SIMHE - Supporting Immigrants in
Higher Education in Finland

What is SIMHE

Suomenkieliset SIMHE-sivut

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences offers SIMHE services (Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland) for highly educated immigrants to recognize their competences and for guiding them to suitable educational and career paths. SIMHE services are also offered by Karelia UAS, Oulu UAS and University of Helsinki, University of Turku.

Learn more about about SIMHE services at higher education institutions

SIMHE-Metropolia Services

SIMHE-Metropolia’s Guidance and Counselling Services consist of personal and group guidance for immigrants who are eligible to apply for higher education, have completed studies in higher education, or have completed a degree in higher education.

Services for Recognition of Competences aim at recognizing the competences of immigrant-background people through Mapping of Competences.

Mapping of Competences is implemented as process the duration of which is about one month. The participant will

  • learn to express his/her competences through self-evaluation and comparing the previously acquired degree against the matching degree in his/her field at Metropolia
  • take part in In-Depth Professional Discssion with a Metropolia expert of the field
  • receive a document for his/her competences based on the In-Depth Professional Discussion.

The service is aimed at those who have completed a degree in the fields of business or technology outside Finland. The main motto behind the service is encapsulated with a phrase “international talents need local references”.

Read more about SIMHE-Metropolia's services for immigrants

SIMHE – Metropolia’s service description, infographic. - Recognition of Competences: mapping of competences through self-evaluation and in-depth professional discussion.- Guidance and counselling: personal guidance and group guidance.


SIMHE-Metropolia takes part in projects that are related to education, recognition of competences and guidance for immigrants.

SIMHE-Metropolia coordinates Getting ready - A higher education preparatory program for Immigrants, which is a co-project among nine univerisites of applied sciences in Finland. The aim is to is to develop advanced training in higher education through the harmonization of the training process and principles of training and by preparing national recommendations for preparatory education. Project is implemented during 2018-2019 and it is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. 

Deploying Compentence in Finland project is funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education. The project aims at creating an ecosystem in Helsinki Capital Region that enables recognition of competences and guidance of highly educated immigrants to enter to the most competence-related educational or career path that also supports integration to the Finnish society.

Laurea UAS, Haaga-Helia UAS, University of Helsinki, City of Helsinki, City of Espoo, City of Vantaa and Uudenmaan TE Services take part in this Metropolia-coordinated project that runs in 2018-2020.

SIMHE path is an ESF-funded (European Social Fund) project the aim of which is to make the highly educated immigrants' competences more visible and to develop a regionally customised (Northern Finland, Eastern Finland and Helsinki Capital Region) educational project to support employment. This model can also be applied and adopted by other institutions of higher education. The project is implemented in 2018-2020.

SIMHE-Metropolia takes part in SIMHEapp project that is coordinated by Karelia University of Applied Sciences. The aim is to develop a digital mobile platform that helps to recognise immigrants’ competences and supports their guidance. Project takes place in 2017-2019 and it is funded by Ministry of Education and Culture.

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences coordinates a co-project of four university of applied sciences, SOTE-silta project, the aim of which is to develop a meaningful and cost-efficient process in recognising competences, granting professional practice rights and supporting employment in certain professions in the field of health care. Project is implemented in 2018-2020 and it is funded by European Social Fund (ESF).  

Statistics on SIMHE-Metropolia Services

SIMHE-Metropolia collects statistics on its services to be more able to develop and target its services to various groups. Statistics are updated quarterly.

Use of services




Personal guidance                  98 81 41
Group guidance 20   16
Guidance Generalia 64 101 14
Recognition of Competences   20*  
TOTAL 182 202 71

 * As a part of SIMHEpath project


Personal Guidance       330
Group Guidance 258
Guidance Generalia 256
Recognition of Competences 19


Personal Guidance 100 250
Group Guidance 115 208
Recognition of Competences 70 96
TOTAL 285 554

Updated 30th September 2019


Primary e-mail: simhe-info metropolia fi

Heidi Stenberg
Project Director
heidi.stenberg metropolia fi
tel. + 358 (0)40 535 3388

Outi Lemettinen
Project Manager (SIMHE path, Deploying Competence in Finland)
tel. +358 (0)40 50 370 8120

Marika Antikainen
Project Manager
marika.antikainen metropolia fi
Tel. +358(0)40 681 1244

Marianne Autero

Career Coach (Guidance and Counselling services)
marianne.autero metropolia fi
tel. +358 (0)40 621 6636

Visiting address

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Myllypuro campus
Myllypurontie 1, 00920 Helsinki