Counselling and Academic Affairs

  • Study Counselling

    The objective of student counselling is to support and help you complete a meaningful and high-quality bachelor’s or master’s degree. As a student at Oulu University of Applied Sciences, you are not alone; support with your studies is available through study counselling. Campus study counsellors are responsible for comprehensive counselling, guidance and support services. Tutor teachers, specialisation line coordinators, teachers in charge, and the head of your degree programme can all help you with your personal study plan and career planning.

    Contact details for counselling

     

    Study Counselling

    Learning and studying counselling focuses on the study process. We will give you guidance and support that will help you to recognise your strengths and development challenges as a student and handle the challenges you face at different stages of your studies. We do this, for example, with the help of the personal study plan (HOPS).

    Career Counselling

    Career planning and vocational growth counselling begin at the same time as your studies, with the aim of helping you develop your career planning skills and build a pathway to working life. We support vocational growth, formation of your identity in terms of your skills, and your awareness of how you can use your skills in your future work. You are an active participant in planning your own life and career. Have a think about your own skills, interests, and goals to help you find a place that suits you in the world of work. When drawing up a career plan, you can make use of things such as our career planning tool and update your personal study plan to correspond with your career plan.

    FIGURE 1. Career Planning Orientation (Laajala, Lehtelä, Mäki-Hakola & Jussila 2021)

    Career planning skills can be viewed using the concept of career planning orientation (figure 1).

    Supporting Wellbeing

    Supporting personal growth and wellbeing means that, when giving counselling, we take the individual’s life situation and life history as a whole into account. In particularly challenging life situations, such as when facing health problems, financial difficulties, family-related situations, substance problems and various other crisis situations, counselling that supports psychosocial development is needed. Issues related to student wellbeing are part of this area of counselling.

    Wellbeing Through Counselling (Ohjauksella hyvinvointia, OHJY) project

    Campus Study Counsellors

    Campus study counsellors have particular responsibility for students who need special counselling, who for any reason fail to stay on schedule with their studies and are at risk of prolonging or discontinuing their studies. A further area of responsibility is guiding first-year students through an induction to their studies and study environment.

    Book an appointment with your Study Counsellor

    Linnanmaa campus, Information Technology

    Business Information Technology and Information Technology

    Senior Lecturer, Campus Study Counsellor Leila Karjalainen

    Business Information Systems

    Senior Lecturer, Campus Study Counsellor Leila Karjalainen (groups from year 2019 and after)

    Senior Lecturer, Campus Study Counsellor Erja Korhonen (groups from year 2018 and earlier)

    Kontinkangas campus, Health Care and Social Services

    Senior Lecturer, Campus Study Counsellor Susanna Saarinen

    Linnanmaa campus, Media and Performing Arts

    Senior Lecturer, Campus Study Counsellor Heli Huttunen

    Linnanmaa campus, Natural Resources

    Principal Lecturer, Campus Study Counsellor Pirjo Siipola

    Linnanmaa campus, Technology

    BuildingServices, Civil Engineering, Construction Architecture, ConstructionManagement, Energy Technology, Electrical and Automation Engineering (groups from year 2019 and earlier)

    Principal Lecturer, Campus Study Counsellor Pirjo Siipola

    Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Automation Engineering (groups from year 2020 and after)

    Senior Lecturer, Campus Study Counsellor Heli Huttunen

    Oulainen campus, Health Care

    Senior Lecturer, Study Counsellor Mari Vihelä

    Linnanmaa campus, Business

    Business Economics

    Senior Lecturer, Campus Study Counsellor Erja Korhonen

    International Business

    Senior Lecturer,Campus Study Counsellor Leila Karjalainen

    All campuses, Psychological Wellbeing, Addiction and Crisis Counselling

    Senior Lecturer,Campus Counsellor Elina Penger

    Valtti

    Valtti – Completed Degree as a Trump (= Valtti) to the Working Life

    The popular Valtti-groups are arranged every year. In the groups the students discuss matters concerning studies and the student life, challenges and successes.

    Different themes in the groups are for example:

    • Time management and motivation
    • Difficulties in writing the thesis
    • Finishing the uncompleted courses
    • Self-knowledge and recognizing your own competences
    • Graduation and entering working life

    Student experiences about the groups:

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    Information on groups and appointments for individual guidance in student intranet Oiva »

  • Accessibility in Studies

    All our students have the right to accessible studies. Our aim is to treat all students fairly and equally. The Non-Discrimination Act obliges universities of applied sciences to acknowledge different students. We try to organise teaching methods, and learning and operating environments that serve all students and help them graduate within their target time.

    Physical environment

    The accessibility of our higher education institution’s campus areas (see campus maps) is particularly functional. There are special arrangements for accessibility: 

    • Each location’s parking site has marked disabled parking spaces.
    • The accessible entrance doors of the Linnanmaa campus are the main entrance C and door C5. At Kontinkangas campus, the Louhi building’s main entrance is accessible. At Oulainen campus, the main entrance is accessible. 
    • Each campus has a wheelchair for visitors: please ask the janitors if you wish to borrow it.  The campuses have sufficient room to move with mobility aids.    
    • The ICT services of the Linnanmaa campus can lend visitors an induction loop package that can be used at any facility. The Paasi building of the Kontinkangas campus has facilities equipped with an induction loop. The auditorium of the Oulainen campus has an induction loop.
    • Each campus has several accessible toilets.
    • The campuses have lifts that facilitate mobility.

    Support and guidance

    In our higher education institution, teacher tutors, heads of degree programmes and campus study counsellors provide students with information and support to plan their studies. Our institution’s website contains abundant and clear information to support study planning.

    Students who have difficulties with learning (examples in Figure 1) can ask the teacher for support measures to help complete the study module.

    Figure 1. Examples of learning difficulties

    If you have been diagnosed with a learning difficulty, please contact your campus study counsellor (Figure 2).

    The campus study counsellors plan the most suitable individual arrangements to support studies with the student. Support measures include

    • personal study plan
    • additional time to complete an exam, at least 20 minutes per hour
    • workshops to support the progress of studies
    • lecture materials in advance
    • alternative performance
    • instruction for digital aids
    • opportunity to have oral tests/tasks or to supplement tests orally
    • opportunity to take a test in several parts
    • additional guidance with thesis work, for example
    • Celia services.

    The student’s responsibility is to inform the teacher sufficiently about their situation so that the teacher can provide them with the necessary support. The personal arrangements take into account both the study module’s and the degree programme’s learning objectives. The teacher’s task is to assess the achievement of learning objectives and ensure student equality.

  • Academic Affairs

    Academic Affairs offers you student services throughout your study time in Oulu University of Applied Sciences. From Academic Affairs you get support and guidance for matters like study rights, academic year enrolments and information on student’s financial aids and insurances. Academic Affairs also advises you about student exchange (outgoing and incoming students). We will help you with questions related to graduation and at the end of your studies, we prepare your Diploma.

    We maintain the Student and Study Register -Peppi where you can make changes to your contact information but also follow your study progress. You can order digitally signed documents like Study Certificate and Transcript of Records from Peppi 24/7.  For you to be able to order a Study Certificate,  please make sure your contact details are up to date in Peppi.  See the Instructions for digitally signed documents. In case of any problems, please contact study.oamk#oulu.fi (korvaa # -> @).

    Academic Affairs are located at Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas Campuses. You may also reach us by telephone and online via electronic form or anonymous chat on Oiva. The chat is open Monday to Friday 12-15. You can find Academic Affairs on Facebook and Youtube. Please see below Academic Affairs Service Point opening hours.

    Linnanmaa Campus contact information

    Linnanmaa Campus offers education in the fields of Engineering, Natural Resources, Information Technology, Media and Performing Arts, Business and the School of Professional Teacher Education

    Academic Affairs Service Point in Linnanmaa Campus:

    Yliopistonkatu 9, 7C, 1st floor. The Service Point is located opposite to the Restaurant Mara.

    Student Services

    Mon, Wed, Fri 10-13

    Tel. (+358) 029 448 9210, Mon - Fri 10-12

    study.oamk#oulu.fi (korvaa # -> @)

    Outgoing student mobility (service hours and contact information)

    Incoming student mobility (service hours and contact information)

    Kontinkangas Campus contact information

    Kontinkangas and Oulainen Campus offers education in the field of Health and Social Care. Kontinkangas Campus serves students studying in Oulainen and Oulu.

    Academic Affairs Service Point in Kontinkangas Campus:

    Kiviharjuntie 4, Louhi building, 1st floor, Louhi 1194.

    Student services

    Mon, Wed, Fri 10-13

    Tel. (+358) 029 448 9211, Mon-Fri 10-12

    study.oamk#oulu.fi (korvaa # -> @)

    Outgoing student mobility (service hours and contact information)

    Incoming student mobility (service hours and contact information)

    Academic Affairs Team for OUAS

    Service Manager
    Kempas Eija, 050 317 4620

    Lead Specialists

    Koutonen Kati, 050 563 2626
    (Field of Technology, Natural Resources, Information Technology, Media and Performing Arts)

    Karjalainen Päivi, 050 542 2177
    (Professional Teacher Education, Media and Performing Arts)

    Vainionpää Markus, 046 923 5147
    (Business, Social and Health Care)

    Special Designer
    Rajaniemi Jarmo, 050 317 4917

    Education Designers

    Aalto Sirpa, 050 540 4122
    Fähnrich Bastian, 050 317 4931
    Latva-Ranta Minna, 040 141 5736
    Moilanen Minna, 050 301 3837
    Nätynki Piritta, 050 462 4734
    Tauriainen Tiia-Mariia, 040 480 3482
    Tikkanen Laura, 050 4624735

    Education Assistants

    Dehghani Mitra, 040 141 5099
    Fitzgerald Katariina, 050 470 9740
    Kaarela Anne, 040 141 5681
    Kaukonen Emmi, 050 572 0719
    Kettunen Maarit, 040 141 5715
    Mahlakaarto Ulla, 040 141 5694
    Pohjola Raija, 040 141 5733
    Svenström Virve, 040 141 5119

    Staff e-mail addresses are typically in the firstname.lastname#oulu.fi (korvaa # -> @) format

  • eCounselling

    eCounselling is a service portal that includes both eCounselling and eGuidance services for students.

  • Study Psychologist

    The study psychologist services are available for degree students of the Oulu University of Applied Sciences.

  • Sport Services

    The academic sport services and other welfare services of Oulu's Institutes of Higher Education are listed on www.oulunkorkeakoululiikunta.fi.

  • Insurance

    Our students are insured by insurance company If Insurance (IF P&C Insurance Ltd (publ), branch in Finland).

    The student’s insurance coverage includes:

    Statutory Accident Insurance

    Statutory accident insurance for university of applied sciences students is based on the act: Laki opiskeluun liittyvissä työhön rinnastettavissa olosuhteissa syntyneen vamman tai sairauden korvaamisesta 1318/2002. Under this act, the insurance covers accidents that occur during practical training associated with studies. Statutory accident insurance covers accidents that occur during practical teaching in an educational institution and accidents that occur during unpaid practical training in a workplace outside the educational institution. If a student receives salary for the practical training, then the student is covered by the employer’s accident insurance.

    Statutory Accident Insurance for students is valid during studies or practical training abroad if the studies or practical training abroad are part of the student's curriculum at a Finnish educational institution.

    Voluntary Group Accident Insurance, Student Accidents

    Voluntary Group Accident Insurance is valid for activities that are included in the curriculum (including distance learning) and during trips that are directly related to these activities.

    Voluntary Group Accident Insurance is valid for example during theory teaching, exercise classes, breaks and when taking part in activities that are included in the curriculum.

    Directly related trip means the most direct journey to and from a study-time apartment to an educational institution or to activities that are part of the curriculum.

    Accidents, instructions for seeking treatment

    See a doctor immediately or as soon as possible if the injury causes symptoms that do not go away within few days.

    Visit your nearest FSHS (Finnish Student Health Service) or the nearest If partner clinic, for example Mehiläinen or Terveystalo. You can find the If partner clinics from: if.fi/sairaanhoitoverkosto (In Finnish)

    In case of an accident at practical training, inform the health clinic that you are a student of OUAS and that the insurance provider is If.

    Please contact FSHS if it is unclear whether you’ve had an accident that the insurance will cover.

    All the compensation matters are handled through Academic Affairs, so in the event of an accident, please contact study.oamk#oulu.fi (korvaa # -> @) as soon as possible.

    Travel Insurance

    Travel Insurance for students is valid during trips that are included in the curriculum. The content of the insurance is described in an Insurance Certificate.

    You can get the Insurance Certificate from Academic Affairs by contacting study.oamk#oulu.fi (korvaa # -> @).

    Travel Insurance and instructions for seeking treatment abroad

    Seek medical help at the destination.

    If partner hospitals and doctors (In Finnish)

    By showing a travel insurance card/certificate you do not usually have to pay the costs yourself. The hospital or doctor should invoice If.

    If you must pay the costs yourself, you can claim the compensation online.

    Instructions and contact information for reporting a claim

    If claims service:

    Telephone (+358) 010 19 17 15 (personal injury) and telephone (+358) 010 515 8203 (luggage).

    In case of an emergency abroad contact SOS International 24/7. Call +45 38 48 89 77.  

    USA, Canada and South America: Global Medical Management Inc (GMMI) 24/7.

    If you call from in the US: 1 800 694 9483.  Outside the US +1 954 308 3901.

    European Health Insurance Cards

    Get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from Kela before travelling abroad.

    By showing your European Health Insurance Card https://www.kela.fi/web/en/european-health-insurance-card, you will receive treatment in EU and EEA countries, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland at the same price as the citizens of that country. 

    You will receive medically necessary treatment. This means treatment that cannot wait until you return home.

    You can also get pregnancy-related treatment and treatment for childbirth or for a long-term illness.

    Liability Insurance

    Liability insurance covers property damage or personal injury to the employer or those outside it when the student is personally liable for the damage.

    You can get a Liability Insurance Certificate from Academic Affairs by contacting study.oamk#oulu.fi (korvaa # -> @).

    Contact Information

    For further information and in insurance matters, please primarily contact study.oamk#oulu.fi (korvaa # -> @)

    Contact person Anu Inkala, tel.  (+358) 040 141 5734 

    Contact person Maarit Kettunen, tel.  (+358) 040 141 5715 

    Contact person Raija Pohjola, tel.  (+358) 040 141 5733