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University of Helsinki

Helsingin Yliopisto, Yliopistonkatu 4 - P.O. Box 33, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
4.05 / 5 based on 198 reviews.
The University of Helsinki (Helsingin yliopisto) is the oldest and largest university in Finland. It was founded in 1640 as the "Academy of Turku"; Turku being the former capital of Finland, which was then part of the Swedish realm. After Finland was annexed to the Russian Empire in 1809, the capital was moved to Helsinki. In 1827 the University was transferred to Helsinki, where it opened the following year under the name of the Imperial Alexander University, after the Russian Czar Alexander the Second. It was the only university in Finland until 1919.

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88% of students recommend
198 reviews
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4 stars (72)
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1. Take care to order your beers during happy hours :p 2. Go to Lapland and North Cap. 3. Experience Finnish sauna 4. Taste some reindeer! Read Review
elmatchistador, Belgium

198 reviews of University of Helsinki

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by stefano, Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy
Computer Science/IT, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? Because I really think that it is the best way to do an international experience. You may meet people and it is not expensive since you can devide the rent with the other flatmates.
Personal comments:
It was a great experience, because I lived for seven months in a flat with other five guys from Czech Republic, France, England, Greece and Esthonia. Living in a multiciltural flat I enlarged my mind and, first of all, I improved a lot my english language.
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by Olivier, Université de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Law, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
The place to be on Wednesdays is Amarillo for nice drinks. The Barfly is a nightclub and The students headquarter on Thursdays. Go to Molly Malone to get Irish drinks
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by ainhoa, Universidad del País Vasco, San Sebastian, Spain
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
All of the courses about that I had took were good, but if I have to choose the best one I would say that was "relationships between minorities and mayorities"

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:

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by Michael, Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen, Göttingen, Germany
Linguistics, Erasmus
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: Finnish
Was learning Finnish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Finnish
How much did you improve your Finnish?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
As I spoke Finnish before, I was able to visit also Finnish classes - quite valuable. To get one Finnish speaking his/her language with a foreigner is a little bit complicate, but once you insist, they help you a lot with it and (most of them) have patience doing so ;)
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by letizia, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Translation/ Interpretation, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
I travelled more in here because I want to take advantage of the situation and visit all the countries around!
Travel, Overall, Food: was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Nightlife, Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
trips to Tallin are amazingly cheap. Food is very expensive but luckily students get discounts in transport
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by pauline, Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Political Science, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
I would have known more about the finish language.
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
this university is very good but you can be lost because of all the courses organised and all the party and extra activities organised.


i loved it so much i m going back for holidays and want to live there for some years. You can travel to Estonia or to Sweden or other countries very easy and you have to visit the country with some finish people because they will show you their country!
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