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) for immigrants for recognizing their competences and for their guidance for 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 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 Ministry of Education and Culture.  

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 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.



Personal Guidance       83 89 59
Group Guidance 126 172 36
Recognition of Competences 19
 TOTAL 228 261 95







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

Updated 2 October 2018


Primary e-mail: simhe-info metropolia fi

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

Outi Lemettinen, Project Coordinator (Projects)
+358(0)40 50 370 8120
outi.lemettinen metropolia fi

Marianne Autero, Project Coordinator (Guidance and Counselling)
marianne.autero metropolia fi
+358 (0)40 621 6636

Elisa Manninen, Project Coordinator (Guidance and Counselling)
elisa.manninen metropolia fi
+358 (0)40 671 3888

Visiting address:
Bulevardi 31, 00180 Helsinki