Studies for exchange students in Helsinki

Diak offers bachelor level studies for exchange students in Social Services and Nursing.

More information about the academic calendar, courses, study methods, assessment and grading below. 

Course catalogue

Studies for exchange students in Social Services and Nursing are listed in our online study guide:

Academic calendar

  • Spring semester 2022
    • Semester dates: 3 January – 27 May
    • Compulsory orientation 4 – 5 January
  • Autumn semester 2021
    • Semester dates: 5 August – 20 December
    • Compulsory orientation 5 – 6 August

Course timetables are available in course lists.

Learning Finnish

“Hei, minä olen sosionomiopiskelija” – Do you wish to learn some Finnish during your stay?

At the Helsinki campus, we offer a basic language course in Finnish in the autumn semester. In the spring semester, Diak does not offer courses in Finnish for beginners, but there are many possibilities in Helsinki to study Finnish. For example, open universities and adult education centres offer language studies for foreigners.

We highly recommend you to take the OLS language online course in Finnish. Please contact your home university’s coordinator for further information.

Study method

Studies at Diak are organised according to the blended learning model, which means that studies are practical, theoretical and to some extent also completed online.

In blended learning, learning processes are structured in a variety of ways and include distance learning as well as face-to-face contact.

The studies cover current research as well as practical work, and the study process is both individual and community-based.

In the online environment, key elements include community-based interaction among students and personal analysis of professional development.

For more information about the pedagogical guidelines for studying at Diak, check out the modes of study page.

Assessment and Grading

At Diak, the scope of studies is indicated in ECTS credits. 60 ECTS credits equals to one academic year of full-time study. 1 credit equals 27 hours of student workload.

Grading scale

ECTS grade Diak grade Definition
A 5 EXCELLENT
B 4 GOOD
C 3 GOOD
D 2 SATISFACTORY
E 1 SATISFACTORY
P PASS
F F FAIL
A ATTENDED
X Not evaluated yet

Some courses at Diak are assessed on a pass/fail basis without grading. More information on Diak assessment principles.

Transcript of records

The grades of your courses will be added to MyDiak within four weeks from the end of the course. After that you can download the transcript of records yourself from MyDiak:

  • Click on My Studies (PSP)
  • Click on the icon “Lataa opintosuoritusote (PDF)” on the top right.

The transcript is both in Finnish and in English, please scroll down to find the English version. You will be able to download the transcript yourself until 31.7 (spring semester) or 31.12 (autumn semester).