Open Studies offer teaching that is carried out based on the higher education institution’s own syllabus. Open Studies are open for everyone regardless of education and age. You can study according to individual study units or bigger study modules. Open Studies are for you if
- you wish to improve the know-how required in working life
- you plan on applying to a higher education institution, or
- you wish to improve your general knowledge on topics that interest you.
Open Studies are mainly available for those who already live in Finland. Open Studies are not full-time and do not lead to a qualification – it is therefore not possible to get a long-term student residence permit based on Open Studies.
Different ways to study
Open Studies are offered in daytime, evenings, weekends and on the web at most higher education institutions all across Finland. Teaching is organised in degree students’ teaching groups or groups designed for open university or university of applied sciences (UAS) students. The goals, content and requirements are the same as with university or university of applied sciences (UAS) degree studies.
Studies can be carried out as contact teaching, blended teaching or e-teaching. Contact teaching is usually organised on the higher education institution’s premises in different ways: in lecture halls, small groups, laboratories, studios. E-teaching can be carried out regardless of time and place, but the possibility to study individual courses online should always be checked from the higher education institution’s own website. E-teaching can involve both independent and group work via information networks. Blended teaching uses both contact teaching and e-teaching, but this form of studying also allows you to study alongside work.
Finnish universities also offer Open Studies in cooperation with other educational institutions such as
- adult education centres
- folk high schools
- Summer universities.
Language of Open Studies
Depending on the subject, most Open Studies are offered in Finnish. Make sure to check the language of instruction before you enrol on the courses.
Enrolling and tuition fees
Information on open studies can be found from each higher education institution’s own website. You also enrol to open studies on the education institution’s website. Students are usually accepted in the order of enrolment. There can be certain requirements for taking part in open studies, for example with advanced special studies. Please read the study unit description carefully in order to find out the requirements for each course.
Open studies are subject to a charge. Find out more from the higher education institution’s own website.
Student financial aid
Open Studies courses are not full-time studies, therefore participating in Open Studies does not grant financial support to the student. It is up to the student to find possible financial aid for adult training, unemployment compensation or other financial support.
You cannot receive Kela’s student support for Open Studies. If you need funding for your studies, you can, for example, look into these options:
If you are planning to study as an unemployed job applicant, be in touch with your TE-office first.
Benefits and services
As an open university or university of applied sciences (UAS) student you can receive student counselling and guidance for your studies. During your studies you can use the higher education institution’s information systems and library. After you have completed your studies, you will receive a certificate of your attainments. More information about the services can be found from the higher education institution’s own website.
Continuing as a degree student
Open Studies do not lead to a qualification but you can do studies from both lower and higher level university and university of applied sciences (UAS) study modules. You get credits from open studies which can contribute towards a degree if you continue to degree studies later in the same higher education institution. If you continue to degree studies in another higher education institution, check with them if your studies can compensate parts of your future studies.
Please check the requirements for applying to a degree programme from each university’s or university of applied sciences’ (UAS) own website.