Excellent feedback from exchange students

University of the Arts Helsinki receives recognition for its exchange student practices

The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) has been selected as a Best practice university when it comes to mobility. There has been a significant increase in the number of exchange students applying to study music, in particular.                

Uniarts Helsinki, along with Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, has been selected as a “best practice” university in Erasmus+ mobility in the 2017–2018 academic year. The decision was made by the national Erasmus+ Office in Finland. Being selected as a Best Practice university requires that the higher education institution successfully adheres to the Erasmus practices for European mobility. According to the grounds for the decision, Uniarts Helsinki has performed well in all of the categories that were reviewed regarding mobility in Erasmus+ higher education. Both the quality and the quantity of exchange periods have been excellent, and Uniarts Helsinki has also received highly positive reviews both from outgoing and incoming students and teachers. It’s also noteworthy that when comparing Finnish universities and how successfully students can transfer most of their credits at their home university after an exchange period, Uniarts Helsinki is at the top of the list.

Increase in the number of exchange student applicants to the Sibelius Academy

The deadline for submitting exchange student applications to Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy for the 2019–2020 academic year was 31 March. A total of 322 applications arrived by the end of the deadline, which is nearly a hundred more than a year ago. The biggest increase was seen in the Department of Jazz, Department of Conducting and the Department of Wind Instruments, Percussion and Harp. Dean of the Sibelius Academy Kaarlo Hildén can list several reasons for the built-up interest in the academy.

- Our high-quality education, excellent facilities, large course selection, esteemed teachers and opportunities to gain international experience and contacts are some of the aspects that attract interest in our university to an increasing extent. We promote teachers’ international networking and carry out a range of international projects, which helps us in our goal of further improving the quality of our education and boosting our students’ career potential also on international platforms, Hildén notes.

According to the target deadline, the decisions on exchange student admissions will be made in early May.