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 semesters. 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 a friendly atmosphere and a community feeling, as well as the working life oriented, competence building studies.
We have six campuses in the Greater Helsinki Region and providing educational services in four fields of study. Exchange students can choose studies from the degree programmes in English as well as from the degree programmes in Finnish, which also offer some studies in English.
We welcome exchange students to the following campuses:
- Laurea Leppävaara (Hospitality Management, Service Business Management, Business Information Technology, Safety, Security and Risk Management)
- Laurea Tikkurila (Service Business Management, Business Information Technology, Nursing, Social Services, Beauty and Cosmetics)
- Laurea Otaniemi (Nursing, Physiotherapy)
- Laurea Hyvinkää (Service Business Management, Nursing)
- Laurea Lohja (Nursing, virtual Service Business Management)
- Laurea Porvoo (Nursing)
Exchange students can study at Laurea for one semester or for one academic year. Also traineeships can be arranged for students from the partner universities in the field of social services and health care. Mandatory orientation days are organised in the beginning of the autumn and spring semester.
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. Also, take a look at the practicalities of living in Finland.
Please also see our brochure for exchange students.
Get to know Laurea
For the academic year and autumn semester
- Nominations April 15 (made by home institution)
- Applications May 1 (except April 15 for traineeships in nursing)
- Enrollment for studies in May
For spring semester
- Nominations October 15 (made by home institution)
- Applications October 31 (both studies and traineeships in nursing)
- Enrollment for studies in November
Autumn exchange semester 2021
Please keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic might cause changes to the semester dates and teaching arrangements in the autumn semester 2021. Please read the information below.
- August 16 - December 17
- Orientation days
- Orientation for all exchange students: August 16 online in Zoom 10am. - 3:15 pm. Finnish time
- Campus orientations:
- Leppävaara: August 17 online in Zoom 10am. - 2pm. Finnish time
- Hyvinkää: August 17 online 10am. - 2pm. Finnish time
- Tikkurila: August 20 at 10 am. on campus, !Nursing students! August 19 at 10 am. on campus
Spring exchange semester 2021
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, teaching will take place online with only very few exceptions. Please read the information below.
- January 7 - May 28, 2021
- Orientation days: Common orientation for all incoming exchange students is held January 7 online in Zoom
The exchange period includes mandatory orientation!
Incoming students enter Finland according to the instructions of Finnish Border Guard, possibly through quarantine and/or coronavirus tests. Please follow the information on the pages of the Finnish Border Guard and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare You can use the FINENTRY service to see instructions on travelling to Finland.
Incoming students have to have an insurance that covers health care also in the case of corona-pandemic and possible extra travel expenses caused by the pandemic.
Teaching is organized online until the end of spring semester 2021 with very few exceptions e.g. nursing workshops on campuses. For autumn semester 2021, teaching has been planned to take place both online and on campus and the schedules are published. Situation allowing, campus teaching in autumn will take place as planned and according to the current room reservations. However, students need to take into consideration that teaching is still implemented to a large extent online.
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 in 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 in Finland. The information will be gathered from the arriving students after they have been accepted to Laurea. It is highly recommended 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 orientation and assistance to exchange students. 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.
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.) You need to be nominated by your home institution first by the given deadline. 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.
(2.) All nominated students will receive an email containing the instructions on how to fill in the online application form. The email will be sent from the address intl.info(a)laurea.fi with the title “Instructions for filling in your Exchange Application to Laurea”. If possible, you will be notified (in a separate 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.
(3.) Fill in the application form in SoleMOVE portal by the given deadline. You need to attach a motivation letter to your application.
In the motivation letter you should write at least about the following things:
- 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?
(4.) After you have been accepted to Laurea
- you will be notified which campus you will be studying at
- you will receive information about how to activate your Laurea student account
- you will receive instructions on how to enrol for the studies offered in the semester. An activated Laurea account is required in order to enrol for studies at Laurea!
(5.) Apply for accommodation as soon as possible. Please note that 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. HOAS is an independent student housing organization and has only a limited number of student apartments available, so apply for HOAS housing as soon as you know you have been accepted by your home university!
- 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!
(6.) Enroll for the studies during the enrollment period (make sure you have activated your Laurea account!)
- The study offer for autumn 2021 will be ready by May 10, 2021.
- Enrollment period for autumn studies is May 24 - 30.
- You can choose studies up to 30 ECTS per semester + a Finnish course (5 ECTS). Approximately 27 hours of student's work is expected per 1 ECTS credit.
- Please note that some of the studies available for exchange students are online courses. Normally, you should select a maximum of 10 ECTS of online courses. Due to the pandemic situation, this does not apply and students can have more than 10 ECTS of virtual studies.
(7.) Prepare your Learning Agreement according to the studies you enrolled for.
- Instructions for completing the Learning Agreement are sent to you in a separate email after you have received the acceptance message (step 4). Please read the email carefully as the name of the academic coordinator responsible for your Learning Agreement is provided in it. This email as well as the acceptance message will come to you after the application deadline.
- After your Learning Agreement has been approved and signed at your home institution, send it to the person who is responsible for receiving the Learning Agreement at Laurea.
- It is recommended that you keep a copy of the Learning Agreement for yourself.
- Your Learning Agreement will be signed by Laurea and returned to you after your enrolments have been checked.
(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 days to ensure that arriving is as smooth as possible. All Laurea incoming exchange students will have a student buddy tutor who we recommend keeping in contact with about intended arrival dates.
(9.) Prepare for the exchange well. Read about Finnish culture and customs. Read carefully through the information about living in Finland.
FAQ - General questions
Where are the Laurea campuses located?
Laurea receives exchange students to 6 campuses in the Greater Helsinki Metropolitan Area.
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 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 16 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.