The Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID) network launched the UniPID Virtual Studies initiative to meet the growing demand for knowledge and expertise in sustainable development. 

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. 

Studying virtually relies on independent studying over the Internet. For virtual learning, you should have a computer with internet access and the basic programs (such as word processing, presentation graphics, and spreadsheet calculation programs). If the course requires other tools, they will be mentioned in the description of the course.  Students may, and are encouraged, to contact course instructors via e-mail, telephone or instant message.

More information on the UniPID Virtual Studies can be found in the Student Guide.

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New Courses?

New virtual studies are constantly being developed. Please check the Courses page regularly to see what courses are being offered.