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University of Jyväskylä

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Jyväskylä, located in the blue-lake district of Finland, some 170 miles north of Helsinki, is a lively and compact city in a beautiful setting of lakes, ridges, parks and forests. It offers a great variety of cultural and sporting events, such as the annual Summer and Winter Arts Festivals, the Alvar Aalto Symposium, Graphica Creativa, the Neste Rally Finland, museum exhibits and an ongoing variety of plays and concerts. Jyvaskyla is an ideal city for sport and physical recreation: there are more than 200 different venues for sport and leisure activities, and a wide choice of maintained trails and recreational facilities within walking distance.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year, semester, or summer

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
Summer program available.

Chance of Placement
Chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
Chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: September to late May; Semester 1: early September to December; Semester 2: January to late May
Summer: mid-May to mid-June

Summer Program
Jyväskylä, located in the Blue-Lake district of Finland, is a lively city in a beautiful setting of lakes, ridges, parks, and forests. Experience summer festivals and a variety of outdoor activities while taking classes through the Jyväskylä Summer School in Human Sciences. The program offers 12 interdisciplinary courses for advanced undergraduate or graduate students interested in art and culture studies, education, cognitive science, communication, leadership, psychology, sports sciences, or related fields. Participants are welcome to take the full summer school program (one course per week) or parts of it. Please see the Summer School in Human Sciences for more information.

Fast Facts
Jyväskylä, Finland (pop. 130,974)
Student Enrollment: 15,000
Language of instruction: English, Finnish
University Home Page
Courses for exchange students
Summer School in Human Sciences
ISEP Finland

Courses taught in English
Business and Economics: Economics and Business Studies (Management and Leadership, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Accounting)

Education: Education, Teacher Education, Multicultural Study Program in Education, Educational Leadership, Traineeship in a day care center

Humanities: Communication, History and Ethnology, Intercultural Communication, Languages for students majoring languages

Information Technology: Mathematical Information Technology, Information Systems Science

Language and communication skills courses for all exchange students: Finnish, English, French, German, Chinese

Learning, Human Development and Wellbeing: Multidisciplinary program of the Faculties of Education, Social Sciences and Sport and Health Sciences (see programme page for details)

Natural Sciences: Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Physics

Social Sciences Living with Globalization, Basic Studies in Philisophy and Politics, Contemporary Issues in Psychology

Sport and Health Sciences: Physical Education, Health Sciences, Sports Management, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Biology of Physical Activity

Summer School in Human Sciences

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
In most programs, graduate courses are available for graduate-level students.

Academic Notes
Business Studies, Education, Intercultural Communication Minor, Social Sciences, and Sport and Health Sciences are recommended for exchange students. The university also offers a Summer School in Human Sciences including themes related to education, sport sciences, psychology, communication and social sciences. Early and Primary Education majors who are native speakers of English have a possibility to do a non-paid traineeship in a day-care center. Further information: Traineeship in a day care center.

Students typically enroll in 7-10 classes per term which averages to 20 hours in class per week. A term runs for 16-21 weeks.


Transcript issued for Semester 1: end of January
Transcript issued for Semester 2: end of June
Transcript issued for Full Year: end of June

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
The university offers free instruction in Finnish as a foreign language during the year at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. A pre-exchange Finnish course is offered in August (not included in the ISEP benefits; free tuition; cost of room: 210-330 EUR, board: 200-250 EUR). Language Courses: Beginner- to intermediate-level Swedish and Finnish. Finnish courses for international students are divided into five levels, and after completing the fifth level students may continue on to the Finnish Language & Culture Program.

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
TOEFL: 92iBT / 580 PBT / 237 CBT
Institutional TOEFL accepted?
IELTS: 6.5
Other tests accepted: CPE or CAE, passed on level A, B, or C; PTE Academic with minimum score of 59
English as a Foreign Language courses available? Yes

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Hints for Researching Courses
See: Courses in English for exchange students and the Summer School in Human Sciences.

Download the "Instructions for choosing courses" from the Courses link for detailed instructions.

Housing and Meals
ISEP students are housed in Kortepohja Student Village or KOAS apartments, both of which are two miles from campus. Apartments have two or three study-bedrooms with a kitchenette and bathroom. Free internet access is available in the apartments. Housing is also available for couples. A monthly meal stipend is provided which can be used to prepare or purchase meals.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. university sports fee for free-time sports, printing fee if a student exceeds his printing quota of 12 EUR per term), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: € 150-200 per month.

Generally there is no need to buy books for courses. Students may usually loan them at the library.

Price examples:
Lunch in a student restaurant € 2.60;
Meal in a off-campus restaurant € 7-20;
Movie ticket € 9.50-15

The rent for the student apartment is paid on ISEP students' behalf. The first food stipend will be paid in cash during the orientation program. After that the monthly allowance will be paid into the student's bank account in Finland. Students are advised to open bank account in Finland for their stay. Opening a bank account is usually free of charge.

A 3-4 day orientation includes: a general introduction to the University and its premises; an introduction to student associations; an introduction to services of the student health care center; information on the sports activities; an introduction to the University library and Language Center; an introduction to the computing services; visits to the departments; briefing on issues related to Finnish society and culture; and free time activities (e.g. a Sauna evening). More information on the orientation programme for international students can be found here.

A Finnish tutor will be assigned to each incoming student and can assist with the practical matters at the beginning of your stay in Jyväskylä.

Student Activities
The Student Union of the University (JYY) offers a wide range of free time activities, e.g. movie nights, concerts, club nights, flea markets, theme weeks, and sports events. The Erasmus Student Network organizes multicultural events, parties and trips, such as trips to Lapland and Russia, Café Lingua and the Ultimate Sauna Experience.

The University of Jyväskylä offers one of the most diverse and exciting sport and recreational programs in the country. The sports opportunities range from spinning, wall climbing and snow boarding to the more traditional skiing, aerobics, squash, tennis and different ball games.

Established as a teacher training college in the 1860’s, the University of Jyväskylä is a top-ranked university characterized by a high level of technological sophistication, active international cooperation, and teaching that is constantly developing to meet the challenges of future professions. Total enrollment: 15,000 (1,300 international students). There are three main campus areas: the Main Campus (conveniently located in the city center), Mattilanniemi Campus on the shore of Lake Jyvasjarvi, and Ylistorinne Campus on the opposite shore of the lake and connected to Mattilanniemi by bridge.

The university has received national and international recognition for teaching and research carried out in its fields of expertise, including evolutionary ecology, human development and risk factors, nuclear physics, nanosciences, and sport sciences. In addition to high academic standards, the university provides comprehensive services for international students, including an arrival service, a student tutor system, and orientation and friendship family programs.