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Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

4.3 out of 5 (78 ratings / 60 reviews) Helsinki, Finland
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences is a strongly business orientated university of applied sciences in Finland. Through education, research and development, we prepare professionals for business and services. We focus on co-operation, entrepreneurship, innovation and internationality.



Haaga-Helia was formed at the beginning of 2007 with Finland’s first merger of institutions of higher education, as Helsinki Business Polytechnic and Haaga Institute Polytechnic joined forces.


Haaga-Helia is a highly business orientated university in Finland. Our roots are in business and we are professionals with truly international mindset. We work closely with the companies and communities to build dynamic models for mutually beneficial cooperation.

Our lectures are experts in their fields with extensive theoretical background and work experience in a wide variety of industries. 


Haaga-Helia is a valued partner in research, development and innovation (RDI) activities among domestic and international collaborators. Haaga-Helia’s RDI activities focus on developing solutions for digital business, services and sales as well as for entrepreneurship and for learning.

Haaga-Helia implement research, development and innovation projects mainly in co-operation with companies, municipalities and other universities. Haaga-Helia often connect projects to our teaching and students’ learning process. Haaga-Helia aim at creating novel solutions for new and existing businesses, hence, contributing to the economic growth and renewal of industries and the society.


Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences trains professionals for business and services through education, research and development. The fields of education are business, hotel, restaurant and tourism management, information technology, journalism, management assistant training, sports management and vocational teacher education.

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences offer the staff a high-quality international working environment, the possibility to participate in the dynamic development of Haaga-Helia and wide variety of staff benefits. We invest in the well-being of our staff and developing their expertise.

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Student services

The Service Center at Pasila Campus serves all Haaga-Helia students. From the Service Center students get basic documents, e.g. letters of enrolment, transcripts of records, purchase certificates needed for discounts on trains and buses.

The services include the following: letters of enrolment, official transcripts of records, purchase certificates needed for discounts on trains and buses, KELA meal discount cards, WinhaWille passwords. To avoid queuing, fill in the forms in advance, please. You can also order letters of enrolments, official transcripts of records through e-WinhaWille.

Each campus has its own Student Affairs Office, whose services are intended for students, staff and the partners of Haaga-Helia.

Housing services

Exchange students who have been selected to study in Helsinki (Haaga, Malmi or Pasila campus) can apply for accommodation from HOAS (Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region). Due to large number of applicants, housing is not guaranteed to all applicants, but most applicants normally receive housing through HOAS.

The HOAS apartments are located in the city of Helsinki, in different suburban areas. HOAS will try to place students according to their wishes regarding the flat type, location, and the proximity of their home campus, but please note that this is not always possible.

Library services

The Library of Haaga-Helia is a modern and versatile library serving the university of applied sciences. The services are specifically designed for our students and staff, but the library is open for anyone looking for information.

The services include

  • loans services
  • information service
  • information retrieval skills training
  • interlibrary services
  • work spaces and equipment

Medical services

  • Non EU/EEA citizens arriving in Finland for the purpose of studying are required to have health insurance if the period of study lasts for more than three months.
  • EU/EEA citizens should obtain the European Health insurance card from their country of residence prior to departure.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The Haaga campus degree programmes in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management both as full-time and multiform studies.
  • The Malmi campus degrees programme in Business and night and multiform studies in Business and Information Technology.
  • The Pasila campus degree programmes in Multilingual Management Assistants studies, Journalism, Business, Sales and Information Technology. In English-language Master’s degrees, the campus offers a degree programme in Tourism.
  • The Porvoo campus offers degree programmes in Business and Tourism in Finnish, English and partially in Swedish!
  • The Vierumäki campus offers Bachelor’s degree programmes in Sports and Leisure Management in Finnish and English.

Student clubs

Each Haaga-Helia campus has a local student association’s office from which the student activities are conducted. HELGA services (student card, coveralls etc.) are also available at said offices. These offices also function as a place to relax and as a recreational area for all the students. Without further ado – walk in the door and join the fun!


Haaga-Helia is a member of American AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (The European Foundation for Management Development) – we aim for international accreditation. It is also actively cooperating with Finnish Quality Association.

Student Reviews

Haaga-Helia is the place for the future leaders
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

For me it is definitely the best University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Haaga-Helia has so many different connections to the outside business world that nobody else can come up with even close to it in Finland. Studying in Haaga-Helia has opened so many opportunities for the future work life that there is no other. If you decide to come to study in Haaga-Helia you are...

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

University offering multiple programmes with a lot of opportunity for diversification and specialization by the students. Good amount of support from teachers and staff.

Great university in the heart of Pasila
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I like studying here a lot. I think the program is put together very well and constructed in a way that you learn a lot from each course. The quality of teaching is also very high and the teachers are more than happy to help. You will also get support to your studies from your student counselor and from other students. There are also a lot of projects where you work with...

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