WELCOME TO FINLAND AND TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN
UIAH HELSINKI !
Congratulations, you have been accepted to study at UIAH! You
are most welcome to stay with us. Here is some information you
might need to get started.
TERMS AND HOLIDAYS
The autumn term will begin latest 26 of August 2002 and it
will last to 13 of December 2002.
Spring term will begin latest 7 of January 2003 and it will
last to 23 of May 2003.
Some of the departments might have different schedules to
begin the lectures, therefore it is important to contact your
own department at UIAH and confirm the dates.
Christmas holiday is from 17 of December 2002 to 4 of
Summer holiday is from 1 of June 2003 to 31 of August 2003.
During terms we have so called green weeks.
Often no teaching is given during green weeks but,
Departments might organise something in a form of exhibition
Green week during autumn term is between 11. -17.11.2002.
During spring term the green week is between 17. -23.2.2003.
Other holidays: Finland's Independence Day 6.12.2002,
Eastern holiday 18.4. -21.4.2003. MayDay 1.5.2003.
University is closed during general holidays.
NOTE! Most of the University's staff is on their summer
holiday from mid June to the end of July.
- If you are staying in Finland LONGER than 3 months, you need
a residence visa.
- EU-citizens can apply for the visa in Finland. You need 2
photos and a certificate of your scholarship. Visas can be
applied from the Alien's permit office/Police station, address:
Punanotkonkatu 2, 00120 Helsinki tel. 09-1891.
- Students coming outside of EU must apply for the visa before
coming to Finland. For further details, please contact the
Finnish embassy in your own country. For the visa application
form you need a letter of acceptance form UIAH and you have to
prove that your own funds will cover your living expenses during
your studies. 2002 the amount of the funds was 5050 € for
the whole year.
- Nordic students do not need visas.
- Passports are needed for the trips to the Baltic countries
and to Russia.
More information from, http://www.poliisi.fi/english/index.htm
FINANCING YOUR STUDIES
- UIAH does not have grants or scholarship for international
students. Students have to finance their studies themselves by
using their own scholarships, grants, loans etc. Further inquires
from the Ministries of Education and Scholarship centres in your
- You may also contact the Centre for International Mobility
CIMO for scholarship for international post-graduates and young
researchers. Cimo, P.O.Box 343, 00531 Helsinki Finland. Tel. +358
1080 6767 Mon - Thu 10am to 12am and from 1 pm to 3 pm.
There are two separate organisations renting flats for
- HOAS (The foundation for student housing in the Helsinki
region) tel. +358 9 549 900, fax. +358 9 5499 0345. HOAS
address is Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 29, 00101 Helsinki.
Rents from 150 € to 220 €. You have to pay a deposit
of 170 € and one month's rent at signing the tenancy
You can fill in your application in the net
and when signing in the contract you'll have to take a
separate certificate with you. This certificate has been sent
to all accepted students.
SOME STUDENT FLATS ARE FURNISHED, BUT SOME ARE NOT, BE READY
FOR THAT! Usually, no bed linen, dishes or other furnishing
belong to the room. The Office for Study Affairs has a small
store of bedclothes to borrow against a deposit of 100
- SATO Oy. address Mannerheimintie 3 B 00100 Helsinki. Tel.
+358 9 3519 410 fax.+358 9 351 9296. A rent about 170 €,
deposit fee is one month's rent.
STUDENT UNION, TOKYO, MEMBERSHIP
- All degree (BA, MA) students have to be members of student
union. DA students may join TOKYO if they want. DA members
may use Health Services at FSHS for student price. More about the
Health Services, http://www.yths.fi, Finnish Student
Health Service FSHS
- Exchange students studying at UIAH longer than 3 months
have to pay the Student Union, TOKYO, membership fee
2002-2003 is 88 € for the hole academic year, and 44 €
for a term. Health Service, FSHS, fee is included with TOKYO
- Members of TOKYO can get discounts for example of meals in
University's canteen as well as in other Universities
- Discounts in book shops, museums, galleries
- Low cost health care at the Student Health Service Centre,
More information about National Union of Finnish Students,
SYL, look http://www.syl.helsinki.fi/
- If you study at UIAH for whole academic year, it is advisable
to apply for the separate membership card. For that you need 7
€, a photo and a separate application form. It takes about
two to three weeks to get the membership card. Further details
from the Office for Study Affairs tel. +358 9 7563 0508 or
TOKYO's office Hämeentie 135 C, 4 floor B, 00560 Helsinki
tel. +358 9 7563 0431 fax. +358 9 612 41261
- All students have to enrol at the Office for Study Affairs
6 floor, before beginning their studies.
- Exchange students will get Credit Books when enrolling.
- Various certificates for busses, trains etc., will be given
at the same time.
- A List of courses will be given to you as well
- Check our homepages www.uiah.fi for general information
The teachers will mark all the courses that you enter and
complete on your Credit Book. The Department Secretaries or
International Student Counsellor will write you a certificate of
your studies at UIAH. It is very important that you collect all
credits to your Credit Book.
- After paying the membership fee to the Bank, you will be
given a stamp of enrolment on your Credit Book by officials at
the Office for Study Affairs. You are entitled for the discounts
only when you have the enrolment stamp on your Credit Book.
- Your own Department will charge you some material fees. It is
difficult to estimate for how much, since it depends on the field
of studies. More detailed information of the material fees, you
will get from your own Department.
- If you do not have your own e-mail address, for example
hotmail, and you would need an e-mail address, you can apply it
from the Office for Study Affairs. The fee is 9 €.
BA and MA students do not have to apply for the e-mail
- "A Liquorice" as we call the key to UIAH, can be given to you
for a deposit of 17 €. Your own Department at UIAH will give
permission for the key to you.
Lots of useful information can be found from these
Finnish Virtual, http://virtual.finland.fi/
About weather in Finland, http://www.fmi.fi/en/index.html
Discover Finland, http://finland.cimo.fi/
Finnish Embassies, http://www.formin.fi/english/
Travel in Finland, http://www.travel.fi/
The Finnish Tourist Board, http://www.mek.fi/intro.html
Finland Festivals, http://www.festivals.fi/
Education and Training in Finland, http://www.edu.fi
Helsinki Summer University, http://www.kesayliopistohki.fi/
The Finnish Language, http://www.helsinki.fi/kksc/language.services/
Shuttle busses from the airport to Helsinki
Helsinki Site map, http://www.hel.fi/english/sitemap.html
The City of Helsinki, http://www.hel.fi/english/index.html
Local traffic in Helsinki, http://www.hel.fi/HKL/
The list of contact persons at UIAH Departments
Dept. of Art, 8 floor, Börje Helenius,
tel. +358 9 7563 0363
Dept. of Art Education, 6 and 7 floors, Annika Fredriksson,
tel. +358 9 7563 0256
Dept. of Film and Television, 1 floor, Jussi Etto,
tel. +358 9 7563 0100
Dept. of Graphic Design, 5 floor, Sari Tarvainen,
tel. +358 9 7563 0509
Dept. of Design for Theatre, Film and Television, 4 floor,
tel. +358 9 7563 0510
New Media, 3 floor, Anna Arsniva,
tel.+358 9 7563 0597
Dept. of Photography, 9 floor, Mari Saukkonen,
tel. +358 9 7563 0517
Dept. of Ceramics and Glass, 4 ad 7 floors,
tel. +358 9 7563 0564
Dept. of Product and Strategic Design, 8 floor, Aila Laakso,
tel.+358 9 7563 0525
Dept. of Spatial and Furniture Design, 7 floor, Ilkka Kouri,
tel.+358 9 7563 0501
Dept. of Clothing and Fashion Design, 6 floor, Kaija Tolvanen,
tel. +358 9 7563 0357
Dept. of Textile Design, 6 floor, Jaana Pesonen,
tel. +358 9 7563 0334
You can also contact us:
|Office for study Affairs
International Student Counsellor
Address Hämeentie 135 C, 6 floor
00560 Helsinki, Finland
phone +358 9 7563 0508
fax. +358 9 7563 0210
||International Affairs IAC of UIAH
Address Hämeentie 135 C, 5 floor
phone +358 9 7563 0314
fax. +358 9 7563 0595
HOW TO REACH UIAH
- Taxi or public transportation from Seutula airport to the
Centre of Helsinki
- From the railway station, tram number 6, and busses 71, 71V,
- From Hakaniemi market square, busses number 73 and 74
- From Kasarmitori market square bus number 77S
- Push the signal button when you see the Arabia factories
Chimney on your right hand side.
Single fare-tickets cost 2 €. The driver collects the
This page has been updated 24 May 2002