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Page updated 10.3.2021

Students experiencing increased strain – support is available

The increased strain on higher education students has lately been a popular topic in the media. Turku UAS has compiled the support services offered to students as a list on the website. We are also actively monitoring the impacts of distance education.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, distance education continues extensively in higher education institutions. According to the survey made by University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland – SAMOK (2020), the coping and well-being of university of applied sciences students has significantly deteriorated during the pandemic.

“At Turku UAS, we have conducted research on moving to distance learning and soon we will get data on the strain our students are experiencing. The research results of SAMOK are indicative also in terms of the situation of Turku UAS students”, says Quality Specialist Satu Helmi from Turku University of Applied Sciences.

However, help and support for remote studies are available.

A team on the ability to study works at Turku UAS, and its task is to coordinate and develop services which support the well-being of students.

“We are aware of that now the telephone service of Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) is congested. FSHS is trying its best to discharge the queue and in addition to Turku UAS’ own support services, help is provided by third-sector operators. Now the threshold is very low. You can and should contact the providers of support”, comments Marko Grönlund, Adviser in the promotion of interests at Student Union TUO and member of the team on the ability to study.

Support services for the ability to study compiled in a list

Professional support and guidance for challenges related to distance learning is provided by the Study Counselling Psychologists, Study Counsellors and tutors of Turku UAS, and other service providers of student well-being.

  • Did you know that Turku UAS also has VIP students and an own guidance and counselling service for immigrant students?