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: Information for Incoming Applicants

The application round for the academic year 2019–2020 (both semesters) is closed.
The application for the academic year 2020-2021 will be open from January 10 to February 28, 2020.
The results will be announced in May–June 2020.

Schedule of the academic year 20192020:

  • Autumn semester: August 28 – December 20, 2019
  • Spring semester: January 7 – May 31, 2020



  • All applications have to be submitted through the online application system EASY Dreamapply 
  • Exchange students can apply to the Sibelius Academy for either autumn semester, spring semester or the whole academic year. 
  • The maximum length of exchange studies at the Sibelius Academy is two semesters within one study cycle (Bachelor / Master / Doctoral).
  • You can only apply to the Sibelius Academy according to the above mentioned semester dates, not the semester dates of the sending institution.
  • Student exchange applications for orchestral conducting are usually not handled, as there are no exchange study places available at the conducting class. However, applications for choral conducting and wind orchestra conducting are accepted.
  • The Department of Music Education only accepts exchange students for the whole academic year.

Apply online:

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 course codes and study points to the application and not only for example "electives". 
    Courses are selected from the newly published Study Guide: for main subjects use sections Sibelius Academy + level of studies + the department you are applying for, for electives use sections "Courses for everybody" and "Courses for exchange students". 

  5. Video recording
    A video recording of your playing or singing is required (students applying to wind orchestra or choral conducting: a video recording of your playing or singing and conducting is required). The video needs to be uploaded to the application system. You may choose the works freely,  a good number is 2-3 pieces in contrasting styles. Total length of the recording should not be longer than 20 minutes. Videos can be attached as a link to Vimeo, SoundCloud, YouTube or DropBox. You can also upload videos in most file formats. The size of the uploaded files should not exceed 100MiB. 

  6. Students applying to composition: Scores
    Composition applicants must submit the score of one or two work(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.

NB! If the applicant cannot find the possibility to apply to Sibelius Academy after choosing the home institution in the EASY online application system, it means that the institution may not have an Erasmus+ Inter Institutional Agreement with Sibelius Academy. In this case, please send a message to in order to inquire about the possibility to apply via the system.


Evaluation and Final Decisions

Complete applications submitted through the online application system by the deadline will be examined and sent for evaluation to the department in question. The final decision on offering an exchange study place depends on the quality of the application and the availability of study places and suitable teachers.The evaluation of applications will take place in April–May.We will notify both the applicant and the coordinator of the sending institution about the result of the selection procedure in May–June. Accepted students will receive the decision through the online system and the Letter of Acceptance by email. The students who are not selected will be notified through the online system.

Questions about the application process are to be addressed to email address:


Useful links

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.


Join Sibelius Academy doctoral student Lucy Abrams for a Campus tour in the Sibelius Academy facilities.


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:


Spring term 2020 (Jan-May): Application round closed

Study Year 2020-2021 (Sept-May) or Autumn term 2020 (Aug/Sept-Dec): 31 March 2020  

Spring term 2021 (Jan-May): 12 October 2020     


NOTE: Instructions for 2020 exchange applications are published on this site in early 2020.


Required documents to be attached to the Application:

  • Motivational Letter
  • Transcript of Records (showing the studies complited by the student at the home university)
  • CV
  • Photo
  • Link to a video / Video file (Dance and Choreography students)


In case you have any questions regarding exchange studies at the Theatre Academy, plese contact us at

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 5-6 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
Specialist, International Relations
Coordinator, International Relations

International Relations Office of the Theatre Academy

International Relations Coordinator

International Relations Office of the Academy of Fine Arts

International Relations Coordinator