You may be trying to access this site from a secured browser on the server. Please enable scripts and reload this page.
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
Studying and applying
Information for new students
Bachelor's programmes in English
Business information technology
Additional Bachelor programmes in Finnish
Master's Programmes in English
Global development and management in Health Care
Service innovation and design
Additional Master's Programmes in Finnish
How to apply
Applying to Bachelor´s Programmes
Student selection methods
Separate application through open UAS
Why Laurea as a place of study?
Applying to Master's Programmes
Open University of Applied Sciences
Exchange students and trainees
Services for Students
Student affairs offices
Schedule for the academic year
Student Counselling and Guidance
Services for businesses
Students at your service
Personnel development services
Network to Get Work
Loaning and returning
Opening hours and contacts
User accounts and passwords
Research, development and innovations
Strategic Research Areas
Health and social integrity
Laurea Living labs
Networks and Partners
Become a partner
Call for papers
Entrepreneurship and Innovations
Laurea as an Organisation
Strategy and Federation of Universities of Applied Sciences
Laurea Strategy 2020
Stronger together - strategic partnership between Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia
Laurea as an Employer
Laurea Alumni of the Year
Exchange students - how to apply
Trainees - how to apply
Housing for exchange students
Housing in Hyvinkää
Living in Finland
Frequently asked questions
Studying and applying > Exchange students and trainees > Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
Where can I go at Laurea?
Laurea UAS has 7 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 two weeks 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 a student 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 toExchange 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
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. Your tutors can help you with finding more information. 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 km
Tikkurila 33 km
Lohja 60 km
Porvoo 52 km
I have problems accessing the Solemove or I forgot my password, what should I do?
In this case, please send an email to Laurea's international office (
) 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 UAS does not arrange any pickups from the airport. Laureamko, Laurea's student union assigns tutor to all the incoming students. We advise students to keep in touch with their tutor students and be well prepared prior to their arrival.
How do I apply?
To study as an exchange student at Laurea UAS, you must first be nominated by your home institution. You cannot apply to us directly. Please contact the exchange office at your home institution for details about application procedures and deadlines.
Where can I find out what programs and courses are offered in Laurea UAS?
Visit the page Exchange students - how to applu to find out about our programs and courses that are suitable for exchange students. Please check the implementation campus while checking at the courses.
What can I study?
We have wide range of degree program that we offer in English. Please visit our
systemfor more info. (Soleops -> Studies in English -> Field of Study and Academic year and choose your study program) You do not require log in to view this
Before the application, each university will also receive the information of the most current courses available for the respective semester in each of our campuses. Please be advised to discuss the matter with your home international coordinator responsible for Laurea partnership.
Will I have the same benefit as exchange student if I am placed in a different campus?
YES, same benefit applies to all the students.
Can I choose studies from several campuses?
Yes you can choose courses from several campuses but this has to be well planned since the distance between campuses could be long.
Do I need to send my CV when applying for placements?
Yes it is recommended to have your CV and Cover letter always ready and updated. Please include your previous placements also in your CV
When do I know, what kind of placement is booked for me and where? ( For Nursing placement and Social services placement)
If you are applying for Placement, the respected campus coordinator will contact you as soon as the placements are confirmed. We will do our best to find a place according to your wishes.
If I'm sick during my placement and I need to be absent, do I have to do the hours that I miss later on?
You should discuss about the work practicalities with your supervisor during your first day at work. If you are ill then you must contact your supervisor at the organization and guiding lecturer at Laurea.
Does the hospital provide me a uniform and what kind of medical report is needed for the placement? (Nursing students)
Nurses' clothing will be provided in the placement. Please, bring your own shoes. If you have clinical skills studies at Laurea, please bring nurses clothing with you. Please see
health information for incoming trainees
Who should I contact for traineeships practicalities?
for nursing and social work (
for Business and Hospitality management, BIT, Security MGMT (