How to Apply to Student Exchange

exchange student

Step 1: Partner Institutions

Check if your institution has a mobility agreement with Metropolia in your field of study:

If there is no student exchange agreement between Metropolia and your home institution, you cannot apply as an exchange student to Metropolia. However, you can apply as an open university student (non-exchange/non-graduate student). More information at the Open Studies website. If you are interested in completing a full degree at Metropolia, see How to Apply.

Step 2: Fact Sheets for Each Field of Study

In order to successfully complete studies at Metropolia, level B2 in English on the CEFR scale is highly recommended for all applicants. Please note that this evaluation is based on self-assessment; we do not require certificates of language skills.

In addition, see information and requirements for each field of study in the fact sheets:

Step 3: Nomination by Home Institution

Have your student exchange period approved by your home institution. Before you can fill in the application for student exchange at Metropolia, your home institution needs to nominate you for exchange.

Step 4: Application

Apply during the application periods for the incoming exchange students:

  • Applications for the Autumn Semester 2015 and the Full Academic Year 2015-2016:
    15 March - 1 May
  • Applications for the Spring Semester 2016:
    15 September - 1 November

Fill in the electronic application form in the Mobility-Online system within the application period. Note that the application process includes several steps: the online application form is just the first step. The link will be active during the application periods:

Required documents for the application

  • Official Transcript of Records in English signed by the representative of your home institution (your study transcript)
  • Learning Agreement (your preliminary study plan for your exchange period)

    • Erasmus students: Please use the English version of the Learning Agreement form of your home institution. See the instructions for filling in the contact information and responsible person in the Fact Sheet of your field of study (see Step 2). If no information on the responsible person is available, please leave it blank.
    • Other incoming exchange students (e.g. generally students from outside Europe, FIRST, Nordplus): please use this Learning Agreement
    • See the available courses in the Study Guide

  • Photo (500x500 pixels)
  • Motivation letter included in the application form (max. 1,000 characters incl. spaces)
  • If you are a student of the following fields, please make sure to include also the additional documents listed below.

Students applying for the fields of health services and well being:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Depending on the clinical placement there may be some special requirements regarding vaccinations and infectious diseases. Please see more on Study Guide.

Students applying for the field of culture and creative industries:

All applicants in the field of culture and creative industries need to upload a Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the Mobility-Online system's step "Transcript of Records uploaded + additional attachments, if necessary”.

  • Degree Programme in Design: a portfolio in print or digital form
  • Degree Programme in Fashion and Clothing, students focusing on fashion design: a portfolio in print or digital form
  • Degree Programme in Media: a portfolio in print or digital form
  • Degree Programme in Classical Music and Pop/Jazz Music: a demo CD / DVD / link to demo material

These additional documents should be sent to the International Coordinator of the programme in question. Digital portfolios are sent by e-mail or an online file transfer system. Links to demo materials in music are sent by e-mail.

Marika Antikainen
International Coordinator / Degree Programmes in Conservation, Design, Fashion and Clothing, Film and Television and Media
P.O. Box 4072

Anna-Liisa Auramo
International Coordinator / Degree Programmes in Classical Music, Cultural Management, Performing Arts and Pop/Jazz Music
P.O. Box 4050




Students applying for project studies in the field of technology:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Proposed project topic

Students interested in doing a project in the field of Technology during the student exchange period should indicate this clearly in the motivation letter. Please note that students are advised to primarily choose courses from the field of technology degree programmes where tuition is organised in English. Project opportunities may not be available in the degree programmes due to organisational development and curricula changes.

Students will receive an automatic confirmation after sending the online application form successfully.

Step 5: Application for Housing

HOAS Student Housing application period starts on April 1 / October 1 - send a separate housing application as early as possible. More information on housing in the Study Guide.

Step 6: Confirmation of Acceptance

Within a month after the application period has ended you will receive information on whether you have been accepted as exchange student or not. Accepted students will receive an information package and an invitation / acceptance letter.

Step 7: Arrival

All exchange students are expected arrive before the orientation (see Academic Calendar). After arrival, you might have to modify your Learning Agreement for a variety of reasons: timetable clashes, unsuitability of chosen courses (in level or content), etc. Changes to the Learning Agreement can then be made.

Questions? Contact the international coordinator of your field of study.