Program Terms:Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Year Long (T1-T2), Year Long (T2-T1)
Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments
Students must have completed at least 16 Deakin Law units to be eligible to undertake undergraduate Law units at University of Helsinki.
Travel Grant Available:
4 x $5,000 Grants for students to attend selected University of Helsinki
The University of Helsinki is one of world’s leading multidisciplinary universities specialising the area of research. It is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), which includes such universities as Oxford and Cambridge. The University is internationally renowned for its high quality teaching, research, and innovation. International rankings consistently place the University of Helsinki amongst the 20 best universities in Europe.
The main strength of the University of Helsinki is considered to be scientific research and the teaching which is derived from it, as we believe that teaching is closely linked to research. This is reflected in our philosophy: “All teachers are researchers and all researchers teach.”
Did you know?
The capital of Finland, Helsinki has a four-times-a-year event called Restaurant Day. The occasion offers anyone the opportunity to set up a restaurant, cafe, or bar, for just one day, without having to apply for official permits. (Source)
The capital of Finland is a compact city easily explored on foot. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles and large park areas, forests, lakes, and the coastline with numerous islands sprinkled off it make certain there’s no shortage of natural presence. Needless to say, there’s something going on in Helsinki every day of the year. (Source)
The Finland you encounter will depend on the season of your visit, but whatever the month, there’s something pure in the Finnish air and spirit that’s vital and exciting. With towering forests speckled by picture-perfect lakes, as if an artist had flicked a blue-dipped paintbrush at the map, Suomi offers some of Europe’s best hiking, kayaking and canoeing. A fabulous network of national parks has well-marked routes and regularly spaced huts for overnighting, and you can observe bears and elk deep in the forests on nature-watching trips.
Finland isn't just vast expanses of pristine wilderness. Vibrant cities stock the country's southern areas, headlined by the capital, Helsinki, an electrifying urban space with world-renowned design and music scenes. Embraced by the Baltic, it’s a spectacular ensemble of modern and stately architecture, island restaurants and stylish and quirky bars. And the ‘new Suomi’ epicurean scene is flourishing, with locally foraged flavours to the fore. Beyond Helsinki, Tampere and Turku in particular are lively, engaging cities with spirited university-student populations. (Source)
That University of Helsinki operates the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). 7.5 ECTS is equal to 1 Deakin credit therefore 30 ECTS is equal to 4 Deakin credits.
At the University of Helsinki a full time study load is considered to be 3 units (a total of 22.5 ECTS).
A minimum of 6 (8 is recommended) Deakin credits are to be included in your study plan per trimester that you are applying for and for each university preference.
E.g. If you are applying for two trimesters and for two different universities? You would bring 6-8 units for T1 for each university and then 6-8 units for T2 for each university. A total of 12-16 units.
Credit Equivalences and Levels
1 Deakin Credit point
Full Time Course Load
USA, Canada and Latin America
3 - 4 Credit Point
Cost and Funding
Although costs can vary greatly depending on location and lifestyle, most returned exchange students indicate that a semester of exchange costs approximately AUD$15,000. Students are responsible to budget appropriately for their program and are encouraged to factor unpredictable events, such as currency fluctuations in to their budgets.
Students participating in the student exchange program will be expected to pay for their own:
Passport and visa costs
Daily living expenses including text books
Personal/ Travel expenses
The Deakin University Travel Insurance Policy provides cover for approved international travel for the length of your international program, including a maximum of 10 days leisure travel either immediately before or after the study component (or combination thereof), at no charge. While Deakin Travel Insurance is provided to all staff and students, this policy may not be accepted by some of our overseas exchange partners and it may be necessary for you to take additional health cover at the host institution. You will need to arrange additional travel and health insurance for any travel occurring outside of your formal exchange study period.
Any other incidental costs.
OS- HELP loans
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help
Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas. If you are on one of our short-term programs, so long as you have a full time study load for the year, your payments will continue while you are overseas. If you are accepted for exchange, you should make an appointment with Centrelink to discuss your plans.
Before you apply, please make sure you have completed all exchange application steps as outlined on the Deakin Abroad website.
Exchange Programs are available to all Deakin students, including international, postgraduate and off-campus students.
To be eligible to apply for an Exchange Program:
Undergraduate students must have completed at least 8 credit points toward their current Deakin degree. 4 Credits for Prior Learning can be counted towards this requirement.
Postgraduate students must have completed at least 4 credit points towards their Deakin degree
You must return to at least 1 credit point to complete at Deakin after your Exchange Program
You must study a full-time load while on exchange
You must have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 or above. Some discretion may be applied to this requirement for students with a WAM of between 55-60 at the time of application and will be advised to meet with a Language and Learning Adviser. Applicants with a WAM below 55 will not be considered.
You must have received faculty approval prior to submitting your exchange application
Students may apply for a Trimester or Year-long Exchange Program, starting either Trimester 1 or Trimester 2.