What is health insurance?
Health insurance is a type of insurance coverage that pays for medical and surgical expenses incurred by the insured. Health insurance can reimburse the insured for expenses incurred from illness or injury, or pay the care provider directly.
A student must have insurance
Health insurance is one of the obligatory requirements you will need for obtaining a residence permit for studies. If you are not insured by an insurance system from your home country, you should obtain insurance from a private insurance company. You are strongly advised to purchase good medical and accident insurance before your arrival at the University of Helsinki and Finland in general.
Your health insurance must be valid upon your entry to Finland and your residence permit will only be valid for as long as the health insurance that you buy. Also when applying for an extension for your residence permit, you must have valid health insurance.
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In no time at all it will be the end of August and we are looking forward to greet all our new international students here at the University of Helsinki. Continue reading “Begin your stay in Helsinki with a visit to the Welcome Fair!”
The Orientation Handbook for the academic year 2014-15 is now available online. The handbook contains a lot of practical information that will help you get started with your student life and to navigate through daily life. It includes for example general information about living in Finland and studying in the University of Helsinki.
A printed copy will be given to all new international students at the Welcome Fair in August 2014.
It’s the ultimate survival guide for new students, so have a look at it!
To the Orientation Handbook on our New students website >>
You might have already gotten to know the online version of the Orientation Handbook 2013-2014. Now the book is also available in printed form and if you are already in Helsinki you can come and get your own copy from the Student Services at the university main building (Fabianinkatu 33, ground floor). For those who will be arriving in Helsinki at the beginning of the academic year, the handbook will be handed out at the Welcome Fair 28/8-29/8. Until then we advise you to use the online one.
The handbook contains a lot of practical information that will help you get started with your student life and to navigate through daily life. It includes for example general information about living in Finland and studying in the University of Helsinki. It’s the ultimate survival guide for new students so browse through and also let your friends know!
Are you aware of your rights as tenant? Would you like to know more about
working life in Finland, housing possibilities or welfare services? Counselling Centre Ne-Rå and Kalliola Adult Learning Centre organize The ABC of Finnish bureaucracy for foreigners. Those who have arrived to Finland for example for work, studies or marriage would benefit from the
The ABC of Finnish Bureaucracy
at Kalliola, Sturenkatu 11
Join the course at Kalliola and discuss and learn more about Finnish society and welfare system. The course will be held in English and it is free of charge Enrolments: www.kalliolankansalaisopisto.fi or you can just drop in.
For more information: info(at)ne-ra.fi
Newly admitted exchange and degree students from China should be prepared for delays in processing of their residence permit applications. The closing of the Finnish consulate in Guangzhou and the introduction of new obligatory biometric residence permit card with fingerprints are slowing down the application process.
The University of Helsinki has contacted the Finnish Embassy and the Finnish Immigration Service MIGRI and expressed concern about possible late arrivals of Chinese students during autumn term 2012. Unfortunately, the University of Helsinki is not able to speed up the process on behalf of it’s students.
Appointment at the Finnish Consulate is necessary for submitting a residence permit application – please make an appointment as soon as possible and make sure you have all the required documents! We strongly recommend that you initiate your application through MIGRI E-services as this will speed up the process.
The Embassy of Finland in Islamabad is closing by 1 August 2012. As a part of the gradual shutdown of the activities, entry issues will not be handled in the mission after 1 March 2012.
Entry permit applications can be submitted to other Finnish Embassies in the region, such as Embassy of Finland in New Delhi, where applicants have legal entry.
For more information please visit the website of the Finnish Embassy in Islamabad.
If you are a citizen of a so called third country, i.e. a country outside of the EU/EEA, you will need a residence permit for studies if your studies last for longer than three months.
You should apply for the residence permit as soon as possible, the processing time is usually longer during the summer months. Please note that you can initiate your residence permit application online, but you still need to visit the nearest Finnish embassy or consulate in person to submit the application.
You should also note that a health insurance is mandatory when applying for a residence permit for studies.
You can find more information on the residence permit and insurance as well as links to the Finnish Immigration Service on the New Students website. Please read the instructions and information provided by the Finnish Immigration Service carefully, a complete application helps the permit process on the way.
The Permits section on the New Students website.
The Insurance section on the New Students website.