Health Care and Welfare Services

In order to come to Finland students are recommended to have a valid health and accident insurance that also covers them also during travel to and from Finland. Institutions of higher education do not cover accidents during a students stay in Finland, and without valid insurance the medical payments may be high. Though citizens of EU and EEA countries are entitled to the same health care services in Finland as Finnish citizens, if they are covered by health insurance in their own country, they must also have insurance. Students from EU/EEA countries can normally prove with a European health card that they are covered by the health care system of their own country. Please see more information on European health card.

Non-EU and non-EEA countries are not covered by the Finnish national health insurance and must have insurance according to immigration regulations. Please see the Residence Permit.

Health Care in Oulu

In cases of acute illness, international students at Oulu University of Applied Sciences residing in Oulu and whose stay lasts at least four months are entitled to use the services of the City of Oulu Student Health Care Clinic in the Kontinkangas residential area in Oulu. Appointments with public health nurses and doctors are possible.

Foreign students get the same care as Finns and are served in English. If a patient speaks some other language than English he should tell it when making an appointment. Then we can try to get an interpreter to the clinic. - Service manager Kaarina Pajulampi from students’ health care.

Health Care Fees

A health care centre fee starting from 13.80 euro will be charged for each of the first three visits to the doctor within a calendar year. The student health care services cover the expenses of a visit to a general practitioner, but not special health care for foreign students. For further information please see the following websites: (Moving to or from Finland)

Welfare at Oulu UAS

Oulu University of Applied Sciences supports the well-being of the university by:

Contact information

Oulu University of Applied Sciences
Welfare Services
Välkkylä 3 D
90130 OULU
+358 10 27 22171 or +358 50 571 2237

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