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Orientation e-materials

On this page we have collected information that is useful for a new student and you can familiarize yourself with it during your orientation.


During your studies, you will need several digital tools. The idea of Centria Digistart is to familiarize you with Centria’s IT systems related to learning.

Health and wellbeing

Finnish Student Health Service FSHS

FSHS are here to support your health and well-being throughout your studies. They provide oral, general, and mental health services to you studying towards a degree at a Finnish higher education institution when you have registered as an attending student for the current semester.

We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the Self online service and start using Self right at the start of your studies. In Self you can, for example, update your contact information, manage health-related matters easily with service forms, use chat services and manage your appointments.

During the first semester, you will receive an invitation to the HealthStart questionnaire if you are studying towards your first degree at an institution of higher education. After completing the health questionnaire you’ll receive an assessment on the state of your health, and you may be referred to our services if necessary.

The healthcare fee for students in higher education that students pay to Kela on their own initiative covers all FSHS services. We at the FSHS do not charge fees for appointments. Please note that some international degree students have been given different instructions regarding the healthcare fee. Always check the up-to-date instructions on Kela’s website.

Using FSHS services

Self online service

Health information online

HealthStart questionnaire

Centria students have the opportunity to confidentially discuss challenges and concerns related to studies or other areas of life with a study psychologist.

Study psychologist introduces herself (English subtitles)

Student pastor is available for all the students and the faculty regardless of anybody’s religion or denomination – or any other feature.

Library services

The Centria Library is a scientific library open to all, books and journals can be borrowed by anyone. The library’s offices are located on the Kokkola campus and the Ylivieska campus.

Student’s news channels

Tuudo is a mobile app for students. With Tuudo, you can manage your studies and ease your daily student life. Tuudo compiles your most often used, study-related services such as schedules, your completed studies and Centria Library card. Tuudo is also the main channel for news that concern students.

In addition to Tuudo, we also publish student news on our website. On our website, we only publish our own news, while on Tuudo we also act as a messenger for our partners.

We also use social media to keep you informed about our events and current affairs. We publish useful content for students, especially on Instagram and Facebook.

Skills Centria

Skills Centria is designed to support students in their studies while also offering low-threshold activities related to well-being and fluency of studies.

Student restaurants

As a higher education student, you are eligible for discounted meals at participating student restaurants.

Lunch is served in the campus restaurant at 10.30-13.00. The campus café Street Cafe is open 8.00-15.00.

Menu in English is available in the restaurant on campus.

Lunch is served in the campus restaurant at 10.30-12.30.

Lunch is served in the restaurant at 11.00–13.00.

Exchange studies

Centria has over 100 co-operative universities around the world where you can apply to both short exchanges and longer-term tuition exchanges. You can also complete your practical training related to your studies abroad.

Responsible conduct of research

Centria University of Applied Sciences has committed oneself to follow the guidelines for the responsible conduct of research. These guidelines are used in everything at Centria. More information about the Finnish national board of research integrity (TENK) and from the Guide for thesis and academic writing.

Get to know Kokkola

The video has English subtitles.