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Courses in English for exchange students

The official language of instruction at Åbo Akademi University is Swedish. Exchange students can either study in Swedish or complete a full year of studies in English by choosing among a wide variety of courses offered in English (approximately 250 annually).

Instructions for making a study plan

Course information is always subject to change; therefore, it is important that students have alternatives for flexibility.

  • To read course descriptions, visit the study guide (http://studiehandboken.abo.fi/en/courses-for-exchange-students/18105) and search for your courses. The course database is updated annually on 1 August. If there is a blue box in the beginning of the course description, the course is offered this academic year. Click on it to see more info when and where it’s taught.
  • Period 1 and 2 are in the Autumn, 3 and 4 in the Spring. When a course is offered period 1, 2, 3, 4, it usually implies that the course is a self-study course that can be taken anytime.
  • Students are welcome to mix courses from different faculties. Combining courses from both campuses (Åbo and Vasa) is not possible (unless if it is a self-study course), due to the distance.
  • Erasmus+ students are to remember within what agreement they are applying, and to choose courses accordingly.
  • Students that are proficient in Swedish can see the regular curriculum studiehandboken.abo.fi (updated annually on 1 August).
  • Students will receive feedback on their study plan during the summer, and are encouraged to read their e-mail often as we expect answers within a few days.
  • If these instructions feels too simplified, please take a look at the incredibly detailed guide in the right list.
Course load
  • A full-time course load for one semester is 30 credits, for an academic year 60 credits. The home institution must approve the study plan (signed appropriately).
  • Incoming students are welcome to use the study plan/learning agreement form of Åbo Akademi University, or use the home university’s equivalent form. Erasmus+ students should use their home universities’ own Erasmus+ learning agreement.

Updated 2.4.2020