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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad/EuroScholars - Research Study Abroad in Europe: University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Third Party Provider Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Off Campus Apartment
Minimum GPA: 3.4 Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor
Courses Offered: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics, Pre-Med, Psychology, Statistics
Program Description:
Why EuroScholars HelsinkiU?
 
EuroScholars is a unique study abroad program for advanced students whereby students can conduct research at a high caliber institution while taking a language and culture class. The objectives of this program are to challenge students to conduct original research at the cutting edge of human knowledge and promote interactions with scholars through an immersion in European Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the research environment. As a participant, you will learn about scientific reasoning, research methods, theoretical principles related to the research area, and scholarly communication. By finalizing the results of your Research Project in a paper of publishable quality, you will also have improved your writing and presentation skills. The participating institutions are research-intensive universities, all internationally recognized for their outstanding research in numerous fields. All participating institutions are ranked in the top 2% of the 4,000 universities throughout Europe.

The University of Helsinki is the oldest, largest and most multidisciplinary university in Finland. It is also the only Finnish member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and ranks consistently among top-20 universities in Europe. Of the University’s 36,000 students close to 3,500 are international, covering more than 110 countries. The University of Helsinki offers several courses in Finnish language. Some of these courses are specifically designed for visiting students with no prior knowledge of Finnish. The aim of beginners’ courses (4 ECTS) is to offer a basic knowledge of Finnish in order to help the students to cope with some everyday situations.


Academic Highlights

The program is especially designed for students who are interested in discovering their potential for a research career. EuroScholars offers unique opportunities to spend a semester as a junior researcher at one of the top European research institutions. Supervision will be provided by academic staff, working on and/or responsible for the Research Project. The curriculum will consist of the Research Project (main element), literature review (independent study), elective (if applicable), and a language and culture course at the host university. The main element of the EuroScholars program is the Research Project. When applying to the EuroScholars program, you will select a specific research project from the EuroScholars Research Project Database. Almost all projects are ongoing research projects at the host institution, so as a EuroScholar, you will be an active contributor to an already existing research team. About 175 Research Projects at the 11 partner universities are available, in many fields of study. Projects are available in Arts and Humanities, Performing Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Law, Economics, Management, Politics and Social Studies. The other part of the curriculum is built around the Research Project in dialogue with the supervising professor.

The University of Helsinki engages in international top-level research across a broad front. Nearly two-thirds of the units engaged in research received the highest or second-highest grade. In Finland several research groups are awarded the status of “Centres of Excellence”. The University of Helsinki is home to several such centres and the University also ranks very highly among the hosting organisations in Europe for the prestigious ERC grants.


Student Life

Student life is diverse and the services offered to students are internationally of a high quality. Every undergraduate and graduate student enrolled in the University of Helsinki is automatically also a member of the Student Union (HYY) . The mission of HYY is "to represent the students of the University of Helsinki, look after their interests, and foster their academic, social and intellectual endeavours". HYY provides its members with a variety of services and represents them on various administrative and political forums. Compared with most student unions in the world, HYY enjoys remarkably high status at the University and at various levels of society at large. Within the Student Union (HYY) there are some 250 sub-organisations, faculty and department clubs, interst groups and clubs, the Student Nations, etc. Faculty and department clubs will introduce you to the students and their interests in your own field of study. There are many clubs or interest groups that focus on a particular activity, such as games, poetry, folk dancing, wine tasting, films, politics, and many, many more. If you enjoy singing, sports, or the theatre, you will find many choirs, orchestras, sports clubs, and theatre groups you can join in. Or maybe you'd like to try something entirely new? There are almost endless possibilities – and there's room for everyone.


Living in Helsinki

Finland is a welfare state with the aim of securing for its 5.3 million inhabitants equal opportunities for a good life and for the most efficient use of its resources as possible. It is a world leader in education and one of the most competitive nations, according to the Global Competitiveness Report. The geopolitical location between West and East has always been reflected in the country’s events and goings on. With this combination of western and eastern influences, Finnish culture has developed into something strong and highly individual. Helsinki is the capital of Finland and according to several recent international studies the city is among the most attractive cities of the world because of the high quality of life and excellent living conditions. With a population of over 550,000 Helsinki is just the right size; its services are second to none, and the latest high technology and the closeness to nature meet one another. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and activities in the form of hundreds of events and friendly people. Helsinki's identity has been formed by cultural influences from both the East and West. Helsinki is one of the most livable cities in the world. Helsinki is an exciting place, which offers its residents a spectacular milieu in the middle of the archipelago, a high guality of life and exiting events throughhout the year. Public amenities are abudant; from beautiful parks dotting the city to the efficiency of public transport, Helsinki is an enjoyable city for students.