Healthcare and wellbeing


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The wellbeing of our students is our top priority at Haaga-Helia and therefore, we offer extensive student support services that enable smooth studies and relaxing free time: academic counseling, study psychologist, sports facilities, free-time activities by student organisations, and much more. Read more about student healthcare and wellbeing below.

Student healthcare

Please note that Haaga-Helia does not insure students or take responsibility for student's medical expenses in case of illness or emergency. Students who have an EU/EEA nationality are entitled to public healthcare services with European Health Insurance Card. Students who have a non-EU/EEA nationality, should use the private clinics and have insurance to cover their healthcare expenses. In addition, all degree students are entitled to use the services of Finnish Student Health Service (only non-urgent medical care).

If you are using prescribed medicine, please make sure that you have the prescriptions with you when entering Finland and when visiting a doctor to avoid any possible problems, because some drugs which are legal in your home country can be considered illegal in other countries.

Finnish Student Health Service

Starting in 2021, students who study for a bachelor’s or a master’s level degree in a university of applied sciences are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS, Finnish abbreviation YTHS). This includes also double-degree students. Higher education students must pay the healthcare fee unprompted to Kela (Social Insurance Institution of Finland).

Incoming exchange students, open university students, and non-degree contract-based students are not eligible for FSHS services, so they do not have to pay a healthcare fee.

Services provided by FSHS in a nutshell:

  • Non-urgent medical care during office hours
  • Preventive oral health measures
  • Study-related health examinations, certificates and statements
  • Health guidance and check-ups
  • Laboratory and imaging services

More detailed information on services on FSHS website

Health insurance

The right to use Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) does not exempt you from having to take out health insurance (non-EU/EEA citizens) or obtaining a European Health Insurance Card (EU/EEA citizens). It is important you have good health insurance that is valid for the entire duration of your studies and it is one of the obligatory documents when applying for a residence permit.

Wellbeing services

Haaga-Helia offers preventive services to support students in advancing in their studies, students' wellbeing, and mental health. The services are targeted at students who have challenges that directly affect studies, such as problems with motivation, study skills, stress or time management.

  • Do you need help with your wellbeing? Do you have study-related challenges? Haaga-Helia's psychiatric nurse and study psychologist are there to discuss your situation.
  • Do you have challenges related to learning? Do you need support with dyslexia? You can contact our special needs teachers and guidance counsellors.
  • Would you like to talk in private about any issue in life? The university chaplain is there for you.

Contact details for wellbeing services in MyNet

If you have you problems with your mental health, you feel that you have lost functional capacity or you have faced a crisis, please contact healthcare services such as FSHS or crisis services.

Student contact person in VOIMA project supports students

Need someone to talk to? A projects initiated at Haaga-Helia VOIMA and HALI are offering wellbeing support for students. Student support person Rosa Weckman talks with students about everything that might trouble you: studies, everyday life, relationships.

You can contact Rosa by phone or email.The calls will not be recorded and your identity will be protected.

Rosa's contact details in MyNet


Voimahali/Powerhug meetings for students on Zoom every Wednesday at 2pm

VOIMA and HALI projects' (Power and Hug) main goal is to support the well-being of students and to promote their social inclusion during the COVID-19 pandemic. The projects are organizing VoimaHali meetings once a week during autumn. There will be different experts in each meeting and some meetings may have a theme that will be announced beforehand.

Participants are invited to discuss any issue related to the well-being of students. Join the discussions or just listen to other students' thoughts and ideas.

Student Event
VoimaHali 8.12.2021

Sports and free time

Sports give you energy and boost your wellbeing. There are plenty of sports courses and facilities in different campuses. As a member of Haaga-Helia's Student Union Helga, you will get access to Zone Sports facilities located around the Helsinki metropolitan area.

Read more about the membership

The Student Union Helga also organises free time activities and events for students where you get to meet new people and discover the Finnish student life.

In addition, international student organisations such as IDS Helga and ESN Helga provide events and advocacy for internationally-minded students.