Hanken School of Economics - Haskayne only

Hanken School of Economics is a leading university with 110 years of experience in research and education in economics and business administration.

About Hanken

Hanken belongs to one of the oldest research-based B-Schools in the Nordics, founded in 1909.

Hanken is a Swedish-speaking B-School in Finland with the statutory obligation to educate people in Swedish, but on the same time we have an international approach. We have two official languages in Finland, Finnish and Swedish. At Hanken we speak and operate in Swedish and in English. We are a very internationally oriented B-School with triple accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA).

Hanken has a campus also in Vasa (founded in 1980) on the west coast. Vasa is a small university town with several universities (Hanken, Åbo Akademi University, University of Helsinki  and a university of applied science). It takes approx. 1 hour by plane and 3,5 hrs by train from Helsinki to Vasa, hence, students can’t commute. Students are also very welcome to choose Vasa for their exchange semester (in autumn only).

Key information


English, Swedish


Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2024-2025 applications

First come first considered for remaining spaces until

Winter 2025: August 15, 2024

University-specific additional requirements

No university-specific requirements. See the Eligibility section below for more information.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Student experience

This is Hanken School of Economics

Program details

Haskayne Exchange Areas of Study:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • International Business

View the available undergraduate courses at Hanken here.

Ensure you review your course selection with a Haskayne exchange advisor before leaving for your exchange to confirm transfer credit.

Haskayne undergraduate students must take their core courses at the University of Calgary. Students can take two senior commerce and/or non-commerce options, and/or a maximum of 2 concentration courses (not ACCT/PLMA). They are required to maintain full time status while on exchange.

Course Information:

Exchange students are expected to complete 30 ECTS per semester, i.e. 4-6 courses. Most courses are worth 5, 6, 8 or 10 credits. One credit at Hanken is comparable to one ECTS credit. 6 ECTS = 1 UCalgary half course equivalent.
An exchange student can have a workload of approximately 30 ECTS, due to the fact that the chosen courses may not sum up to exactly 30 ECTS.

The academic year is divided into two terms.

  • Autumn term runs from late August to late December (Helsinki & Vaasa)
  • Spring term runs from mid-January to mid-May (Helsinki only)
  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    Hanken has provided a cost estimate sheet.

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the funding page for more information.

    *This program is eligible for Eyes High funding! This is an internally nominated award worth $3000. Eligibility requirements and more can be found on the funding page.

Exchange students either stay in a flat provided by the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki/Vaasa Region (HOAS/VOAS) or find a place on the private market.

Hanken’s quota of HOAS rooms in Helsinki does not meet the demand in the autumn semester. In the autumn semester about 60% of the exchange students coming to Helsinki get accommodation through HOAS. Hanken gives students from outside Europe priority to the HOAS apartments.

More information here.

Haskayne students at UCalgary can ONLY apply for this partner through Haskayne, and must meet the Haskayne requirements for exchange.

Note that Hanken's online system requires a document to be uploaded. Even though you are exempted from submitting a certificate of English proficiency, you need to upload a paper stating the reason for the exemption (Students who are undertaking a bachelor's or master's degree taught entirely in English).

Hanken offers an orientation course for exchange students in order to make the start easier and to prepare you for academic studies and teach you the skills you need to complete your courses at Hanken.

The course comprises two parts:

  • introduction to studies at Hanken and study skills as well as life in Finland
  • academic writing and reference techniques

During the course you get familiar with the characteristics of academic studies at Hanken, the role of the student in the academic community, study techniques and the use of time as well as practicalities at the study start, like course registration, making your schedule, the facilities, and student services. You will practice academic writing and reference techniques through lectures and written assignments.

The course gives you 1 ECTS. The orientation course is mandatory. 

Information on Finland and social and cultural aspects will also be presented during the course.


If you will arrive during the two fixed arrival dates and have requested pick up a tutor will meet you, will have the key to your apartment and will take you there.  Please note there will be no pickup during the night between 1 am and 7 am. If you arrive at the airport during the night hours (Helsinki/Vantaa airport) you will have to book a room at a hotel/hostel close to the airport or wait at the airport until the morning 7 am when a tutor will pick you up.

When the pickup plan has been finalized by the tutors (a few days before the arrival days), the tutor who will meet you will contact you about the set up, e.g. the meeting point.

The advisor for the program is: Stacey McGregor

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.