UniPID member universities offer virtual courses free of charge for all students enrolled at universities within the UniPID network.
UniPID virtual studies were created to deepen collaboration between universities and draw on the specific areas expertise at different institutions of higher education in Finland. Virtual studies help in overcoming institutional boundaries and meeting the growing need for professionals in the field of international development studies and sustainable development.
Each UniPID course is intended for bachelors or masters level students. Students are responsible for making sure with their home department that the virtual studies can be included in their degree. Some specialized level courses require prerequisites to participate. PhD students are also welcome to participate but are encouraged to check with their supervisor to ensure that courses can be included in their studies.
Important: Please note that the credit registration process for the UniPID Virtual Studies changes from the autumn semester 2014 onward. From now on, credits and grades are registered at universities giving courses. Students should apply for credit transfer themselves with transcripts of records from course arranging universities. Virtual Studies contacts can help with this process.
When registering for courses, under "Home University", please select the Finnish Member University that you are affiliated with, even if you are an exchange or an international degree student. Only if you are not affiliated with any of the Finnish Member Universities, please select "Other, please specify".
Virtual courses are based on distant learning over the Internet
Although internet courses are flexible with regard to location and schedule, you must make sure you have enough time to participate effectively. Internet courses emphasise the role of discussion and networking between participants, who are responsible for their own learning.