[+] What does it mean that the Bachelor’s degree is validated by University of Northampton?

The University of Northampton (UN) has approved HELBUS as an institutional partner through a rigorous due discipline process. This means that HELBUS can deliver UN programmes after a programme approval process. Students are enrolled at University of Northampton, but they will study at HELBUS in Finland, following the same course descriptions and assessment. Quality of delivery is closely monitored by UN, and a system of external examiners typical to UK universities. UN will award the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business and Management degree.

[+] What is a Higher National Diploma in Business (HND)?

The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business is a higher education qualification recognised in the UK and accredited by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding organisation. HELBUS is the only university offering this qualification in Finland. It is equivalent to 120 credits (ECTS), or the two first years of the UK Bachelor of Arts -degree. Pearson ensures that the quality of education is at an excellent level through thorough evaluation visits twice a year.

[+] Can I apply for a Master’s programme with a Bachelor’s-degree delivered at HELBUS?

After successfully completing the University of Northampton BA (Hons) Business and Management -degree, you can apply for Master’s programme in England, Finland and elsewhere in the world.

[+] Can I apply for a public position with a HELBUS degree (i.e., work for the Finnish national or local government)?

As the Finnish law does not recognise private universities, the HELBUS degree by itself does not make you eligible for applying for a position in government. If you wish to obtain such eligibility, you can apply for a decision of equivalence from the National Board of Education, if intending to apply for a public post, after completing your UN BA (Hons) Business and Management -degree.

You should be aware of the possibility that such a decision of the National Board of Education may be negative. In that case, you can still apply for an international or Finnish Master’s degree programme and become eligible for public positions in that way.

[+] Am I eligible for Kela grants and loans and other student benefits while studying at HELBUS?

HELBUS students do not receive government study benefits from Kela for the first four terms of study, but as University of Northampton students in the third year they are eligible for applying for Kela subsidies, if they otherwise meet the Kela requirements. In the first four terms, HELBUS students currently get student discounts only based on individual agreements with providers. HELBUS students are currently not eligible to get the HSL public transport student travel card, HOAS student housing or the official student card. We are investigating this possibility for the University of Northampton third year programme.

Background: HELBUS applied for equivalence to the state universities in September 2013 after having operated for a year, as the regulations stated then. Kela found that HELBUS studies are equivalent to university studies in Finland, but Kela’s decision to award benefits to HELBUS students was nevertheless negative. HELBUS appealed the decision at the Supreme administrative court in December 2013. In fall 2016 the Supreme administrative court informed that it would take the appeal to the EU Court, and HELBUS decided to withdraw the appeal. Such a process would be disproportionately expensive for HELBUS and take possibly years to complete, so HELBUS decided to start looking for alternative solutions to the situation. We will inform of any new developments on these pages.

[+] Who can apply to HELBUS and when should I apply?

HELBUS welcomes applications from individuals in Finland and abroad at any time of the year for studies starting in the fall. If you wish to start your studies in the fall, please apply as early as possible to secure your place, but no later than July 31. Unfortunately, due to residence permit issues, HELBUS is currently restricted in being able to admit students who do not have a residence permit or citizenship in the EU. Please read more here.

[+] How can I apply to HELBUS?

Admissions to HELBUS differ from state universities, and are based on essay questions and interviews. Please read the application guidelines carefully here.

[+] How much does it cost to study at HELBUS?

As HELBUS is a private university that does not receive state support, it funds its operations through tuition fees. Investing in your degree is worth your consideration, as your net earnings are likely to increase compared to those who do not have a degree. HELBUS degrees are completed in a shorter time frame than traditional university degrees, thereby enabling you to start recouping the investment in 15 months. Please view the current tuition fees here.