Practical Information

On this website you will find a lot of practical information regarding studying as an exchange students at the University of Vaasa.

Contact the Mobility Services

Mobility Services - University of Vaasa

Fredrika Sourander, Specialist

tel. +358 29 449 8663


1. Certificate of Attendance

The students will get a Certificate of Attendance when they register to the University.  

2. Transcript of Records 

Exchange students of University of Vaasa will get their Transcript of Records through Mobility Services. Close to the end of their exchange, the students will receive a link to a "Request for Transcript" form per email.

3. Letter of Confirmation 

Exchange students should notify the Mobility Services about their departure and physically pass by the office, if possible. They will then get certificate with the exact dates of their exchange.

Note: Information about documents required for the application and Learning Agreement can be found in the section "Applying". 

Studying as an Exchange Student at University of Vaasa

Study tools

You will get familiarized to the student tools through our UVA-platforms training during the Orientation Days. The username and password you will receive when registering to the University also during the Orientation Days. 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 Studies, Administrative Sciences, Communication and Technology. The exchange student can choose their courses based on that study field (business students can take business courses). Taking courses from another field is possible, but there are some restrictions on that especially regarding the business and technology 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 or exercise groups can be 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 and therefore some of the courses might not have an exam at all. Specific information about the courses can be read in the course descriptions in "Courses for exchange students". University of Vaasa does not have specific examination periods, so all the courses have their own examination days. In addition, the University of Vaasa has electronic exams which have flexible schedule. More information about exam can be found on the university website. 

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. More information about ECTS system can be found in Studying at the University of Vaasa.

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