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.
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.
Erasmus+ and other official documents
Official documents such as Erasmus+ Mobility Agreements and visa invitations are issued and signed by International Coordinators upon request.
Other practical information
- Helsinki in a nutshell (sights, events, restaurants, shops...)
- Public transportation schedules and tips for buying the single tickets
- Weather forecasts for Helsinki
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