Studying at JYU

Studying at a Finnish university may differ from that of your home university or your previous institution of higher education. This section introduces you to the system of studies at the University of Jyväskylä. Please remember also that support and guidance is available if you require further information.

Academic calendar

The academic year of the University of Jyväskylä consists of the autumn semester and the spring semester which are both divided into two teaching periods.

Credits and grades

The credits used at the University of Jyväskylä comply with the ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

Courses for exchange students

The University of Jyväskylä offers a variety of courses in English for exchange students.

Degree structure

Finnish universities have a two-cycle degree system consisting of a Bachelor's and a Master's degree, followed by postgraduate licentiate and doctoral degrees.


Exams can take place throughout the academic year and there are no separate exam periods at the University of Jyväskylä. 


You can apply for a degree after all the required courses have been completed.

Language courses

The Language Centre offers a wide variety of courses in different languages.

Master’s thesis

Advanced studies in a major subject include writing a Master's thesis.

Course registration and modes of study

The most usual form of instruction is a lecture course with a final examination at the end. Another common type of a course is a self-study course. There are also seminars, practical courses and written assignments.

Normative duration of study and extensions to study time

The normative duration of degrees and the right to study, as well as the extension of right to study time are stipulated in Universities Act (558/2009, Sections 41–43).


Each semester begins with an orientation programme which has been designed to help new students settle in and get to know each other, the University and the city of Jyväskylä.

Personal study plan

All degree students draw up a personal study plan with the help of their study counsellors at the beginning of their studies.

Plagiarism and fraud

Code of conduct for preventing and dealing with academic fraud and plagiarism.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning refers to the process of approving previous studies, internships, work experience or other competences as part of a degree, study entity or study unit in compulsory or optional studies.

Registration to the university

Prior to starting your studies you have to enroll at the University.

Students with special needs

Information for international students with special needs.

Study counselling

You can turn to the staff of your host department in academic matters.

Transcripts and certificates

Official transcripts of record can be collected from the Admission and Student Services.

Departure (for exchange students)

Information on the things you should take care of before your departure.