfer Credit webpage.

* Not all courses listed are offered through the summer program at this institution. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partner's websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver
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 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: LANG 1st
Title: Intensive Beginners Finnish
Partner course code: Finn 115
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-11-14

Tuition and Fees

There are a limited number of exchange spaces available, which will be assessed on a competitive basis. Under exchange, students pay UBC tuition for the number of credits they enroll in for this program.  If not selected to use an exchange space, students will pay tuition directly to the partner institution.

In both cases, the partner institution may charge other program fees such as application fees, housing costs, field trips, cultural activities, or other costs associated with hosting this program. Please check the partner webpage for details of program costs.

How to apply to a Go Global Summer Program

  1. Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements, including any partner or program-specific requirements. 
  2. Apply online by the Go Global deadline listed above. 
  3. Please submit only one application for the summer program of your choice. You can include a second choice as a backup on the same application if needed by selecting the "Add Item" button.
  4. Where applicable, select the "SUMMER STUDY" option to pay tuition to UBC or the "Study Abroad" option to pay tuition to the partner institution. If you select the "SUMMER STUDY" option, please also include a second choice.
  5. If you plan to do multiple experiences (e.g. more than one summer program; a term exchange and a summer program, etc.), please submit a separate application for each experience. Our team will review your application(s) and if successful, will nominate you to apply to the partner institution(s). 
  6. Pay the Go Global Fee when prompted after the application deadline.
  7. If successfully nominated by Go Global, you will receive instructions on how to apply to the partner university. This application typically includes the supporting documents listed below:
    1. Recommendation letter from a UBC professor in a field similar to the summer opportunity
    2. UBC Transcript (Go Global will provide you with a copy of your UBC transcript)


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of your program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Go Global Refund Policy for Summer Programs

The Go Global Fee (of $415.00) is an administrative fee required for all applicants to Go Global programs. The fee is non-refundable. However it may be adjusted under the following circumstances:

Not matched to summer abroad:

You are eligible to have your Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $93.25 (i.e. reduced by $321.75) if:

  • You have applied to Go Global but do not meet our minimum eligibility requirements
  • The partner university does not accept your application and Go Global cannot find another option


To withdraw from your Go Global summer abroad program, you must contact Go Global by email to request withdrawal. You will then be asked to complete a short withdrawal form.

Students who withdraw by March 30 will have their Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $321.75 (i.e. reduced by $93.25).

Please consult with your Go Global advisor if you have any questions.

Advising Hours

Drop-in advising hours

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Extended drop-in advising hours January 7 - 17, 2019

Monday - Friday: 1:00pm - 3:30pm

You might not need to see an advisor. General questions about the Go Global Exchange process can be answered at the Main Office at the UBC Life Building (Vancouver). 

Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver

Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


Mon9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Tue9:30 am - 4:15 pm
Wed9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Thu9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Fri9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Partner Institution
University of Helsinki
Program Dates


  • Finland
Area(s) of study
ArtsEnglishForestryGeographyHistoryInternational RelationsLawMusicPolitical SciencePsychology
Tuition payable to
  • Partner institution
  • UBC
Application deadline
  • February 7, 2019