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Minnesota State Mankato Social Work Exchange in Finland
Helsinki, Finland (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 10/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Faculty Director(s) / Program Contact:
Debra Gohagan
 MSU Sponsoring Academic Dept(s):
Social Work
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Required Class Status: 2nd Year
Exchange Program: Yes
 Language of Instruction:
Intent of Program: Study at a college or university Program Length: Semester or Year
 Application(s) Required:
Minnesota State Mankato (Online Through This Site) Accommodation Options: Apartment
 Program sponsorship indicator:
Mankato Program
Program Description:

Helsinki, Finland

Finland Flag

Program Requirements

You must be accepted to the Social Work Program for the Metropolia Exchange. All students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.5. MSU students must enroll in at least 12 credits while in Finland.

Course Equivalencies

MSU Course Metropolia Course
SOWK 210 Introduction to Social Work (3) Basics of Social Pedagogy
KSP 235 Human Development (3) Human Growth and Development
SW 312 Junior Field Experience (3) Service Project
SW 412 Social Welfare Issues and Policies (3) Social Policy
SW 469 Applied Social Work Research Research Methods
Elective Family Work

Finland's Capital Building

Language/Culture Course

MSU Exchange Students are required to take a language/culture course. No previous foreign language experience is required, but is recommended to become familiar with at least a few useful words and phrases.

Helsinki Info

Helsinki is located in the southern part of Finland on the Gulf of Finland. The population of greater Helsinki is approximately 1,232,000. Due to it's location on the gulf of Finland, Helsinki is a very maritime city, and is sometimes called "The daughter of the Baltic." Helsinki's airport is a direct link with the rest of Europe, and people in Helsinki can also board ferries bound for Stockholm, Sweden and Talinn, Estonia.


University Info

Metropolia University is one of Finland's largest applied sciences polytechnics. About 9,200 attend Metropollia which was created in 1999 when eight smaller, more specific applied science insitutes around Helsinki merged.

Curious about what classes you can take? Check out the Courses for Exchange Students

Accommodation options

Academic Calendar

Metropolia's academic calendar is similar to MSU's. The fall semester starts in late August and ends in mid December. The spring semester begins in mid January and ends in mid May.

Application Periods

Semester 1, Autumn 2013: 26 August, 2013 - 20 December, 2013
Semester 2, Spring 2014: 7 January, 2014 - 31 May, 2014

How to apply

Apply online here

Learning Agreement

Visa requirements for Finland

MSU students on exchange to Finland must obtain a residence permit.   Find links to the most updated information here.

Sunset in Helsinki


Updated: September 9, 2013