Application round for flexible study rights (JOO)

The flexible JOO study right enables graduate and postgraduate students to apply for a study right to another Finnish university, for example to complete a minor module or take individual courses. 

The JOO study right increases student´s options:

All Finnish universities take part in JOO, and the studies are free of charge for the student. The student must be registered as attending at the University of Helsinki to be able to apply for a flexible study right and take courses at another university. The completed Joo studies must be included in the student’s degree (bachelor's, master's  or doctor´s degree).

Application dates

For bachelor and master level students there are two fixed application periods per year:

If the date of the application deadline does not fall on a weekday, the application period ends on the next weekday.

NB: If the host university`s application period ends before 30.4. or 31.10., the student must apply (in Joopas Online system or apply by paper application) and notify the International Exchange Services about the different application period by email to: at least a month before the application period for the host university ends.

For doctoral students the application period is year-round, starting from 1.8.2018. Processing time of the applications is four weeks.

Length of home university’s endorsement process

Students will be notified (by e-mail) about the decision a month after the application round has ended.

Supporting criteria

Supporting statements for studies within the Flexible Study Right Scheme (JOO) can be provided under the following criteria:

 The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  1. A personal study plan (PSP). The personal study plan must indicate what mandatory and optional studies you are going to do and what you have already done. Optional studies done under the JOO scheme must be clearly stated in your personal study plan. If you attach an ePSP (e-Hops), it must include the facts stated above. More on PSP:
  2. A transcript of studies (an unofficial one from WebOodi is enough).
  3. Postgraduate students must include a statement of approval concerning the study plan from the professor in charge of the discipline.

The application form

The application form can be found in JOOPAS Online system (Please remember to include the required attachments!) 

Link to the Joopas online system:

NB. If the host university does not use Joopas system they use a paper JOO application form.If you apply to university which uses paper applications, the joo application must be scanned and sent to:
The list of universities which use paper applications  are listed on the front page of the Joopas site. See more: General Instructions

The duration of the study right

The study right can be approved for a maximum of two years, and the student can only take the courses the study right is granted for.

Registering JOO-studies into the registry of your home university

The transcript of completed JOO studies will be submitted to Student Services for registration according to the Faculty’s instruction for the recognition of studies. The student is responsible for ensuring that the completed studies are recognised.

Further information

If you need more information about studies done under the Flexible Study Right Scheme (JOO) or the application process, please contact the International Exchange Services