Open University studies

Take advantage of the Open University’s high-quality instruction in music, fine arts, theatre and dance at the University of the Arts Helsinki.

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About the studies

The Open University provides high-quality, research-based university education that corresponds with the degree requirements of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki). Teaching is organised in various forms: some of the studies are arranged by the Open University independently while some are integrated in Uniarts Helsinki’s degree-oriented instruction, and there are also courses arranged in different parts of Finland by Uniarts Helsinki’s partner institutions. Partner institutions include summer universities, adult educations centres and folk high schools, for example.

Open University study fee 15€/credit.

Read more about the principles and fees for open university studies


Studies free of charge for freelancers in the arts

During the 2022–2023 academic year, Uniarts Helsinki will give freelancers in the independent arts sector the opportunity to complete studies in entrepreneurship and career skills free of charge at the Open University. By offering the courses for free, the university wants to support operators in the cultural sector with no state funding in recovering from the COVID crisis.  

Check out the selection of studies in entrepreneurship and career skills

Studies free of charge for people escaping the war in Ukraine

If your degree studies at a Ukrainian higher education institution in the arts have been suspended due to the war in Ukraine, you can apply for the right to complete non-degree studies at Uniarts Helsinki. Students who have been awarded the right to complete non-degree studies based on humanitarian grounds can do so free of charge. The right to complete studies can be awarded to a student who has a valid right to complete a degree at a Ukrainian university as well as a Ukrainian citizenship or an asylum granted by Ukraine.

Read more about free studies for people escaping the war


Teachers of the Open University are part of Uniarts Helsinki’s regular teaching staff or other professionals and experts approved by Uniarts Helsinki.


You can register for courses organised by Uniarts Helsinki’s Open University by filling in a course-specific registration form online. The application period for autumn studies is in August, for spring studies in November/December, and for summer studies in April/May. The application period for individual courses may also be scheduled for other times.

Course participants are usually selected based on the order of registration, but specific courses may require a proficiency test, an audition, a letter of motivation or an advance assignment.

You can apply to

Open University studies


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Application languages

English, Finnish, Swedish Read more about language skill requirements

Tuition fee

Course fee €15/credit.

Application period

Course selection for spring 2023 will be published in November. Application period begins 22 November 2022 at 9:00 and ends 7 December 2022 at 23:59 (studies integrated into regular degree-oriented instruction) or 12 December 2022 at 23:59 (studies organised by the Open University).