Student Exchange

The University of the Arts Helsinki receives approximately 100 international exchange students every year. Would you like to be one of them?


The International Relations Offices are responsible for matters regarding student, teacher and staff international exchange. If you are interested in coming to the University of the Arts Helsinki on teacher, staff or student exchange, first contact the International Exchange Coordinator at your home institution who then contacts the international office of the academy in question. As an exception the Academy of Fine Arts accepts free movers who can contact the international office directly (see below). 

The University of the Arts Helsinki International Relations team is also responsible for preliminary coordination for individuals who wish to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship in order to be affiliated with the University of the Arts Helsinki. For details, please see further academy specific information below.


International students accepted on the basis of agreements (Erasmus, Nordplus, FIRST, North-South-South, Fulbright, bilateral agreements) do not pay tuition fees. 


The University of the Arts Helsinki students and staff, please see the intranet Artsi.

How to Apply?

See the instructions by clicking the name of the wanted Academy below.

Sibelius Academy

Sibelius Academy

Student Exchange


NB! The instructions for applying for the academic year 2018-2019 will be updated on this website in January. The application round will open in late January / early February. The deadline for applying is the same 31 March!

Schedule of the academic year 2017-2018

Autumn semester: 30 August – 22 December 2017
Spring semester: 8.1.2018 – 31.5.2018


NB! Exchange students apply to Sibelius Academy according to the above mentioned semester dates and not the semester dates of the sending institution!

Exchange students can apply to Sibelius Academy for either autumn term, spring term or the whole academic year. The maximum length of the exchange at the Sibelius Academy is two semesters.


Instructions for applying

Sibelius Academy has only one application round per year for exchange students: The application round for the intake of 2017 – 2018 is open 6 February – 31 March 2017.



- Student exchange applications for orchestral conducting are usually not handled, as there are no exchange study places available at the conducting class.
- The Department of Music Education only accepts exchange students for the whole academic year.


All applications have to be submitted through the online application system. Sibelius Academy is using the European conservatories’ Online application system EASY which is still in it’s pilot phase. Some features might still be under development and some minor changes might still occur during the application time, so we ask patience from our applicants. This being said, the system is up and running while it’s being developed so students are welcome to apply!


Before starting your online application, please prepare the following documents you need to add to your application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae

  2. Letter of Motivation

  3. Transcript of Records and/or a certificate of previous studies

  4. Learning Agreement
    You are asked to fill in the courses you wish to take at the Sibelius Academy to the online application system that will produce a learning agreement based on your choices. Make sure you enter a complete list of courses with codes and study points to the application and not only for example "electives". Courses are selected from the list of courses offered in English at the Sibelius Academy that you can find here:

    • Courses offered in English: pdf-version 
      (update 27.2.2017: unfortunately the web version is no longer available and the only version in use now is the pdf-version above)

  5. Video recording
    A video recording is required from the applicants to show the artistic capability of the applicant. The video needs to be uploaded to the application system.  The repertoire you wish to play on the recording can be selected freely and a good number is 1-3 pieces. Total length of the recording should not be longer than 20 minutes.
    You can upload videos in most file formats. The upper limit for the size of the uploaded files is 100MiB. Videos can also be attached as a link to Vimeo, SoundCloud, YouTube or DropBox.

  6. Students applying to composition: Scores

    • Composition applicants must submit the score of one-two composed piece(s) showing both technical and compositional skills.

  7. Students applying to Music Technology: Portfolio

    • Music technology applicants should include a portfolio of previous works to the application.


Online Application

Apply online:

Deadline for applying is 31 March.

NB! If the applicant cannot find the possibility to apply to Sibelius Academy after choosing the home institution in the EASY online applilcation system, it means that the institution does not yet have an Erasmus+ Inter Institutional Agreement with Sibelius Academy. In this case, contact Anna Stina Sinisalo ( to open the possibility to apply via the system. The International Relations Coordinator of the sending institution should nominate the student via email to Anna Stina Sinisalo. If the applicant is accepted for exchange studies, Sibelius Academy will make the Erasmus+ Inter Institutional Ageeement with the sending institution.


Questions about the application process are to be addressed to:

Anna Stina Sinisalo
Project Coordinator, International Relations
+358 40 710 4346


Complete applications that have been submitted through the online application system by the deadline of 31 March will be examined and sent for the academic evaluation to the departments. Applicants are selected on the basis of the quality of their application, their artistic level and the final number of selected exchange students depend also on the number of seats available for exchange students.

The academic evaluation will take place in April – May.

We will notify all applicants and the sending institution coordinators about the results of the selection procedure in May-June!

Accepted students will receive the selection decision and the acceptance letter by email.


The international exchange office has published a Practical guide for international students. The guide is designed to help international students to plan their stay and studies at the Sibelius Academy.


Useful links

Study in Finland is a database of English-language degree and non-degree programmes, information about Finland as a study destination, our higher education institutions and practicalities concerning scholarships, admissions systems and living in Finland. Also see Study in Finland on Facebook.

Helsinki City Tourist Information offers free information about the city and its sights, events and services. Also visit them on Facebook.

VisitFinland is the official travel site of Finland, and they can also be found on Facebook.



Theatre Academy

Theatre Academy

The Theatre Academy accepts exchange students from partner institutions we have an Agreement with (Erasmus, Nordplus Norteas, Bilateral, FIRST-ARTSMO, North-South-South, Fulbright).


Deadlines for exchange applications:


Autumn term (Aug/Sept-Dec): 31 March             

Spring term (Jan-May): 1 October 

Please note, that we only accept exchange applications that are sent through the international coordinators of our partner institutions, not directly from students.             

Student application form                         

Required attachments to the application:
motivation letter, transcript of records, CV, photo, dvd or link to video (Dance and Choreography)

In the attached document you can find information about our services for exchange students:              

Information for visiting students

Academy of Fine Arts

Academy of Fine Arts


Exchange students


If you are a degree student enrolled in a university with which the Academy of Fine Arts has an exchange agreement (ERASMUS+, KUNO/NORDPLUS, bilateral), please contact first the International Office of your home university. Once you have been nominated as an exchange student by your university, we will send you a link to the application form.

There are no tuition fees for exchange students. 


Non-degree students


If there is no agreement between the universities: you should apply for non-degree studies. The Academy of Fine Arts may accept art students from other art universities if the applicant fulfils the artistic requirements. The non-degree studies are payable.


Non-degree students should also fulfil English language requirement (level B1 / 3), unless you are a native English, Finnish or Swedish speaker, or you have obtained your general education or completed a university degree taught in English, Swedish or Finnish.


The recognised English language tests and their minimum score requirements:

• TOEFL (IBT = Internet Based Test, PBT = Paper Based Test)
Total score: 73 (IBT), 533 (PBT)

• IELTS (Academic)
Overall Band Score: 5.5

• Cambridge FCE/CAE/CPE (FCE=First Certificate in English, CAE = Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Grades accepted: A, B, C

• Pearson Test of English (Academic)
Total Score: 43

Please note that IELTS, TOEFL and PTE test results are valid for two years from the test date.


Deadlines for applications


            15 October (spring term Jan-May) and

            31 March (autumn term Sept-Dec and the whole academic year Sept-May)


How to apply


Please contact to obtain a link to the application form. Please mention your current home university in order to define your student status (exchange/non-degree student). 


Appendices to be included in the application are listed below. Please note that appendices submitted separately or without the application form are not considered.


All applicants should submit:

  • a motivational letter describing why you would like to study at the Academy of Fine Arts and what your expectations and aims of the studies are

  • a portfolio in which the applicant shows a selection of his/her works of art 

  • a short CV describing your previous studies, work experience, art projects, exhibitions and other relevant information in chronological order

Applicants for non-degree studies should also submit:

  • English language certificate (please see instructions above)


Selection results will be informed by email within 4-5 weeks of the application deadline.


Contact information

Each academy in the University of the Arts Helsinki has their own International Office staff. Together, they form the University of the Arts Helsinki International team, which is responsible for issues related to internationalization of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

International Relations Office of the Sibelius Academy

Head of International Relations
Project Coordinator, International Relations
International Exchange Coordinator

International Relations Office of the Theatre Academy

International Relations Coordinator

International Relations Office of the Academy of Fine Arts

International Relations Coordinator