Student well-being

The student union’s social policy trusteeship monitors and improves issues related to the comprehensive well-being of students, such as health, housing, and study-social benefits. Additionally, social policy trusteeship supervises the realization of principles of accessibility, equality, parity and ethics at JAMK from a student perspective.

Further information:

Social Policy Responsible of the Board, sopo(a)jamko.fi

Housing

Jyväskylä is a popular student city, so it pays off to look for an apartment well in advance, especially before the beginning of the fall semester. It is not worth it setting too ambitious criteria for your first apartment. After settling in to the city, you can in peace search for a housing solution that suit your needs. Apartments can be found through internet, rental housing agencies, insurance companies, banks, foundations and friends. Students a the Institute of Bioeconomy should inquire about apartments from the city of Saarijärvi’s accommodation services. The contact details of private landlords can be found from the study office.

Accommodation services

Useful links

Temporary accommodation

JAMKO supports the temporary accommodation that Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä (JYY) organises. The temporary accommodation is arranged during the Autumn 2017 for the students of the University and the University of Applied Sciences of Jyväskylä. Accommodation is meant for students who don’t have an apartment when their studies begin in Jyväskylä. Read more.

Students' financial support in Finland

Studies at institutes of higher education can be financed with student financial aid from the state of Finland, provided that one is generally eligible. The prerequisites for granting financial aid are admission at a tertiary education institution, full-time study, and need for financial aid. The aid consists of a study grant and a government guarantee for student loan.

Starting from Aug 1st 2017 students living in rented accommodation in Finland will be covered by the general housing allowance. Also changes in the amount of government guarantees for student loans, the amount of study grant and the amount of maximum eligibility period will undergo changes as well.

Study grant is available for full-time studies lasting at least eight weeks at institution of higher education. Non-citizens of Finland can get financial aid for studies in Finland if they live in Finland on a permanent basis for a purpose other than studying, like employment, family ties or return migration. This requires that they are registered as a permanent resident in the Finnish population register system. The purpose of residence in Finland is determined by reference to such matters as the residence permit, registration or acceptance to an educational institution. In order to receive study grant, students must make satisfactory progress in their studies. The amount of your study grant is affected by when you began your first course of higher education study. Your possible additional income affects the number of months per year for which you can get financial aid. You must make sure that you do not exceed a set limit for annual income. More specific information of student financial aid.

The student loan is a government-guaranteed loan that you must pay back. You can get a government guarantee for a student loan if you are being paid a study grant by Kela or an adult education allowance by the Education Fund. If Kela gives you a loan guarantee you can apply for a loan at a bank of your choice. The interest payable on the loan and the repayment schedule are agreed between you and the bank.

Foreigners may be eligible for housing allowance if they are covered by the Finnish social security system. The amount is affected by the gross income of the persons making up a household. Student status is not required to qualify for the housing allowance. While months of study and maximum time limits for receiving financial aid for students are not relevant for the housing allowance, study grant payments do count as income. The student loan does not count as income.

More information: www.kela.fi/web/en/students.

Further information is also availble from the JAMK student benefit counsellor

Irja Keralampi, 040 848 8605, irja.keralampi(a)jamk.fi

Health care

The Social and Health Services Centre of the city of Jyväskylä is responsible for organizing student health services for students of the JAMK University of Applied Sciences. Student health services apply to all students from Monday to Friday, regardless of their hometown. The health services include health care (physical examinations, vaccinations, issues related to contraception and so on), nursing, mental health work and the supervision of health circumstances at the study environment. Further information about the services of a psychologist, a physiotherapist, a dietician and a speech therapist are available from the health nurse. Read more.

A student registered as a resident of Jyväskylä receives dental care at the dental clinic of their own residential area. Students with a different hometown can receive urgent first aid at the health centre of their the city they study in. The primary place of care is the dental clinic of their own residential area. Read more.

 

Accessibility and equality

The student union supports an equal an accessible study environment! Your studies can proceed as planned, even if you have a learning difficulty, illness or handicap, a different linguistic or a cultural background or other circumstance that might influence your studies. If you require support or special arrangements during your studies, first contact the the student counsellor of your own unit. Granted support can be, for example, increased time to take an exam, an alternative way to complete an assignment, online studies, extra studies in linguistic skills, translation services or different instruments to aid studies.

The quality of instruction is to remain equal regardless of gender, linguistic or cultural background and physical characteristics. Teachers are to encourage and acknowledge students equally. Students are to have equal opportunities to receive instruction and issues are to be addressed in an equal manner.

If you consider that you have been treated in an unequal manner, it is worth taking the issue up with the person in question. You can also contact the harassment contact person, or JAMKO trusteeship.

Harassment contact person

Harassment means unwelcome physical or verbal actions based on e.g. age, sex, sexual orientation, nationality or cultural backround, physical features like skin colour, language, opinion or disability. Harassment can be, for example, discrimination, unequal treatment, when it comes to evaluation, singling out, threatening, or any verbal or physical behaviour which the object considers abusive.  Harassment and molestation can also be, for example, inappropriate propositions, indecent talk or jokes, email or social media messages or posts which are indiscreet, comments about appearance or any other sexual proposals and demands. None of these should be tolerated!

Finland has a law against discrimination and it obligates institutes of higher education to inhibit such actions. Non-discrimination Act translated in English. JAMK UAS and Student Union JAMKO have also drawn up a programme to progress equality in JAMK UAS.

JAMKO has nominated a harassment contact person, whom students can contact in possible cases of harassment. All further actions will be decided in co-operation with the student. The Harassment contact person is not a judge, who settles the issue, but acts as a mediator and offer guidance how to solve the matter. The harassment contact person acts with strict confidentiality.

You can reach the harassment contact person by email, hairinta@jamko.fi.

More on the subject on the website of The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman which is an independent and autonomous authority that advances equality.

Nyyti ry

Nyyti ry improves and supports the mental well-being and life management of students. The communal and versatile functions of Nyyti are built according to the students’ needs and situation in life. No issue is too small or great to be handled.

The story of Nyyti as a registered association started from a students’ mental health and communal living experiment in 1984. Since then, Nyyti has provided help for thousands of students.

Nyyti Ry’s website

JAMK's functions that support well-being

Study counsellors and tutor teachers

The main goals of study counselling are ensuring effortless studying, developing expertship and supporting professional growth. During her/his studies a student has the right to receive support from their tutor teacher and study counsellor in different challenging situations such as issues relating to motivation, time management, coping and study well-being. Additionally, the tutor teacher and the study counsellor support the student in setting individual study goals and pursuing them, especially in situations where a student’s study-related capabilities require specific arrangements of services and forms of support. Further information.

Study psychologist

A study psychologist guides and supports the students of JAMK University of Applied Sciences in challenges related to learning, motivation and management. Possible cases where a study psychologist should be contacted are instances of nervousness, anxiety, depression or a stressful situation in life. The goal of the service is to complement the guidance offered by teacher tutors and student counsellors. The study psychologist co-operates closely with the city of Jyväskylä’s student health services. The goal is to provide a network of support, where students can easily locate services that support their own studies. The service is free of charge for students. Check reception hours.

School pastor

School pastor participates in your studies and you can discuss anything that troubles you: heartbreak, homesickness and loneliness, the death of a loved one, grief, coping, complicated relationships or your philosophy of life. The school pastor is a priest of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jyväskylä. Discussions are confidential. Read more

Library services

JAMK UAS has its own library services on every campus. Your student card can be activated to work as a library card. You can check out books on any campus and return them wherever. Additionally, the library provides free trainings to support studies. Further information and business hours are available at the JAMK library website.

other support services

Student meals

Student meals are arranged on all JAMK UAS campuses. With your student card, you can purchase a student-priced lunch from a student restaurant. It costs about 2,60 – 4,50 € on weekdays, depending on the dish. Students pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees at universities of applied sciences are entitled to this meal benefit. The discount is available at all student restaurants, also the ones situated on the university campus. A JAMKO student card guarantees a discount in every student restaurant.  Opening hours and menus of JAMK’s cafeterias.

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