Teacher and staff exchange

Teacher and staff exchanges are important forms of international co-operation. Metropolia welcomes teachers from partner universities and organisations for a variety of international weeks and summer schools, which are organized annually. Teacher exchanges outside these international weeks can be negotiated separately.

Metropolia regularly hosts an International Staff Week for non-teaching staff. The Staff Week provides an excellent opportunity for the staff of support services such as student affairs offices, libraries and IT services to share best practices and get new ideas. All visits to Metropolia support services are organised only during the International Staff Week.

Application for the International Weeks

If you are interested in participating in an international week, please check the application procedure. The contact details and further information on the application process for the international weeks are available in the information box on the right. After acceptance from Metropolia you can proceed with the travel arrangements with the tips below. 

Accommodation options

Helsinki is a relatively small capital city and the public transportation system is excellent, so there are hundreds of accommodation options to choose from during your stay. The prices in a single room in the capital region are often from 70 € up to 170 € euros per night. You will find more information about the available housing options on the Visit Helsinki website or at hotel booking services sites.

Arrival to Helsinki

The nearest airport is the Helsinki Airport, which has good connections to all the European capitals and to the USA and Asia. The airport is 20 kilometres away from the city centre of Helsinki, and the public transport system provides two connections: the train ride takes about 40 minutes and the busride takes about 50 minutes.

  • Ring Rail Line trains I and P between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station. Train runs every 10 minutes during daytime.
  • The local bus number 615 between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station. The bus leaves from right outside the arrival terminals.

A regional ticket is required for journeys from Helsinki to the airport and vice versa. Purchase your ticket from a ticket machine or conductor. 

Journey Planner will find you the best the public transportation connections in Helsinki region.

There are also Finnair shuttle buses between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station. The Finnair shuttle bus is slightly more expensive than the local bus.

There are also taxis available at the airport, including some special Airport Taxis or Yellow Taxis, which have cheaper rates for groups of clients going in the same direction.

Apart from flying, you can also arrive in Helsinki by sea from Sweden, Estonia, Germany and Poland. The ferry options include e.g. Viking Line, Tallink Silja and Finnlines.

Erasmus+ and other official documents

Official documents such as Erasmus+ Mobility Agreements and visa invitations are issued and signed by International Coordinators upon request.

Contact information

Other practical information

Welcome to Metropolia!

International Staff Week for Non-Teaching Staff

Metropolia has organised the International Staff Week every summer for the non-teaching staff of its partner institutions. International colleagues are invited for this special week to network, benchmark and exchange experiences and best practices.

International Project Week in Business Ethics 

Metropolia Business School welcomes lecturers to teach within theme Business Ethics. The next International Project Week will be organised in May 2018.

For further information, please email: kaisa.meghjee-salminen(at)metropolia.fi.

International Week in Health Care, Rehabilitation and Social Services

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences warmly welcomes faculty members and students from its partner institutions to exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas as well as to create inspiring networks under theme “Co-creating Well-being” From 12 to 16 of March 2018.

More information available at International Week website

ICT Summer School

ICT Summer School in August 2018 welcomes lecturers from partner universities to conduct diverse range of courses on Computer Science and Information Technology. The exchange visits are organised under the rules of Erasmus or bilateral agreements. The programme and schedule of the ICT Summer School will be published in April 2018. If you plan to contribute, please contact Metropolia faculty before April 2018.

For further information, please email: antti.piironen(at)metropolia.fi or tiina.piipponen(at)metropolia.fi.