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Welcome to study Social Services

Congratulations on receiving a study place at Laurea UAS in the Social Services degree programme!

You have been granted admission to Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland, to the Bachelor Degree Programme in Social services. The scope of the programme is 210 ECTS credits and is 3,5 years in duration. The formal time frame of the programme is from August 22nd 2019 to December 31st 2022.

Admitted students must confirm their study place and enroll as present or absent for the academic year. If you have not completed these steps, please read instructions for Confirming your study place.

Please see the starting date of studies and other important information below.

Programme Social Services                           

Address Ratatie 22 01300, Vantaa                 

Starting date 22.8.2019      

Study code SWV219SN


Orientation days

Your studies begin with the orientation days during which you will get an overall understanding of the Laurea learning environment: the study contents, the methods used and the IT infrastructure.

You will meet your personal tutor teacher as well as the tutor students who are there to help you during your Laurea studies. In addition, you will become familiar with the campus services, for example the student restaurant, nurse and the psychologist. Laureamko, the student union, will introduce the services offered for new students.

After the orientation days your studies at Laurea will follow the normal study schedule.

Students are expected to arrive on the first day of studies and participate in the orientation days. The final deadline to begin studies will be stated later. If you arrive late, please be aware that gathering study credits for the autumn semester is not possible after a given deadline.  

Activate User Account

Remember to activate your user account before your studies begin. You can activate it five days before your studies begin. Kindly note that you will need a personal Finnish Bank user ID. If you do not have a Finnish Bank user ID you need to pick up your user information from the student affairs office. More information available at the Laurea User Account page.  

Preliminary Study Plan assignment for new Social Services students

Your tutor teachers are looking forward to meeting you. Before starting, they would like you to tell them a little bit about yourself, your study path so far and any future plans or ideas you might have about your professional future in the field of social services.

Describe your “Study path” by using the following questions:

  1. What have you been studying before?
  2. What kind of work experience have you got? Where have you been working? Tell us about your previous work experiences: organization, duration, tasks etc.
  3. What kind of hobbies have you got? Have you worked as a voluntary worker?
  4. How do you think your previous studies, work experience and hobbies support your studies in Laurea?
  5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Include your personal information onto your study plan: name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Send the plan to your tutor teachers Satu Bethell and Lloyd Bethell Based on your writings, we will have a short personal study plan (PSP) discussion with you at Tikkurila campus (or by phone) before the start of the term. The discussion (or a phone call) will last about 30 minutes.

Recognizing Prior Learning as Part of your Studies (RPL)

Before actually starting your studies, you should take a moment to consider if you might already have some competence that matches the learning outcomes for which your degree aims. See the objectives of your degree programme in the curriculum and compare those to your current competences.

Your earlier competences can be taken into account in the following ways:

  • Competences which are equivalent to the degree requirements can be recognized as part of the core competence studies
  • Any other higher education level competences which do not match the degree requirements, can be included in the complementary competence studies if you wish.

As you start your studies, you will have an opportunity to discuss these questions with the guidance specialists at your campus.
You are advised to apply for the recognition of compulsory studies at the beginning of your studies because it might shorten your study time. Instructions concerning the application process can be found in Laurea's intranet (Laurea LINK), which you will be able to access once you start studying. At this point, it is good to know that you will need documents and some other proof or demonstration of your competences for the process. Please also note that you are obliged to demonstrate the comparability of your earlier studies completed abroad with the Finnish education ‎system.

Study schedules

To view your study schedules go to the address:
-> In English -> Write your study group code (SWV219SN) in to the field Group IDs -> Search -> View Schedule -> Select August in the calendar tool.

The Laurea study schedules for the new groups will be published latest by May 2019. Please notice that changes to published schedules are possible. We advise you to check this page again in August for any possible updates to schedules and other information.

Your Student Union: Laureamko

Each University of Applied Sciences has a Student Union. The Student Union works to increase the quality of the education and Student wellbeing. The student Union of Laurea University of Applied Sciences is called Laureamko.

Laureamko brings the student's point of view to Laurea's decision making. Laureamko has plenty of actors at every campus who work for you, in particular. Furthermore, Laureamko also offers web services, the Laureamko Shop is an online shop for the Students and Laureamko chat supports you in any matters related to studies.

Laureamko arranges many different events, such as visits (for example to Fazer), parties, bowling and board game nights and many other things that supports solidarity. You will find more information on the Laureamko pages, from Facebook and Instagram.

Tuition fee

This segment is meant for only for those non-EU/EEA students who have recieved a tuition fee invoice with the notification of admission. For tuition fee paying students the yearly tuition fee for this programme is EUR 8 000. If you are liable to pay the tuition fee, you will have received a conditional offer of study place as well as an e-mail containing the instructions on how to pay the tuition fee, the tuition fee invoice and the Laurea student agreement. Instructions concerning the Laurea tuition fees


HOAS, the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region, provides student housing predominantly in the Helsinki metropolitan area. To qualify for housing, the tenant must be a full-time degree student, be entitled to financial aid and their place of study must be located in the Helsinki metropolitan area (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen). Laurea Tikkurila is located in the city of Vantaa. Students can submit housing applications on the HOAS website.

Additionally, you can contact the actors responsible for each city's rental housing. It is also a good idea to look at what's available in the private rental market. More information about student accommodation and other options is available at the Study in Finland website.

Arriving to Laurea Tikkurila campus

Laurea Tikkurila is easily reached by public transport. The campus is situated next to the Tikkurila train station.

When arriving from the airport, the fastest and easiest way to access the campus is by hopping on the P train leaving straight from the airport train station. The train ride from the airport to Tikkurila will last about 10 minutes. If you are travelling from central Helsinki to Tikkurila, you can take either the I,K, R or Z trains and the train ride from Helsinki takes 15 - 25 minutes. Tikkurila is in zone C. You must buy your ticket for the transportation before boarding the train. The ticket can be purchased from a ticket machine at the airport or railway stations or via the mobile app.

To find timetables and ticket prices for the local transportation, please visit the HSL website.