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Student Services

Student Office Services

Office hours:

Monday to Friday 9.00 - 15.00


  • study register
  • transcripts of register
  • financial aid affairs
  • student certificates
  • other customer services

Janitor Services

Inquiries about the keys and numbers of lockers intended for the students’ use can be made from the janitor. The janitors are also responsible for the mail inside and between units.

The janitors contact information:

  • Technology and Communication: Tel. 040-866 7547
  • Technobothnia: Tel. 040-726 3361
  • Business Economics and Tourism: Tel. 040-527 3529
  • Health Care and Social Services: Tel. 040-702 6486

Careers and Recruitment Services

Careers and recruitment services give information on vacant jobs and creates opportunities for job seeking during studies.

Careers and recruitment services are closely connected with studying and to the teachers’ and students’ everyday work. The services are a natural and complementary part of work placement, thesis and co-operation projects.

Careers and recruitment services are provided by the Placement Coordinators and Study Counsellors of the units.

For more information:

At, the joint net recruitment service of Finnish polytechnics, you can look for vacant jobs, leave in your CV in e-form and even activate a ‘watch dog’ to keep a watch over interesting jobs for you.

An e-mail address is required for using Jobstep since it sends you information through e-mail.

On the first time you have to register yourself as a job seeker. After this you can register as a user. Your user name is your WinhaPro number (from the student management system), to which you add prefix VAMK (e.g. VAMK1234567). You can make up your own password, which has to be at least 5 characters.

On the website of the Polytechnic under Student services, Careers and Recruitment, there is a database providing information about work placement, subjects for thesis and jobs available. The database of companies is on the intranet and it is available only from the computers in Vaasa Polytechnic.

Practical Training Services

The purpose of practical training is to familiarise the student with the working environments and tasks of the future career, the operation of the organisations and with entrepreneurship.

The contents and scope of the training varies according to the degree programme. The scope is always at least 20 credit units. However, in health care and social services the scope is 30-50 credit units.

It is possible to do the training abroad. In the degree programmes with other than Finnish or Swedish as tuition languages, the students have to complete part of their studies or training abroad.

The students are primarily responsible for acquiring a training placement themselves. In health care and social services, however, the polytechnic will acquire the training placements.

Each unit has their own placement coordinators who will assist with matters concerning practical training.

Placement coordinators:

  • Jouko Pakka, Technology and Communication
    Tel. (06) 326 3109, 040-738 3904,
  • Kristina Österholm, Business Economics and Tourism
    Tel. (06) 326 3514, 040-745 3514,
  • Senior lecturer Päivi Autio, Health Care
    Tel. (06) 326 3859
  • Senior lecturer Riku Niemistö, Social services
    Tel (06) 326 3885

The practical training is approved by the teacher responsible for training who also enters the credits to the study register.

Study Guidance

The objective of study guidance is to give advice concerning study modules, selections, and studying at polytechnic. The students are guided towards independent and self-guiding studying and they are given assistance in problem situations. The aim is that the students get a clear picture of their own studies and professional career.

If you are interested in the following services, please, contact the Study Counsellors:

  • information about student selection
  • information about degree programmes and studies
  • assistance in planning one´s personal curriculum
  • advice on optional and free-choice studies
  • guidance in problem situation (delay in the studies, intermission of studies, resigning)
  • information about further education
  • assistance in planning one´s career

The Study Counsellors also acts as co-ordinators and contact persons in the matters of study guidance. They also give personal guidance.

Study Counsellors:

  • Riitta Aikkola, Technology and Communication, Health Care and Social Services
    Tel. (06) 326 3106, 040-822 2615
  • Hilkka Vuorensivu, Business Economics and Tourism
    Tel. (06) 326 3510, 040-516 3510

International Activities

The Head of International Relations is responsible for international activities within the Polytechnic and for the cooperation between units. The coordinators are responsible for assisting in the matters concerning student exchange.

Vaasa Polytechnic is involved in European Union Sokrates and Leonardo da Vinci programmes as well as in the Scandinavian NordPlus programme. Through these programmes, a great number of training placements can be offered, mainly second and third year students every year. Besides these networks, the Polytechnic has several international agreements of mutual co-operation in Europe, Asia and America.

The application for the exchange placements is normally due during the spring semester of the previous academic year, by the end of February. For spring semester, there is also a separate application in previous autumn, by the end of October. The Polytechnic supports studies and training abroad by study grants and travel expenses support.

Additional information on training abroad is primarily given by the placements coordinators but you can make inquiries in labour offices and The Centre for International Mobility CIMO (contact information below). It is also worthwhile to keep an eye on notice boards.

It is possible to apply for studies abroad through programmes outside Vaasa Polytechnic but we recommend that you consult your own unit well in advance. Further information about studies and training abroad is given by the CIMO, Hakaniemenkatu 2 (PL 343), 00531 Helsinki, automatic telephone service 09-774 776 77 (24h), information service 0600-9-1020 (Mon-Thur 9 am -14 pm).

Further information about applications is available from the international office, on notice boards at the international offices and on the Internet.

An application form and enclosures are printable on the Internet. They should be delivered to the international office.

International Office:

Wolffintie 30, FIN-65200 VAASA

Head of International Affairs:

Sari Salojärvi
Tel. (06) 326 3013

International Affairs Coordinators:

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

The European Community promotes study abroad as a means of improving the quality of academic co-operation, thus bringing benefits to students and higher education institutions. The European Commission has developed a European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements, and transferring them from one institute to another.

The European Credit Transfer System guarantees full academic recognition and ensures that no time will be lost in completing a degree. This is achieved through the use of a common ECTS credit unit and a common ECTS grading scale. More than 1,200 institutions in the EU, EEA, Cyprus and the associated countries of central and Eastern Europe are using the ECTS for their student exchanges. Vaasa Polytechnic has the European Credit Transfer System in use.

The few rules of ECTS, concerning Information (on courses available), Agreement (between the home and host institutions) and the Use of Credit Points (to indicate student workload) are set out to reinforce this mutual trust and confidence.

ECTS documents

ECTS makes use of three important documents:

  1. The information package, which provides general information on the host institution as well as detailed descriptions of the degree programmes and courses available.
  2. The application form & learning agreement, which, in addition to providing personal data on the student, describes the study programme and the ECTS credits to be awarded after successful completion.
  3. The transcript of records, which shows the learning achievements of the student, both prior to and after the period of study abroad. The transcript indicates all courses taken by the student, the number of ECTS credits completed and the grades awarded to the student.

Benefits of ECTS

For the student the ECTS guarantees academic recognition of studies abroad and enables access to regular courses alongside local students, with the benefit of full participation in the academic life of the host institution. This characteristic of ECTS distinguishes it from many other student mobility programmes. ECTS enables further studies abroad. A student may prefer not to go back to the home institution after the study period abroad, preferring instead to stay at the host institution possibly to gain a degree – or to move to a third institution. For the higher education institutions ECTS improves access to information on foreign curricula and provides common procedures for academic recognition. The use of ECTS can also be a catalyst for reflection on course curriculum structures, student workload and learning outcomes. With ECTS the higher education institutions preserve their autonomy and responsibility for all decisions concerning the achievements of the student without amending existing course structures and assessment methods.

ECTS students

Students selected by each institution to participate in ECTS may only be awarded a student mobility grant if the student fulfils the general conditions of eligibility for the ERASMUS grant.

Students must be citizens of one of the EU Member States or citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway. Students shall not be required to pay tuition fees at the host institutions; the student may, however, be required to continue to pay normal tuition fees to the home institution during the study period abroad.

The national grant/loan to which a student may be entitled for study at a home institution may not be discontinued, interrupted or reduced while that student is on exchange and is receiving an ERASMUS grant. The study period abroad should not last less than three months ore more than one year. Students in the first year of their studies are not eligible to receive ERASMUS grants.

ECTS Credits

ECTS Credits are a numerical value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them. They reflect the quantity of work each course requires in relation to the total quantity of work required in order to complete a full year of academic study at the institution. This includes the lectures, practical work, assignments, seminars, self-study, laboratory work, and exams or other assessment activities.

On average one (1) Finnish credit equals 1.5 ECTS credits. In ECTS, 60 credits represents the workload of one year of study; normally 30 credits are given for six months (a semester) and 20 credits for a term (a trimester).

Practical placement, thesis work and optional courses, which form an integral part of the course of study, also receive ECTS credits. Non-credit courses can only be mentioned in the transcript of records. ECTS credits are allocated to courses and are awarded to students who successfully complete the courses by passing the exams or other forms of assessment.

The ECTS Grading Scale

Examination and assessment results are usually expressed in grades. There are many different grading systems in Europe. The ECTS grading scale has been developed to help the institutions interpret the grades awarded to exchange students. The ECTS grade provides information on the student’s performance in addition to that provided by the institution’s grade, but does not replace the additional grade.

The following chart describes the dual use of the ECTS grading system. For example, the grade A means that the student’s performance was excellent and that the student is among the top ten percent of students.



ECTS Scale


Percentage of Students

5  (4,2-5,0)

A  Excellent

Outstanding performance with only minor errors


4  (3,4-4,1)

B  Very good

Above the average standard with some errors


3  (2,6-3,3)

C  Good

Generally sound work with a number of notable errors


2  (1,8-2,5)

D Satisfactory

Fair but with significant shortcomings


1  (1,0-1,7)

E Sufficient

Performance meets minimum criteria



FX  Fail

Some more work required before the credit can be awarded


F  Fail

Considerable further work is required

Student Health Care

City of Vaasa Health Office is responsible for student health care. Health services provided by the units are for all students.

Public Health Nurses:

Technology and Communication:

  • Donald Esselström
    Tel. (06) 325 2190
    Mon - Thu 8.00-16.00 and Fri 8.00-14.15 (without appointment Mon - Thu 11.45-13.15 and Fri 8.00-9.00).

Business Economics and Tourism as well as Health Care and Social Services:

  • Gunvi Hietamäki
    Tel. (06) 325 2182
    Mon - Thu 8.00-15.30 and Fri 8.00-15.00 (without appointment Mon-Fri 8-9 and 12-13)
  • Sinikka Blomqvist
    Tel. (06) 325 2196
    Tue 8.00-15.30

Other health services:

Emergency duty at Main Health Centre:

  • Sepänkyläntie 14-16
    Tel. (06) 325 1700
    Mon -Fri 16.00-23.00 and Sat - Sun 8.00 - 23.00.

Vaasa Central Hospital Emergency Room:

  • Hietalahdenkatu 2-4
    Tel. (06) 323 1111
    Mon - Sun 8-00 – 23.00
    fee EUR 15

Health Centres (open on weekdays 8.00-16.00):

  • Kirkkopuistikon terveysasema (Kirkkopuistikko Health Centre)
    Kirkkopuistikko 26, tel. (06) 325 1666
    (northern parts of town centre, Vaskiluoto, Sundom)
  • Hietalahden terveysasema (Hietalahti Health Centre)
    Hietalahdenkatu 6, tel.(06) 325 2040
    (southern parts of town centre, Hietalahti, Korkeamäki, Suvilahti)
  • Palosaaren terveysasema (Palosaari Health Centre)
    Sepänkyläntie 14-16, tel. (06) 325 1703
    (Palosaari, Kotiranta, Vöyrinkaupunki)
  • Gerbyn terveysasema (Gerby Health Centre)
    Mäntymaantie 5, tel. (06) 325 1711
    (Gerby, Isolahti, Peipponen, Västervik)
  • Huutoniemen terveysasema (Huutoniemi Health Centre)
    Teinikuja 11, tel. (06) 325 1770
    (Asevelikylä, Huutoniemi, Teeriniemi, Kiilapalsta, Melaniemi)
  • Ristinummen terveysasema (Ristinummi Health Centre)
    Jyrsijänkatu 2, tel. (06) 325 1691
    (Ristinummi, Vanha Vaasa, Teeriniemi, Runsor, Kråklund)

Mental health services:

  • Health centre psychologists,
    Kirkkopuistikko 28, by appointment Mon - Fri  8-11, tel. (06) 325 2031.
  • Mental health clinic,
    Hietalahdenkatu 2-4, Mon - Fri  8-16, tel. (06) 323 2272.
  • Vaasa  Central Hospital Psychiatric Policlinic,
    Sarjakatu 2 ( in connection of Huutoniemi  Hospital), Mon - Fri 8-21, Sat - Sun 12-18, tel. (06) 323 2392.
  • Centre for young drug abusers Klaara (for under 25 year old),
    Kirkkopuistikko 28, tel. (06) 325 2850.
  • Shelter,
    tel. (06) 312 9666, Vöyrinkatu 2, open 24 hours.

Library Services

Vaasa Polytechnic Library offers full services to all its customers. Opening hours are principally on weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Courses on the use of the library and its services are organised for new students.

The polytechnic libraries are situated at Wolffinite 30 and Raastuvankatu 33.

The polytechnic library services are complemented by other local libraries such as The Tritonia Academic Library and Vaasa City Library.

Telephone numbers:

  • Technology and Communication: (06) 326 3118
  • Business Economics and Tourism: (06) 326 3516
  • Health Care and Social Services: (06) 326 3516

Library e-mail address:

Data Processing and Telecommunication

The students have access to computer facilities in all educational units. The facilities can be used according to given instructions also outside classes.

Most computers within Vaasa Polytechnic are connected to the telecommunication network, which through FUNET (Finnish University Network) is connected to the Internet. The computers are equipped with the applications needed for using the network.

The students have access to e-mail at the polytechnic provided that they apply for a user name. Normally, a user name is given to each student in connection with data processing classes. Private user names can be applied from the Student Offices. All students within Vaasa Polytechnic will be given the opportunity to use e-mail and computers.

Before starting to use a computer, we recommend that the students read the regulations concerning the use of computer facilities, computers and telecommunications, available on the Intranet at:

Further information and solutions to problems at:

Information Systems Manager:

Timo Pitkäranta
Tel. (06) 326 3016

Additional Information

There are notice boards and info-screens in every unit where you can find current information about matters concerning the unit, hobbies, jobs, books for sale etc.

On Vaasa Polytechnic web site at you can find e.g. information about coming events.

The internal Intranet can be found at where you can find current issues, notices, decisions made by the Administration in real time and general information about the Polytechnic. Students can use their own user names and passwords to access the intranet.

Document maintainer: Elisabeth Malka
Last updated: 19.8.2004, Jarkko Ala-Louvesniemi
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