University of the Arts Helsinki
The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) offers the highest education in fine arts, music, dance and theatre in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment.
Uniarts Helsinki’s wide selection of programs in the field of arts and productive dialogue between teaching and research make the university unique on an international scale.
Uniarts Helsinki offers an inspiring and cross-disciplinary study environment and a stepping stone for future artists. We provide high-quality education that values students’ individual needs, encouraging the student to hone their craft, think independently and to push boundaries.
At the university, students have the opportunity to further their expertise in an environment where different fields of art can influence each other.
The University of the Arts Helsinki formed when the Academy of Fine Arts, the Sibelius Academy, and the Theatre Academy merged in 2013.
At Uniarts Helsinki you can study for a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree, or a Doctorate. We offer a wide range of degree programs in music, fine arts, theatre, and dance. Many of our programs are taught in English; therefore, we welcome applications from international applicants.
Research is one of the core activities at Uniarts Helsinki. It focuses on the arts and art pedagogy, and can be artistic or developmental. Uniarts Helsinki carries out internationally acclaimed academic and artistic research that has societal impact. The special nature of the research carried out at the university is based on direct and rich interaction between research and art. Uniarts Helsinki invests in research particularly within its three profile areas, which are music history, artistic research and arts education.
Scholarships & funding
Uniarts Helsinki has a scholarship program for students who are liable for payment in the form of tuition fee waivers.
If you are liable for payment, you must state on the application form if you want to apply for a scholarship from Uniarts Helsinki to cover the annual tuition fee if you are admitted as a student.
Find out more about the scholarships program on our website.
Why study at University of the Arts Helsinki
- The University of the Arts is one of the leading performing arts universities in the world: Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy has ranked among the top 15 universities in the QS World University Ranking for five consecutive years (2016–2021).
- We have unique facilities for creating arts with two campuses in Helsinki and a new building for fine arts which was opened in 2021. The facilities are in the use of the Academy of Fine Arts as well as students of light design, sound design, and design for the performing arts. We host over 1,000 public performances or exhibitions per year.
- At Uniarts Helsinki you can study in an inspiring environment where different disciplines of art influence each other. The academies of Uniarts Helsinki;Academy of Fine Arts, Theatre Academy and Sibelius Academy, have roots deep within the Finnish arts education and history of art. The predecessors of all three academies were founded in the 19th century although then they operated under slightly different names.
- The Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki is an international academy with a focus on fine arts. Students' personal aspirations and one-to-one guidance in teaching are at the heart of the academy.
- The Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is one of the largest music academies in Europe. It is the cornerstone of the Finnish music culture through its expertise in teaching, research and artistic activities.
- The Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is a reformer of the performing arts and offer the highest education in theatre, dance and writing in Finland.
Awards & Accreditations
13th in the field of performing arts
QS World University Rankings (2020)
9th in the field of performing arts
QS World University Rankings (2021)
Student services & facilities
The University of the Arts Student Union (ArtSU) is the community and interest organisation of all University of the Arts students. Every attending bachelor’s and master’s degree student is automatically a member of the Student Union when enrolling in the university, and exchange students and doctoral students are also welcome to join. The purpose of ArtSU is to be a tie between its members, promote the interests and rights of students and provide services that facilitate studies.
Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is rich with activities and attractions to suit everyone. It is a lively student city with around 70,000 student inhabitants. Visit the city's official website myHelsinki.fi for more information.
- You can contact our study psychologist if you are facing difficulties in studying or in your personal life.
- The university chaplain of Uniarts Helsinki is accessible to everyone in the university community, both students and staff.
- UniSport provides sports and exercise services in six locations in Helsinki and there is a gym at the Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki.
- Uniarts Helsinki library has four locations: the Academy of Fine Arts, the Theatre Academy, and the Sibelius Academy in both Helsinki and Kuopio.
Uniarts Helsinki has two campuses in Helsinki – Sörnäinen and Töölö – and it also operates in Seinäjoki and Kuopio. The teaching facilities and performance venues for music are located primarily on Uniarts Helsinki’s Töölö Campus. The buildings are located in the heart of Helsinki. The Sörnäinen Campus in central Helsinki offers an inspiring learning environment especially for students of fine arts, theatre and dance.
It is very important to start processing housing applications as soon as you are accepted. We recommend the following student housing options:
Sibelius Academy Student Housing Foundation, Clavis:
Clavis is a small hall of residence for Sibelius Academy students only. Both degree students and exchange students can apply for a room in Clavis.
HOAS – the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki region:
HOAS offers rooms in shared apartments and studios. HOAS has reserved a quota of shared, furnished apartments for exchange students and international degree students.
More information on student housing is available on our website.
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