The Finnish-Russian Student Exchange Programme – FIRST promotes partnership and reciprocal mobility of students and teachers between Higher Education Institutions in Finland and in North-Western Russia.


The programme supports student and teacher mobility and joint intensive courses between Finnish and Russian institutions of higher education.

The purpose of the programme is to strengthen existing co-operation between institutions, to create new contacts and to ensure balanced mobility between Finland and Russia.

In addition to developing and supporting high-quality partnerships between higher education institutions in Finland and Northwest Russia, the FIRST programme also seeks to promote balanced student and teacher mobility between Finland and Russia.

Within the programme, higher education institutions come together in networks, which are eligible for FIRST grants.

ETU «LETI» cooperates with the following universities within this programme: