Information for new Social Services students
Congratulations on receiving a study place at Laurea UAS in the Social Services degree programme!
Before reading more about your degree programme make sure you have confirmed your study place and enrolled as present or absent for the academic year. If you have not completed these steps, you can find the instructions for doing so here.
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 28th August 2017 to December 31st 2020.
Please see the starting date of studies and other important information below.
Also, you are requested to do a pre-assignment about your study path by 7.8.2017. Instructions for the assignment can be found in the Welcoming Letter from your tutor teachers.
Programme Social Services
Address Ratatie 22 01300, Vantaa
Starting date 28th August 2017, registration starts 8:30
Study code SWV217SN
During the orientation days 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. You can find the schedule for the orientation days in the Asio-system.
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 office. You can find the link to activate your User Account here.
Find out more about the systems used in Laurea here
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.
This segment is meant for those non EU/EEA students who are liable to pay the tuition fee. 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. Kindly go through the instructions concerning the tuition fee here.
Financial aid for students is available for Finnish citizens and, in some cases, for non-citizens of Finland.
As a Finnish citizen you can apply for financial aid as soon as you have been accepted as a degree student at a university of applied sciences. After that, your entitlement to financial aid is based on the progress you make in your studies. For specialization studies, financial aid is granted if you complete a 30-credit study entity in a maximum of six months.
Financial aid comprises
• a study grant,
• and a government-guarantee for student loan.
There will be changes concerning the financial aid for students starting from 1st August 2017. The amount of the student loan will be increased from EUR 400 to EUR 650 per month. Students will be covered under the general housing allowance scheme from 1st August 2017 onwards. Kindly note that a student's income (including the student's study grant) affect the amount of the general housing allowance. You can estimate the amount of general housing allowance with a calculator and read more about the terms and conditions of receiving general housing allowance at Kela's website http://www.kela.fi/web/en/changes-to-student-financial-aid.
The study grant and loan are paid each month to your bank account. Only study grants are considered taxable income. Financial aid applications are mainly addressed directly to Kela.
The Kela website also includes a comprehensive package of information on financial aid for students and the amount of financial aid granted, calculators for income limits, e-services and application forms that you can print out.
As a foreign student you can see information on financial aid from the Kela website http://www.kela.fi/web/en.
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). Students can submit housing applications on the HOAS website : http://www.hoas.fi/en/
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.
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 can 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.
Arriving to Laurea Tikkurila campus
Laurea Tikkurila is easily reached by public transport. The campus is situated next to the Tikkurila railway station.
When arriving from the airport the fastest and easiest way to access the campus is by hopping on to either the I or P train leaving straight from the airport. The train ride will last about 25 minutes.
The tickets cost approximately 4€ and you can buy them before boarding the train from a ticket machine at the airport.
To find timetables and ticket prices for the local transportation, please visit: https://www.hsl.fi/en
You can view your student group's study schedule in the Asio-system without Laurea login (user account).
Follow these steps to view study schedules for autumn 2017:
- Open your study schedule here (link)
- A calendar view opens up. You can browse the calendar using the top left hand corner calendar and clicking on the “Next week” and “Prev. week” or clicking on an exact date.
- Your studies begin at earliest from week 35 (Monday 28.8.2017).
In some studies your student group may be divided into smaller groups, e.g. A and B groups. The student group's calendar you are now viewing shows all of these, so some overlapping events may also appear. These are planned and nothing to worry about.
Please do note that changes to the study schedules are possible.
Once you activate your Laurea-login (user account), you will be able to make your own personal study schedule. It will include only studies relevant to you and thus will be clear and easy to understand. You may activate your Laurea-login approximately a week before studies begin if you have a personal Finnish bank user ID. (Instructions: https://www.laurea.fi/en/services/helpdesk/user-account-and-passwords ) If you do not have a personal Finnish bank user ID you need to pick up your user account information from the student office when your studies begin.
Instructions on how to create your own personal study schedule and to save it on your mobile device are available in the student intranet LINK (requires Laurea-login).
If you encounter difficulties in viewing study schedules, you may e-mail Laurea's Education Planners at email@example.com for help.