The three academies of the University of the Arts Helsinki are active in various networks in their own fields. This solid basis offers possibilities for new forms of interdisciplinary activities and development of the University of the Arts as a whole. Internationalization is a strategic priority of the university and can be seen in every aspect of university’s main operations – in education, artistic activity and research. Artistic activities, instruction and internationality are closely intertwined at the University of the Arts Helsinki.


Internationalization is first and foremost a tool for developing the content of the main operations. International activities are organized in each academy and academic field. 


Internationality and networking are visible on all levels of the university: E.g. in the number of international degree students, active international exchange studies and traineeships, intensive courses in cooperation with international partner institutions and organizations, international workshops, festivals and exhibitions. The academies offer studies in English and frequently welcome visiting lecturers. Academies are active in use of modern technologies supporting learning and teaching in an international context (distance learning and learning platforms).


The academies and their degree programmes are active internationally in various networks and collaboration projects. Partnership agreements are based on mutual interest in developing education, artistic activity and research. The University of the Arts Helsinki has various partners in all corners of the world.


University of the Arts Helsinki understands the role and carries its responsibility in questions related to global responsibility. The university is active in several networks and projects focusing on capacity building in partner institutions and development of arts education in developing countries. 


Erasmus Charter for Higher Education

The University of the Arts Helsinki has been awarded an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) under the Erasmus+ scheme, for the program period 2014-2020. Our Erasmus ID code is SF HELSINK42. The Erasmus Policy Statement (Overall Strategy) of the University of the Arts can be viewed here and the Erasmus Charter here.

For further information concerning Erasmus student exchange and the application process, please contact each Academy’s International Office.