What is HITP?

Would you like to build a career in the happiest country in the world? Would you like to learn what working life is like in your field in Finland? Would you like support with growing your professional network? Are you a degree student at the University of Helsinki?

If you answered yes to these questions, then HelsinkiUNI International Talent Programme is for you!

HITP offers a great opportunity to learn more about how to find a job in Finland and how to build important connections. The programme also offers training in career management skills.


HITP is a six month long group mentoring programme where international students and Finnish companies and/or organizations  get to know each other.

It’s aimed at Master’s Degree Students at the University of Helsinki. You can find out if your degree programme is participating on our Participating Degree Programmes page.


HITP aims at giving  international students information about a certain industry or field in Finland. What are the latest trends and developments? How do you enter this field? Which skills and competencies are required? Organizational mentors share valuable  knowledge and help the mentees build a professional local network. Mentees also get the opportunity to introduce themselves, as well as share their perspectives and thereby support the mentor partner in gaining an international perspective. The programme offers two career management workshops for the mentees.

After HITP, the companies/ organizations and the students are free to continue working together if they wish to do so. Otherwise, there are no commitments on either side when the programme ends.

The programme is coordinated by Career Services at the University of Helsinki.


HelsinkiUNI International Talent Programme falls under Finland’s larger Talent Boost framework. Talent Boost is a national programme, which aims to attract international talent to Finland in order to make Finland more competitive internationally 

According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment in Finland, international talent is defined as “skilled immigrants or Finnish returnees with international experience, expertise and connections that can generate added value for Finnish industries and cater to the needs of the labour force”

HITP contributes to this larger framework by providing a means through which international students can prepare to enter the Finnish workforce or attract those who may not have originally considered staying in Finland after their studies. HITP also intends to show Finnish companies the benefits and possibilities that emerge from working with international students. 

How will Covid-19 affect HITP?

HITP’s Kick-Off and Online Career Workshop 1 will occur virtually.
We hope to be able to organize the mentoring sessions during spring 2021 live, but we are equally prepared to conduct them online. All participants will be informed in due time, as we learn more about the current situation regarding Covid-19. In all cases, we prioritize the health and safety of our participants.