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


Application round for the intake of the academic year 2017-2018 is organized 6 February - 31 March 2017.

The application round opens 6 Febuary and the deadline for applying is 31 March 2017. Instructions for applying will be updated to this website in the end of January, please check the updates from this website.

Student Exchange

The deadline for exchange applications to the Sibelius Academy for the next academic year is always March 31.

NB! Student exchange applications for orchestral conducting are usually not handled, as there are no exchange study places available at the conducting class.


Schedule of the academic year 2016-2017

Autumn semester: 31 August – 23 December 2016
Spring semester: 9 January – 31 May 2017

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


Instructions for applying for the academic year 2016-2017

Please read carefully through these instructions on how to prepare a student exchange application. The exchange application consists of the following documents that need to be sent to the international relations office by the deadline of 31 March:

  1. Application form of the programme in question
    Choose the application form here:

  2. Learning Agreement
    Learning agreement has to be included in the application. The courses on the learning agreement have to be Sibelius Academy courses that can be found here:

    • List of courses taught in English for the 2016-2017 (pdf) (updated 5.2.2016, two Music Technology course descriptions added)

    • NB! In addition to the courses listed, the language of individual lessons, chamber music and ensemble classes, orchestral periods etc. can always be English in case there are international students attending. Please make sure to mention these in the learning agreement as well, especially if you wish to include chamber music in your studies.

      Learning Agreement forms:

    • Erasmus+ exchange learning agreement: download

    • Bilateral exchange learning agreement: download

    • Nordplus exchange learning agreement: download Nordplus learning agreement has to be attached to the online application in NOAS

  3. Curriculum Vitae and preferably also a Letter of Motivation

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

  5. Video recording
    A video recording is required from the applicants to show the artistic capability of the applicant. The video needs to be provided by informing the link to the video recording in the application form. 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.

    Approved videos (NB! Video recordings have to be freely accessible without any passwords or logins):
    Youtube video (link to video service:
    Vimeo video (link to video service:
    Video in mp4 format sent as a Dropbox link that goes directly to video

    NB! We do not accept recordings sent on CD/DVDs.

  6. Students applying to composition: Scores


Complete applications are to be sent as one pdf file to the International Relations Office address: Composition students can send the scores as separate pdf files.

Questions about the application process are to be addressed to:

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


Selection procedure

Complete applications that have arrived to the International Relations Office 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.

Practical information

The international exchange office has published a Practical guide for international students 2015–2016. The guide is designed to help international students to plan their stay and studies at the Sibelius Academy.

The updated version of the Practical Guide for the academic year 2016 – 2017 will be published in June and sent to all the new exchange students.

General information

The Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) is a Finnish government agency operating in the field of international mobility.

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. The amounts of the fees are:


2,500 euro / academic term
5,000 euro / academic year


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