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On this page we have compiled important information for new Master's degree students at Hanken.

The most important sources for information at the beginning of the studies and during your first year of studies are: 

Please note that students are expected to attend the studies on site in Helsinki or Vaasa so make your travel and housing arrangements timely!


Welcome Guide

The Welcome Guide contains essential information info about housing, residence permit and other practical matters.

  • Accept your admission offer by the deadline mentioned in your personal Welcome Package.
  • If you fail to return the acceptance form the deadline, you will lose your right to study at Hanken. You find the link to the acceptance form in your Welcome Package.

Is your admission offer final or conditional?

Check in your personal Welcome Package attached to your admission offer e-mail whether or not your admission offer is FINAL or CONDITIONAL.

  • If your admission offer is FINAL, you also need to submit a receipt of the paid Student Union membership fee with the acceptance form and thereby enrol as present for the academic year 2022-2023 (only applies to students who applied through the main admission round).
  • If your admission is CONDITIONAL, you should pay the Student Union membership fee AFTER you have fulfilled the conditions for your admission. Please follow the instructions in your Welcome Package carefully.

According to national provision, a student may accept only one offer of admission leading to a higher education degree in Finland during the same academic term (the academic terms are 1 August - 31 December OR 1 January - 31 July). This rule applies to all higher education, including Bachelor’s, Master’s, Licentiate and Doctoral programmes. For more information, please visit Studydinfo.fi.

Hence, if you have already accepted an offer of admission from another university or university of applied sciences in Finland (with studies starting between 1 August and 31 December 2022), you cannot accept your offer of admission to Hanken. If you accept your offer of admission from Hanken, you cannot accept another offer of admission in Finland with studies starting during the aforementioned time period.

The following legal grounds for your absence are accepted:

  1. Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995)
  2. The student needs time off his/her studies to take care of a child in regard to the child’s birth or adoption (14.1.2022/52)
  3. Being incapacitated by personal illness or injury

No other reasons for postpoing the start of your studies are accepted. 

Please note that we strongly recommend that you begin your studies in August, since we cannot guarantee that the programme structure is the same in the future.

How do I postpone my studies?

In order to postpone the commencement of your studies with a year, you need to

  1. Confirm your admission offer before the set deadline in the manner described in your personal admission letter sent via e-mail.
    MAIN ADMISSION: On the admission offer acceptance form, mark that you will be absent during the next academic year.
    ROLLING ADMISSION: When you reveived access to the enrolment form in studyinfo.fi (after meeting the conditions for your admission offer), mark on the form that you will be absent during the next academic year.
  2. Send an official certificate of the legal reason (listed below) to masters@hanken.fi before 31 July.

Should the legal grounds for your absence only apply to the second academic term (e.g. military service or maternity leave beginning in January), you may register as absent for the entire academic year if you wish to. You may also change the status of your registration for the spring term from ‘attending’ to ‘absent’ during the spring term registration period.

Certificates required for proving the legal grounds for absence:

1) Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995):

  • Document required: Call-up order

2) Maternity, paternity or parental leave:

  • Document required: 
    • Kela's certificate regarding maternity, paternity, or parental allowance period or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a medical certificate regarding the pregnancy 
    • Corresponding certificates from the authorities of another country regarding statutory parental leave

3) Being incapacitated by personal illness or injury:

  • Document required: Sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate. The medical certificate must state which illness or injury the student suffers from, and that this condition prevents the student from beginning their studies in the autumn

Deadline for delivering the documents attesting your legal reason for registering as absent: 15 July, but it is recommended that you deliver the documents as soon as possible to masters@hanken.fi

The documents must be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.

In need of more info?

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us at masters@hanken.fi

Students who have postponed the start of their studies

A student who postpones his or her studies first year will receive a letter during the next summer with information about how to register as present for the thereafter following academic year.

The dates and programmes schedule for the Orientation Days are found on the pages for the Orientation Days.

Degree students at Hanken are responsible for arranging for their own accommodation.

Finding suitable accommodation in the Helsinki region can be challenging, so we advise you to start looking right after receiving your welcome package. The rental level can be high on the private market (approx. 700€ for a studio apartment in Helsinki) due to a lack of housing in the region. The peak time is at the beginning of the academic year.

Apartment hunting advice: 

  • Apply early and reserve time for finding an apartment!
  • Apply for apartments simultaneously through various channels
  • If you are offered a suitable apartment, accept the offer instead of waiting for a better one - the real estate market is fast-paced
  • Be flexible regarding location - it is easier to find an apartment outside the city centre and campus area
  • Remember to cancel unnecessary applications after finding an apartment

Remember that it is easy to travel around the Helsinki region: the public transport system is ranked among the best in Europe! You can check the transport connections from your apartment to the city centre or campus area on HSL's Journey Planner.

Student housing options in Helsinki

Not all students are able to get housing through HOAS. Only around 50 % of the international students in the Helsinki metropolitan area live in HOAS housing. HOAS also has a Facebook page where you can ask them questions. 

Student Housing options in Vaasa

Students admitted to a specialisation in Vaasa can apply for In Vaasa, the students can usually get student housing through The Student Housing Foundation in Vaasa, VOAS.

  • Foundation for student housing in Vaasa VOAS 

Other useful housing links:

Property search terms in Finland:

Finnish English
Alue Region (e.g. Uusimaa)
Aluetarkennus District (e.g. Helsinki)
Asunto/Asunnot Apartment/Apartments
Etsi/Hae Search
Hinta Price
Huoneluku Number of rooms (often shortened to 1h, 2h etc.)
Kaikki All, everything
Kerrostalo Block of flats
Loma-asunnot Holiday houses
Maakunta Province (e.g. Uusimaa)
Omakotitalo Detached house
Pari-talo Semi-detached house
Pieni Small
Pinta-ala Size (m²)
Talo(t) House(s)
Vuokra Rent
Vuokra-asunnot Rental apartments

For you as a student it is crusial that you get acquainted with Hanken's different computer systems and online tools in the beginning of your studies since most aspects concerning your studies are handled through these systems, e.g course registration, exam registration, library services etc. 

Note!  Hanken User IDs are only collectable in August and the procedure depends on which group you belong to:

  1. Students who have Finnish online banking: You can receive your user IDs in August through Hanken Selfservice portal, more info on the IT Services webpages.
  2. Students who do NOT have Finnish online banking: You need to visit the IT IT Services's InfoBITen (Ground floor, Hanken Main Building in Helsinki or Vaasa the IT Services office) in person n order to identify yourself  and collect your Hanken User ID. Note! Remember to bring your passport!
    You can collect the User ID:
    • starting from 16.8.2022 or at the latest during the Orientation Days

You will learn more about information about the computer systems during the Orientation Days.

The student card is needed:

  • as ID during exams
  • in the student cafeterias to be entitled to the student discount
  • as ID to receive your official transcript of records and certificate of enrolment
  • to receive your student public transport card
  • to receive discount on train and long-distance bus travels in Finland

How do I order my card?

  • You need to order the card through the Frank website . 
  • It is possible to order either a electronic card to be used through the Frank app on your phone or a plastic card (with or without payment function). 

  • If you choose one of the Student Mastercard Debit-cards with contactless payment function, the card can also be used as a key to the doors at Hanken and as a card for printing credits.

  • You can order only after the information that you have been registered as present has been transferred to Frank. This will happen during the summer months, most likely in August.

  • If you try to register for a card through the Frank webpage and you receive a message concering unknown student status, you do not need to be alarmed. The message only indicates that the registration info for the academic year has not yet been transferred to the Frank system and you can try again in a few days.

  • You need to attach a digital photo of yourself when you order the card. The photo does not need to be and ID photo, but you need to be easliy identifiable in the photo.
  • If you order a plastic student card you need to pick-up a annual registration sticker from the Student Union office in Helsinki or at the Office of Studies and Admission in Vaasa in order for the card to be valid.

Before you receive your student card, you can get an discount e.g. for the student lunch at Hanken by showing your certificate of attendance which you receive at the Orientation Days.

New students register for their courses and make their study plans for the academic year and course registration in the study tool Sisu during the Orientation Days on campus with the help of study councellors and tutors. if you cannot attend, you are responsible to manage this by yourself. The last day to register for courses for teaching period 1 is the 28 August 2022. More info on courses registration is found on the course registration pages

New students will recieve there User ID and login required needed for for all IT systems at Hanken, including course registration, during August.