Healthcare and well-being services for foreign students

Read about benefits and support available to foreign degree and exchange students including access to healthcare services.

Healthcare

Finnish Student Health Service

If you are a degree student at a university in Finland, you can access the services of The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) who provides general, mental and oral health care services.

Exchange students, however, can no longer access their services from 1 January 2021.

Degree students pay the FSHS healthcare fee according to instructions provided on Kela website.

More information is available on the Finnish Student Health Service website. Please note that FSHS does not have any emergency or duty services, so please check the opening hours and turn to other healthcare services if needed.

Insurances

All our degree and exchange students are covered by an accident insurance when they are taking part in teaching and studies.

If you have a European Health Insurance Card, you can get the same acute medical treatment in public healthcare services as local citizens.  While living in Helsinki, you may seek urgent healthcare at one of the Helsinki Public Health Stations.

If you have a more extensive private insurance, you can also use the services of private health clinics, such as Terveystalo, Mehiläinen or Aava.

If you are not an EU/EEA citizen you will need to buy health insurance for residence permit.  However, we think it’s a good idea for all students to buy a private health and accident insurance.

Read more about the insurances on the Finnish Immigration Service website.

See information about healthcare in Finland and in Helsinki on Info Finland website, EU-healthcare.fi website and the City of Helsinki website.

How we can support you throughout your studies

Find out who you can turn to in case you need help or support.

Study psychologist

You can contact our study psychologist if you are facing difficulties in studying or in your personal life. Big crises in life, problems related to substance abuse, relationships or sexuality, issues with fellow students or teachers, fatigue, depression, or distress can all hinder your studies. Together with the psychologist, you can discuss questions concerning motivation, creativity, coping, time management, ‘being stuck’ and much more.

You are able to have one to five appointments, depending on your needs. The service is free for all students. Contact information for study psychologists is available on Artsi.

You can also contact FSHS regarding all mental health issues, especially if you feel the need for longer-term support and treatment.

University chaplain

Joy, longing, sadness, and both pleasant as well as regular everyday events are something you can discuss together with the university chaplain in strict confidence. The university chaplain of Uniarts Helsinki is accessible to everyone in the university community, both students and staff. In the chaplain’s office you can talk about anything happening in your personal life. If needed, the chaplain will also help you in theological and philosophical questions and themes and in different matters related to your livelihood, communality, and multiculturalism.

You can contact the chaplain even if you do not belong to a church; aside from questions of faith, the chaplain is also a professional in a multitude of other topics. More information and contacts for the university chaplain can be found on Artsi.

Student Union

The University of the Arts Helsinki’s Student Union, ArtSU, also arranges well-being activities.

Sports and well-being

UniSport

Both degree and exchange students who have registered as attending during the 2020-2021 academic year, will benefit from reduced fees to UniSport facilities.

UniSport provides sports and exercise services in six locations in Helsinki: Centre Campus, Kumpula, Meilahti, Otaniemi, Töölö and Viikki.

More details on the UniSport services and their prices on the UniSport website.

Study well-being

We organise courses on well-being that discuss things like mind, body, moving and performing.

The Sibelius Academy organises different well-being and exercise courses. Please ask for more information from your PSP advisor.

Theatre Academy’s gym is available for use for all our students and staff.