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Studies suitable for exchange students

Exchange students at Laurea can study in English degree programmes as well as in the Finnish degree programmes offering studies in English. On this page you can find information on what it’s like to study at Laurea and also a list of studies suitable for exchange students.

What can I study at Laurea?

All the suitable study units and their descriptions are available in the Study offering page. Please scroll down on the page to the heading “Studies suitable for exchange students” and select your campus.  After you have selected the campus, you can see a list of all the study units, which are suitable for exchange students.

  • Click the study unit to see the description, content and learning outcomes. Please notice that the study units may have several implementations. Make sure to choose an implementation where the teaching language is English, the timing is appropriate and it is offered in the right campus. Some of the studies are online courses and we recommend not to choose more than 10 ECTS of online courses. In Laurea one ECTS credit corresponds to approximately 27 hours of work.
  • When you have found courses you would like to study, write down the code for the course and then check the Timetable Engine page to make sure your courses won't overlap. 
  • Before you write down the study units to your Learning agreement it's important to check that the schedules of the study units are not overlapping. However, if you will complete studies in a project module, the schedules are usually agreed at the time of the project commencement, so overlapping of studies in project modules is not a problem. Students who are selected for exchange will be sent instructions on how to enrol for the courses.

Double Degree students

If you are joining Laurea as a Double Degree student, please contact your international office for the courses that have been predetermined and agreed upon in advance. Double degree students also need to make a learning agreement for the studies to be completed at Laurea.

Study methods and environments

Studies at Laurea include traditional study courses with lectures and exams and also project-based studies that are completed in cooperation with real companies. The Laurea learning model, Learning by Developing (LbD), is all about focusing on practical projects with real-life companies and organizations while studying and gaining both theoretical and practical knowledge. Laurea´s LbD model emphasizes individual freedom and responsibility, equality, co-operation with organizations and teamwork. Study methods also include a variety of lectures, e-learning (studies in online platforms), group and individual assignments, presentations, and exams.

It is recommended that incoming exchange students to Laurea have a clear goal of what it is they want to accomplish in their studies during their exchange semester. The LbD model requires an open mind for new ways of learning since the learning model is typically a very different model of education from what many of the incoming students are used to in their home countries. Studying in the project-based courses requires student’s own input, active learning and ability for self reflection on their own progress in order to be able to enjoy studying. Our exchange students have commented that studying in the project-based studies at Laurea has been the first time they have really understood what knowledge and skills are actually expected and required in real working life and why you really need to study the things, which are offered in the curriculum. With the LbD method of learning, Laurea guarantees high quality in education and learning.

In the video below you can hear more about the Laurea LbD Learning model and about Laurea's student experiences.  


Laurea UAS grade  ECTS grade
5 Excellent A
4 Good B
3 Good C
2 Satisfactory D
1 Satisfactory E
0 Fail F or FX

Certain examinations are graded only on a pass/fail basis  H = Pass or S = Completed or 0 = Fail.

Please note that while the ECTS system is based on an expectancy of the distribution of different grades, the Finnish system is not. That means that in the Finnish system there is no rule or expectation as to how big a proportion of the participants in any given study unit can be given what grade; each student is graded on one´s individual performance, not in relation to the performance of others as such.

Learning agreement

Each and every incoming exchange student to Laurea is required to make a learning agreement for their exchange studies. A Learning agreement contains the studies you intend to do during your exchange at Laurea and information how they will be recognised by your home institution. The Learning agreement must be signed by you, your home institution and also by the academic contact person at Laurea. Applicants who have been accepted to Laurea will be instructed (with a separate email) about the Learning Agreement process.  When you have decided which courses and/or project modules you would like to take, fill in the learning agreement, get it approved and signed by your home institution and after that send it to the academic contact person at Laurea who will also sign the learning agreement and return it back to you by email. The learning agreement should be approved by all three parties (you, your home institution and Laurea). You will need to enrol for courses following the instructions provided to you with your acceptance email. The signed learning agreement will be returned to you after your course selections have been checked.

Please find a learning agreement template here 

Learning Agreement EU (pdf) (for students from European partner universities) 

Learning Agreement non EU (pdf) (for students from partner universities outside the EU)