Helsinki Summer School

Introduction

Do you want to study abroad? Helsinki Summer School offers university students and graduates a truly international, strongly academic summer session where the research-based teaching and talented young minds meet and mingle to create something new. We provide you with an August that will stand out in your academic curriculum!

FACILITIES

Helsinki Summer School students benefit from the great services and facilities offered by the University of Helsinki.

Moodle Online Learning Environment

Helsinki Summer School uses Moodle online learning environment for distributing study materials, course programmes and general information. Some of the courses use it also for group work, learning assignments etc. Students will receive their credentials for Moodle before coming to Finland.

Learning Centres and Computer Facilities

Summer school students have access to the University’s Learning Centres and receive a computer license that allows them to print black and white documents, to have unlimited access to the extensive computer facilities and to use the wireless Internet connection at the University.

Libraries

Upon request, students can be issued a certificate of attendance allowing them to borrow books from the Helsinki University Library.

Student Cafeterias

Helsinki Summer School students may eat at UniCafe student cafeterias at any of the campuses.

Sports Centers

HSS students are entitled to use the gym and participate in the group training sessions offered by the UniSport gyms and sports centres at the University of Helsinki for a student-friendly price.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Summer courses

21st-century Digital Storytelling

Campus Full time 10 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This course aims to provide multiple channels for learner-driven knowledge creation by using digital storytelling as a tool. The course participants will be engaged in authentic experiences of how to design, implement and assess digital video stories. [+]

21st-century Digital Storytelling

ORGANISER:

CICERO Learning & Media Education Research Centre, University of Helsinki

Related Degree Programmes:

Varhaiskasvatus

DATES:

9.-18.8.2017

PRICES:

600-900 EUR Learn more

CREDITS:

6 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Professor Hannele Niemi

Target students

The course is intended for Master’s and doctoral students from several disciplines (such as the social sciences, education, the humanities and the natural sciences). Participants should have some experience of digital technologies and/or an interest to integrate the Internet and its services, and web-based environments for research and study purposes (e.g., for data collection, reflection, individual and collaborative work, etc.).... [-]


Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

Campus Full time 11 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

The human brain and its ability to adapt to the demands of the environment is at the core of our course. This course is useful for students who wish to gain knowledge about the most recent developments in auditory cognitive neuroscience in particular. [+]

Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

ORGANISER:

University of Helsinki, Cicero Learning and Cognitive Brain Research Unit and Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind

Related Degree Programmes:

Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind Master’s Programme in Neuroscience

DATES:

8.-18.8.2017

PRICES:

600-900 EUR

CREDITS:

6 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Mari Tervaniemi

Target Students

Students at Master’s and doctoral levels in psychology, cognitive science, speech science, musicology, neuroscience, linguistics, medicine and biology are encouraged to apply.

Synopsis

The human brain and its ability to adapt to the demands of the environment is at the core of our course. This course is useful for students who wish to gain knowledge about the most recent developments in auditory cognitive neuroscience in particular. In this framework, the 2017 course is focused on learning and developing brain.... [-]


Challenges of Democratic Development in Eastern Europe

Campus Full time 10 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This course offers an overview of the current challenges of social and political development in Eastern Europe. Taught by a group of area studies experts in history, political science, media studies and sociology, the course views Eastern Europe as including the former Eastern Bloc countries. [+]

Challenges of Democratic Development in Eastern Europe

ORGANISER:

University of Helsinki, Aleksanteri Institute

DATES:

9.-18.8.2017

PRICES:

600-900 EUR

CREDITS:

6 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Eeva Korteniemi

Target students

The course is designed for advanced undergraduates or Master’s level students of humanities and social sciences.

Synopsis

This course offers an overview of the current challenges of social and political development in Eastern Europe. Taught by a group of area studies experts in history, political science, media studies and sociology, the course views Eastern Europe as including the former Eastern Bloc countries. These encompass the Baltic states, East Central and Southeastern Europe, the Balkans and Ukraine. Russia is discussed only as a reference point to the area of our concern: there won’t be any specific lectures on Russian developments.... [-]


Co-operative Enterprise Law

Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

Cooperative enterprise law is only rarely part of teaching curricula, even if about one billion members around the world are involved in this special form of enterprise with an economic and social impact to match. [+]

Co-operative Enterprise Law

ORGANISER:

University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute, Co-op Network Studies

DATES:

8.-24.8.2017

PRICES:

850-1400 EUR

CREDITS:

5 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Essi Frondelius

Target Students

Advanced Bachelor’s and Master’s students, including professionals already working, with at least a strong interest in co-operative law.

Synopsis

Cooperative enterprise law is only rarely part of teaching curricula, even if about one billion members around the world are involved in this special form of enterprise with an economic and social impact to match. The shortcoming is further highlighted by the repeated crisis resilience of cooperatives and the growing awareness that sustainable development issues must also be addressed by and through enterprises. Something is, however, being done about this, for the issue is tackled by international governmental and non-governmental texts; according to its Blueprint for the Cooperative Decade 2011–2020 cooperative law is also high on the agenda of the International Cooperative Alliance.... [-]


Diversities of Religions and Worldviews in Public Education

Campus Full time 11 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

The main purpose is to provide a multidisciplinary academic summer school course with a main focus on the diversity and pluralism of religions and worldviews in education. [+]

Diversities of Religions and Worldviews in Public Education

ORGANISER:

Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki

Related Degree Programmes:

Erityispedagogiikka Luokanopettaja Varhaiskasvatus Yleinen ja aikuiskasvatustiede

DATES:

8.-18.8.2017

PRICES:

600-900 EUR

CREDITS:

5 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Arto Kallioniemi

Target students

Students who have different religions and worldviews and who are interested in questions related to the role of religions and worldviews in the public sphere and education. The course examines the issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, making use of religious studies, theology, gender studies, education, social sciences, education for diversity and social justice, anthropology and multicultural education. Students of these fields – advanced Bachelor’s level or at a Master’s level – are warmly invited to take this course. Teacher education students are also especially welcome.... [-]


English as a Lingua Franca: Changing Language Practices

Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

English has become a global language of intercultural communication and is used worldwide as a contact language between people who do not share a common native language. [+]

English as a Lingua Franca: Changing Language Practices

ORGANISER: Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki Related Degree Programmes:

Master’s Programme in English Studies Master’s Programme in Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age

DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Dr Svetlana Vetchinnikova

Target Students

The course is suitable for students at Master’s and Doctoral levels as well as language professionals who have an interest in English studies or applied linguistics.

Synopsis

English has become a global language of intercultural communication and is used worldwide as a contact language between people who do not share a common native language. Non-native speakers of English are increasingly using the language with each other in areas such as academia, business, diplomacy, sport and personal relationships. How does this new sociolinguistic situation develop and how does it affect language practices? Following Mauranen (2012), this course examines the phenomenon of English as a lingua franca (ELF) from three different but interrelated perspectives: cognitive, microsocial and macrosocial. We will start by looking at the linguistic features of ELF and thinking how cognitive properties of multilingual processing can explain them. Moving on to the microsocial perspective, the students will get a chance to observe ELF interaction in the private sphere, paying special attention to misunderstandings and pre-empting them as well as multilingual practices. At the macrosocial level, we will deal with such issues as language ideologies, linguistic imperialism and language ownership. Exploring a very recent concept of ‘translanguaging’, we will discuss the complex and fluid... [-]


Environmental Ethics in a Global Context

Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This course is an introduction to environmental ethics as a philosophical discipline helpful to analyse environmental case studies. It aims to raise awareness about the fundamental and ethical role of the natural environment in our lives. [+]

Environmental Ethics in a Global Context

ORGANISER:

Department of Political and Economic Studies (Social and Moral Philosophy Discipline), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki.

Related Degree Programmes:

Master’s Programme in Philosophy

DATES:

8.-24.8.2017

PRICES:

850-1400 EUR

CREDITS:

5 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Corinna Casi

Target Students

This course is designed for students who are interested in environmental and ethical issues. It is recommended for undergraduate students of philosophy, social sciences, sociology, environmental studies, politics and economics. Previous studies in Philosophy and/or Ethics are helpful but are not required.... [-]


Environmental Impacts of Catchment from Headwaters to the Sea

Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This course introduces students to the overall picture of environmental impact on the Baltic Sea. It will do so by analysing the role of catchment area and inland waters in the water quality and eutrophication of coastal waters. [+]

Environmental Impacts of Catchment from Headwaters to the Sea

ORGANISER:

Lammi Biological Station & Tvärminne Zoological Station, University of Helsinki

Related Degree Programmes:

Master’s Programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology DENVI Doctoral Programme LUOVA Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology Research

DATES:

8.-24.8.2017

PRICES:

850-1400 (+ expenses 1140) EUR

CREDITS:

5 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Tiina Tulonen

Marko Reinikainen

Target group

Bachelor’s or Master’s students with basic knowledge in ecology, environmental or aquatic sciences

Synopsis

This course introduces students to the overall picture of environmental impact on the Baltic Sea. It will do so by analysing the role of catchment area and inland waters in the water quality and eutrophication of coastal waters. During the intensive field course the students will learn how land management, control of water pollution and ambient ecosystem dynamics affect water quality and ecosystems, and how this changes on the way from headwaters along the river basin to the Baltic Sea. The course will give a deeper understanding of the nutrient processes and their spatial and temporal dynamics in catchments and coastal areas, including transportation, modification and retention of nutrients and organic material.... [-]


Faith and Globalisation

Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This Helsinki Summer School course addresses some of the key issues of religion and violence as well as religiously inspired ethics in the face of secular modernity and globalisation. [+]

Faith and Globalisation

ORGANISER:

Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

DATES:

8.-24.8.2017

PRICES:

850-1400 EUR

CREDITS:

5 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Ville Päivänsalo

Target students

This course is designed for students interested in the aformentioned issues of faith and globalisation from the perspectives of, for example, religious studies / theology, political philosophy, international relations, sociology, history (of ideas), intercultural studies or the ethics of human development. The course is recommended for students in their 3rd year or beyond.

Synopsis

This Helsinki Summer School course addresses some of the key issues of religion and violence as well as religiously inspired ethics in the face of secular modernity and globalisation. It is designed to equip its participants with (1) a basic understanding of some of the major historical paradigms of tolerance, violence and dialogical justice across cultural spheres and (2) preliminary abilities to take part in the real-life discussion of faith-related conflicts and ethics in our global age. The second aim of the course is pursued particularly through two symposia, an open symposium (selectively) and an internal one. Through writing their course essays as well as through delivering their own presentations and discussing them, the students will be supported to grow towards expertise in the field of religion, conflicts and dialogical justice.... [-]


Games and History: Playing with Time and Culture

Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This course takes a look at the continuously evolving field of board and video games from a historian’s viewpoint. Working with lectures, workshops and student presentations, it examines games as design, historiography, teaching aids and elements of historical and cultural consciousness. [+]

Games and History: Playing with Time and Culture

ORGANISER:

Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki

Related Degree Programmes:

Historian kandiohjelma Historian maisteriohjelma Kulttuuriperinnön maisteriohjelma Magisterprogrammet i kultur och kommunikation

DATES:

8.-24.8.2017

PRICES:

850-1400 EUR

CREDITS:

6 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Derek Fewster

Target students

The course is designed for all interested students with some previous studies in History. It is recommended for students in their third year or beyond.

The participants should also have a certain amount of experience from video games, organised role playing and/or board games (such as dealing with rule books, using game interfaces, grids or network providers [e.g. STEAM], and familiarity with basic structures and options of video games.)... [-]


Heavy Metal Music in Contemporary History and Society

Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This course explores the development of the popular music style of Heavy Metal. The primary focus will be on the musical elements of the genre, its historical features and its relation to contemporary Western society. [+]

Heavy Metal Music in Contemporary History and Society

ORGANISER:

Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki

Related Degree Programmes:

Taiteiden tutkimuksen kandiohjelma Taiteiden tutkimuksen maisteriohjelma

DATES:

8.-24.8.2017

PRICES:

850-1400 EUR

CREDITS:

5 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Paolo Ribaldini

Target students

The course aims to be as multidisciplinary as possible, encouraging collaboration between students from different academic backgrounds. The ideal candidates are advanced Bachelor’s or Master’s students of musical practice, musicology, social studies, semiotics, cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, language studies, gender studies and pedagogy.... [-]


Humour and Power in Media Society

Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

Humour, media and power are intertwined in many different ways. Publicity of politics is more entertaining-oriented than before, and our entertainment deals with politics more explicitly. [+]

Humour and Power in Media Society

ORGANISER:

Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki

Related Degree Programmes:

Master’s Programme in Global Politics and Communication Politiikan ja viestinnän maisteriohjelma

DATES:

8.-24.8.2017

PRICES:

850-1400 EUR

CREDITS:

5 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Joonas Koivukoski

Target students

The course is designed for Master’s degree students of social sciences, media and communication, journalism, cultural studies, politics, literature, arts, or sociology.

Synopsis

Humour, media and power are intertwined in many different ways. Publicity of politics is more entertaining-oriented than before, and our entertainment deals with politics more explicitly. This course explores how politicians, advertisers, activists, satirists, and we as audiences use humour to make sense of topical issues and our lives. The rising significance of promotional and popular culture, as well as humour scandals and TV satire, are explored in order to provide an overview on politics of humour.... [-]


Intensive Finnish Course

Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This intensive basic course in Finnish is for students accepted into University of Helsinki master’s programmes in autumn 2017. It offers incoming students the opportunity to study the Finnish language before the beginning of the University’s autumn term. [+]

Intensive Finnish Course

ORGANISER:

University of Helsinki, Language Centre

DATES:

8.-24.8.2017

PRICES:

850-1400 EUR

CREDITS:

4 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Leena Evesti

Target students

International students beginning their master’s degree studies in the autumn of 2017 at the University of Helsinki.

Synopsis

This intensive basic course in Finnish is for students accepted into University of Helsinki master’s programmes in autumn 2017. It offers incoming students the opportunity to study the Finnish language before the beginning of the University’s autumn term. The course includes 50 hours of teaching plus independent/group work (six hours of study a day on average). Before the course begins, the participants are expected to take the online course A Taste of Finnish (http://tasteoffinnish.fi/), so that they will learn the basic vocabulary and grammar as well as various phrases and elements of Finnish culture and society. The online course provides help in English.... [-]


Introduction to Conceptual History

Campus Full time 11 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

In August 2017 “An Introduction to Conceptual History” will be offered by the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki, as part of the Helsinki Summer School. [+]

Introduction to Conceptual History

ORGANISER:

Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki

DATES:

8.-18.8.2017

PRICES:

600-900 EUR

CREDITS:

6 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Jani Marjanen & Johan Strang

Target students

Finnish and international PhD and advanced Master’s degree students from various academic fields.

Synopsis

In August 2017 “An Introduction to Conceptual History” will be offered by the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki, as part of the Helsinki Summer School. Now in its twelfth year, the course will be organized by Concepta: the International Research School in Conceptual History, and The Political Concepts Standing Group of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) at the University of Helsinki.... [-]


Introduction to Modern Atmospheric Science I: A Look into Air Quality in China

Campus Full time 11 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

What is good air quality and what determines the quality of the air that we breathe? This course on modern atmospheric science examines the key themes and processes affecting air quality from the vantage point of physics, chemistry, meteorology and policy-making. [+]

Introduction to Modern Atmospheric Science I: A Look into Air Quality in China

ORGANISER:

Division of Atmospheric Sciences/Department of Physics

Related Degree Programmes:

Master’s Degree Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

DATES:

8.-18.8.2017

PRICES:

600-900 (+ excursion expenses 190 €) EUR

CREDITS:

5 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Taina Ruuskanen

Target students

The course is aimed for students with a bachelor’s degree from any field of natural science. No background in atmospheric science is required. It is recommended that the students have basic knowledge of thermophysics on the level of Basics of thermophysics (University of Helsinki code 530286).... [-]


Law and Society in China

Campus Full time 11 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This Helsinki Summer School course examines core issues in Chinese law and society. The aim of this introductory course is to provide students with a foundation of the legal system of the People’s Republic of China. [+]

Law and Society in China

ORGANISER:

Finnish China Law Center, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki

Related Degree Programmes:

Master’s Programme in International Business Law, Master of International and Comparative Law

DATES:

8.-18.8.2017

PRICES:

600-900 EUR

CREDITS:

5 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Zhang Yihong

Target students

This course is designed to give students practical knowledge about the Chinese legal system. The course is suitable for both law students and students from related disciplines, such as Asian studies, economic sciences, political science and social sciences. Students both with and without prior legal knowledge and study of China are invited to enroll.... [-]


Managing Sustainable Forest Landscapes

Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This course seeks to enhance our understanding of forest ecosystem services, not least as the future of global forest resources is a daily concern in international policy debate and processes. [+]

Managing Sustainable Forest Landscapes

ORGANISER:

University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences, Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI)

DATES:

8.-24.8.2017

PRICES:

850-1400 (+ excursion expenses ~190) EUR

CREDITS:

6 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Adrian Monge Monge

Target students

This course examines forestry from an interdisciplinary and global perspective. The focus will be on ecosystem services that forests provide, and the students should therefore have at least a basic understanding of ecosystem functions. Advanced Master’s or Doctoral degree students are warmly invited on this course as are young professionals in a field related to the topics covered. In addition, professionals already in the working life may want to take this course to update their skills.... [-]


Populism in Europe and Beyond

Campus Full time 11 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This course offers a hands-on experience for students who are in equal degrees fascinated and confused by the persistence of populism in Europe and beyond. [+]

Populism in Europe and Beyond

ORGANISER:

Network of European Studies, Prof. Juhana Aunesluoma (NES Research Director)

Related Degree Programmes:

Master’s Programme in European and Nordic Studies

DATES:

8.-18.8.2017

PRICES:

600-900 EUR

CREDITS:

5 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Halil Gürhanli

Target students

This course examines the populist spectacle from both theoretical and empirical perspectives, critically engaging with the most prevalent understandings of the term and encouraging students to think of its representations in a new light. Advanced Bachelor’s level or Master’s level students of social sciences are warmly invited to take this course.... [-]


Post-Foundational Discourse Theory in Humanities and Social Science Research

Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

In these turbulent times, it is important to focus on the founding processes and foundations of our social and political existence. [+]

Post-Foundational Discourse Theory in Humanities and Social Science Research

ORGANISER:

Department of Political and Economic Studies

Related Degree Programmes:

Master’s Programme in Global Politics and Communication Master’s Programme in European and Nordic Studies

DATES:

8.-24.8.2017

PRICES:

850-1400 EUR

CREDITS:

5 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Taavi Sundell

Target students

Advanced bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students. No prerequisites but previous studies in social sciences or humanities are recommended.

Synopsis

In these turbulent times, it is important to focus on the founding processes and foundations of our social and political existence. Many structures, identities and ideas we have taken for granted, from democracy and equality to the very idea of truth itself, have been contested over the last years. Through theoretical discussions and empirical examples, this course explores the ways in which post-foundational thought can be of use in the social sciences and humanities to tackle such phenomena. A focus on discourse and meaning-making is a contemporary megatrend within the social sciences and humanities. Within this larger trend, post-foundational discourse theory forms a critical framework through which to understand the political and contested nature of various phenomena. By shifting the focus from taking political, economic and social concepts at their face value to the ways in which meaning-making always takes place through contingent concepts, discourses and structures we inhabit, post-foundational discourse theory will provide the students a distinct and a productive perspective from which to approach their topics of interest. The course discusses different approaches to post-foundationalism and allows students to develop their own perspective... [-]


The Welfare City

Campus Full time 11 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

A welfare city, such as Helsinki, promotes the wellbeing of its citizens, sustains a balance between the needs of both nature and the people, and responds to social and ecological awareness alike. Or does it? [+]

The Welfare City

ORGANISER:

Department of Social Research , University of Helsinki

Related Degree Programmes:

Master’s Degree Programme in Urban Studies and Planning

DATES:

8.-18.8.2017

PRICES:

600-900 EUR

CREDITS:

6 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Giacomo Bottà

Target students

The course is designed for Master’s degree students of social sciences, sociology, geography, cultural studies, architecture, urban planning, environmental studies, politics, and economics.

Synopsis

This Helsinki Summer School course takes a look at the welfare city as a sustainable model of urban development. A welfare city, such as Helsinki, promotes the wellbeing of its citizens, sustains a balance between the needs of both nature and the people, and responds to social and ecological awareness alike. Or does it? The course uses lectures, workshops and excursions in Helsinki to examine what makes the Finnish capital a welfare city.... [-]