The aim of student welfare is to promote the learning, health and well-being of students.
Student welfare means the services of psychologists, school social workers and school health care. Student welfare is executed as multidisciplinary co-operation between Education Division and Welfare Division. Close co-operation is conducted with students and their parents as well as with other partners in co-operation if needed. Student welfare is organized as communal student welfare and individual student welfare.
Vaccinations at school are given according to the National Immunization Programme in effect at the given time.
The vaccinations of the child or young person are checked at health check-ups. If the child is a resident in Turku, the information about the child’s vaccinations is transferred from the child welfare clinic to school health care as the child starts school.
The school nurse and school doctor conduct individual health check-ups to the students at regular intervals.
Each health check-up includes health counselling. The subject matters of the counselling vary between years. The occasions and contents of the check-ups are based on the legislation concerning school and student health care (338/2011).
Health check-ups can be conducted also at other times if it is necessary for determining the student’s state of health.
School Health Care serves in all matters related to the physical and mental health of a comprehensive school student.
The school nurse and doctor can be contacted through School Health Care. In all matters related to the well-being of a student the school nurse should be contacted first.
An appointment to the school doctor must always be arranged through the school nurse.
In urgent cases of illness and outside school hours the primary place for care is the student’s own local health station.
First-year students are called for a physical examination, but it is also possible to seek an appointment for a physical examination on one’s own initiative. In such case please contact the public health nurse of your academy.
Student Health Care provides health care services for students studying in upper secondary school and vocational school. The services are meant for students in lines of study which entitle student financial aid, with the following exceptions:
You should check the validity of your vaccinations six months before your planned trip abroad.
You can get additional information about the vaccinations you need by calling the Vaccination Advice for Tourists help number +358 040 674 8822. The helpline is available on Wednesdays between 13.00 and 15.00. The helpline is closed during weeks 1, 8, 23–32 and 52.
Additional information about vaccinations and other health instructions for tourists are available in Finnish via the links on the right.
If your illness has lasted for over three months or is permanent, you have a right to receive medical supplies in accordance with your medical treatment plan free of charge. As a client of Turku health centre you can pre-order the supplies and reclaim them from the Medical Supplies Distribution pickup point after three weeks.
Both the Medical Supplies Distribution pickup point and nurses’ practice are located in the area of the Mäntymäki hospital. Book an appointment for a nurse if you need guidance in the use of medical supplies.
The vocational education of adults consists of basic degrees, which are completed by passing the competence-based qualifications, and of further vocational qualifications and specialist vocational qualifications. Young persons and adults can study the same basic degrees. Vocational further education and training as well as continuing education are possible at different phases of career. In addition to education institutions, learning also takes place at workplaces. The joint application system is not applied to competence-based qualifications that are primarily aimed at adults.
Apprenticeship training is a flexible and practical form of education where the student and the employer together make a contract of employment and training. The student must find the apprenticeship job him/herself.
Apprenticeship training will be suitable for you if
- you lack vocational training
- your duties at work have extended
- you want a new occupation
- you want to develop your expertise and know-how
Learning takes place mainly at the workplace with practical tasks, which is supplemented by studies at the institute.
Various options available
You can apply to numerous Turku Vocational Institute (TAI) education programmes throughout the year.
You can also enquire about available study places directly from the institutions themselves:
Services for everyday life and special occasions
Child care, conference services, or warm, freshly baked bread? The services of Turku Vocational Institute are easily attainable. At our Institute, you can have calling cards made, get your favourite trousers fixed, or get your tyres changed. These types of services offer our students opportunities to practice for the real working world. All work is carried out under the close guidance of a trained professional.
The services are offered mainly in finnish.
Hairdresser student Laura Baudini’s weeks in Turku
Spring brought not only sunshine but also a radiant visitor from the small French town of Villefranche de Rouergue near the Pyrenees. Her two-week visit to Finland and practical training at the Bleis Salon under the guidance of owner Heli Tikkanen evidently went swimmingly, because Laura Baudini says she would like to come back to Finland again.
Novia UAS is located at two addresses in Turku, at Henrikinkatu and Juhana Herttuan puistokatu where the maritime education is given. At Henrikinkatu there are students within several different fields. Prospective Bachelors of Social Services, Bachelors of Health Care, and Bachelors of Business Administration are gathered in the renovated campus.
Diaconia University of Applied Sciences' (Diak) Turku campus is located at Old Mill, Kupittaa. In Turku it is possible to study a Bachelor’s degree in interpretation through the programmes of Community Interpreting or Sign Language and Interpreting. Diak also offers Master level education in interpreting.
Turku University of Applied Sciences is an inspiring community of altogether 10 000 experts. You, too, can become a member through over 60 study options in the joint application every spring and autumn, or through the Open UAS path. At TUAS, you can study culture and the creative field, technology, social and health care or business. The competence spearheads of TUAS include marine technology, digitalisation, health promotion and art as a part of a good life.
Åbo Akademi University is an internationally acknowledged research university with an extensive responsibility for providing education in Swedish in Finland. The activities cover research and education in most disciplines from the humanities, pedagogics and theology to social sciences, natural sciences and technology.
The University of Turku (UTU) is an inspiring and international academic community of 25,000 students and staff. We build a sustainable future with multidisciplinary research, education, and collaboration. We educate creative and proactive future experts who will solve complex scientific questions and social issues.
Our graduates have excellent collaboration skills, the ability to create work for themselves and others, and expertise that can be applied to different sectors of society.
School psychologists work in basic education, upper secondary schools and vocational institutions.
The parents, school or the student him/herself can contact the school psychologist when something related to the child’s development, upbringing, learning or emotional life raises concern. The school psychologist may be contacted by phone or through the Wilma student administration system.
The school psychologist conducts psychological examinations in order to detect learning difficulties, behavioural problems and concentration problems, for example.
Services supporting the well-being of children and adolescents consist of social and health services, services supporting studying and employment, and services promoting sports and physical exercise.
The aim of the services is to support the development and wellbeing of children and to give adolescents the skills and preconditions for a balanced life.
The goal of upper secondary school education is to give students wide-ranging all-round education. The upper secondary schools in Turku put emphasis on common responsibility for everyone and co-operation and interaction with the students' guardians.
Applying period for upper secondary schools and vocational institutions: Spring 2022
- application period: 22.2.–22.3.2022
- online applications must be saved by 15.00 on 22 March 2022 (www.studyinfo.fi)
- Toisen asteen hakuopas 2022 (pdf) in Finnish and Swedish
- Toisen asteen hakuopa