The University of Helsinki is a large multidisciplinary research university similar in scope to UTK although larger with an academic community of 40,000 students and staff. The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is located at the Viikki campus which is about 8 KM from the Helsinki city center. The campus also houses Faculties of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine and is know for its natural environment including a conservation area important for nesting and migratory birds. The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry  serves about 2700 students in four primary departments. Like UTK, the University of Helsinki is part of ISEP which opens the possibility for exchange programs .

 

Housing and other services:
Students applying through ISEP  would be housed in residence halls and would pay for housing and meals at UT, and then receive a monthly stipend in Finland to pay their rent and help cover meal costs. Questions on housing and other information should be directed to Sarah Knight who is UTK’s Program Abroad Coordinator for Finland.

 

Academics:
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry includes four departments: Agricultural Sciences; Forest Sciences; Food and Environmental Sciences; and Economics and Management. . Courses taught in English are listed by department and include those taken by exchange and masters level students. One credit at the University of Helsinki equals one ECTS (European Credit Transfer & Application System), which equals ½ UTK Credit. Fractional credits are rounded, so that a 5 ECTS credit would equate to 3 UTK credits. Courses are offered in periods (quarters) and periods I-II are in the autumn term, while periods III-IV are in the spring term. Students should work with their advisor to determine if they meet the requirements for the courses they are interested in taking.

 

Resources:
In addition to the web links noted above, the Orientation Handbook at the University of Helsinki is a primary guide for new students including exchange students . Here at CASNR, you should familiarize yourself with the Study Abroad Road Map. General questions about a semester abroad at Helsinki should be directed to Sarah Knight, UTK’s Program Abroad Coordinator for Finland. More specific questions about courses that will fit into your CASNR program should be directed to your faculty advisor, your department’s international advisor, the CASNR Study Abroad Coordinator, and CASNR student mentors.