Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

  • 10000 Students
  • Private (non-profit)
Helsinki, Finland
Haaga-Helia University Of Applied Sciences is Finland's largest business polytechnic. It is an open polytechnic, owned by a foundation, which is run by Helsinki's Business-life. Campuses are located in Helsinki, Porvoo and Vierumäki. Haaga-Helia offers education on Business Economics, Information technology, Management Assistant Education, Communications and Tourism Education, Journalism, vocational teacher education programmes and languages.

About Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

With about 10,000 students and about 650 staff, Haaga-Helia is one of the biggest universities of applied sciences in Finland. We offer education in diverse fields (in the hotel & restaurant field, in physical education, in management assistance as well as in business, sales, finance, journalism and information technology). Haaga-Helia students can take courses in all Haaga-Helia units.

Our degree programmes lead to both bachelors and masters degrees. We offer students the latest skills and knowledge needed for success in professional life, as well as an atmosphere that promotes learning, work and entrepreneurship. Haaga-Helia is recognised and highly valued as an international partner.

In Helsinki, Porvoo and Vierumäki

Students from our units in seven different campuses graduate to become valued experts in business life. Degree programmes are provided in English and Finnish.

Length and scope?

The standard duration of studies at Haaga-Helia is 3.5 - 4.5 years. Programmes leading to a bachelors degree consists of 210 credits (ECTS), except for the journalism programme, which covers 240 ECTS. A degree comprises basic and professional studies, workplacement, a thesis as well as free-choice studies.

Masters degree programmes cover 90 ECTS and last 1.5 - 3 years.


Haaga-Helia educates experts with customer service, strong sales and entrepreneurial skills. Our R&D&I activities focus on innovative products, services and business operations for the benefit of business and society.


Haaga-Helia is a leading, internationally growing, University of Applied Sciences. We offer superior quality services for the success of students, businesses and workplace communities.


Alumni network

Alumni is the network of graduates from HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences and institutes preceding it a link between the UAS and working life. Alumni aims to contribute to our schools success, keep up the respect the HAAGA-HELIA degrees hold and help in still developing the degrees quality further.

Career and Recruitment Services

We assist employers in the recruitment of motivated employees. We have several means at our disposal.

You will find that HAAGA-HELIA assists you in your personnel needs even at a short notice. Students close to graduation are interested in both permanent employment and project-based tasks.

Our students are expected to complete a workplacement period towards the end of their studies. This period has the dual purpose of allowing students to gain work experience in the fields they have studied and also to clarify their career goals. You can hire a workplacement trainee for tasks in the following fields: business (also international), tourism, management assistance, information technology as well as sports and journalism. Our students have completed their basic and professional studies before workplacement, which provides a solid foundation also for challenging tasks.

HAAGA-HELIAs Career and Recruitment Services helps students and employers in all recruitment related matters.


HAAGA-HELIA Library is an up-to-date university of applied sciences library offering a variety of services. The Library's printed and electronic collections contain a broad selection of materials in the fields of business, information technology, hotel & restaurant management, tourism, sports and leisure management, communications and education and pedagogy.

Student life at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Student meals

Students in institutes of higher education are entitled to meal subsidies in restaurants that subscribe to the benefit. The subsidies are paid to the restaurant operator, and amount to 1.67 euros per meal. The operator deducts this amount from the price you pay.

You will be charged the subsidy price if you show your student card or Kela's meal subsidy card to the cashier. Students who do not have a student card need to apply for a separate lunch discount card from their school. Lunch discount cards and student cards offer a discount also in student restaurants in schools other than HAAGA-HELIA.

Student wellbeing

HAAGA-HELIA actively supports student health and wellbeing.

HAAGA-HELIA campuses are staffed with a doctors office, student psychologist, psychiatric nurse and priest. There are some differences between the health care services provided by the different campuses. Not all campuses have a doctor's reception, for example. As a rule, students should use the health care services of their own campus.

Accident insurance

HAAGA-HELIA does not take accident insurance for students. With regard to work placement, it is the students employer who takes statutory employer's insurance for the student if the student receives a salary. On the other hand, if the student is engaging in compulsory work placement that does not involve a salary, it is HAAGA-HELIA who takes statutory insurance for the student for the duration of the work placement.

Insurance taken by HAAGA-HELIA on behalf of the student never covers ordinary classes or the students free-time. Only in exceptional cases does the insurance cover curricula-based classes involving practical training, e.g. the sports classes of students in sports & leisure degree programmes or the vocational classes of students in hotel & restaurant programmes. In such exceptional cases, students are covered by statutory accident insurance provided by If P&C Insurance Company. The insurance does not cover students who participate in such training but are enrolled in degree programmes in other fields.

It is recommended that students take their own insurance, for example insurance covering sporting activities, for accidents not covered by insurance taken by HAAGA-HELIA. It is especially recommended that students take their own insurance for the duration of any travel abroad.


To study at a higher education institution implies for spontaneous acquisition of information. HAAGA-HELIA informs via web pages, email, Degree Programme related bulletins, info-TV and bulletin boards.

The best way to stay informed is the keep your contact information up-to-date. If your e-mail address changes or if you are moving to a new address, always inform HAAGA-HELIA of this. Read your e-mail regularly there might be important messages relating to your studies.

Remember also to participate in the student info sessions organised each semester.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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