Better student health

Dear new international student

A healthy lifestyle and good interpersonal relationships affect your health, physical condition and ability to cope. An important aspect of taking care of your wellbeing is to seek help from health care professionals early enough. During your studies you can turn to the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) for issues related to health and ill health. FSHS provides general, mental and oral health care services.

Please remember that FSHS only provides basic health care services and does not e.g. perform extensive medical operations. FSHS is open Mon-Thu 8-15 and Fri 8-14. FSHS is closed during the weekends and public holidays.
What to do when FSHS is closed?

You can use our services if you are studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at a university or other institution of higher education and you have paid your student union membership fee to a student union that is affiliated to the FSHS. Those studying for a Licentiate of Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine degree are also entitled to use the FSHS’s services. International university students are also entitled to use FSHS services, provided that they have paid the annual health care fee as part of their student union membership fee. If you need more information about student union membership, please turn to your own student union.
Study in Finland (SYL)
Who can use our services (FSHS)?
The FSHS´s partner student unions

Students do not automatically get insurance
when arriving to Finland.
Please remember to check that you have a valid insurance.

Read more: > A student has to have insurance (for all) > Insurance and health (non-EU students) > Student Insurance Program (for all) > Medical treatment when moving to Finland (from an EU country) > Kela card (Finland’s national health insurance) > European Health Insurance Card (from an EU country) > European Health Insurance Card (EU)

Helping you cope with your studies 

Study-related advice and support is available from tutors, student advisers and study psychologists. 

You can also contact a public health nurse or a general practitioner for help with coping. 

Our appointment staff will be happy to help you find the correct service.

Have you remembered

to fill in the health inquiry as part of your health examination?

All those whose studies began on or after 1 September 2005 get their first check-up visit to an FSHS dentist free of charge, regardless of the current stage of their studies. Read more.

Visit the Health Information section of our website for an extensive collection of articles about issues related to health, illnesses, mental health and oral health of student-aged adults. You can also send questions to health care professionals via our online health advice service.

For answers to travel-related questions contact the FSHS travel vaccinations and advice helpline.

Appointments and advice

When you come for your appointment please remember to bring your student card or other proof of having paid the student union membership fee.

Please also make sure you arrive on time for your appointment. If you cannot make it to your appointment, please let us know well in advance.

Cancelling an appointment


Congratulations on your new place of study. Enjoy your studies!