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  • Locations: Helsinksi, Finland
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Year 2019-2020 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Associated costs: IUP Study Abroad fee, Set Program Cost Program Coordinator(s): Jessica Mulvihill
2018-2019 Program Cost: $6995.00
Program Description:

University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilization in social decision-making and the business sector.

The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 17 other locations.

Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki wants to strengthen its position among the world's leading multidisciplinary research universities and to actively promote the well-being of humanity and a fair society.

More information about the different campuses can be found here


Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is in the region of Uusimaa, located in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. Helsinki has a population of 620,982 an urban population of 1,176,976 and a metropolitan population of million, making it the most populous municipality and urban area in Finland. Helsinki is located about 80 kilometers (50 mi) north of Tallinn, Estonia, 400 kilometers (250 mi) east north east of Stockholm, Sweden, and 300 kilometers (190 mi) west of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Helsinki has close historical connections with these three cities.

The Helsinki metropolitan area includes urban core of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and surrounding commuter towns. It is the world's northernmost metro area of over one million people, and the city is the northernmost capital of an EU member state. The Helsinki metropolitan area is the fourth largest Nordic metropolitan area after the metropolitan areas of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo and Helsinki city is the third biggest Nordic city after Stockholm and Oslo.
Helsinki is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural, and research center as well as one of northern Europe's major cities. Approximately 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region. The nearby municipality of Vantaa is the location of Helsinki Airport, with frequent service to various destinations in Europe and Asia.

In 2009, Helsinki was chosen to be the World Design Capital for 2012 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, narrowly beating Eindhoven for the title.

In the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2012 Livability survey, assessing the best and worst cities to live in, Helsinki placed eighth best overall.  In 2011, the Monocle Magazine in turn ranked Helsinki the most livable city in the world in its Livable Cities Index 2011.

Learn more about Helsinki from their Tourism website.


IUP students are able to take courses in English in the following faculties:

  • Theology
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Arts
  • Sciences
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Social Sciences
  • Swedish School of Social Sciences
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Teacher Training
  • Institute of Behavioral Sciences
  • Cultural Studies
  • Finnish and Swedish Language courses

For more information about the courses that you can take at this university please visit their website.


Fall Spring
September to December January to May                       


Accepted students will apply for housing offered by HOAS, the foundation for student housing in the Helsinki region. Housing costs range from 220 to 550 Euros depending on the type of housing selected.  Students should plan on sending in a housing deposit to HOAS up to 3 months before they arrive. Ask your education abroad advisor for more information.


Courses are taught in English so there is no language requirement.


A student visa is required for this program. Students will need to appear in person at the Finnish Embassy in D.C. to apply for a residency permit. Please contact Jessica Halchak for more information about student visas.