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Student Counselling

Student Counselling

Persons involved in student counselling

Student counselling helps the student to prepare and stick to his or her personal study plan (PSP), to find answers to various study-related problems as well as to engage in active student life.

Student tutors assist new students with issues relating to studies and other matters.

Any questions relating to a particular course are always answered by the teacher of the course. The student has a designated supervisor for workplacement and thesis work.

You can find your academic advisor or teacher tutor on the student extranet under your degree programme’s pages.

HAAGA-HELIA students also have access to a nurse, doctor, psychologist and priest. Their contact information is available on the student extranet (under studies > student wellbeing).  

Student counselling

  • Academic advisor: provides student counselling either full-time or part-time
  • Teachers
  • Student tutors: peer counselling
  • Callidus tutors: more experienced student tutors who can provide help in studies in a specific field
  • International affairs tutors: students who help in student exchange
  • Student Affairs Office
  • Degree programme directors

Work Placement

  • Work placement coordinators and advisors: provide work placement counselling, and review work placement assignments

Career and recruitment counselling

  • Recruitment services: assists student in finding work placement positions and employment
  • Career advisor: provides students with various career and job search services

Student exchange counselling

  • International Services: counselling for incoming and outgoing students

Thesis counselling

  • Thesis counsellor
  • Methods counsellor


  • Information specialist
  • Information search counselling

Personal counselling and personal study plans

  • Please feel free to turn to your student counsellor for assistance in all matters relating to the planning of studies, as well as in different kinds of problem situations that may result during course completion or at different stages of the study period.
  • All students are to prepare a personal study plan (PSP), which forms the basis of the counselling process.
  • Student counselling and persons responsible for it are designated for each degree programme.
  • The aim is to make plans in advance when faced with longer study periods or extended absences.
  • Each semester, or at least once a year, the different degree programmes organise info sessions on admissions, choosing one’s major, international work placement and student exchange and other relevant topics.
  • Some student tutors receive additional training to become Callidus tutors, who provide help in special areas, e.g. learning difficulties, student exchange, the thesis process, workplacement, career planning and starting a business.
  • When it is deemed necessary, additional classes are given for courses with more failing grades than the average.

Peer counselling

  • Students support each other during the course of their studies by sharing information and materials, setting up reading clubs etc.
  • HAAGA-HELIA supports these activities by offering premises and tools for group meetings.

Some words of advice:

  • Notify the study office if your phone number or address changes! You can also register the changes yourself through WinhaWille.
  • Remember to sign-up for courses in time.
  • Remember to notify about your enrolment/absence each academic year by the set deadline. If you don’t give your notification, you lose your right to study.
  • Get familiar with the degree regulations.
  • If you graduate in 3.5 years, or 4 years for journalists, you are sure to get 100% counselling for your studies. After this period, counselling resources are reduced because government support for counselling ends.
  • Inform about changes in plans. For example, if you intend to temporarily discontinue your studies, absolutely get in touch with your academic advisor. We can then agree on a meeting and update your personal study plan. Remember also to register your non-enrolment.
  • Don’t leave things undone.
  • Be active: follow the different communications channels. The person who asks finds the way!
  • Enjoy your studies and work hard!