Studying

Student Union tips to studying

Student life is a fabulous stage of life when it’s typical to find oneself. Here’s an information pack we’ve put together to give you the ins and outs of student life.

Register to the University

In order to carry out studies during the academic year, you must register as attending to the University. You can register in Study info website when you accept the study place. If for some reason registering does not work online you can do it in person in Faculty Study Affairs. You can register as attending for autumn or spring semester only, or for them both at the same time. If you register as attending only for the spring semester, you must register by the end of January to be able to carry out studies in the spring. You should ask for a written proof of your student status if you need it to show to your landlord or the bus company.

Become an OYY member

When you start your studying at the University of Oulu you automatically become a member of The Student Union of the University of Oulu, known as OYY among friends. OYY is the student advocacy organisation of all students undertaking a bachelor’s or a master’s degree at the University of Oulu.

The Student Union’s members are entitled to many student benefits and discounts, for example:

  • the FSHS health service
  • lunch at an affordable price
  • student discounts on trains and buses

The Student Union also offers its members free legal guidance and a loan service.

You can have the benefits and discounts after you have paid the membership fee (you can pay the fee when you register as a student). If for some reason you cannot pay the membership fee online you can do it at the office of the Student Union OYY (Our office is located in Linnanmaa campus in Väylä, behind the green racks). Check our opening hours here.

You can pay the OYY membership fee either through bank transfer or by cash or card at the OYY office (check our opening hours here). Bank transfer forms are available at the Student Union’s office. Our bank details and directions for payment are also available here.  If you pay your membership fee using online transfer, make sure you print out (or take screen shot) and keep the receipt. You will get the academic year sticker to your student ID card by showing the receipt.

In the academic year 2019–2020 the Student Union at the University of Oulu membership fee is 57 euros per semester, or 114 euros for the academic year. Out of the 114 euros 57 euros goes to healthcare, which entitles you to use all FSHS healthcare services. The fee is compulsory to all students undertaking a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree at the University of Oulu.

Apply for the student financial aid (nationals, permanent residents, Nordics registered in Finland)

Students of Finnish nationality and those with permanent residency in Finland are eligible for student financial aid. You should apply for the aid immediately when you find out you’ve been accepted to the University because the processing of the application might take over a month during the peak period. You can file your application to the Kela office.

Order your Student card and/or download it!

This will function as a student identity card and proof of OYY membership. It is the passport to services and discounts! You can apply for the student card online or download mobile student card Pivo or Tuudo. Mobile student card is as valid authentication of student status in Finland than normal student card. You can buy a plastic card here and get a sticker to it at the OYY office.

Have you got your housing in order?

The busiest time for new students to move to Oulu is in August and September, and it might be tricky to find an apartment. If you have not already gotten a place (degree students are advised to make PSOAS applications as early as possible after getting accepted). For more information on housing and tips see our page on housing!

Learn to get around in Oulu

Oulu is home to some of the best cycle paths in Finland, and you can buy a second-hand bike at a bargain. There are many flea markets in Oulu where you can find bikes and for example The Police will sell lost and found bikes (without owner) in an online auction and individual people are selling their bikes with fixed prices’ in an online marketplace (the pages are in Finnish but for example google chromes translator works quite well).

When the weather gets chillier in the autumn, you might want to change the bike for riding the bus. You can get student discount for a 30, 60 or 90 day bus ticket, which allows unlimited travel in the city area. If you’re 17–24 years old, you’re automatically entitled to the student ticket. If you’re more than 24 years old, need to verify that you are a student and there of eligible for the bus ticket discount.  To verify your student status visit the the service point of the Public Transportation of Oulu (Oulunjoukkoliikenne) at Oulu10 and bring your student card or a written statement of your student status from the Student Center with you. You have to renew this process yearly.

Your bus ticket will be put on a travel card called Waltti-kortti. It costs 3 euros if you buy it from the bus company’s Oulu10 service point. Waltti card can also be ordered online for free (it takes a few days for it to arrive). You can also buy travel time for your bus card online.

Get to know the ways of the university

It’s a good idea to participate in the orientation for international students, and/or your faculty’s and study programme’s welcome sessions. You’ll have been allocated a student tutor or kummi  and a tutor group as well as a Personal Study Advisor, who will be an important support network for you at the University. If, for some reason, you can’t make it to the welcome sessions, get in contact with someone at your study programme, and they will help you get into a tutor group. Your student tutor (kummi) and PSA will give you tips and information on everything and anything concerning student life and studying at the University.

Know what to do when you fall ill

One of the best services the membership of the Student Union offers to you, is the health care provided by the Finnish Student Health Service. Check FSHS’s webpage for more information on health care services for students.

Stay active, fit and healthy – hobbies and sports

University Sports of Oulu offers affordable sport services to students. You can participate in the courses and other sport services when you buy a Sports Pass.

Different societies present their activity at the Student Organisations Fair in September (mentioned in the Orientation schedule). At the fair you can find out what kind of interest activity there is, find yourself a new hobby and make new friends with similar interests.

Keep up with the current events on campus, read the Oulu Student Magazine!

The Oulu Student Magazine (Oulun ylioppilaslehti) offers glimpses of student life, stories about interesting people, articles about research conducted at the University of Oulu, information on topical events and much more. Oulu Student Magazine is made by students, especially for students.

Oulu Student Magazine has reported on the Oulu student life since 1961. The paper’s print edition ended in 2017, with the exception of one annual freshman issue (fuksinumero). You can read our newest stories also on the mobile app Tuudo.

Sign up to our newsletter! Oulu Student Magazine’s newsletter includes our newest stories plus the editor-in-chief’s picks from our archives. The newsletter is mostly in Finnish, but will always include an English section as well. The newsletter is free of charge and you can unsubscribe whenever you want. You can sign up here, and view our newsletter’s privacy policy here.

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Keep up with the latest information

The Student Union communicates through a weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to the list here. It’s a good idea to subscribe at least to your own study programme’s mailing list to get the latest info on courses. Your student tutor will be able to tell you about the information channels used in your study programme. You can follow the Student Union’s Twitter account, Instagram feed and Facebook page to keep up with the latest information on student events.

Useful links

www.oulu.fi/english
www.oulu.fi/english/studying/new-international-students

Something on your mind?

If you’ve got any problems, our specialists are pleased to help you. You can reach them via help@oyy.fi.

Your student tutor (kummi), teachers and coordinators will also be happy to help you with issues relating to your studies.

The University of Oulu offers various study-related support services to its students. Don’t hesitate to contact the counseling personnel, they are there to help you!

The teacher tutor

The teacher tutor system assures that all new students get personal study guidance in their own study program. You should not miss the opportunity. You can plan the timetable of your studies with your teacher tutor, but you can also get tips on, for example, what could be the best minor subject for you in terms of employment. Your teacher tutor will be able to tell you more about the Universitys other counseling services as well.

The centralized counseling services

The University’s centralized counseling services include career-advising, advice on how to become international, in other words, advice on doing studies abroad, and if you have problems with motivation, you can talk to the Student Counseling Psychologist. Make use of these services in planning your future! Seeking guidance and advice on things, doesn’t necessarily mean that the student has problems in his or her studies. Instead, it means that the student is determined to make the right choices for his or her studies and future.

Supporting your studies

You can turn to the Student Counselling Psychologist for help on issues in which the other counselling services at the University weren’t able to help you. These can be things such as continuing studies that have come to a standstill, dealing with stress, returning to studies after a long break, or other problems related to learning and the studying environment. The Student Counselling Psychologist services are very sought-after, so be prepared to wait.

More information about the Student Counseling Psychologist.

Student rights are written down in several rules and statutes. We have tried to put together a comprehensive list of the rights, and we’ll update it if needed. If you have any suggestions on updates, you can contact the Academic Affairs Specialist.

A peaceful discussion and presenting your own arguments clearly, while listening to the adversary as well, is often the best way to start settling the infringement of legal rights. You should act quickly when dealing with formal complaints because they are usually due within 14 days of receiving the decision, for example regarding exam results. If the discussion is not fruitful, you should contact the Academic Officer at the Student Union as soon as possible. They can give you advice on how to proceed with the handling of the issue, and if need be, They will back you up in the solving of the situation.

Legal protection issues are handled on a case-by-case basis and so it’s many times unclear to the student whether their treatment was fair and just. If you are unclear about your situation, contact the Academic Affairs Specialist or the Social Affairs Specialist, who can tell you if the proceedings have gone according to the laws and regulations the University abides.

Here is a short list of student rights. More detailed descriptions can be found below.

1. Right to get study guidance
2. Right to study in a flexible way
3. Right to accessible studying
4. Right to get course results within three weeks
5. Right to get feedback from an exam, essay or any other course work
6. Right to get the assessment of course work or thesis rectified
7. Right to resit an exam
8. Right to social assistance
9. Right to sick leave and health care
10. Right to study without discrimination and harassment
11. Right to regain a lost study right and prove suitability to the field of study
12. Right to refuse to use the plagiarism control system Urkund

1. Right to get study guidance

Every student is legally entitled to get guidance on their studies. At the University of Oulu, students can get guidance on their studies from the teacher tutors. Every new student will be appointed a teacher tutor, who should meet with the student twice a year and follow the student’s progress in studies through reports the student will provide. The teacher tutors will receive information on the completed credits twice a year. Its quality rather than quantity that matters, so remember to give your feedback on the functionality of the teacher tutor guidance. The University of Oulu has also outlined that every student must advance his or her studies according to the Personal Study Plan. Students can update their Personal Study Plan but they should still carefully consider the content of the plan. Your teacher tutor will help you compile your PSP.

You should seek guidance whenever necessary. Seeking guidance doesn’t necessarily mean that the student is struggling to plan or carry out his or her studies study guidance is a valuable service that also a determined student can take advantage. You are also entitled to get proper guidance on your thesis. In case the person responsible for the guidance shows indifference towards thesis guidance, for example because he or she is not an expert on the topic of the thesis, the student is entitled to get appropriate guidance elsewhere.

2. Right to study in a flexible way

In Finland, the normative progress of studies, in both lower and higher level degrees, is 60 credits a year. The University must ensure that students are able to advance their studies in the schedule determined by the law. (There might be some variation in the schedules depending on the study program.) Students can apply for an extended study period. The maximum duration of the extended period is four semesters, and a precondition for an extended study period is an updated and a feasible Personal Study Plan. The Vice Rector for Education grants the extended study period, and in his decision-making he takes into consideration the students situation in life.

Students can receive credit for earlier studies, if they are able to demonstrate that the courses they have done meet the learning outcomes of those courses for which they want to get credit. In order to get full credits for courses, students might have to do some complementary work or demonstrate their skills. It is also possible to get recognition for competence acquired outside formal education. You can read more about the Universitys procedures of getting credit for previous learning here.

3. Right to accessible studying

(The Constitution of Finland 6 §, Non-discrimination Act 5 §, Universities Act 37 a §, Disability Services Act 8 c §, Plan for implementing Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing at the University of Oulu 2.1.5.)

Students have the right to accessible studying and to get assessment that takes into consideration their personal hindrances. Accessibility at the University includes all students and staff.

The Constitution of Finland states that equality is one of the basic rights of people. This also includes accessibility in studying. Nobody should be treated differently on the grounds of health, disability or other such reasons that concern his or her person. Everyone should be guaranteed equal opportunities to studying. The Non-discrimination Act covers also education and prohibits discrimination in accessing training. Additionally, the institution providing the education must take any reasonable steps to help a person with disabilities to gain access to training and advance in their career.

If a student has been diagnosed with a disability, it’s possible for the student to get special arrangements concerning assessment and alternative ways to conduct his or her studies (regarding for example visual or hearing impairment, dyslexia or panic disorder) when the student informs the University of his or her obstacles in advance. The University of Oulus student psychologist is the contact person in accessibility issues and she is the person to see if you need to plan special arrangements for studying. The municipality guarantees personal services for severely disabled people. You can read more about accessibility at the University of Oulu here.

4. Right to get course results within three weeks

According to the University of Oulus rules of procedure on education, the results of exams and other course work should be released latest three weeks after the teacher has received the papers for evaluation. Usually the exam results will be released in WebOodi. The results are also published anonymously on the notice boards, identifying only the student number. Thesis supervisors should comment on the work within a month of the time when the student turned in his or her final work. If a teacher needs more time for the assessment, he or she needs to ask for an extension from the facultys Education Dean and the student must be notified of the new timetable for the assessment.

5. Right to get feedback from an exam, essay or any other course work

According to the University of Oulus rules of procedure on education, students need to be able to get information on the assessment of their work, and to see the criterion of the assessment, either in the feedback meeting or otherwise. Teachers can give feedback to students either personally or to the whole class as a group. If needed, students must have the opportunity to see the assessed written work. They must also have the opportunity to get a copy of their assessed work on their own expense. You should use the opportunity to discuss your course work. Getting feedback and talking about the exam can, at its best, add to your learning and prepare you for the possible resiting of the exam.

6. Right to get the assessment of course work or thesis rectified

Any student who is unhappy with the assessment of his or her course work can apply to the teacher who evaluated the work for rectification of the assessment (orally or in writing). The request for rectification must be filed within 14 days of the time the student had the opportunity to get the result of the assessment and the information on how the assessment criteria was applied to the work. In case the student is not satisfied with the teachers decision, he or she can still apply to the Board of Examiners for rectification of the assessment within 14 days of the time he or she got the teacher’s decision.

The Board of Examiners will promptly begin the process of rectification. The Board of Examiners also handles rectifications concerning the recognition of prior learning. These cases are handled as urgent. The board might consult the student. The student cannot appeal against the decision made by the Board of Examiners. Any student who is unhappy with the marking of his or her doctoral or licentiate thesis (or any equivalent final project or skill demonstration) or with the marking of his or her master’s thesis (or any equivalent work) can apply to the Board of Examiners for rectification of the assessment within 14 days of receiving the results.

7. Right to resit an exam

According to the University of Oulu’s rules of procedure on education, students can redo their course work. Students should have two opportunities to resit an exam within reasonable time and the flexible progress of the studies should be taken into consideration. You should have a chat with the examiner about the schedule for the resit, if you failed an exam and it obstructs your participation to another course.

The syllabus or other regulations may limit the amount of retakes if it’s not a question of raising a grade in order to be able to continue one’s studies. In such cases, the necessary information should be written down in the course catalogue of the degree program.

8. Right to social assistance (Finnish students and foreigners comparable to Finnish citizens)

(The Constitution of Finland 19 §, Social Assistance Act 2 § subsections 2–3)

The principal source of income for the Finnish student is the student financial aid, which consists of the study grant, the housing supplement and the government guarantee for a student loan.

However, students are also eligible for social assistance in situations where their income and assets do not sufficiently cover the essential expenses of everyday life. Students may also be eligible for social assistance in situations where they are not eligible to receive student financial aid and their other income is not enough to cover the essential expenses.

Social assistance is the social welfares last-resort form of financial income security. It is meant to secure the applicant’s indispensable expenses, and because it is a last-resort form of income security, every other income is overriding in comparison to social assistance. Any assets will be regarded as income for the applicant (bonds, stocks, savings).

At the moment, the full basic amount of social assistance is EUR 477,26 to a person living on their own. The expenses to be covered by the basic amount include the essential daily expenses, such as food. Other expenses acknowledged as indispensable expenses are for example reasonable rent, electricity bills, health care costs and costs to buy prescription medicines. Unfortunately, FSHS costs are not considered in the social assistance. Student loan is considered to be part of the student financial aid and the student’s income (for students who have been granted the loan guarantee), regardless of whether the student has taken out the loan or not. It is not required that the student takes out the loan, but the loan amount will be counted as part of the calculated monthly income of the student. The loan amount will not be taken into account if the student has not been granted the loan guarantee for example because he or she has a poor credit profile.

Students are just as eligible as anyone else to get social assistance, if the student meets the conditions for the assistance. It does no harm to apply for social assistance, even if you weren’t sure that you are eligible for it. The authorities make the decision based on the application, so do make sure that all necessary documents, such as receipts for health care payments or documents concerning your credit profile, are attached to the application.

Social assistance is applied at the social services office of the municipality. You can find the contact information from the City’s webpage.

Foreign students: NB!

Your right to social security benefits in Finland is, as a rule, decided by reference to the length of your residence in Finland. If you move to Finland on a temporary basis, you will normally not be entitled to social security benefits from Kela. For example, students moving to Finland for the sole purpose of studying are considered to be staying in Finland only temporarily. To find out more about social assistance and your eligibility for the Finnish social security benefits, see the webpage of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA).

9. Right to sick leave and health care

(Health Care Act 17 §, Health Insurance Act 8 chapter)

The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) provides the principal health care for students. However, the FSHS units are not open in the evenings, on the weekends or in July. When the FSHS units are closed, students should use the health services provided by the municipality. Their units will be open during the summer as well. Students have the right to use the health services of the municipality where they are studying, regardless of where they are from. The FSHS does not provide health care services to postgraduate students.

It’s not worth it to sacrifice your health for studying. Students have the right to sick leave and accordingly (Finnish students, and foreigners comparable to Finnish citizens, have the right) to get sickness allowance. A ten-day waiting period from the beginning of the sick leave must be completed before the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) pays any sickness allowance. Regardless of the waiting period, you should apply for the sickness allowance if your illness is not short-term and keeps you from your normal studies. When you receive sickness allowance you dont have to use up your student financial aid which is only granted for a certain number of months and for which you have to study a minimum of five credits per month. The amount of the sickness allowance depends on the amount of income or benefit you received before the sick leave.

Foreign students: NB!

Your right to social security benefits in Finland is, as a rule, decided by reference to the length of your residence in Finland. If you move to Finland on a temporary basis, you will normally not be entitled to social security benefits from Kela. For example, students moving to Finland for the sole purpose of studying are considered to be staying in Finland only temporarily. To find out more about social assistance and your eligibility for the Finnish social security benefits, see the webpage of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA).

10. Right to study without discrimination and harassment

(The Constitution of Finland 7 §, Act of Equality between Women and Men 5 §–8 §, 10 §–12 §, Non-discrimination Act 6 §)

The Constitution of Finland states the following: “No one shall, without an acceptable reason, be treated differently from other persons on the ground of sex, age, origin, language, religion, conviction, opinion, health, disability or other reason that concerns his or her person.” Everyone should respect others as they are, without direct or indirect discrimination, such as purposely ignoring someone.

The Non-discrimination Act defines more clearly what discrimination means. Besides treating someone clearly less favourably (direct discrimination), it is also discriminating to put a person at a particular disadvantage compared with other persons, with an apparently neutral provision, criterion or practice (indirect discrimination). Also an order or an instruction to discriminate as well as harassment are discrimination according to the law.

The law states that sexual harassment is verbal, nonverbal or physical unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that violates a persons psychological or physical integrity intentionally or factually in particular by creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive atmosphere. And gender-based harassment is the unwanted conduct that relates to the gender of a person that is not of a sexual nature but violates a persons psychological or physical integrity intentionally or factually and creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive atmosphere. It’s not a simple task to define harassment unambiguously but you should trust your instincts to recognise harassment. If someone’s behaviour feels harassing to you, it’s harassment.

If you feel that you have been subjected to harassment by another student, a professor or any other university staff member, you can get in touch with the Bullying and Harassment Support Contact People in the Student Union. They are trained to deal with harassment issues, and they handle all cases with confidentiality.

11. Right to regain a lost study right and prove suitability to the field of study

Students can lose their study right for example if they haven’t registered as present or absent students at the beginning of the term, or if they haven’t finished their studies within the normative duration of degree studies, or if they havent completed their studies after receiving an extended study period. Students can apply to the University for regaining the right to study. You can get advice on study right issues from the Student Center or from the faculty’s Chief Academic Officer. Student Center’s webpage.

If the student has lost his or her right to study because he or she has been considered unsuitable to the field of study, the student can apply for regaining the study right by proving that the reasons for being considered unsuitable don’t exist anymore. The student must produce statements of his or her health to the University. It is the Board of Directors of the University who decides whether or not the student will regain the lost study right. The University must provide those applying to study with the requirements and other prerequisites of health connected to the studies.

The University’s Board of Directors must ensure the student whose study right is under consideration of being cancelled an opportunity to be heard. The Board of Directors also needs a report of the students circumstance to be able to make the decision. If the University questions a students suitability to his or her field of study, the University must work out together with the student the possibilities to seek other studies. The student can be transformed, with his or her consent, to another study programme, where he or she would fill the requirements of study. The student can apply to the Legal Protection Board of Students for rectification of the decision of losing or regaining the study right within 14 days of the time he or she got the decision. In case you are being considered to be unsuitable to your programme, contact the Academic Affairs Officer in the Student Union, koposihteeri(a)oyy.fi.

12. Right to refuse to use the plagiarism control system Urkund

The University uses a plagiarism control system called Urkund to check that texts in course works have not been copied from other works without appropriate reference.

A decision made by the Education Council obligates teachers to recommend the use of Urkund. The text uploaded to Urkund will be used as a source text for further comparisons, so students can appeal to their copyright and refuse an Urkund check. In these cases the plagiarism control will be done without the Urkund system.

Annual Registration

In order to exercise your study right at the University you need to register annually. Students register to the university in the beginning of the academic year for both autumn and spring, either as a present or an absent student. Only those registered as present can pursue their studies. All students studying for a Bachelors or Masters degree are members of the Student Union and when registering for status present, student must pay the Student Union membership fee. Students who fail to register will loose their right to study!

Continuing degree students can use OILI online service to register. Non-dergee students and other who cannot use OILI can register in WebOodi. While doing so check that your contact info is correct.

All students can register at the Faculty Study Affairs by email or by visiting the service point. Before registering at the Faculty Study Affairs you must pay the Student Union membership fee.

You can register at Faculty Study Affairs either:

  • by sending an email to Faculty Study Affairs (study@oulu.fi). Make sure the email contains all your names, a date of birth, and a paid receipt of Student Union membership fee.
  • by visiting Faculty Study Affairs service point. In order to be able to register, show a paid receipt of Student Union membership fee. Take your student id card or id certificate with you.

Studies taking longer than usual?

If you won’t be graduating in the normative duration of degree studies, you must apply for an extension for your study right. Bear in mind the time limit of study time when you plan your Personal Study Plan. Check the last date of your study right from WebOodi!

    • If the right to study expires on the 31st of July, the extension must be applied by the end of March.
    • If the right to study expires on the 31st of December, the extension must be applied by the end of October.

You must enclose an updated and approved PSP to your extension application, so contact your study adviser or teacher tutor a good time before the application period for extended study period expires.

Pay the Student Union’s membership fee

You can pay the OYY membership fee either through OILI, WebOodi, bank transfer or by cash or card at the OYY office (located in Linnamaa campus in Väylä pathway behind the green racks). Bank transfer forms are available at the Student Union’s office or from the office of your Faculty or at Compass. Our bank details and directions for payment are also available here. If you pay your membership fee using online transfer, make sure you print out (or take screenshot) and keep the receipt. You will get the academic year sticker to your student ID card by showing the receipt.

OYY’s membership stickers can be get from Faculty Student Affairs service points on Linnanmaa campus and on Kontinkangas campus

The membership fee in 2019-20 is 114 euros for the whole academic year. The fee is compulsory to all students undertaking a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree at the University of Oulu. It includes a health care payment of 57 euros, which entitles you to use the FSHS services. In case you only register for the autumn/spring term, the membership fee is 57 euros.

Download FrankApp or Tuudo!

You have to authenticate your student status to get student discounts in student restaurants, on trains and buses and from the FSHS. This is possible with student card with new sticker or with FrankApp or Tuudo. If you want to avoid long queues at OYY’s office, download FrankApp and/or Tuudo immediately. They are as valid authentication of student status in Finland as the normal student card.

Did your situation change during the summer?

In case you draw student financial aid or any other benefit from Kela, you must notify the institution of the changes in your life which are concerning housing, household changes, your (health) ability to study or income. Did you move during the summer? Did you have a baby? Did you get married? Do you have a new address, email or telephone number? Remember to notify Kela of all your changes.

Check your income from the summer (for students getting aid from KELA)

Did you have a summer job? In case you draw student financial aid, check the earning limits and avoid any unpleasant surprises at the end of the year when Kela collects back any excess aid.

Sports pass

You can buy and read about the Sports Pass here. With the pass you can get discounts from sports services and trainings.

Student discount from the bus fares

You can get student discount for a 30-day bus ticket, which allows unlimited travel in the city area. If you’re 17-24 years old, you’re automatically entitled to the student ticket. If you’re more than 24 years old, you should ask for a written proof of your student status from the Student Center and take it with you when you go to the Oulu Public Transport (“Oulun joukkoliikenne”) service point Oulu10 to buy the pass.

Your bus ticket will be put on a travel card, Waltti-kortti. It costs 3 euros if you buy it from the bus company’s Oulu10 service point or can be ordered online for free. You can also buy travel time for your bus card online.

Register to the first courses of autumn term in time

The study programs update their autumn course schedules during August. Remember to update your PSP and register to the first courses of the autumn term through WebOodi. In some faculties, the most popular courses fill up quickly.

Enroll for minor subjects

In some faculties, only a restricted number of students will be granted the right to study as a minor subject student. Some subjects hold entrance examinations, either in the spring or autumn, depending on the study program. Make sure you check the proceedings of the minor subject you wish to enroll for in good time. At worst, if you’re late, your studies might be delayed by a whole year.

In case you draw student financial aid or any other benefit from Kela, you must notify the institution of the changes in your life which are concerning housing, household changes, your (health) ability to study or income.

Check your income from the summer (for students getting aid from KELA)

Did you have a summer job? In case you draw student financial aid, check the earning limits and avoid any unpleasant surprises at the end of the year when Kela collects back any excess aid.

Sports pass

You can buy and read about the Sports Pass here. With the pass you can get discounts from sports services and trainings!

Student discount from the bus fares

You can get student discount for a 30-day bus ticket, which allows unlimited travel in the city area. If you’re 17-24 years old, you’re automatically entitled to the student ticket. If you’re more than 24 years old, you should ask for a written proof of your student status from the Student Center and take it with you when you go to the Oulu Public Transport (“Oulun joukkoliikenne”) service point Oulu10 to buy the pass.

Your bus ticket will be put on a travel card, Waltti-kortti. It costs 3 euros if you buy it from the bus company’s Oulu10 service point or can be ordered online for free. You can also buy travel time for your bus card online.

Keep up with the current events on campus, read the Oulu Student Magazine!

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Remember, your Personal Study Advisor or Omaopettaja will be happy to help you with issues relating to your studies.

Cheating and plagiarism, in other words, using other peoples creations as your own, do not belong in the academic world.

The University of Oulus working party on ethics has put together ethical guidelines for teachers and students of the University. You can download the guidelines here: http://www.oulu.fi/students/Ethical%20Guidelines%20for%20Teachers%20and%20Students.pdf

The University uses a plagiarism control system called Urkund to check that students have not copied texts from other works without appropriate reference. A decision made by the Education Council obligates teachers to recommend the use of Urkund. The text uploaded to Urkund will be used as a source text for further comparisons, so students can appeal to their copyright and refuse an Urkund check. In these cases the plagiarism control will be done without the Urkund system.

More information on the system here: http://www.oulu.fi/urkundsystem/student

If you’re not sure how to use references in your essay or thesis, contact your teacher for help. If the University suspects a student of plagiarism, there will always be an enquiry into the matter. The procedure begins by hearing the student. If you need support or advice in plagiarism proceedings, you can contact the Academic Officer at the Student Union.

Giving feedback is an important part of learning. With the help of feedback a student is able to evaluate their know-how and learning. Collecting and utilizing of student feedback is also an important part of the development of teaching. The feedback tells the teacher the level of students’ knowledge and with the help of feedback the teacher is able to develop teaching, courses and working methods.

Ways to give feedback:

  • Course feedback palaute.oulu.fi
  • Feedback on thesis guidance
  • Finnish Bachelors Graduate Survey
  • International Student Barometer (ISB)
  • Feedback about student exchanges
  • Student guilds collect feedback about their own activities

Contributing to the University community

The students are an essential part of the University community. The university needs the students voices to be heard and therefore there are many student representatives working in the university administration. The student representatives are regular students that work as the specialists of the student point of view in their position of trust. You can find the student representatives and their contact info from here.

Next time the Student Union will nominate student representatives to all of the organs in the university’s administration including all the faculties, university collegium, education council, education management group and Universitys Board during the fall 2019. Some of these organs work in English, for example education council. The term for the current student representatives ends in December 31th 2019. If the student representative happens to graduate or leave because of the student exchange, they have to leave a resignation request. Therefore there are almost few representative positions open. Check out the open positions at halloped.fi!

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