Courses open for exchange students

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The Business courses taught in English that are open for exchange students are compiled in the study register WebOodi study handbooks "Courses open for exchange students", separately for Helsinki and Vaasa.

BSc and MSc courses offered in English are open to exchange students and to regular Hanken degree students alike at both campuses. Exchange students can choose courses at intermediate (BSc) and advanced (MSc) levels according to their own and their home university's preferences and needs, notifying Hanken's prerequisites, of course. Hanken's prerequisites for taking a particular course, as marked in the course description may restrict access to a course. Such prerequisites could be background knowledge and/or limited number of places available on a course. Changes of preliminary plans and course registration in WebOodi are possible. Students must consult their home university concerning their choices for pre-acceptance and for changes of a  a plan. Erasmus + students' "Learning Agreement" is to be followed and up-to-date.

Business Courses taught in Swedish
Students from the Nordic countries who are able to follow instruction in the Swedish language may also choose courses taught in Swedish in both Helsinki and Vaasa.

Language courses at Hanken

Exchange students are offered beginners courses in the Swedish language. Under some conditions it may be possible for an exchnage student to keep up a foreign language and take part in a course in French, German, Spanish or Russian. These foreign language courses are not listed in the study handbook for exchange students. For information on possibilities, please contact the International coordinator.

Swedish as a Foreign Language - web based language course
The course "Swedish as a Foreign Language" is tailor-made for exchange students. The course is studied online as well as with contact hours. The course may be taken in addition to the approximately 30 ECTS credits (4-5 courses) of business subjects during the semestert. It does not require much work, but adds Swedish language proficency at level A-B in the European CEFR language reference as well as a cultural experience.

In Helsinki students can start the Swedish as a Foreign Language I either in the autumn or the spring semester, full year students can proceed over the academic year with modules I + II.

In Vaasa Swedish as a Foreign Language I is offered in the autumn semester.

Elementary Finnish
Hanken does not offer elementary Finnish courses. Students interested in a beginners coiurse in Finnish may contact the International co-ordinator for incoming students in Helsinki about their interest. There may be some course at other institutions in bpth Helsinki and Vaasa, but they may come with a fee.

Foreign language courses at Hanken
In Helsinki foreign language courses are offered to degree students in English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Taking a foreign language course usually, requires previous knowledge of the foreign language in question, because the teaching language is Swedish and knowledge of Swedish, consequently, is necessary.

Students wishing to enroll in French, German, Russian or Spanish courses must contact the language instructor in advance or at the start of the semester to assess their level.

In Vaasa a number of thel English language courses are open to exchnage students. To some extent German courses are offered, whereas French and Spanish are not offered at the Vaasa campus.

Courses at other Universities - The JOO-system

NB! The paragraphs below should be taken as information on a system that is increasingly less accessible for exchange students - at both campuses. Why write about the option, then? Well, it might be there. But please do not count on it in planning your courses.

The national system of flexible study rights, the JOO-system, allows students to take courses at other institutions. Courses at other universities in the Helsinki and Vaasa area may be taken also by our exchange students needing some course taught in English that is not found at Hanken. An exchange student applies with Hanken as "home university" using the Hanken login User name and Password. Admittance is depending on prerequisites and space allowing. The web address of the JOO-system and application form is Course information is to be found on the respective university home page.

Note that some (few) courses are offered jointly by two universities and that such a course may have a Hanken code but all the same requires an application under the JOO-system.

An approval by the student's "home university" (in your case Hanken) is required before an application is considered at the target university. Find information on JOO-studies and the local JOO-contact person on the respective university web page. Hanken's information is found under JOO-studies on the "Students" portal In any case you are recommended to contact Hanken's International Programme Co-ordinator at in advance to notify us about your wish to apply for a JOO-course.

The application has to be attested by Hanken (the JOO-coordinator) before it is sent to the respective university office. The application is done on-line. You must be enrolled at Hanken to apply, you cannot apply until you have received your Hanken student ID, the matriculation number. It is possible you cannot apply until after arrival in Helsinki depending on your enrollment process.

JOO-studies in Helsinki
If you for some reason will not manage to have a full-time study programme of Hanken courses, there is a possibility to apply for some course(s) at the Aalto-University School of Economics (former Helsinki School of Economics), the Finnish-language Business School, which is located across the street. Under the JOO-agreement the School of Economics admits Hanken students who meet set pererquisites for the course and provided there are places available on the course. Hanken exchange students may enquire about possible admittance by contacting the JOO-coordinator at the Study Office of the School of Economics. The home page is Applications by exchange students can only be made for courses in the second period of the semester (period 2 or 4) because of the long processing time needed for handling the application involving two universities. At the time an exchange student can apply, the courses in the 1st period (autumn) respectively the 3rd period (spring) already will be full.

The University of Helsinki and the Aalto University School of Science and Technology Former Helsinki University of of Technology) may also accept Hanken exchange students for some course(s) under the JOO agreement. For information on the courses, please visit their home page or get in contact directly with the respective university department's student advisor.

JOO-studies in Vaasa
The system if flexible study rights in Vaasa covers the universities and and universities of applied sciences in Vaasa. Students from Hanken's partner universities coming to our Vaasa campus may apply for courses at either the Åbo Akademi University Faculties in Vaasa or at the University of Vaasa. Please notice that you have to have pre-acceptance from your own home university to show that the course you plan to apply for will be accepted for credit transfer at home. This is done by listing the course in question in on the Learning Agreement that you prepare for Hanken, with signatures from your home university. Enquires about the course options may be directed to the Office of Study Affairs at Hanken's campus in Vaasa. The application has to be attested by Hanken (the JOO-coordinator in Vaasa) before it is sent to the respective university.