Studying as an Exchange Student at University of Vaasa

Studying at a new university can be challenging at first, but here is some quick information to get you acquinted to University of Vaasa and hopefully easen the start of your studies.


Study tools

To help you start using all of our student tools, we have made guide videos for our most important tools. You can go check them out from here. The username and password you will receive when registering to the University during the Orientation week. After receiving them, you will be able to log on to our systems. You will be able to do your course and exam registrations after your arrival.

Study fields

Exchange students are divided to  study fields by the agreements they come under. The study fields are Business, Administrative Social Sciences, Communicatio and Technology. The exchange student can choose their courses based on that study field (business students can take business courses). If an exchange student would like to take courses from another field (technology student from communication studies), please be in contact with the Mobility Services at UniVaasa. Taking courses from another field is possible, but there are some restrictions on that especially regarding the business and industrial management courses.

Lecture methods

At University of Vaasa, there are different teaching and learning methods used, and multiple methods can be used during one course. A rough division can be made in that a course can be either a lecture or a self-study course. If a course is a lecture course, attendance to the lectures is usually mandatory. Self-study courses are courses where different reading material and tasks are given to student to do on their own (so no regular lectures).

Examination and completion of a course

There are different ways to complete a course. More information about that and about our different types examinations can be found from here. University of Vaasa does not have specific examination periods, so all the courses have their own examination days. Registering to the exam is done via WebOodi. If a student does not register on time for the exam, they will not be allowed to attend it.

Course level

At University of Vaasa, the courses can be divided into three different levels. The levels are basic studies, subject studies and advanced studies.

Basic study level - the most basic courses of the subject, and are usually taken during the first year of Bachelor (undergraduate) level.

Subject study level - more advanced than the basic level courses, but not the most advanced. These courses can be taken during either the last years of bachelor (undergraduate) level or during the first year of master (graduate) level.

Advanced study - most difficult courses, and are recommended to be taken only on Master (graduate) level.

Even though a course might be a subject study course, please also check whether it has some prerequisites. You have to meet the course prerequisites in order to join the course. This way we can keep the teaching quality high and you will also be able to understand the subject taught (and able to pass the exams). Also courses that have been marked as master level are always only for master level students.

One ECTS is equivalent to about 27 hours of work. University of Vaasa does not have, at this moment, a certain credit amount that the incoming exchange students should do during their stay. We do recommend to do between 20-30 ECTS per academic semester.

University's Library Tritonia

Tritonia is a joint academic library, where you can find most of your study books. It is also a very poplura hang-out place, but please remeber to keep the silent areas silent!


All the new international student will be appointed a tutor. Tutor is a peer student meant to help you in adjusting to Vaasa and University of Vaasa. A tutor has multiple new students which form a tutor group. From this group, you can make your first friends even before your physical arrival to Vaasa. Tutors do not give study councelling, and for that you should contact the International Education Specialist ( (a)