The University of Helsinki is the only university in Finland to consistently rank in the top 100 of the world’s approximately 18,000 universities. 

In 2021, the University of Helsinki placed 101st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 104th in the QS World University Rankings, 82nd in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, 94th in the U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings and 97th in the NTU Ranking.

The University of Helsinki has 11 faculties, and it provides teaching on four campuses in Helsinki: the City Centre Campus, Kumpula Campus, Meilahti Campus and Viikki Campus.

THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI IN NUMBERS (2021 during the pandemic)

30,800 degree students

96 bachelor's and master's programmes, 32 doctoral programmes

2,012 (7%) international degree students

198 students embarked on a student exchange

911 incoming exchange students

International Exchange Services & Erasmus Program

International Exchange Services coordinates the Erasmus programme at the central level: e.g. promotes the possibilities, consults in agreement matters, organises services for both in and outgoing exchange students, outgoing staff, as well as maintains the mobility management system Mobility Online.

Contact information

Postal address P.O. Box 53, Fabianinkatu 28, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland 


All necessary information for exchange and visiting students should be found here. Please check the website before contacting by email!

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The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY)

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki, or HYY for short, is an advocate and service organisation for the students at the University of Helsinki. HYY was founded in 1868 which makes it the oldest student union in Finland. Student unions in Finland are established by law to protect students’ rights and promote their interests at the University and in society. ESN Uni Helsinki is a member organisation of HYY. You can pay the Student Union’s membership fee in connection with the annual registration in the OILI system or as a bank transfer.

HYY membership is not mandatory for postgraduate and exchange students but it will give you access to student benefits all over Finland, and better safeguards your rights as a student in Finland.

Official Finnish student card

The ESNcard is not a valid student card, which are exclusively supplied by universities. You can benefit from the ESNcard discounts, but ESNcards are not always accepted for regular student discounts.

By becoming a member of the Student Union HYY, you can order the official Finnish student card and will be entitled to several benefits and discounts across Finland. 

For incoming exchange students

Autumn Semester: 30 August – 23 December 2022

Spring Semester: 11 January – 31 May 2023

If academic freedom leaves you puzzled, you can find help from the HYY survival guide for students. The guide provides answers to questions you may have on subsistence, housing, public transport, health and wellbeing.


The University of Helsinki and HYY have compiled a guide for English-speaking students on how and where to look for housing. You can find the guide on the UH website here.

Information from the University of Helsinki and HYY websites.