When will the next Helsinki Summer School courses be organised?
The next Helsinki Summer School will be organised in August 2017.
When is the application deadline?
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 and we only accept a limited number of students to each course.
I am 18 years of age and just finishing high school. Am I eligible to participate in Helsinki Summer School?
Unfortunately no, because our courses are designed for university students who have already studied for at least two years.
I have already graduated and am working now. Can I still apply to Helsinki Summer School?
As long as you have studied at a university for at least two years, you are welcome to apply to Helsinki Summer School. However, the number of places open to professionals is limited.
Does Helsinki Summer School offer language courses?
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?
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?
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?
If you need a visa, remember to upload a copy of your passport into the application system. If you have been accepted to Helsinki Summer School and have paid the course fee, we can send you a letter of acceptance and invitation. 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 you the service fee.
Does Helsinki Summer School offer scholarships?
Unfortunately we don't offer scholarships.
Where can I apply for a scholarship?
Unfortunately, Helsinki Summer School is not able to provide you with contacts to scholarship sources. We recommend that you contact your own university for more information on possible scholarships and/or grants.
Where do the courses take place?
On the University of Helsinki campuses. The exact campus is mentioned on the page of each course.
How many students are there in each course, and where are they from?
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?
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. on the Newsletter that we will send to the accepted students in July.
My university has an exchange agreement with the University of Helsinki. Do I still have to pay the full Helsinki Summer School course fee?
Yes. You are required to pay the normal course fee. A discount on the course fee can be granted only to applicants who are studying as exchange students at the University of Helsinki the same calendar year they participate in Helsinki Summer School (see the Prices page for more information).
Does Helsinki Summer School have insurance for its students?
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 the university?
The University of Helsinki has excellent computer facilities, and we provide our students with a computer license. With the license you will have access to the computer labs and will be able to print black and white documents.
If you do bring your own laptop, the University offers you a free wireless Internet access at its premises.
Please note that both the Eurohostel and Unihome Pihlajamäki provide free Wi-Fi Internet access.
English language requirements?
All courses in HSS are taught in English. Although applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, all students must be fluent in English. A good command of English is necessary for completing the course (following teaching, participating in classroom discussions, writing essays) as well as managing day-to-day matters in Finland.
An applicant can be rejected if his/her level of English is not deemed equivalent to the standards. An applicant’s level of English is sufficient if he/she: “Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and Independent disadvantages of various options.”
This description is based on the common European Framework of Reference.
Am I entitled to student discount in the Helsinki Region Transport?
Helsinki Summer School students are entitled to the student discount if they meet the eligibility criteria set by the Helsinki Region Transport (See HSL website for more information). HSS students need a travel card application form bearing the stamp and signature of the university. The form will be given to you at the registration. You can find the complete list of fares on the HSL transport website.