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Starting Point of Wellbeing

The Starting Point of Wellbeing offers students easy access to counselling and advice on matters of well-being and study ability. The services available to you include drop-in (no reservation) advising/counselling sessions, peer support groups, and online materials. You can also make an appointment to receive individual counselling. When you need help and advice, you can turn to Aalto’s study and career counselling psychologists, guidance counsellors, career coaches, Aalto chaplains, special education teachers, and the well-established network of professionals in the field of well-being. Welcome! – We are here for you.

Events and counselling without appointment

We are here to support you without an appointment according to the schedule shown below. In groups and open-door events you can share your thoughts with other students and specialists. You can also come during drop-in times for a one-to-one meeting without an appointment. The schedule for online meetings (chat or video) and in-person meetings (in Room Y199c, Undergraduate Centre) without appointment are shown in the table.

Drop-in counselling continues on 2nd September. During the summer break, you can contact Starting Point of Wellbeing service providers directly, contact information below.

10-11.30 GROUP: Thesis and Tomatoes

Facilitated co-writing sessions for thesis writing

10-11 ONLINE DROP-IN: Study and career counselling psychologists (chat/video) 10-12 DROP-IN: Study and career counselling psychologists (SPW-room, Y199c)

10-12 DROP-IN: Special education teacher (SPW-room, Y199c)

10-11 ONLINE DROP-IN: Study and career counselling psychologists (chat/video)

  12-13 Open Doors (SPW-room, Y199c)    
13-15 DROP-IN: Study and career counselling psychologists (SPW-room, Y199c) 13-15 DROP-IN: Aalto-chaplains (SPW-room, Y199c)

13-15 DROP-IN: Career Design Lab (SPW-room, Y199c)

13-15 DROP-IN: Guidance counsellors (SPW-room, Y199c)
  15-16 DROP-IN: Career Design Lab (SPW-room, Y199c)

16-18 GROUP: Beat the Blues

Events for international students 25.9. & 23.10. & 20.11.

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Drop in for advising without an appointment. These personal one-to-one meetings, lasting 20 to 30 minutes, provide advice and counselling on matters related to your study abilities and well-being. You may have questions or concerns about your studies, or about something else in life. A short discussion may give you a new outlook on subjects such as working life, motivation, and making decisions about studies, as well as on stress, loneliness, learning difficulties, etc. Listed below is additional information about the services as well as instructions on making appointments for longer individual sessions

We can also advise you on where to find longer-term support, if necessary. If you are looking for support for a crisis or for an acute emergency, see the list of external support providers.

Services at the Starting Point of Wellbeing

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Groups, workshops and online materials for supporting wellbeing and study ability

This page has groups, workshops and online (MyCourses) material organised by Aalto in the area of well-being. The groups and workshops are conducted in Finnish or English.

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Where to get guidance and support?

Guidance and support for study planning, study wellbeing, and career reflections for Aalto students.


Individual counselling by study and career counselling psychologists

Aalto’s study and career counselling psychologists offer online and on-campus individual counselling to Aalto students. You can drop in at the Starting Point of Wellbeing for individual counselling without an appointment.

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Individual study arrangements

Each Aalto student has a right to receive reasonable individual study arrangements for medical reasons. A medical reason may be dyslexia, a sensory impairment, mental health condition or learning difficulty. Individual study arrangements should not be seen as a reason to stop aiming for the set learning outcomes. Instead, they are a way of supporting the student in attaining the learning outcomes.

Examples of individual study arrangements include additional time for examinations (1 hour at Aalto), a private space or computer for examinations, or adjusted schedules.

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Personal Impact

Personal Impact brings to light already existing courses in Aalto University on values and meaningfulness, self-leadership, societal impact, human potential and well-being.

Other studies

Mind & Study - toolbox for being well in studies is organized also in English

Popular course "Mind & Study - toolbox for being well in studies" will be organized in Finnish and English in the spring!


Starting Point of Wellbeing contact persons

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