Course registration and modes of study
Types of courses
The most usual form of instruction is a lecture course with a final examination at the end. You have to pass the examination after attending the lectures in order to receive credit for your work.
Another common type of a course is a self-study course (usually referred to as a book exam): you read literature specifically agreed on with the lecturer/professor, write essays and/or take a written examination after completing the necessary readings.
Departments also organise seminars (instruction given in small groups introducing students to independent research), laboratory work in natural sciences, as well as other kinds of practical course and written assignments.
Which courses to choose?
Students in two-year Master's programmes should plan their studies according to the personal study plan which is prepared at the beginning of the studies.
Exchange and visiting students
If you are an exchange student or a visiting student, you can choose courses from the curriculum of your host department and/or from the international study programmes arranged at the University of Jyväskylä.
However, there are some restrictions that you have to take into consideration:
- Some of the courses may be targeted at students of the department/faculty in question only.
- Some courses may have some prerequisites that the participants must fulfil.
- As a rule, the Department of Communication and the English Section of the Department of Languages offer courses for those students only who come in the framework of their own exchange agreements. Participation in the courses of the Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences and Department of Teacher Education is also restricted.
Registration for courses
Registration for courses at the University of Jyväskylä is done online using the Korppi environment. Registration takes place in the beginning of and during the semester.
In Korppi you can find most of the courses offered by different departments. Before registering for a course, please check
- that the language of instruction of the course is English (if you do not speak Finnish fluently)
- that you have the required study right and background studies for the course in question
- the level of the course. Bachelor's level courses are divided into basic (marked with the letter P as the fourth letter of the course code) and subject studies (the fourth letter of the course code is A). Master's level courses are marked with the letter S (fourth letter of the course code).
- that the courses for which you register do not overlap (at least if the course has a strict attendance policy)
If you decide not to take part in a course you have registered for, please remember to cancel your participation.
Please notice that you can register for courses only after you have arrived in Jyväskylä and received your username and password for the university computer network. These cannot be sent to you while you are still in your home country.
Modes of study
The most usual form of instruction is a lecture course with a final examination at the end. You have to pass the examination after attending the lectures in order to receive credit for your work. The lecturer usually gives the time and place of an examination during the last couple of lectures. At some departments, it is required to register separately to a lecture course exam. A re-examination is arranged, if students so require. If you fail an examination or cannot participate in it, you can have at least one more try.
Exchange and visiting students should notice that examinations can only be taken during the time for which they have been accepted. After the exchange period has ended, i.e. after the end of December or May, it is no longer possible to take examinations. Please note also that in some faculties and/or departments it is also required to register separately to a lecture course exam.
Another usual type of a course is a reading course (also called as a book examination): You read literature specifically agreed on with the lecturer/professor, write essays and/or take a written examination after completing the necessary readings. In addition to lecture and reading courses, departments organise seminars, instruction given in small groups introducing students to independent research, as well as laboratory work in natural sciences and other kinds of practical classes, and written assignments.