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Welcome to study Social Services

Congratulations on receiving a study place at Laurea UAS in the Social Services degree programme!

You have been granted admission to Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland, to the Bachelor Degree Programme in Social services (daytime studies). The scope of the programme is 210 ECTS credits and is 3,5 years in duration. The formal time frame of the programme is from 28th August 2024 to December 31st 2027.

Please see the starting date of studies and other important information below. Please also visit this page for possible important updates throughout the summer.

Programme Social Services (daytime studies)                          

Address Ratatie 22, 01300 Vantaa                 

Starting date  28th August 2024, 9:00 am

Study code SWV224SN


Orientation days

You have made an excellent choice when choosing Laurea UAS as your place of study. Your studies will begin with an orientation programme on the 28th of August 2024 at the Tikkurila Campus (address Ratatie 22, 01300 Vantaa). Remember to complete your online orientation course before that!

Your tutor teachers together with the tutor students will be meeting you on the first day of orientation at the Laurea Tikkurila Campus. It is extremely important that you attend as you will receive all the necessary information concerning your studies. In case of acute illness etc, please notify your tutor teachers Satu Bethell ( and Henna Jalasmäki (henna.jalasmä as soon as possible.

During the orientation you will get to know your degree program more in detail, practices of studying at Laurea and the detailed timetables for autumn 2024. Furthermore, you will get to know other students in your group, the tutor students and the tutor teachers together with the services provided by Laurea University of Applied Sciences.

Study schedules

The study schedules for the new groups will be published mid May 2024 after which you can view your study schedules at:

-> Select 'In English' -> Select ‘Group search’ -> Write your study group code (SWV224SN) in to the search field-> Press search -> when you see your study group in the search results, press ‘Add’ -> Hide search results -> Select August in the calendar tool ->the schedule for your group is shown in the calendar

Please notice that changes to published schedules are possible. We advise you to check this page again in August for any possible updates to schedules and other information.


Recognizing Prior Learning as Part of your Studies (RPL)

Before actually starting your studies, you should take a moment to consider if you might already have some competence that matches the learning outcomes for which your degree aims. See the objectives of your degree programme in the curriculum and compare those to your current competences.

Your earlier competences can be taken into account in the following ways:

  • Competences which are equivalent to the degree requirements can be recognized as part of the core competence studies
  • Any other higher education level competences which do not match the degree requirements, can be included in the complementary competence studies if you wish.

As you start your studies, you will have an opportunity to discuss these questions with the guidance specialists at your campus. You are advised to apply for the recognition of compulsory studies at the beginning of your studies because it might shorten your study time. 

Each student has a named tutor teacher, and for the Social Services students starting studies in autumn 2024, the tutor teachers are Satu Bethell and Henna Jalasmäki. The Head of Students’ Affairs is Ms. Riikka Mulder. Together the tutor teachers and the head of students’ affairs plan and decide which prior studies the student can have recognized. However, prior to this the student must request for the recognition. Here are the instructions, how that is done.

You will need to look up the Laurea UAS, Degree Programme in Social Services curriculum starting autumn 2024. There you can see the goals and content of each study unit. Therefore, what you need to do, is look through your prior studies in university or university of applied sciences and consider which Laurea Social Services study units have the same or similar goals and content.Then write a short explanation or description of competence, how you have accomplished the required skills and knowledge. You need to do this for every study unit you want to have recognized. Please compile them into one word-document.

You also need to attach a clear copy of the certificates/transcripts of your prior studies. The documents need to be in Finnish or in English. If they are not issued in Finnish or English, they must be officially translated to English, so we can also compare the study units and courses. Also, pay attention to the study credits that you have completed before vs. how many study credits the study unit or part of a study unit is in Laurea. You are obliged to demonstrate the comparability of your earlier studies completed abroad with the Finnish education ‎system. In Laurea UAS we calculate, that 1cr (ECTS) = 27 hours of student’s work.

Your recognition of prior learning document together with your higher education transcripts should be sent by e-mail to the tutor teachers Satu Bethell ( and Henna Jalasmäki (henna.jalasmä and the Head of the Students’ affairs Riikka ( by 23rd August 2024. This way the tutors will have time to read the documents and compare your prior studies to the current Laurea Nursing study units. 

There will be an RPL-workshop at Laurea Tikkurila campus on 26th August 2024 at 12:30 - 15:45.  We expect all students, who want to have prior studies recognized, to study the curriculum beforehand.  If you find studies that could be recognised, you should bring all related higher education certificates and diplomas to the workshop. Your suggestions for recognition will be discussed at the workshop and a personalized study plan (PSP) will be created accordingly.

Your Student Union: Laureamko

Each University of Applied Sciences has a Student Union. The Student Union works to increase the quality of the education and Student wellbeing. The student Union of Laurea University of Applied Sciences is called Laureamko.

Laureamko brings the student's point of view to Laurea's decision making. Laureamko has plenty of actors at every campus who work for you, in particular. Furthermore, Laureamko also offers web services, the Laureamko Shop is an online shop for the Students and Laureamko chat supports you in any matters related to studies.

Laureamko arranges many different events, such as parties, bowling and board game nights and many other things that supports solidarity. You will find more information on the Laureamko pages, from Facebook and Instagram.


HOAS, the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region, provides student housing predominantly in the Helsinki metropolitan area. To qualify for housing, the tenant must be a full-time degree student, be entitled to financial aid and their place of study must be located in the Helsinki metropolitan area (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen). Laurea Tikkurila is located in the city of Vantaa. Students can submit housing applications on the HOAS website.

Additionally, you can contact the actors responsible for each city's rental housing. It is also a good idea to look at what's available in the private rental market.

Arriving to Laurea Tikkurila campus

The Laurea Tikkurila Campus (address: Ratatie 22, 01300 Vantaa) is easily reached by public transport. The campus is situated next to the Tikkurila train station.

The I,P, K, R or Z trains stop at Tikkurila station. The train ride from Helsinki to Tikkurila takes 15 - 25 minutes. Tikkurila is in ticket zone C.

To find timetables and ticket prices for the local transportation, please visit the HSL website.