Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences is a Finnish university of applied sciences located in the capital city of Helsinki. It is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Finland, with over 10,000 students. Haaga-Helia offers a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the fields of business, hospitality, technology, and social services.
Haaga-Helia is known for its high-quality education and its focus on applied learning. Students at Haaga-Helia have the opportunity to work on real-world projects with businesses and organizations in the region. This gives them the skills and experience they need to be successful in their careers.
Haaga-Helia is also a very international university. Over 20% of its students come from outside of Finland. Haaga-Helia offers a number of English-language programs, and it has exchange agreements with universities all over the world.
Here is a more detailed description of Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences for prospective students:
High-quality education with a focus on applied learning: Haaga-Helia is committed to providing its students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their careers. Students at Haaga-Helia have the opportunity to work on real-world projects with businesses and organizations in the region, which gives them the hands-on experience they need to be successful.
Wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs: Haaga-Helia offers a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the fields of business, hospitality, technology, and social services. This gives students the opportunity to find a program that matches their interests and career goals.
International university with a diverse student body: Haaga-Helia is a very international university, with over 20% of its students coming from outside of Finland. Haaga-Helia also offers a number of English-language programs, and it has exchange agreements with universities all over the world. This gives students the opportunity to learn from and network with students from all over the world.
Student support services: Haaga-Helia offers a variety of student support services to help students succeed in their studies. These services include academic advising, tutoring, career counseling, and financial aid assistance.
There are a variety of student associations as well as sports clubs and interest clubs, such as board games and wine tasting. The student union organizes trips, parties, and other events. Students reported that there are always social activities going on.
HOAS is the student housing provider in Helsinki. Be sure to apply for housing as soon as you are accepted, as demand is high. Rent ranges from 241–564 euros per month (generally around 300). A tip from students: be sure to check the box saying that you would not have a place to live without housing and also request housing for a couple of months sooner than you need it (which evidently makes it more likely that you will receive it when you do need it).
There are several buildings throughout Helsinki—all are easily accessible by the tram. The buildings are modern and well maintained. The students I met with reported feeling very safe in Helsinki. I experienced the same. It was dark much of the time I was there, and I never felt uncomfortable walking around by myself. The students joked that a drunk person on the street is more likely to sing to you than harass you. The drinking/singing combination is evidenced by the popularity of karaoke as well as sitz parties. Sitz parties sometimes include a seated meal but always include singing—and often even songbooks! Then there are the coveralls... Each school in Finland is assigned a color for coveralls. Students wear them to parties and decorate their coveralls with the patches they get from different events (a bit like a girl scout sash). I have to admit, I don't think it's the best look, but the students are super enthusiastic about this tradition.