2. Taking courses in a Finnish university

A Fulbright U.S. student grantee can enroll in a degree program as a non-degree student.

The aim of a non-degree student (or sometimes referred to as a visiting student) is to complete a set of graduate level courses but not to complete a full degree. Well-justified undergraduate level courses may also be accepted.

Please note that some Finnish universities may require the candidate be registered with a college/university in their home country and able to transfer the Finnish course credits to their home university degree. Find out your possibility for non-degree studies as well as the university application procedure and the deadlines by contacting directly the university international office.

Please pass on the Information on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program hand out for your university contact person when arranging the affiliation.

Tentative course plan

If you wish to take courses in a Finnish university, include a tentative course plan for the Fulbright period in Finland. Contact the university (and correct school) for information on available courses (taught in English).

Letter of affiliation instructions

Submit the application to the Finnish university as early as allowed by the university application schedule. Attach with your Fulbright application a letter from your host university stating your right to take courses. The purpose of the letter is to have your host university confirmation on the feasibility of your proposal and to make sure that you can carry out your study plans described in the Fulbright application.

If the university cannot write such a confirmation letter by the Fulbright application deadline due to the university admission timetable, request a university statement, which verifies that you have already submitted the application. You can request the statement from the university international office. Attach this document to the Fulbright application by its deadline.

In case you are not able to submit the university application by the Fulbright application deadline due to the university application schedule, explain this situation clearly in your Fulbright application and submit the application as soon as the university application period opens. There after send to the Fulbright Center a university statement verifying that you have submitted the university application (e-mail to karoliina.kokko(a)fulbright.fi). You can request the statement from the university international office.

The handout of the program for the prospective host includes detailed information on required the letter content. Please refer to that document when advising your host in writing the invitation letter.

NOTE: Candidate wishing to conduct research in addition to course work, must also to provide documentation mentioned in the Pursuing research in Finland section.

Student benefits

Student benefits for Bachelor’s and Master’s level students include considerable discounts on busses, trains and campus cafeterias. If you are registered as a doctoral student in a Finnish university, your student benefits will be very limited. Check with your host university international office your rights for different benefits as a non-degree student.