Arcada expresses sympathy and support for Ukraine, its citizens and its entire higher education community. On this page we have gathered information related to the war in Ukraine.
Remote video URL
Together with the other higher education institutions in Finland, Arcada expresses its support for Ukraine. This video is made by our media and culture students in April 2022.
Arcada follows the guidelines of the Finnish Government and the Ministry of Education in its decisions.
Study at Arcada
Arcada offers those who have fled the war in Ukraine the opportunity to higher education studies free of charge.
Open University of Applied Sciences (UAS)
Persons who have fled the war in Ukraine and who have sufficient English language skills can take study units in the Open UAS free of charge. There are a limited number of spaces, which are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The persons must also meet any potential prerequisites the different programmes might have.
The opportunity to study free of charge at Open UAS is offered to all asylum seekers and persons with temporary protection in Finland.
If you are interested in taking Open UAS courses, please contact E-mail: open
Separate study rights
Students who have a study right at a higher education institution in Ukraine and whose studies have been interrupted by the war can apply for a separate study right at Arcada.
Study rights are granted in order of enrolment in the Mechanical and Sustainable Engineering and International Business programmes to those who meet the following requirements:
- the student has a study right at a Ukrainian higher education institution
- the student has sufficient language skills for studying in English
If there are persons who can and want to study in Swedish, Arcada can also offer separate study rights to the Swedish-language programmes to students who have a study right in Ukraine
The separate study right does not automatically give access to student benefits and does not lead to a degree. Please note that the separate study right is not sufficient grounds for obtaining a residence permit.
If you are interested in applying for a separate study right, please contact our admissions service at E-mail: admissions
Guidance and other support
Arcada provides services for those who want to integrate with Swedish as their first language. Our services include guidance and counselling for identifying appropriate educational and career paths as well as language studies, validation and supplementation of competence.
Karriärcenter Arabia External link offers guidance and counselling online or on campus in the Arcada building. The services are free of charge.
Support for students and personnel
Arcada provides support and advice for students and staff who find it hard to deal with the crisis situation. More information on Start and Intra.
- Mieli External link
- FSHS Finnish Student Health Service External link
- Finland Abroad External link
- Ministry for Foreign Affairs External link
At Arcada there are students and staff with friends and family on both sides of the conflict. We treat everyone with respect and remind you that Arcada has zero tolerance for any form of bullying, racism and hate speech.
News and links
Links to other relevant information related to the war in Ukraine can be found here.