Studying in open university

The student will receive all necessary information about starting individual courses in the registration confirmation email. Other information is not sent before the studies. About study path and course modules students get additional information before the studies begin.

Below is the essential information about studying in Metropolia's Open UAS. More information can be found on students' info pages in the Tuubi intranet (student IDs required). Please note, however, that not all information in the intranet applies to open UAS students.

In the beginning of each course it's good to inform the teacher that you are studying in the Open UAS. This applies also to the courses inside modules and study paths. Then the teacher can better take you into account.  

Student ID

All Open UAS students receive Metropolia's student ID in the beginning of studies. See Metropolia's IT Services' instructions on how to get the ID. You will need either you netbank user ID or mobile certificate. If you have neither, you can collect your student ID from any of Metropolia's Student Affairs Offices against official identity card during Office opening hours.

You are able to get the student ID first few days before the studies begin, not before.

With the student ID, you'll get the following services:

  • Helpdesk services (IT support)
  • Library services
  • Metropolia's computers (logging with ID)
  • Metropolia's network drives
  • Moodle working platform (if used in the course)
  • Own email (which mainly
  • Tuubi portal (Metropolia's intra, where among other things every course have their own workspace. Adress:
  • OMA service (e.g. student register and course grades)

Open UAS student has same rights regarding passes, special rooms etc. If you nee these for completing the course, you're entitled to them.

Student services


Open UAS student have the right to use all Metropolia libraries and their services. You'll get the library card by showing your ID card. Libraries also have studying premises and computers for students to use.

Information Systems and Helpdesk

Metropolia's Helpdesk supports students in problems related to information systems and student IDs.

In order to get help, the student must create a service request (logging requires a student ID) or if the student ID doesn't work, send email to helpdesk metropolia fi.

More information on Metropolia's information systems and IT Services on their wiki pages.

Student Welfare

Metropolia's Open UAS students are entitled to the services of Metropolia's counselling psychologist and student wellbeing advisors. However, Open UAS students are not entitled to student health care services.


Metropolia's Open UAS students are entitled to use the gyms in Metropolia's premises meant for staff and students. However, Open UAS students are not entitled to use the sport services offered by Metropolia's student union METKA.

Benefits and financial aid

Student Financial Aid and Student Benefits

Studies in Open UAS are considered part-time, and therefore Finnish Kela student financial aid is not granted. For this reason, Open UAS students are also not entitled to student benefits, e.g. student discount in Metropolia's student restaurants or student discounts for public transportation. For more information about student financial aid or other forms of student support, please contact Finnish Kela or Finnish Employment and Economic Development Office.

Other possible support:

Meal Discount

Students who study at least 30 cr/semester in Metropolia's Open UAS are entitled to meal discount in Metropolia's Sodexo student restaurants. The price of the meal for these students is 4,54 €. The discount is granted against a certificate, that will be sent to the students entitled to the discount.


Unemployment and Open Studies

Before applying for Open UAS, all unemployed persons receiving unemployment cover should discuss with Finnish Employment and Economic Development Office if the open studies affect their unemployment cover or if there is some financial support available for the studies.

Note! Possible statements by Metropolia for aid applications can be given only to students accepted in Metropolia's Open University, not for applicants on waiting list. All requests should be sent to avoinamk metropolia fi.


Metropolia's Open UAS students are insured by Metropolia.



Materials and information


Open UAS contact persons use always the email address the student gave while enrolling to the courses. Teachers use mostly student's "" address.

Workspaces for the courses

Teachers inform the students about all course materials and literature. In most cases, course materials can be found in the course workspace in Tuubi (Metropolia's intranet). An open UAS student is automatically a member of the workspaces of her own courses. Your the workspace is visible in your workspace list. Teachers use workspaces to inform about general things (eg. cancelled lessons).

If the course uses some other learning space, eg. Moodle), the teacher informs students about it. You can log in to Moodle with the same user ID as in Tuubi, but the teacher may have to give you a key to the Moodle workspace, if it's restricted (might be an open one, too).

Virtual studies

Instructions for 100 % virtual courses can be found in the course description and in most cases in the course workspace in Tuubi. If needed, you'll get more information from the teacher.

Directions for Written Assignments

Metropolia's Well-Being unit has created directions for written assignments for the degree students. These directions apply to all Metropolia's students. See the directions (in Finnish): Kirjallisen työn ohjeet (pdf)

Study guidance

Study guidance is available only for students in open path studies. Guidance is given usually by the tutor teacher or Head of Degree Programme. Further information will be given in the beginning of the studies.



Evaluation of studies

The following scale of grades is used in evaluation:

5 excellent
4 very good
3 good
2 very satisfactory
1 satisfactory
0 fail

or optionally just pass or fail (H/0)

More info in the intranet (requires password)


Every course that has an exam, has two re-exams, that are annonced in the course description (more info).

Raising a grade

In some cases it's possible to raise an accepted grade (more info from the teacher of the course in question). 

Transcript of Records

After the term the student will get a transcript of records containing the courses that have been accomplished acceptably and graded. The transcript is sent in January-February of the fall term and in August of the spring term. The Study Path students get the transcript in the end of the path studies.

When needed, you can ask for the transcript of records from the Student Affairs Office via opintotoimisto metropolia fi .

The transcript of records is not given for only participating in the studies.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

There is no direct RPL in Open UAS. That's used only for degree students.

In Open UAS the RPL includes always a pedagogical solution of the teacher, where the student demonstrates his or her competence in a way defined by the teacher. In this way the studies are considered completed in Metropolia and the normal Open UAS fee is paid.

The RPL doesn't justify any price reductions.

Exams and re-exams

If the course includes an exam, it's always organised in connection to the course. In this case, a student is always entitled to two re-exams regarding a failed course. The student may take one re-exam regarding a passed course in order to get a better grade.

Enrolment to re-exams

Open UAS students enrol to the re-exams independently. When attending to both actual exam and re-exam, it's necessary to be on time. It's not possible  to take part into any exam if you arrive late. Identification is verified from all students attending to any exams. Therefore students must have an identity card in both actual exams and re-exams.

All courses' re-exams are organised on a specific day informed beforehand and each re-exam day has it's own enrolment period. The re-exam dates, enrolment periods and instructions are found in Metropolia's intranet Tuubi at: For students > Important dates > Re-examination dates

Enrolment to the re-exam is done according to the instructions in Tuubi. 

Re-exam outside the original study time

If the re-exam is outside the original study time, in addition to the re-exam enrolment, Open UAS students must ask for extension time via avoinamk metropolia fi . The Open UAS contact person have to continue the study time of the Open UAS student in OMA, otherwise the student ID is canceled.