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 (daytime studies). 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 21st August 2023 to December 31st 2026.
Please see the starting date of studies and other important information below. Please also visit this page for possible important updates throughout the summer.
Programme Social Services (daytime studies)
Address Ratatie 22, 01300 Vantaa
Starting date 4th September 2023, 9:00 am
Study code SWV223SN
You have made an excellent choice when choosing Laurea UAS as your place of study. Your studies will begin with an orientation programme on the 4th of September 2023 at the Tikkurila campus. Remember to complete your online orientation course before that!
Your tutor teachers together with the tutor students will be meeting you on the first day of orientation at the Laurea Tikkurila Campus (address Ratatie 22, 01300 Vantaa). It is extremely important that you attend as you will receive all the necessary information concerning your studies. In case of acute illness etc, please notify your tutor teacher Lloyd Bethell (firstname.lastname@example.org) as well as the student affairs’ office (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
During the orientation you will get to know your degree program more in detail, practices of studying at Laurea and the detailed timetables for autumn 2023. Furthermore, you will get to know other students in your group, the tutor students and the tutor teachers together with the services provided by Laurea University of Applied Sciences.
The study schedules for the new groups will be published mid May 2023 after which you can view your study schedules at: https://lukkarit.laurea.fi/
-> Select 'In English' -> Select ‘Group search’ -> Write your study group code (SWV223SN) in to the search field-> Press search -> when you see your study group in the search results, press ‘Add’ -> Hide search results -> Select August in the calendar tool ->the schedule for your group is shown in the calendar
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.
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 Student intranet, 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.
There will be an RPL-workshop at Laurea Tikkurila campus on 6th September 2023 at 14:15-17:00. We expect all students, who want to have prior studies recognized, to study the curriculum beforehand. If you find studies that could be recognised, you should bring all related higher education certificates and diplomas to the workshop. Your suggestions for recognition will be discussed at the workshop and a personalized study plan (PSP) will be created accordingly.
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.
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.
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.
Checklist for new students
Congratulations on your study place! Please follow these steps to accept your study place offer.
Services for students
Laurea offers various services for all students. The student union (Laureamko) represents Laurea students and organises several activities and events as part of services for students.