Study Instructions

Admission to JSBE courses

Who can take JSBE courses in English? As an exchange student from another faculty, can I take JSBE courses? I am an exchange student of JSBE and the course that I want to take is already full and I was put on the waiting list, can I still take the course?

Students from other faculties

Please note that only the basic level courses marked with ALL on the course programme, are available for exchange students from other faculties. Most of the courses are only offered for students registered at the School of Business and Economics (JSBE). There are some exceptions due to the old faculty structure and cooperation agreements, which allow us to accept students of Information Systems Science and the Faculty of Social Sciences for JSBE's bachelor's level courses, if they fill in the prerequisites and if there is room on the course. Please note though that the students of JSBE always have priority.

Time of your registration / being put on a waiting list

Please note that JSBE course admission is based on study rights and prerequisites (background study requirements), not on the time of your registration. So we do not use the "first come, first served" method at JSBE. Therefore, even if the course seems to be full and you are on the waiting list, if you are a JSBE student, you will have priority to JSBE courses over the students from other faculties.

After the registration deadline has passed, the list of registered students will be checked and those who are not accepted to the course will be informed. Even if there is room on the course, students who do not have the study right or the required prerequisites, cannot be accepted.

Master's level courses

Please note that for the advanced level courses (Master's level), you should have completed a Bachelor's degree. In some cases (for example if you are doing a 4-year Bachelor's degree in your home country) advanced level Bachelor's students can be accepted, if they have strong study background in the required field and if there are places available.

Exchange students from other faculties do not have the study right to take any Master's level courses or Master's level independent study options.

Please note that the courses offered by JSBE's two international Master's degree programmes (CEM and IBE) offer very few places for exchange students, due to specific study background requirements and small group sizes.

How can I register for JSBE courses?

Registration for each course (both lecture courses and independent study modules) is done in the electronic Korppi course administration system. The exchange students receive their Korppi username and password and information about using the system during the Orientation programme.

Please note that the preliminary study plan/course list/learning agreement does not register you for any courses, you still need to register in Korppi. From the JSBE course programme you will find the direct Korppi link after the name of the course. Please use this link, as it takes you directly to the correct registration page of the course. If there is no link available, it is likely that the registration is not open yet.

For courses outside JSBE, such as Language Centre courses, the registration page can be found through the "course info and registration" in Korppi.

Always remember to check the prerequisites and the language of the course before registering. Especially for Master's level courses it is important that you have completed the required background studies. Please do not register for courses taught in Finnish, unless you have good Finnish language skills. Please note that if you register for courses that you do not have the sufficient background for, your registration can be removed.

With some courses, the group size is very limited and therefore everyone registered for the course cannot be accepted. The selection at JSBE is made based on study right (to which department/faculty students are registered at JyU), major subject (at JyU) and study background (previous studies according to the transcript of records sent with the application papers), and not with "first come, first served" basis.

How many credits should I take?

The normal full-time study load at the University of Jyväskylä is 30 ECTS per semester for degree students. Exchange students usually complete 20-30 ECTS per semester, depending from eg. their competence in the English language. The University of Jyväskylä expects you to study full-time during your exchange, but it is up to you and your home university to decide exactly how many credits you have to complete.

Please remember to check whether the courses you have chosen are lecture courses or independent study options. Taking too many independent study options might be challenging, especially if you are not used to studying in English. In addition, remember to check the examination dates from the examinations list and try to avoid taking many exams at the same day.

What are prerequisites?

Perequisites are the background study requirements for a course.

Please note that exchange students should also fill in the prerequisites. This means that you should have completed equivalent courses at your home university.

Please check the prerequisites from the course descriptions and see whether or not you have sufficient background for participating the course, before registering for it or adding it to your learning agreement.

The study backgrounds of exchange students are checked based on the home university transcript that you should send when applying to the University of Jyväskylä. Therefore it is important that your transcript includes all the courses you have completed at your home university. Master's level students should always include also the transcript of their  Bachelor's degree.

If the transcript you send to us with your application is missing some courses that will be registered later on and you think are relevant as prerequisites for the courses you are planning to take, then please send the new transcript to us, or at least take it with you when you come to Jyväskylä and show it to the departmental coordinator.

If you register for courses that you do not have the required background, your registration can be removed.

Written assignments


The aim of essays is to train students in academic thinking and writing and in using literature to discuss a specific topic. Students learn independent acquisition and critical utilisation of information. The essay is intended to show the author's knowledge and personal view of the subject matter. It is an original piece of work that provides an answer to a question.

The scope of the essay is restricted, and it is based on source material discussed in the student's personal style and listed in a bibliography. The text should display the author's own point of view, argumentation and conclusions in relation to the source material. The idea is to distance oneself from the sources and discuss the subject independently. Thus, the essay is not a summary of the source material. Note that direct copying (plagiarism) is strictly forbidden!

Typically, the length of the essay varies between a few pages to about twenty, depending on the assignment. The basic principle is that the text is written so that it is understandable to readers who are not experts in the field. The writer is expected to master the subject in both form and content. The main points regarding the subject are realised, and the text is logically structured. In the beginning, the objectives of the text are presented. They are followed by discussion of the topic, and the text finishes with conclusions. The essay is written in academic style.

Learning journal

The learning journal is an analytical and reflective text based on lectures and teaching material. It helps students to evaluate and develop their own learning. The idea is to analyse, interpret and discuss the contents of teaching, so the journal is not just a summary. It also allows students to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses in learning.

Writing a journal is a learning process, which advances the student's capabilities in self-contemplation. In addition, it can clarify concepts and theories. The journal may be a long-term assignment or it can consist of smaller parts. It is free in form, therefore it may have e.g. pictures and figures alongside the text. The journal may be added to daily or in conjunction with events such as lectures. It is recommended that the student writes in the first person, since the journal is about the learner's self-reflection.

(Sources: Hirsjärvi, Sirkka, Pirkko Remes ja Paula Sajavaara 1997. Tutki ja kirjoita. Kirjayhtymä, Helsinki. Lonka, Irma, Kirsti Lonka, Pirjo Karvonen ja Pirkko Leino 1996. Taitava kirjoittaja.)