Information for new Social Services students
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 27th August 2018 to December 31st 2021. Please note that the info session for Recognising Previous Learning takes place on 20th August before your studies begin (more information below).
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
Please see the starting date of studies and other important information below.
Programme Social Services
Address Ratatie 22 01300, Vantaa
Starting date 27th August 2018, registration starts 8:30
Study code SWV218SN
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.
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
Preliminary Study Plan assignment for new Social Services students
Congratulations on being chosen to Laurea! We are looking forward to seeing you here in Tikkurila on Monday 27th of August 2018. Before starting, we would like to get to know you a little bit better. Therefore, we would like you to tell us 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 the tutor teachers Satu Bethell firstname.lastname@example.org and Lloyd Bethell email@example.com by the latest Monday 6th August 2018. 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
and will take place on Tuesday 14th August 2018, Wednesday 15th August 2018 or Thursday 16th August 2018 between 8-16.
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 (link) 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.
Before your studies begin, an info session about the RPL process will be arranged on 20th August 2018 from 10:00 to 12:30 at Laurea Tikkurila. The info session is meant for students who have already completed studies in a university of applied sciences or in a university in Finland or outside Finland.
To view your study schedules go to the address:
-> In English -> Write your study group code (
SWV218SN ) in to the field Group IDs -> Search -> View Schedule -> Select August 27th in the calendar tool.
The Laurea study schedules for the new groups will be published latest by 7th May 2018. 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.
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. Kindly go through the
instructions concerning the tuition fee here.
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
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 and
the price of a ticket from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Tikkurila is approximately 2,90€. 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.
The price of a regional ticket from central Helsinki to Tikkurila is approximately 5,50€. 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: