Finland: University of Jyväskylä

‌Accomplished as an internationally ranked research university, Jyväskylä offers multidisciplinary courses in one of Northern Europe's most vibrant, innovative and youthful cities. Jyväskylä hosts students from nearly 100 different countries each semester. Thanks to the compact and lively urban center, Jyväskylä is a “little big city”, where all the services and shops are close at hand.

Dates & Deadlines

Term: Spring 2024                                                                    Application Deadline: Sunday, October 1, 2023                          Term Dates: Wednesday, January 3 - Sunday, May 26, 2024

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Jyväskylä is called “A small city with a big feel”, with approximately 160,000 inhabitants. The seventh largest city in Finland ranks among its most important in terms of education and growth. Every fourth person in Jyväskylä is a student. Development of technologies remains one of the city’s main contributions, especially in the area of nanotechnology, energy technology, and forest industry. Jyväskylä maintains one of the highest qualities of life in Finland by promoting energy efficiency, elimination of pollutants, and reduction of light pollution.  Local activities include: fishing all year round, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and many indoor sports.

Notable area sites include:

  • Alvar Aalto Museum
  • City of Light tour of Jyväskylä
  • Nyrölä rock planetarium
  • Petäjävesi Old Church (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • Oravivuori triangulation tower (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • Lake Päijänne & Lake Jyväsjärvi
  • Jyväskylä Arts Festival
  • Craft Museum of Finland
  • Rantaraitti (recreational and exercise venue)
  • 188,000 lakes and 30,000 islands

Students can study from various academic colleges at the university. Some courses will require prerequisites and pre-enrollment, which is a part of the application process. Listed below are the areas of studies offered.

  • Business
  • Economics 
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Language and Cultural Studies
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Sport and Health Sciences

All students need to take at least 30 credits in the ECTS system, in order to be considered full-time at UNI during the semester abroad. This will transfer back to UNI as 15 credits. Students typically take 5 classes. 


Credits (Uses ECTS credit)                                                                      Grades

2 ECTS = 1 U.S.                                                                                        Excellent (A) 5            = A

3 ECTS = 1.5 U.S.                                                                                     Very Good (B) 4         = B+

4 ECTS = 2 U.S.                                                                                       Good (C) 3                  = B

5 ECTS = 2.5 U.S.                                                                                    Satisfactory (D) 2       = C+

6 ECTS = 3 U.S.                                                                                       Sufficient (E) 1             = C

7 ECTS= 3.5 U.S.                                                                                      Failure (FAIL) 0          = F


There is a winter school in January with Sport Sciences classes being offered.  Many of the winter and summer schools offer activities including free cultural tours, getting to know Finnish life and society, excursions, and sports events.

Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost: $16,043*

*estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

Estimated Total Program Cost $16,043
Estimated U-bill Charges $5,306
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs $10,737


Spring 2024 Estimated Budget Sheets (PDF)

Cost of Studying On Campus at UNI*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees $4,527
Room & Board $4,580
Books $400
Personal Expenses $878
Transportation $320
Total $10,705


‌Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to study abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to study abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
  • If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
    • Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the university
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements, if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.