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ISEP Exchange - University of Jyväskylä
Jyvaskyla, Finland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Full Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Program Cost Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Best Fit Majors: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Economics, Education, Elementary Education, English, General Business, History, International Studies, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Management, World Languages, Literature, & Linguistics Language of Instruction: English
Program Options: Exchange Credits Earned: 12+
Program Description:
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University of Jyväskylä

Fast Facts

Jyväskylä, Finland (pop. 130,974)
Student Enrollment: 15,000
Language of instruction: English, Finnish
Courses in English for exchange students
Summer School in Human Sciences
ISEP Finland Web site


Jyväskylä, located in the blue-lake district of Finland, some 170 miles north of Helsinki, is a lively and compact city in a beautiful setting of lakes, ridges, parks and forests. It offers a great variety of cultural and sporting events, such as the annual Summer and Winter Arts Festivals, the Alvar Aalto Symposium, Graphica Creativa, the Neste Rally Finland, museum exhibits and an ongoing variety of plays and concerts. Jyväskylä is an ideal city for sport and physical recreation: there are more than 200 different venues for sport and leisure activities, and a wide choice of maintained trails and recreational facilities within walking distance.

Program Type

Academic year, semester, or summer exchanges

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
Summer program available.

Chance of Placement

ISEP-Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Very Good.
ISEP-Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates

Academic year: early September to late May; Semester 1: early September to December; Semester 2: early January to late May.
Summer school: mid-May to mid_June

Courses taught in English

The following courses in English are offered for exchange students: Business and Economics; Education (Early Childhood Education, Education, Educational Leadership, Special Education, Teacher Education, Multicultural Study Program, Traineeship in a day care center); Humanities (Art and Culture Studies, Communication, History and Ethnology, Intercultural Studies, Languages for students majoring languages); Information Technology (Mathematical Information Technology, Information Systems Science); Language and Culture studies for all exchange students (Finnish, English, French, German, Chinese); Learning, Human Development and Wellbeing (Multidisciplinary program of the Faculties of Education, Social Sciences and Sport and Health Sciences); Natural Sciences (Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Physics); Social Sciences (Psychology, Social Sciences and Philosophy); Sport and Health Sciences (Physical Education, Health Sciences, Sports Management, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Biology of Physical Activity); and the Summer School in Human Sciences.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level

The following programs are taught in English at the graduate level: Corporate Environment Management, Development and International Cooperation, Digital Culture, Mobile Technology, Musicology, Nanoscience, Sport Management, Sport Psychology, and Sustainable Management of Inland Aquatic Resources.

Housing and Meals

ISEP students are housed in student flats in Kortepohja Student Village, only two miles from the three campuses and city center. A stipend is provided for meals. Apartments have two or three study-bedrooms with a kitchenette and bathroom. Free internet access is available in the apartments. Housing is also available for couples.


A Finnish tutor can book an Airport Taxi for you after you have informed him/her the arrival time of your flight to Jyväskylä. A 3-4 day orientation includes: a general introduction to the University and its premises; an introduction to student associations; an introduction to services of the student health care center; information on the sports activities; an introduction to the University library and Language Center; an introduction to the computing services; visits to the departments; briefing on issues related to Finnish society and culture; and free time activities (e.g. a Sauna evening).

Student Activities

The Student Union of the University (JYY) offers a wide range of services and free time activities related to culture and sports (e.g. monthly get-togethers, baking courses, sports events, movie nights, concerts). The international students have the opportunity to travel e.g. to Russia and Lapland in the trips organised by JYY.

The University of Jyväskylä offers one of the most diverse and exciting sport and recreational programs in the country. The sports opportunities range from spinning, wall climbing and snow boarding to the more traditional skiing, aerobics, squash, tennis and different ball games.


Established as a teacher training college in the 1860's, the University of Jyväskylä is a top-ranked university characterized by a high level of technological sophistication, active international cooperation, and teaching that is constantly developing to meet the challenges of future professions. Total enrollment: 15,000 (1000 international students). There are three main campus areas: the Main Campus (conveniently located in the city center), Mattilanniemi Campus on the shore of Lake Jyvasjarvi, and Ylistorinne Campus on the opposite shore of the lake and connected to Mattilanniemi by bridge.

The university has received national and international recognition for teaching and research carried out in its fields of expertise, including evolutionary ecology, human development and risk factors, nuclear physics, nanosciences, and sport sciences. In addition to high academic standards, the university provides comprehensive services for international students, including an arrival service, a student tutor system, and orientation and friendship family programs.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Full Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.