Applying to Open University studies

How to apply to Open University studies

Application periods

Summer 2024

The course selection will be published on 19 March 2024 at 3:00 PM. The application period starts 3 April 2024 at 9:00 AM and ends 19 April 2024 at 11:59 PM.

Autumn 2024

The course selection will be published 28 May 2024 at 3:00 PM (studies organised by the Open University) and 11 June 2024 at 3:00 PM (studies integrated into regular degree-oriented instruction).

The application period begins 5 August 2024 at 9:00 AM. The application period ends 15 August 11:59 PM (studies integrated into regular degree-oriented instruction) or 22 August 2024 at 11:59 PM (studies organised by the Open University).

Spring 2024

The course selection will be published 5 November 2024 at 3:00 PM. The application period begins 19 November 2024 at 9:00 AM.

The application period ends 9 December 2024 at 11:59 PM (studies integrated into regular degree-oriented instruction) or 12 December 2024 at 11:59 PM (studies organised by the Open University).

Summer 2025

The course selection will be published on 18 March 2025 at 3:00 PM. The application period starts 2 April 2025 at 9:00 AM and ends 22 April 2025 at 11:59 PM.

The application periods for individual courses may be extended, or some courses may have their own separate application periods.

Courses

The up-to-date course selection can be found in the course calendar. It is possible to filter the list so that it shows only a certain field of study or major subject, and it is also possible to search for studies by writing the name of the course in the search field.  

Applying to Uniarts Helsinki’s Open University

The course descriptions for Open University studies are published on the Studyinfo portal, and the links to information on each course can be found in the course calendar.  

An online registration form for Uniarts Helsinki’s Open University studies is available in the course calendar for those who want to apply whenever there is an ongoing application period.  

Student selection and proficiency tests

Each course description mentions the criteria that are applied when selecting students to Open University studies. Students are admitted to courses either in the order of registration or based on their application. The selection process may include a letter of motivation, a proficiency test, an audition, or an advance assignment, for example, to ensure the applicant’s readiness to participate in the instruction. The submitted applications will be processed after the application period. All applicants will be informed on the selection decision by email before the start of the studies.  

Studies organised by the Open University

Decisions on student selection to the Open University’s studies are made by Uniarts Helsinki’s Open Campus and the teacher-in-charge of the course. Instruction is scheduled mostly for evenings and weekends, and the participants are usually Open University students. Student selection is made based on the criteria mentioned in the course description. 

Studies integrated into degree-oriented instruction

Decisions on student selection to studies integrated into Uniarts Helsinki’s regular degree-oriented instruction are made by the unit in charge of teaching. Instruction takes place mostly during the day as part of regular university teaching in groups together with degree students. Student selection is made based on resources and students’ skills.

Open application

If an applicant has justified reasons, in special cases they may apply for a right to complete Uniarts Helsinki’s studies that are not offered at the Open University. By submitting an open application, an applicant may be given the right to participate in lectures or group instruction. An open university tuition fee is charged for these studies. A study right for Open University studies cannot be granted for one-to-one instruction. 

Applying is possible through Uniarts Helsinki’s Open University during the Open University’s regular application periods. The application must concern a certain study unit that is offered as part of the academic year’s course selection. The right to study can be granted if the applicant’s educational background and skills are sufficient and if the group has room for more participants.  

Curricula that follow Uniarts Helsinki’s degree requirements can be found on the Uniarts Helsinki website, and the up-to-date course selection for the academic year is available in Uniarts Helsinki’s study guide. Not all of the study units that are included in the curriculum are offered each year. 

You can contact the Open University Office for more information on submitting an open application: avoin@uniarts.fi

Cancellation terms

See fees and cancellation terms for Open University students here.

Study­ing at the Open Uni­ver­sity

Read the Open University’s study instructions.