Exchange students

We are delighted you are considering Finland and Laurea University of Applied Sciences as your exchange destination! Laurea receives about 300 incoming exchange students each year in autumn and spring terms. On this page you can read more about applying for exchange studies at Laurea.

Study for a semester at Laurea

Laurea attracts international students from all around the world with its active student mobility co-operation in Bachelor’s degree programmes.  International students at Laurea enjoy the a friendly atmosphere and a feeling of community feeling, as well as the working life orientated, competence building studies.

Laurea University of Applied Sciences has six campuses in the Greater Helsinki Region and provides educational services in four fields of study. Exchange students can choose studies from the degree programmes in English and also from the degree programmes in Finnish which also offer some studies taught in English.

Exchange students can study at Laurea for a semester either in the autumn or in the spring or even for an entire academic year. Also traineeships can be arranged for students from Laurea partner universities in the social services and health care field. Orientation for incoming exchange students  is organised in the beginning of the autumn and spring semesters.

Interested in applying to Laurea as an exchange student? Please read more about important dates and deadlines for applying below. Information about the studies suitable for exchange students is found at the bottom of this page.

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Important deadlines


Nomination deadlines


First of all you need to be nominated for student exchange by your home institution by the given deadlines:

  • May 1st for student exchange in the autumn term or whole academic year.
  • October 15th for student exchange taking place in the spring term.
  • More details available under the section How to Apply

Application deadlines

After you have been nominated by your home institution, you need to apply for exchange to Laurea by

  • April 15th for traineeships (only in nursing and social services)
  • May 15th for exchange studies at Laurea in the autumn term or academic year.
  • October 31st for exchange studies or traineeships taking place in the spring term.
  • Remember that you must first be nominated by your home institution in order to apply. More details under the section How to Apply (link)

Semester dates

The academic year 2018-2019 starts 29th August 2018  and ends 24th May 2019. Each academic year is divided into two semesters.

  • Autumn semester 2018
    29th August 2018 - 14th December 2018
    Orientation: 29th  - 31st August 2018
  • Spring semester 2019
    7th  January 2019 - 24th May 2019
    Orientation: 9th - 11th January 2019 (Orientation for Hyvinkää students starts 7th Jan!)


Language skills


A good command of English is needed to study/train at Laurea.

Laurea's recommendation for English language skills is level B2 in The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Orientation to Finnish language is organized as part of the orientation session for incoming exchange students. All incoming students at Laurea can complete at least Basic Finnish 1 (5 ects). Incoming students are also welcome to participate on other Finnish language courses organized for international degree-seeking students (altogether 15 ects credits).


Tutoring and assistance


International students are asked to notify their Student Tutor at Student Union Laureamko about their arrival and travel arrangements, so that they can be met upon their arrival to Finland. The information will be gathered from the arriving students after they have been accepted to Laurea. It is highly recommen ded for exchange students to arrive during the Arrival Days, as the days have been selected to ensure that taking care of necessary practical issues is as smooth as possible before actual studies start.

International planning officers, together with student affairs offices and faculty, assist exchange students in academic questions, i.e. studies and studying, and provide information especially related to exchange. Support is provided in face-to-face meetings and by e-mail and telephone.

Student union Laureamko and its International Student Tutors also provide exchange students orientation and assistance. This includes help from International Student Tutors with practical arrangements and studies, student card, social activities, trips and introduction to Finnish language and culture. Laureamko will contact all exchange students prior to their arrival.

 

How to apply


Exchange students

Exchange programmes at Laurea are for students from Laurea’s international partner institutions. Students who wish to study at Laurea on exchange programmes - such as Erasmus, Nordplus or Bilateral Agreement - should turn to the international office at their home institution in order to be selected into a programme before filling in the application to Laurea.

Exchange programmes at Laurea are for students from Laurea’s international partner institutions. Students who wish to study at Laurea on exchange programmes - such as Erasmus, Nordplus or Bilateral Agreement - should turn to the international office at their home institution in order to be selected into a programme before filling in the application to Laurea.

1. Before filling in Laurea's application form for incoming exchange students you need to be nominated to student exchange by your home institution. A person responsible for international activities at your home institution needs to send the nomination information through Laurea's online nomination system. For access to the online nomination system, the international coordinator of your institution should contact the Laurea international planning officer of your field of study.

Nomination deadlines:

  • October 15th for exchange studies in spring 2019
  • May 1st for student exchange in the autumn or for whole academic year


2. After we have received your nomination information from your home institution we will send you an email containing the instructions on how to fill in the Laurea electronic application form for incoming exchange students (this may take a few days). The email will be sent from the address intl.info (a) laurea.fi and the title will be “Instructions for filling in your Exchange Application to Laurea”. If possible, we will also notify ( in a seperate email) the preliminary information about which campus you will be selected to. Please note that your possible campus choice cannot be guaranteed due to the limited amount of incoming students we can accept per campus.

Laurea receives exchange students to the following campuses:

  • Laurea Leppävaara (Hospitality Management, Service Business Management, Business Information Technology, Security, Safety and Risk Management)
  • Laurea Tikkurila ( Service Business Management, Business Information Technology, Nursing, Social services, Beauty and Cosmetics)
  • Laurea Otaniemi (Service Business Management, Nursing, Physiotherapy)
  • Laurea Hyvinkää (Service Business Management, Nursing)
  • Laurea Lohja (Service Business Management, Nursing)
  • Laurea Porvoo (Nursing)



3. Fill in the online application form by the given deadline. The application form is online and will be sent to nominated applicants only. In the application form you will also be required to attach a motivation letter.

In the motivation letter you should write at least about the following matters:

  • What kind of studies or working tasks have you planned to complete during your exchange?
  • Are you applying mainly for studies in your own field or in some other field?
  • What kind of skills will you develop during internship?
  • What are your expectations regarding the exchange?
  • Why are you applying for exchange?
  • How will the exchange support your personal learning and career prospects?



The Deadlines for applying for exchange studies (applicants must be nominated first):

  • May 15th for studies in autumn term  and whole academic year
  • October 31st for studies in the spring term



4. After you have been accepted to Laurea you will be notified which campus you will be studying in and you will recieve information about how to activate your Laurea student account and also instructions  how to enrol for the courses offered in spring 2019. The Laurea account is required in order to enrol for courses.

5. Before enrollment, you must complete the Learning agreement with the studies you want to do at Laurea. Instructions for completing the Learning Agreement will be sent to you by a separate email after you have received the acceptance message. After your Learning Agreement has been approved and signed at your home institution, send it by email to the person who is responsible for receiving the Learning Agreement at Laurea by the deadline given. It is recommended that you keep a copy of the Learning Agreement for yourself. Please note that some of the studies suitable for exchange students are online courses and we recommend that you select a maximum of 10 ECTS of online courses.  The study offer will be ready November 19th 2018.

6. Enrollment for the studies in spring will take place starting from 26th November. Only accepted students who have activated their Laurea account can enrol for studies. Students must enroll as soon as possible, because offered courses can fill up fast. Enrollment ends 2nd December.

7. Apply for accommodation. Laurea does not have its own student dormitories. If you are selected to study in the Laurea Leppävaara, Tikkurila or Otaniemi campuses, you can apply for furnished exchange student housing via HOAS. Please note that HOAS has only a limited number of student apartments available, so apply for HOAS housing as soon as you have received the acceptance e-mails from Laurea for Leppävaara, Otaniemi or Tikkurila campuses. If you are selected to study at Laurea Lohja, Hyvinkää or Porvoo, an accommodation offer will be arranged for you by Laurea and sent to you by email.

Each exchange student is responsible for applying for his/her accommodation independently. Information is available under Housing.

8. Check the orientation dates for incoming exchange students and arrange your arrival accordingly. Exchange students are advised to arrive a couple of days before the orientation for incoming exchange students begins to ensure that arriving is as smooth as possible.

Orientation days for spring incoming exchange students Jan 9th - 11th 2019.
Please note: Orientation for students of Laurea Hyvinkää will begin already Jan 7th!

9. Prepare for the exchange well. Read about Finnish culture and customs.

 

 

FAQ - General questions

  • Where are the Laurea campuses located? 

    Laurea receives exchange students to 6 campuses in the Greater Helsinki Metropolitan Area.

    Laurea Hyvinkää
    Laurea Leppävaara
    Laurea Lohja
    Laurea Otaniemi
    Laurea Porvoo
    Laurea Tikkurila

  • When will I get my acceptance letter for Laurea UAS? When is the deadline to apply for an Exchange Program? 

    All acceptance letters are sent electronically after the application has been accepted. Acceptance letter will also be mailed upon request to the home university of the student who require a hard copy. The dead line to apply for an Exchange program is under Exchange students and trainees -> Important dates.

  • How much does it cost to live in Finland? 

    Even when there are no tuition fees, you will need funding to study in Finland. You must be able to cover all your everyday living expenses independently. We recommend that you should have at least 700-900 Euros per month at your disposal.

  • Who can participate in Exchange program? 

    We welcome any student that is currently enrolled in our partner universities. However, note that you cannot apply to us directly. Please contact the international office at your home institution for details about application procedures and deadlines.

  • Is funding available? 

    Please contact your study coordinator regarding this matter. Laurea does not provide any financial assistance to incoming exchange students. For students nominated to Laurea under a certain program (e.g. FIRST, NORDPLUS, and NORTH SOUTH SOUTH) are eligible to financial support from the respective program. Please discuss this matter with the person responsible for the program in your home institution.

  • What is the language requirement? 

    All exchange students will be enrolled in English taught classes. The language requirement for incoming exchange students to Laurea is B2 in English. This means the students has the capacity to achieve most goals and confidently express oneself on a range of topics.  Laurea does not have English Language support center for students who cannot follow lessons in English.

  • When and how do I apply for housing? 

    We strongly recommend you to apply for housing as soon as you have been accepted to study in Laurea. For more info on housing go to Exchange students and trainees -> Housing . If you will be studying in Hyvinkää, Porvoo or Lohja campus, housing will be organized by the campus responsible person. Incoming students in these three campuses will be contacted by the responsible person immediately after the application is accepted.

  • Do I need a passport? 

    Yes, we recommend you to have a valid passport with you while in Finland. This applies also to students arriving from the European Union.

  • Do I need a student visa?  

    If you are a citizen of Schengen area or European Economic Area, you do not require a visa. In other cases you are advised to consult the nearest Finnish Embassy or consulate. For further information about immigration in Finland, please check the website of Immigration office If you are a citizen of Schengen area or European Economic Area, you do not require a visa. In other cases you are advised to consult the nearest Finnish Embassy or consulate. For further information about immigration in Finland, please check the website of the Immigration office  


    •If you need to apply for a visa or a residence permit for your exchange in Finland please also remember to request a personal identity code in Finland at the same time with your visa/residence permit application.

     

  • How should I manage my banking while in Finland?  

    It is not necessary to open a bank account if you are in Finland as an exchange student for less than 5 months but it is possible. You are advised to have a bank or credit card in case you wish not to open an account in Finland. Bank account should be opened by those students who spend a year in Laurea, receive scholarships or do not have any bank cards. It is not advised to keep large sums of money in cash.

  • How far are the campuses from Helsinki Center? 
    • Leppävaara 12,5 kilometres (15 minutes by train)
    • Otaniemi 12 kilometres
    • Tikkurila 33 kilometres (15 min by train)
    • Lohja 60 kilometres (an hour by bus)
    • Porvoo 52 km (30 minutes by bus)
    • Hyvinkää 56 km (45 minutes by train)
  • I have problems accessing the Solemove or I forgot my password, what should I do? 

    Please send an email to Laurea's international office (intl.info@laurea.fi) so we can reset your password. However, if you remember your password but you still can't access, please try with another internet browser.

  • Who picks me up from the airport, when I arrive? 

    Unfortunately Laurea does not arrange any pickups from the airport. Laureamko (Laurea's student union) assigns a tutor student to all the incoming students. We advise students to keep in touch with their tutor students and be well prepared prior to their arrival. 

More information:

Study offer

Studies for exchange students

Find out about the study offer for our incoming exchange students!

Read more about suitable courses

Housing

This page contains information about the different accommodation options for students studying on different Laurea campuses.


Read more about housing in Finland

Living in Finland

General information about living and studying in Finland.


Read more about living in Finland