Tips and practical information to consider before your exchange at Arcada. Information about Arcada, contact details, the application process, course selection, accommodation, language skills etc.
Arcada fact sheet
FileFact Sheet 2022-2023 - Exchange students
VISA and Residence Permit
The best way to make sure that you have all the documents needed for studying abroad, is to check this with the Finnish embassy of your home country. The requirements varies depending on which country you are coming from, how long you will be studying in Finland, what you are studying and if it concerns only studies or practical training. The Finnish Immigration has compiled important information for exchange students regarding VISA and residence permit in the following document.
FileMIGRI Visa instructions 2021
Vaccinations and Insurances
Please make sure you have all the vaccinations needed and a valid insurance.
Exchange students coming to Arcada should obtain all necessary insurances (e.g. health, medical expenses, luggage, home insurance) prior their arrival to Finland. Students from EU countries should additionally acquire a European Health Insurance Card External link before arriving in Finland. It is also recommended to have liability insurance.
It is recommended that you have all general vaccinations (tetanus/diphtheria, polio, measles, parotitis and rubella) in order and that all available certificates of vaccination are brought to Finland. Please consult your doctor concerning possible need of a tuberculosis chest X-Ray. A student at the degree programme in Nursing may not be permitted to begin practical training if vaccinations are not in order and if the student is not in good health. External link
Exchange students are expected to have a good command of spoken and written English in order to be able to follow the lectures and complete the course assignments, oral presentations and exams. Students selected to study at Arcada should have language skills at a minimum level of B1 according to CEFR in understanding, speaking and writing.
Stay in Helsinki (Tutor program, Introduction days, Social events)
Before arriving you should be in contact with your tutor, who will contact you via e-mail. The tutor can assist you upon arrival with keys etc. Let your tutor know your date and time of arrival. It is recommended to exchange phone numbers in case of delays etc.
Arcada Student Union, ASK External link organize a tutor program and arrange all sorts of cultural events throughout the semester. A membership in ASK provides you with a wide range of sports opportunities.
Introduction days are organized in the beginning of the autumn term, which you are expected to take part in. Only a short welcoming event is organized in the spring as the courses begin immediately.
You can apply for a student accommodation through Arcada but there is a limited number of rooms available and therefore we cannot guarantee to arrange accommodation for all incoming exchange students.
If available, a room in a shared flat will be pre-booked for you and you will receive all the necessary information regarding the student accommodation in the welcome e-mail. If we pre-book an accommodation for you, you don't need to take any action regarding accommodation before that unless instructed otherwise! You will receive a link and instructions on how to apply for accommodation after you have been nominated by your university. Do keep in mind that rents in Helsinki are rather high. A room in a student housing costs around 470-580 euro/month.
You will share the apartment with other international students. Everyone has a private room (about 12m2). The kitchen, bathroom as well as the living room are shared. All apartments are furnished and the kitchen is equipped with a starter kit.
The rooms are rented on a fixed-term basis for the whole semester. The fixed-term period for the autumn term is 1 September to 31 December and 1 January to 31 May for the spring term. For students staying for a full academic year the fixed-term period is 1 September to 31 May. Priority will be given for exchange students staying for the full semester (eg. autumn, spring or full Academic year) as mentioned above. When available, an exchange student staying for a shorter period may rent a room but the fixed-term period will be the same as mentioned above independently of his/her date of arrival and departure.
The rent includes water, heating and internet.
More information about other accommodations will be sent directly to the students.
Studies at Arcada
Upon arrival at Arcada you will get a login and password to be able to access computers and the Study Administration System, ASTA. You can then enroll for courses online. Login and password can unfortunately not be handed out by e-mail beforehand. More instructions will be given when you arrive.
- Excellent (5)
- Good (4-3)
- Satisfactory (2-1)
In one term you should strive to obtain 30 ECTS credits and in one year 60 ECTS credits.
The Academic year at Arcada
The academic year at Arcada is divided into two semesters. Always check which courses are available at the time you would like to study.
Academic year 2022-23
Autumn semester 2022
Period 1: 1 August - 24 October 2022
- 26 August 2022 - Introduction Day
- 29 August 2022 - Tuition starts
Period 2: 25.10-31.12.2022
- The autumn semester ends on 21 December 2022. No tuition between 22 December 2022 and 6 January 2023.
Spring semester 2023
Period 3: 1 January - 13 March 2023
- The spring semester starts on 7 January 2023. No tuition between 22 December 2022 and 6 January 2023.
- Introduction session for new exchange students will be held on 9 January 2023.
Period 4: 14 March - 31 July 2023
- The tuition ends on 26 May 2023
Useful sites on studying and living in Helsinki and Finland
- This is Finland External link
- VisitFinland.com External link
- City of Helsinki External link
- LUCKAN External link - The Finnish-Swedish information centre in Helsinki
- Caisa External link - The international culture center Caisa
- National Board of Education External link - about education in Finland.
- Study in Finland External link - Discover what Finnish higher education can offer international students. Studying in Finland Information on studies, practical matters and much more.
- Infofinland External link - contains important basic information on Finnish society and opportunities in Finland (a multi-lingual web site).