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). Higher education students must pay the healthcare fee unprompted to Kela (Social Insurance Institution of Finland) unprompted.

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.

Healthcare fee

The FSHS healthcare fee must be paid to Kela regardless of the use of the services. The amount of the fee in 2021 is €35.80 per semester.

Please note that Kela will not send you an invoice, so you must pay the fee on your own initiative via Kela's e-service every semester. If the student is unable to use the e-service, instructions for the payment can be found on webpage.

Services provided by FSHS in a nutshell:

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

Everyone wants to feel good, do well in their studies and get things done. However, our resources do vary and we are affected by various factors in life: stress, life crisis, challenges in relationships, study-related problems and so on. To support students in their everyday lives, Haaga-Helia offers the services of a study psychologist, psychiatric nurse, university chaplain and special needs teachers. Whether you need someone to talk with or have trouble advancing in your studies, we are here for you.

Haaga-Helia also supports and assists students with dyslexia, or other related learning difficulties by providing special arrangements and special needs services that facilitate studies.

More information on accessibility can be found from campuses' own webpages.

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.