Information about studies
A student of arts needs to be passionate, committed, and willing to take risks. The University of the Arts Helsinki is an international and multidisciplinary environment that provides both support and freedom for students in finding their own artistic path.
You will plan your studies independently.
The Academies’ degree requirements form the basis of study planning. You will write an individual study plan (HOPS) that contains a schedule for your studies. Furthermore, the plan includes a timetable for completing the Bachelor’s and/or Master’s thesis.
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sibelius Academy: email@example.com
Theatre Academy: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a student of the University of the Arts Helsinki, you can include an international module in your degree. The module can consist of exchange studies or an international work placement, master classes, workshops, exhibitions, festivals, and more. The university itself is an international environment with international degree and exchange students and faculty. International activities provide students with the necessary networks and skills for international careers.
Further information on international studies is available at the three academies’ international offices and degree programmes. University of the Arts Helsinki’s students can read more about student exchanges on the intranet.
Timetable for the academic year
Academic year 2016–2017
Autumn semester: From 1 August to 31 December 2016 (Christmas break weeks 52 and 1)
Spring semester: From 1 January to 31 July 2017 (Easter break 13.-19.4.2017)
Tuition is given 15.8.2016-16.6.2017. See the more exact tuition timetables in the Teaching syllabus.
Academic year 2017–2018
Autumn semester: From 1 August to 31 December 2017 (Christmas break weeks 52 and 1)
Spring semester: From 1 January to 31 July 2018 (Easter break 29.3.-4.4.2018)
Tuition is given 14.8.2017-15.6.2018. See the more exact tuition timetables in the Teaching syllabus.
As a student of the University of the Arts Helsinki, you will need to register as present or absent at the beginning of every academic year. For 2017–2018, the registration period is from 15 May to 15 August 2017 (for the Spring term also 1.12.2017-8.1.2018). Please deliver the receipt of the payment to your own Academy study services office by the deadline.
General examination dates
General examination dates
Helsinki examination dates
9.6. (enrolment by 12.5.)
11.8. (enrolment by 12.5.)
16.9. (enrolment by 6.9.)
14.10. (enrolment by 4.10.)
11.11. (enrolment by 1.11.)
9.12. (enrolment by 29.11.)
13.1. (enrolment by 3.1.)
10.2. (enrolment by 31.1.)
10.3. (enrolment by 28.2.)
7.4. (enrolment by 26.3.)
5.5. (enrolment by 25.4.)
8.6. (enrolment by 11.5.)
10.8. (enrolment by 11.5.)
How to register for an exam
You must register for the exam no later than 10 days before the exam using the online form (will be published in the summer). Enrolments after the deadline will not be processed. In these cases, you should contact the examiner and, if it is still possible for you to sit the exam, register directly with the examiner.
Exams can be taken on general examination dates for all courses which are part of the curriculum and include a written exam.
Harmonisation exams and other exams where instruments are permitted must be agreed on separately with the lecturer. Music recognition exams which are included in music history courses are arranged separately each semester. Students are advised to bring a CD player and headphones to the listening exam.
The exams take place at Töölönkatu 28 Auditorium if not otherwise noted. The exam starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 1:00 PM. You can leave the auditorium 30 minutes after the start of the exam. You must present your student card at the exam for identification purposes and to confirm your attendance. Students who have registered as absent in the period in question cannot sit for exams.
The objective of founding the University of the Arts Helsinki is to enhance education and research in the arts and to promote the quality of the arts. This change aims to enhanced collaboration between different fields of art and a selection of new options for the students.
One of the most important objectives in the merger of the three academies is internal student mobility at the University of the Arts. Every academic year all three academies list the courses that can be opened to degree students at the other two academies. A requirement for attending an inter-academy course is that the course can be included in a degree offered by the host academy.
The University of the Arts Helsinki also provides joint courses that are planned from the very beginning for degree students from all academies. Joint studies can include individual courses or larger study modules arranged by the academy network.
If you have questions about mobility or ideas and proposals, email email@example.com.
JOO means flexible study right (joustava opinto-oikeus) which enables students to apply for the right to study at another Finnish university for the purpose of taking a specific module or individual courses. The JOO right can be applied for by bachelor and master's students in Finnish universities, provided that the home university approves the courses the student is intending to take. Upon the approval, the home university agrees to pay the student's JOO courses (€50/credit). The flexible study right can be granted for a maximum of two academic years.
The student must be registered for attendance at his or her home university in order to apply for the flexible study right and take the approved JOO courses. Students on JOO courses are not entitled to a degree from the host university. The JOO courses must be included in the student's degree studies and contribute to his or her professional, theoretical and practical competencies.
The University of the Arts Student Union (ArtSU) is an interest and service organisation for students at Uniarts Helsinki. The student union is a self-governing community subject to public law, and all bachelor's and master's degree students at Uniarts Helsinki are automatically its members. Doctoral students and exchange students are also welcome to join the student union, and the total number of members in ArtSU is about 1,800.
The purpose of the student union is to act as a liaison for its members, promote the interests and rights of students at Uniarts Helsinki as well as on a national level together with other student organisations, and provide services that assist students in their daily life. We welcome all Uniarts Helsinki students to join the student union activities!