August 5 to 21, 2014Last update: 26 February, 2008

FAQ

When is the application deadline? Back

The application deadline is the day before the course begins. However, the earlier you apply the better, as students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Usually, the courses become full before they begin. If you would like Helsinki Summer School to arrange your accommodation, you should apply no later than the beginning of June.

I am 18 years of age and just finishing high school. Am I eligible to participate in Helsinki Summer School? Back

Unfortunately no, because our courses are designed for university students who have already studied for at least a few years.

I have already graduated and am working now. Can I still apply to Helsinki Summer School? Back

As long as you have studied at a university for at least a few years, you are welcome to apply to Helsinki Summer School. However, the number of places open to professionals is limited.

If I should have to cancel my participation, will the fees I have already paid be refunded? Back

Please take a look at our cancellation policy.

The registration fee and social programme fees cannot be refunded.

If you have paid the accommodation fee and you cancel your participation prior to the accommodation fee payment deadline, Helsinki Summer School will refund your money after deducting 15% charge and banking fees. Accommodation fees will not be refunded under any circumstances after the accommodation deadline has passed.

Does Helsinki Summer School offer language courses? Back

Although all of our courses are taught in English, they are not language courses. If you are looking for summer language courses in Finnish, you can find useful links here.

Can I take more than one course at the same time? Back

The courses are extremely intensive (normally 2-3 lectures per day), so it is not possible to take more than one course at a time.

Will I receive a certificate at the end of the Helsinki Summer School session? Back

After the session has ended, we will post a course diploma, a transcript, and a course description to each student who has successfully completed their course.

Can Helsinki Summer School help me obtain a visa? Back

If you have been accepted to HSS and have paid the registration fee, we can inform the Finnish Consulate that you have been accepted to our programme. If you would like us to do so, please contact us and tell us which consulate you are applying for a visa at. We cannot, however, guarantee that you will be granted a visa, as that is entirely up to the Finnish Consulate. If you are not granted a visa and have to cancel your participation, we will not be able to refund your registration fee.

Is it easy to get a scholarship? Back

No, it's not. The competition for Helsinki Summer School scholarships is intense. We get hundreds of scholarship applications every year while we are able to give out only a handful of scholarships. We recommend that you try to find sources of financial support in your own home country as well.

If I am not awarded a Helsinki Summer School scholarship, where else can I apply for one? Back

Unfortunately, Helsinki Summer School is not able to provide you with contacts to other scholarship sources. We recommend that you contact your own university for more information on possible scholarships and/or grants.

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When will the scholarship results be announced? Back

We will inform all of our scholarships applicants of the results by email no later than the end of April. Please note that no enquires about the results will be answered before that.

Where do the courses take place? Back

It depends on who organises the course. Please take a look at the Accommodation page to find a link to a list of the courses and campuses and their distances from the accommodation we offer.

How many students are there in each course, and where are they from? Back

The course sizes vary, but there are normally between 15 and 30 students per course. The students come from dozens of different countries all around the world. Usually, there are also some Finnish students on most of the courses.

Will someone come and meet me at the airport? Back

Regrettably, no. You can find the instructions on how to get from the airport to the city centre, how to find the hostel, what to do on the first day, etc. at the Extranet.

My university has an exchange agreement with a university in the Helsinki area. Do I still have to pay the Helsinki Summer School course fee? Back

Yes. You are required to pay the normal registration and course fees. A discount on the registration and course fees can be granted only to applicants who have been accepted as exchange students at a Finnish university for the academic year following the summer course (see the Payments page for more information).

Does Helsinki Summer School have insurance for its students? Back

No. We strongly recommend that all students obtain travel insurance prior to leaving their home country.

Should I bring my own computer with me or can I use the computers at pat the participating universities? Back

All of the participating universities have excellent computer facilities, and we will provide all of our students with a computer license which includes an email account and a printing quota of 500 pages.

You will also have access to the computer labs at the Alexandria Learning Centre, which is located on the University of Helsinki’s city campus. You can also get a key card (requires a 25 € key deposit) which allows you 24 hour a day access to the computer labs.

If you do bring your own laptop, the Alexandria Learning Centre offers free WLAN Internet access. Eurohostel also provides WLAN Internet access. More information about the fees is available on the Eurohostel website. There is also a free broadband Internet connection in every apartment in Pihlajamäki. You only need an Ethernet network card and a LAN cable to use it.