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Read carefully this information when preparing for your exchange semester studies.

Documents requested for course selection

You must insert your course plan into the Mobility Online application so that the International coordinator can check "for possible problems" and assist you in the planning. The completed course plan in Mobility-Online is information to the International office only and is not your "official course plan, it may have to be changed, before or even after arrival.

Completing the course plan in Mobility-Online is not the same as your official registration of courses in Hanken's study tool WebOodi, you will have to do both. The aim is that your plan in Mobility Online is identical to the registrations in WebOodi.

ERASMUS students, additionally, must fill in their own university's ERASMUS+ Learning Agreement form and get the paper document signed and stamped by Hanken upon arrival, or earlier if your university so requests.

Fill in your planned courses in Mobility Online:

by 15 June (students starting in August/September)
by 15 November (students starting in January)

The course schedules are published in June (Autumn semester) and November (spring semester). You should have checked for overlapping classes when completing the course plan in Mobility Online. Some clashes may be possibe to handle, but many overlapping classes request that you probably will have to make a change in your plan.

Courses for incoming exchange students

The course selection for the following academic year is published in the spring each year, usually in May/early June. The Autumn semester comprises period 1 & 2 and the Spring semester period 3 & 4. Note that the courses are subject to change every year. You have to plan following the current academic year Study Handbook until the upcoming will be published.

Please read the instructions for finding courses that are open to exchange students and how to register courses in the study tool WebOodi at

To see the course offers in WebOodi you do not need a login.

Registering courses
WebOodi will open for registrations on 1 August (autumn courses only) and on 1 December (spring courses). You shall register your courses in the study tool WebOodi, where all Hanken students apply for courses by registration. 

To be able to register courses in WebOodi you must have both your student User ID and the password, which you will get prior to your arrival. Your registration in WebOodi is the actual application for a course and informs the teachers of the applicants. By making it possible for you to sign up from abroad you apply in the same queue as regular Hanken students.

The details about the WebOodi registration steps and process will follow together with the Acceptance letter.

Business Courses taught in Swedish
Exchange students from the Nordic countries who are able to understand teaching in Swedish and who can read literature in Swedish may choose courses taught in Swedish as well.

Courses at other Universities
You may check the option for being accepted at a course offered by another university in the Helsinki metropolitan area or in Vaasa. Find information on the national system of flexible study rights (the JOO-system) and how it may work for your course plan.

Schedules
The schedules for courses offered in the autumn semester will be published in early summer and timetables for courses offered in the spring semester will be published by early November.

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Please compare your course plan to the schedules to find out if there will be clashes. Some overlappings may be possible to handle, but severe clashes (courses more or less overlap) means that you probably will have to choose some other course.

Course councelling before and upon arrival
You are welcome to contact the International co-ordinator and course councellor for incoming exchange students (Margareta Granholm)(incoming.mobility(at)hanken.fi) in case you have questions regarding courses and academic matters before your arrival. The International co-ordinator  will check your Learning Agreement (ERASMUS+) and course plan in Mobility Online to spot any problems (wrong level, critical prerequisites etc.) in advance or upon arrival at Hanken. The WebOodi registration and the uploaded courses in Mobility Online should be identical.

You can change course registrations in WebOodi and get assistance with final course choices during the Orientation course in Helsinki and Vaasa. During the Orientation course there will be time for finding out how schedule clashes can be handled.

Work load
Exchange students are expected to complete 30 ECTS per semester, i.e. 4-5 courses. Most courses are worth 6 or 8 credits and a few worth 4 or 3 credits. One credit at Hanken is comparable to one ECTS credit. An exchange student can have a workload of approximately 30 ECTS, due to the fact that the chosen courses may not sum up to exactly 30 ECTS. You must always check what your home university requires. In any case Hanken requires a student to take at least three courses in a semester, we do not accept "academic tourism".

Course level
The level "intermediate" means a course at undergraduate (BSc) level. The level "advanced" means a course at graduate (MSc) level. However, there are advanced courses of two kinds; a) courses that are mandatory for the respective major, which require profound (advanced) previous knowledge of the subject in question, or b) courses that are electives at graduate level (MSc level) an therefore labeled "advanced". Courses of this type are aimed to broaden the student's field of knowledge.

Hanken has a so called integrated degree structure and exchange students may mix levels and take both BSc and MSc level courses, provided they meet the prerequisites for a specific course. If you are a BSc level student at home, be aware of possible restrictions to take MSc level courses of category (a) at Hanken. The first advice is that you look for courses at your respective level. However, in case you are a MSc level student and find a BSc level course that your university will accept, this will be no problem to Hanken. Sometimes choosing a BSc upper level course may solve a problem of finding a good course mix and could be a substitute for a MSc level course of category (b).

Prerequisites for a course
When choosing courses, note the following. Prerequisites for a course such as previous knowledge or limited number of places is mentioned on the course home page. Admittance to some courses may be strict and checked by the professor assisted by the International co-ordinator. The chance of being accepted to preferred courses will be better, or totally depending upon an up-to-date Transcript of records from your home university. This means that all courses that you have taken at undergraduate and/or graduate levels in a certain subject must be documented to support admittance. If you are at master'e level you must upload both undergraduate and graduate Transcripts of records in Mobility-Online already when you apply for Hanken, or update it later. The professor may request latest updated information when finally screening students for a course close to course start.

Tip: Replace the Transcript of records that you uploaded online for the application by an updated one, or add an unofficial transcript, stamped by your home university. Or bring an up-to-date Transcript with you.

We recommend that you have some optional course choices (a plan B) in case you would not be admitted to your most preferred courses. You can also sign up in WebOodi for more courses than you plan to take and delete/confirm a course upon arrival. There is always a possibility to change courses upon arrival, this is not a problem for Hanken. You yourself must always check with your home university if you are uncertain what they will accept.

Changes of course plans and registrations
In Helsinki:
You may (may have to) make adjustments to your course plans and registrations. During the Orientation course in Helsinki the International Co-ordinator will function as your counceller and if needed direct you to the teacher/professor in specific matters.

In Vaasa:
You may (may have to) make adjustments to your course plans and registrations. The International coordinator (incoming students), Margareta Granholm, in Helsinki will reply to your general questions related to academic matters and course choices before your arrival. After your arrival in Vaasa and during the Orientation course you will be assisted in specific course matters and practicalities by your counceller Ms Kristina Wallin, kristina.wallin(at)hanken.fi and teachers/professors at the Vaasa Campus.

Signing of Learning Agreement
As a rule, the Learning Agreement (Erasmus +) will be signed by Hanken when you have been able to set a working course plan, that is after your arrival at Hanken. Please note, in case your home university requires a signed Learning Agreement previous to your arrival at Hanken that plans have to be kept subject to change. Changes to a Learning Agreement also can be done during the stay.

All Learning Agreements are signed by the ECTS coordinator(s) at the Helsinki Campus, also the agreements of students going to the Vaasa campus.