Short courses abroad

You can also study abroad on short courses - for example during the summer. Different courses offer a good opportunity to deepen your academic knowledge and language skills intensively. Usually there are fees for short courses.

Summer school

Many higher education institutes organize summer schools or other short courses. University students can apply for summer programmes of foreign higher education institutes. The courses are often taught in English. In summer schools students usually study a certain theme in an international group. It is not possible to take part in short courses through the exchange programmes of JYU - you have to apply for the course independently. If you are interested in a particular short course and would like to know whether those studies can be included in your degree, contact your amanuensis or study coordinator well in advance.

You can search for international summer programmes with the term "Summer School". Your home department may also be able to recommend certain summer courses. There is a participation fee for summer courses but the foreign higher education institute may offer an opportunity to apply for a grant. JYU does not offer grants for summer school participants (excluding NCI summer courses). Free-time activities such as evening programme and excursions are often organized for summer course participants. You can get more information on the summer schools and short courses from the organizing institute.

NCI summer courses in India

Nordic Center in India (NCI) is a consortium of Nordic universities that organizes e.g. summer courses in India for the students of the consortium. JYU students can apply for the NCI summer courses. The theme of the courses is related to the Indian society. The application period takes place annually in February and it is announced on the webpages of the International Office. JYU pays for the course fee and travel grant of those chosen for the course.

NCI summer courses

DAAD summer course scholarships

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the German center for international exchange, grants summer course scholarships to Germany for degree students studying in Finland. All university students who have studied for at least two years before the start of the course can apply for the scholarship. The scholarships are meant for the participation in language and country-knowledge courses.

More information about the DAAD summer course scholarships (in Finnish)

Nordlys Express -exchange for students of the Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius

The University of Jyväkylä calls for applications for the Nordlys Express student mobility grants twice a year for the degree students of the Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius for

  • a study exchange in another higher education institute
  • an internship in a company or organization relevant to the student's study subject

of a duration of 1 to 4 weeks in a country participating in the Nordlys programme (Nordic countries, including the autonomous regions of Åland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, or in Baltic countries)

More information about the Nordlys Express exchange

Language courses

Finnish and foreign language school organize language courses for both teenagers and adults in different parts of the world. Most course organizers are commercial organizations, so the courses have participation fees. The lengths and prices of the courses vary. Regarding the price you should pay attention to accommodation, size of the teaching group, level testing, teachers' competency, study materials used, and possible extracurricular activities.

In most cases you have to finance the language course studies independently. There are few scholarships available and Kela student allowance is not granted for separate language courses. CIMO language course grants are meant for subject-level students of the target language or for Master's students of a specific language or culture.

FIRST+ programme short-term mobility grant

FIRST+ exchange programme aims to promote student mobility between Finland and Russia. Seven universities in St. Petersburg region, two in Moscow and one in Yaroslavl take part in the network coordinated by the University of Jyväskylä. Besides the semester-long mobilities, it is also possible to apply for short-term mobility grants to FIRST+ programme universities. The duration of the short-term mobility is 5-59 days. This grant cannot be used for summer and winter schools with tuition fees, or for language courses or cultural excursions. The mobility grants are as follows:

To Saint Petersburg

Duration of 1-2 weeks: 300€
Duration over 2 weeks: 400€

To Moscow or Yaroslavl

Duration of 1-2 weeks: 400€
Duration over 2 weeks: 500€

The application round to FIRST+ short term mobility grants is ongoing (no deadlines). Please send a free-form application with reasons for applying to Tiina Savela at the International Office -> tiina.savela(a) The application must include the duration of the mobility, destination and purpose of stay. Please also attach a letter of acceptance, invitation letter, or similar, from the host university.