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  • Locations: Helsinki, Finland
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Finnish, Swedish Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing: Program Arranged Housing Dates of Instruction: Fall: September - December, Spring: January - May
Non-AUWCL students accepted by AUWCL: Yes Class levels eligible to apply: 2L, 3L
Contact Email: Contact Phone: 202-274-4228
Program Description:



The University of Helsinki is Finland's oldest and largest education institution and consistently ranks as one of the top research universities in the world. The Finnish education system is internationally renowned, and exchange students will experience life in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, which is considered one of the world's most liveable cities. The Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki ranks 56th in the world in law on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings  for 2018.

Finland has a long and deeply-rooted Nordic legal tradition, and a great awareness of the importance of law and legal research in building a more just society and world. The Faculty of Law aims to produce high level legal research that provides a scientific based Nordic and European model of law emphasizing democracy, human rights, the rule of law and social law. The law school also conducts research on Chinese Law and hosts the Finish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture.



The languages of instruction at the University of Helsinki are Finnish and Swedish, with many courses also taught in English. Please see course information below for specific courses taught in English.

Students will receive up to 12 credits towards their law degree. Only the credits and not the grades will transfer per ABA requirements. The acceptance of any credit or grade for any courses taken at the University of Helsinki, including externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by the WCL, Office of the Registrar.

The Faculty of Law at the University abolished departments in 2010 and now covers a wide variety of legal disciplines as well as teaching and research in general jurisprudential studies.  The following is a selection of courses offered in English during the 2018-2019 academic year. A more complete list is available on the University's Courses in English web page.

  • Law and Politics in Transnational Courts
  • Nordic law in European Context
  • International Refugee Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • The Law of International Organizations
  • Climate Change and the Law
  • Digital Platforms and the Law
  • Chinese Law and Society: An Introduction to the Chinese Legal System
  • EU Competition Law: Public and Private Enforcement


The University of Helsinki provides on campus housing for exchange students. Information on student housing and how to apply for housing is available on the website.

Visit the For International Students page to learn more about life in Helsinki and as an exchange student at the University of Helsinki.


For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Abroad FAQs page.

All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
WCL Abroad
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4228

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.