Metropolia's campuses will be opened gradually - as a rule, remote work and studies will continue.

More information on the impact of coronavirus on Metropolia's operations.

Guidance and Counselling Services




Guidance and counselling services helps you to plan your future in Finland. We help you to plan your study path, or how can you apply for jobs in your field of expertise. We offer services for you if you have completed secondary education that gives you eligbility to apply for higher education, have studied in higher education, or have already completed a degree in higher education. 

What Is Guidance and Counselling?

Guidance and counselling aim at helping you to find the most suitable study and/or career paths for you. We will not give you any ready-made solutions, but the idea is to help you to acknowledge your own skills and competences. It also helps you to realise what are your strengths and weaknesses and in what areas you may need improvement or more studies to be ready to enter further studies or working-life.

You have various ways to receive guidance and counselling:

  • by sending e-mail to simhe-info [at]
  • making yourself familiar with the material on this website and links
  • by booking a personal guidance discussion
  • NOTE! We will reply to your e-mail within one week after receiving it

Personal Guidance Discussion

You may book a time for a personal guidance discussion in which we go through your previous studies and what kind of hopes and ideas you have for your future education and career. 

Book a time for personal guidance discussion by sending e-mail to simhe-info [at]

Consider the following topics before coming to the discussion:

  • What have you studied before and what are your skills and competences?
  • Are you interested in supplementing your previous studies for example by taking courses via open university?
  • Do you plan to start studies in higher education for the first time, or do you wish to enter in a totally new field of study?
  • What are your career plans?
  • How is your life in general in relation to continuing or starting studies?

SIMHE-Metropolia Customer Register

SIMHE-Metropolia gathers data of their customers to the SIMHE-Metropolia Customer Register with the purpose of customer service and compilation of statistics. Detailed information concerning data gathered from the customers can be found from the SIMHE-Metropolia Customer Register Personal Data File Description. The e-mail address of the customer will solely be used for the purpose of SIMHE-Metropolia customer service.

For more information concerning the SIMHE-Metropolia Customer Register Personal Data File (pdf)

Do you want to receive information on educational opportunities, recruitment fairs and other events from SIMHE-Metropolia? If yes, please fill in the contact form

Guidance Generalia Lectures

In Guidance Generalia, you will

  • get familiar with the Finnish education system and in Finnish higher education system in particular
  • obtain information on what and where you can study in Finland as an asylum seeker and as an immigrant
  • obtain information on how to apply for higher education
  • have ideas what you need to take into account when planning studies
  • get extra knowledge on the selected and variable topic that is specific for each lecture.

Guidance Generalia lectures will be offered in Finnish and English.

Content and timings are subject to change.

Guidance Generalia lectures are for the time being organised online (earliest as of autumn 2020 again at Metropolia UAS Myllypuro campus, Myllypurontie 1, 00920 Helsinki).

Guidance Generalia lectures in spring 2020

Guidance Generalias are bilingual events: they are both in English and in Finnish.

Future ONLINE events:

Monday 11.5.2020, between 13-14.30
LinkedIn training
- marketing your skills and improving the visibility of your profile on LinkedIn
- networking opportunities online

Languages: Finnish and English

You can still sign up by sending an email to: simhe-info [at] Welcome!


Monday 15.6.2020, between 13-15
Studying in higher education in Finland
- Study skills
- Study practices in higher education

Languages: Finnish and English

Enroll by 11.6.2020 3pm filling in this form (after that via simhe-info [at]

We reserve the right to make changes.

If you have suggestions for topics during the academic year 2020-2021, we would appreciate the request: simhe-info [at]



  • Wednesday 8.4.2020 (online): Preparatory education for immigrants and Metropolia (applying & content of studies)
  • Monday 23.3.2020 (online): Joint application to higher education, Finnish-conducted programmes (Finnish education and higher education system and application instructions)
  • Monday 24.2.2020: Workshop on job interviews (interview questions and practise)

Finnish courses

Finnish courses in Metropolia Open University of Applied Sciences

Are you interested in learning Finnish and working on your employability in Finland? Do you want to reach the basic level of Finnish in the National Certificates of Language Proficiency (YKI)?

Check out the possibility to do a combo of Finnish courses in Metropolia Open UAS aiming at the YKI basic level at the beginning of November 2020:

Autumn 2020 - coming up, stay tuned!

  • Finnish 2 (A2.1)
  • YKI basic level exercises in Finnish 2 (A2.1)


Other Finnish Courses

InfoFinland has a good search engine for finding Finnish courses in Helsinki region, but also in Turku and Tampere regions.

Learn Finnish through videos on Suomi taskussa website

Recognition of Prior Learning and Competences

Recognition of prior learning and competence aims at mapping what kind of skills and competence you have acquired through your previous studies in higher education and also through possible study-related work experience.

The main goal is to help you to integrate into Finnish society faster through recognising such skills and competence and thus also enhance your possibilities to enter to the labour market.

Competence is all that you have learned during your life. You may have gained it by working or studying, in school, or through hobbies. Competence doesn’t show merely in certificates from school, studies or work. Recognition of competence and prior learning may help you in getting back to studies or to start your own professional career. A variety of different methods,”tools”, are used recognising your competence. Your competence profile starts to build up through this recognition.

Learn more about different tools and methods

Recognition of Competences for Highly Educated Immigrants in the Fields of Technology and Business

We have organised the recognition of competences four times: in spring 2016 in the field of technology and in autumn 2016, spring 2017 and autumn 2017 in the fields of technology and business administration.

Mapping of Competences takes place as part of  SIMHEpath and Deploying Competences in Finland projects in 2019.

All SIMHE-Metropolia services are free of charge to our customers.

Recognition of Competences - general information

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The goal of recognition of prior learning is to promote the progress of studies and to enable students to take an individual study path. RPL is based on a working life and competence-oriented curriculum. Students have the opportunity to apply for the recognition of prior learning if they possess the kind of competence that meets the aims of their curriculum.

Recognition and International Comparability of Qualifications

Recognition of qualifications refers to a decision on the eligibility that foreign qualifications provide when applying for a job or study place. In Finland, recognition decisions are made by different bodies for different purposes. The check and the recognition are done by The Finnish National Board of Education.

Learn more about the recognition of qualifications

If you have completed a degree in social and health care, the recognition of qualifications is made by Valvira (National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health)

Learn more about Valvira practices

Main Principles in Recognition and Evaluation of Competences

Equality means that everyone has the same opportunities to recognition and evaluation of their competence.

Guidance is an important part of recognition and evaluation of competence. Guidance means, that you will have guidance (for example a oral/written communication) on how you are going to proceed with your study plans and career possibilities in the future.

Helping with problems and finding solutions is also an important part in recognising and evaluating competence. You may have different problems or difficulties that hinder your performance. We try to find an active solution on how you can overcome such obstacles.

Tools for Recognising Competences

Competence can be recognised in various ways. Usually, at least few different methods are being used at the same time. Means and methods depend on your educational and employment background. Methods are different in for example in engineering and social services.

Below are some examples of the tools that are used in recognising and evaluating competences. There are are also many other tools that can be used for such purposes.


Tools for Recognising Competences


Your own view of your competence. Self-evaluation can be for instance a form, which you fill in so that you can evaluate the level of your own skills on a scale from 1 to 5. Self-evaluation can also be a text about your own competence, written by you. Self-evaluation is often used as a basis for other methods of evaluation. Self-evaluation is like a mirror which shows your own view on your competence and how you operate in “real-life” situations 

Professional interview/dialogue

A conversation between colleagues that seeks to demonstrate how well two people that share the same profession understand each other professionally. This method is often used as a part of an interview. The conversation also shows how fluently the professional terminology is used.

Authentic or simulated working

You work in an authentic workplace in your own professional field. 

Professional portfolio

A collection of work you have done and your own evaluation on how you have succeeded. The portfolio is compact and represents your competence through demonstrations of skill/work samples. The samples can be both from your “real” work and from your study-related work. The portfolio always includes your curriculum vitae (CV). The portfolio is a good method for recognizing competence, if you have a considerable amount of work samples.

Written assignment/tasks

Are normally directly linked to your own own work tasks. A written task could be for example: tell how the copyrights of the production were handled or make a report of a certain project. Different exam-like tasks are possible too. Those could be for example questions related to safety at work. When recognizing the competence of immigrants, an oral exam could be a better option than a written one.

Interaction and team work

Good methods for recognizing skills in problem-solving for example by giving participants a task that they need to solve. A part of the same task could be making a presentation about how the solution was reached.

Practical work

Can be doing something, reading, searching for information, or planning a work task. It can be done alone or in a group. The work can be done under supervision, or independently. Evaluation can also be done in peer groups.

Use of pictures

Suits well in situations, where language skills are not needed and professional background is recognized through pictures. In this way, it is possible to proceed to more and more precise pictures about profession. The method can also be used in clarifying the educational background.

Internet-based work and assessment

A quick way to recognize competence for example in mapping your digital skills.

Peer evaluation

Can be a part of any method of evaluation. In a peer evaluation, peers evaluate each others'' input and working methods when doing the same task.

Mind map

A mind map is a graphic presentation about a certain subject. A mind map is not a detailed description of everything associated with the subject, but consists of keywords. Based on the keywords, it is possible to evaluate the skills to perceive the subject as a whole. When evaluating a mind map, attention is paid to on how extensively the subject is presented. Mind maps can be combined with other methods of evaluation. 

Study Opportunities is maintained by the Finnish Education Board. Finnish educational institutions introduce their offerings and services in the portal. provides easy-to-use, trustworthy and secure services for lifelong learning and planning and implementing individual study paths. contains information on degrees, professions and studying in different educational institutions.

You may find different study paths and apply for studies in the system.

Read more about the

Preparatory Courses for Immigrants

Metropolia offers preparatory courses for immigrants to introduce what it is like to study in university of applied sciences in Finland in different fields of study. Preparatory courses are conducted in Finnish (skills level B1).

Learn more about the courses offered for immigrants at Metropolia (NOTE! Information will be in Finnish only)

Teacher education

Subject Teacher Education Programme STEP conducted in English at University of Helsinki. Read more on University of Helsinki website

Metropolia Open University of Applied Sciences

Open University of Applied Sciences (Open UAS) gives you an opportunity to study courses from various degree programmes (Bachelor's or Master's) regardless of your former education, work experience and age.

Learn more about the course offerings

Open UAS and university studies in the Helsinki Region

Laurea UAS

Laurea Open UAS
E-mail: avoinamk [at]

Haaga-Helia UAS

Haaga-Helia Open UAS
E-mail: studentaffairs.haaga [at]

Arcada UAS

Arcada Open UAS 
Studies are offered in Swedish and in English

Diakonia University of Applied Sciences

Diakonia University of Applied Sciences Open UAS

University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki Open University

Aalto University

Aalto University Open University
E-mail: avoin [at]

Helsinki Summer University

Helsinki Summer University 
Outside Helsinki region

Lahti UAS

Lahti UAS Open UAS
E-mail: avoinamk [at]

TAMK (Tampere)

E-mail: avoinamk [at]

University of Tampere

University of Tampere Open University
E-mail: avoin [at]

Turku UAS

Turku UAS Open UAS 
E-mail: avoinamk [at]

University of Turku

University of Turku Open University

Note that each school has its own enrolment and fee policy.