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Exchange Students and Trainees

The pages for incoming exchange students are being updated for spring 2019!

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 units 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.

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 at How to Apply (link)

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 available at 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

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. A description of the levels is available  at the CEFR self assessment grid website (link)

An 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 make the necessary arrangements to meet upon arrival to Finland. The arrival information will be gathered from the incoming exchange students after they have been accepted to Laurea. It is highly recommended for exchange students to arrive a few days before orientation to ensure that taking care of necessary practical issues is as smooth as possible before the 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.

The student union Laureamko and its International Student Tutors also assist exchange students in practical arrangements and studies, arrange social activities, trips and introduction to Finnish language and culture. Laureamko will contact all exchange students prior to their arrival.



How to apply<img alt="applying at Laurea UAS" src="/en/update/Studyingandapplyingimages/Image%20link%20images/Why-Laurea-University-of-Applied-Sciences.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />How to applyExchange programmes at Laurea are for students from Laurea’s international partner institutions.<a href="/en/studying-and-applying/exchange-students-and-trainees/how-to-apply" title="application procedure for exchange students and trainees">Exchange-How-to-Apply</a>
Studies suitable for exchange students<img alt="Open UAS -suitable studies" src="/en/update/Studyingandapplyingimages/Image%20link%20images/kl_Yhteishaku.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Studies suitable for exchange studentsInformation on study offering, study methods and environment, curriculum and Laurea's grading system .<a href="/en/studying-and-applying/exchange-students-and-trainees/suitable-courses" title="Suitable studies open UAS"><img alt="" src="/_layouts/15/IMAGES/icgen.gif">suitable courses</a>
Housing<img alt="housing for exchange students" src="/en/update/Studyingandapplyingimages/KV-kuvat/Housing-information-Exchange-Students.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />HousingStudent accommodation is available with student housing associations and companies close to most Laurea local campuses. <a href="/en/studying-and-applying/exchange-students-and-trainees/housing-for-exchange-students" title="Housing informaiton-exchange students">housing-for-exchange-students</a>
Living in Finland<img alt="" src="/en/update/Studyingandapplyingimages/Image%20link%20images/Laurea-UAS-Degree-Programme-in-Restaurant-Entrepreneurship.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Living in Finland Learn about practicalities related to living in Finland<a href="/en/studying-and-applying/exchange-students-and-trainees/living-in-finland" title="Living in Finland-practical information">living-in-finland</a>
Contact persons<img alt="Contact Persons for exchange programme at Laurea University of Applied Sciences" src="/en/update/Studyingandapplyingimages/KV-kuvat/Contact-Persons-Laurea-International-Office.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Contact personsContact information for Laurea's International Services<a href="/en/services/international-services/contact-persons" title="Contact persons for international services"><img alt="" src="/_layouts/15/IMAGES/icgen.gif">contact-persons</a>
Frequently asked questions<img alt="Frequently asked questions" src="/en/update/Studyingandapplyingimages/Image%20link%20images/kl_yhteishaun_aikataulu.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Frequently asked questionsCheck our frequently asked questions and answers.<a href="/en/studying-and-applying/exchange-students-and-trainees/frequently-asked-questions" title="FAQ-Exchange students"><img alt="" src="/_layouts/15/IMAGES/icgen.gif">frequently-asked-questions</a>

​Laurea's brochure for exchange students:





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