Orientation to Services and Wellbeing
Where can the students find support to maintain their wellbeing? What kind of challenges might there be in special circumstances? Experts from different services share their tips for the beginning of your studies.
Presentation materials of the webinar are available below following each service's introduction.
Programme of the event
The event is hosted by students of Aalto University.
- Welcome words from Vice President in Education, Petri Suomala
- Student wellbeing
- Starting Point of Wellbeing
- Study and career psychologists
- University chaplains
- Health care, FSHS
- Sport activities, UniSport + exercise break
- Job hunting and career guidance, Career Services
- AYY - Aalto University Student Union
- Campus facilities
- Learning Centre / Library services
- IT Services / Computer labs
- Study options and study guidance
- Study counselling
- Language Centre
- Aftertalk (optional): Hosts will be available for aftertalk after the presentations.
- Inspirational lecture by Esa Saarinen: After the event, you can watch an inspirational lecture by philosopher Esa Saarinen (video recorded in 2020). The video is available below in three parts.
There is also more information on all services presented in the event. After the event, each service's presentation will be added to this page.
Starting Point of Wellbeing
The Starting Point of Wellbeing offers students advice and guidance on services related to wellbeing. They also share information on remotely organized support and guidance and offer possibilities to co-study (studying independently together).
Study and career psychologists
The Psychologist Service at Aalto University offers counselling and support for learning, motivation, self-regulation, study skills, coping with stress, and career choice. They also organise courses and workshops on wellbeing and study skills.
Aalto has two university chaplains, known as the Aalto Chaplains who are available to all members of the Aalto community regardless of religion or worldview. You can also turn to them if you need help in finding others who share your religion. The Aalto chaplains can help you whenever you want to speak to someone in confidence about anything related to work, personal relationships or your life situation in general.
Finnish Student Health Service FSHS offers basic health care services to all degree students. These services include general health care, medical care and mental health care as well as dental and oral health care. All degree students are required to pay a healthcare fee to Kela, the social insurance institution of Finland. Please note that FSHS services are no longer available for exchange students.
Health care for exchange students
- Make sure that you have a valid health insurance. EU-citizens must have a European Health Insurance Card with them (from the home country) and are strongly recommended to have a private insurance too.
- Make sure your health insurance will cover also covid-19 related medical conditions. Students with valid health insurance can use private health care clinics for health services (please also check with your insurance company if they have agreement hospitals in Finnish capital region).
- As an EU citizen with the European Health Insurance Card, you should receive medically necessary treatment and you have the right to use the municipal (public) health care. Medically necessary treatment means treatment that cannot wait until you return home.
For more information, please contact your own school's exchange coordinator.
UniSport's exercise services are aimed especially for students and include group training classes, gyms, and ball group sport sessions. They also offer courts for booking, personal training, and massage services. UniSport has six exercise centers, also in Otaniemi.
Career Services help students to find relevant employment by mediating appropriate vacancies, organizing career and recruitment events, offering internship support in Finland and grants for internships carried out abroad and enhancing students' job hunting skills.
AYY - Aalto University Student Union
AYY is a service organisation and interest group serving students of Aalto University. AYY offers its members several services, such as affordable student housing, rental facilities, advocacy, and a range of different benefits.
Learning Centre provides library services, expert services and study and work spaces. They support students by providing help in information searching and accessing books and other information sources in printed or electronic form.
IT Services (ITS) provides students services such as email, computer classrooms, campus wifi, and printing services. Check also their tips for remote studying.
Study counselling and advice on the content and structure of your studies is offered by each School's Learning Services and study counsellors at Starting Point of Wellbeing. Visit your programme's Into pages (section Contact) for contact information.
Each Aalto student has a right to reasonable individual study arrangements due to an impairment restricting their ability to study or other health condition.
Language Centre offers education and studies in languages and communication for all Aalto students. Their offering includes e.g. courses in ten languages, intercultural communication, and speech communication.