Academy of Fine Arts’ student exchange guidelines

This is how to apply for an international student exchange as a student at the Academy of Fine Arts.

Can I apply for a student exchange?

All degree students at the Academy of Fine Arts can apply for a student exchange. You can leave for an exchange during the second year of study at the earliest.

In the degree requirements of the Degree Programme in Fine Arts, the indicative exchange period is: 

  • for bachelor’s degrees, the autumn of the 2nd year, the spring of the 2nd year or the autumn of the 3rd year 
  • for master’s degrees, the spring of the 4th year or the autumn of the 5th year 
  • for separate master’s degree studies, the autumn of the 1st year 

Exchange opportunities and the timing of the exchange will be discussed separately with master-level students in the Praxis programme and bachelor-level students in the history and theory of contemporary art programme.  

Please note that exchanges are not possible after the normative study time (5.5 years, or 2 years in separate master’s degrees). 

Doctoral students can leave for an exchange during four years from the beginning of their study right. However, you cannot be in employment relationship with Uniarts Helsinki during exchange.

How to apply for a student exchange

Discuss your exchange plans

If possible, discuss your plans with your supervising teacher, for example, in connection with a PSP meeting (note that this is not mandatory, i.e., there is no need to reserve a PSP discussion appointment for this).

Explore exchange destinations

You can select up to three destinations for the preliminary application.

Fill in the preliminary application for student exchange at the beginning of the year

A link to the form will be sent by e-mail via the Students mailing list. Please note that if it is necessary to prioritise students for some exchange destinations, this will be done based on the information given on the preliminary application and the progression of studies.

Find out the application periods and instructions

If the professors in the subject areas support your plans, find out the period of application and instructions for your destination with the planning officer of international affairs. The exchange may also be subject to conditions, such as the completion of certain compulsory courses before the exchange or the timely completion of your bachelor’s degree.

Submit your application

Submit the actual application and its appendices (usually a motivation letter, portfolio, CV) according to the destination’s instructions.

Wait for further information from the destination

When you receive a response from the destination, contact the planning officer for international affairs to take care of grants and other practical matters. Remember that ultimately the destination higher education institution will decide whether to accept or reject your exchange application.

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