Support for Studying

URHEA - The Helsinki Metropolitan Area sports academy

Aalto University, as a partner of Urhea, supports athletes to combine top level sports with studies.

The Helsinki Metropolitan Area sports academy Urhea started in 2003. It is approved by the Finnish Olympic Committee official elite sports academy. Urhea works in close collaboration with the Olympic Committee’s top sports unit.

The Helsinki Metropolitan Area sports academy Urhea is a foundation whose goals include supporting athletes in combining sports and studies and developing means to make this easier. Urhea’s activities are intended for young athletes who are either aiming for the top or are already competing at the international level.

Contact information

More information about Urhea: (the website is available in Finnish only)


More information

Urhea contact persons in each Aalto school 

If you are an Urhea member, book an appointment with the Urhea contact person of your school! During the appointment, we will discuss the support may need for combining your studies with your athletic career. 

Virpi Riissanen

Koordinaattori, opintoasiat
School of Engineering

Elli Hämäläinen

Suunnittelija, opintoasiat
School of Business
 Kari Lehti

Kari Lehti

Suunnittelija, opintoasiat
School of Chemical Engineering

Tiina Kerola

Suunnittelija, Opintoasiat
School of Science

Piia Ylitalo

Study Coordinator
U902 Learning Services
School of Electrical Engineering

Virva Sointu

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
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