Study Psychologists

The Study Psychologists offer special guidance and counselling in questions related to learning, studying, life management and well-being.
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When should you contact?

You can make an appointment for our Study Psychologists when:

  • you are enrolled as a student in the University of Oulu or UniOGS or if you are an exchange student (the services do not belong to Open University students).
  • when other student advising has not proved to be helpful. 

You can contact the Study Psychologist about things that have to do with learning and study related problems such as:

  • Feeling stuck with studies, not progressing
  • Study-related self-confidence
  • Motivation issues
  • Coping with stress and tension
  • Returning to studies after a long break
  • Other issues related to learning, such as exam or thesis anxiety, time management, learning disabilities, problems with writing processes
  • In certain circumstances a student may apply for individual arrangements for study attainments and evaluation. You can find more information on the page Accessibility in studies 

Note! Do you need a recommendation for individual study arrangements? Study psychologists organize open reception times on (KK238, Linnanmaa):

  • 26.4.2023 from 14.15 to 15.15
  • 14.9.2023 from 12.00 to 15.00

  • 21.9.2023 from 1200 to 15.00​

  • 28.9.2023 from 12.00 to 15.00​

  • 11.10.2023 from 14.15 to 15.15​

  • 2.11.2023 from 14.15 to 15.15

Bring with you an printed expert opinion that entitles you to receive a recommendation. Also familiarize yourself in advance with the criteria by which a recommendation can be drawn up, as well as the typical recommendations described on the website.  Please note that the visit time is short and only a recommendation is made during it. 

Book an appointment

Book a time for counselling (you can change the language of the booking form from the top right corner of the form). The appointment form works best with the Firefox browser.

Please indicate in the "something else" section if you primarily want time for a study psychologist.  Counselling is arranged on the Linnanmaa campus as well as online. Please note that depending on the number of the students' wishes, the waiting time may be longer for counselling on campus. It's possible to organize online appointments more flexibly.

Information about sessions

The objectives for the sessions will be agreed upon during the first session.  They could be some of the following: to clarify the student's overall life situation, to develop studying skills, to increase student’s activity or to discover new patterns for thinking and acting. 

Meetings are confidential and last approximately 45 minutes. There are usually 1-5 sessions per student. Please do cancellation latest 24 hours before the scheduled appointment so we can help other students in the waiting list. Uncancelled appointments will be counted in the 5 time maximum. The service is free of charge for the University of Oulu students. 

Study Psychologists: Pauliina Junnikkala, Saara Kuusisto, Kiia Kilponen and Sara Tiainen.

For other than study related issues: please contact the Finnish Student Health Services (FSHS) for an appointment.  

Acute help & crise situations: 

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Other events and activities

Moodle courses

Study Skills

Learn how to learn and feel better! The goal of this online course is to create tools in your toolkit to help your studies progress and increase your study well-being. You will get feedback on your progress from the study psychologists.

  • Course themes: study techniques, time management, motivation, procrastination and stress management.
  • Participation: You can complete the course independently on Moodle
  • Course name: studyskills
  • Course key: studyskills22-23

course name: studyskills, course key: studyskills22-23

Everyday Acceptance 

trengthen your psychological flexibility and stress management skills with the Everyday acceptance Moodle course. The course is based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). You will get feedback on your progress from the study psychologists.  

  • Course themes: thoughts and emotions, values, mindfulness, self-compassion and acceptance.
  • Participation: You can complete the course independently on Moodle
  • Course name: Everyday Acceptance (ACCEPT)
  • Course key: accept2022

course name: ACCEPT, course key: accept2022

The Wellbeing Through Counselling - project

The university supports wellbeing and we are involved!

The Wellbeing Through Counselling (Ohjauksella hyvinvointia, OHJY) project promotes the well-being and community of university students and provides staff with tools to support students.

11 universities, student unions and organizations all over Finland are on board, and more than 36,200 students are studying at the universities involved in the project! The project, managed by Diakonia University of Applied Sciences, receives funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture. The University of Oulu is also involved in the project: our project focuses on increasing the study psychology resource and developing the support services provided by study psychologists. There are three key themes in the support system development:

  1. Back to Campus - We especially support the sense of community and study attachment of first and second year students.
  2. Strengthening learning ability through community and online means - We plan and offer new study psychologist services by implementing various workshops, groups, online courses and support materials that are easily accessible online.
  3. Strengthening staff well-being skills - We train staff on the themes of students' learning ability and well-being and provide tools to support them.

With the project, we have been able to add a new study psychologist to our team for a year. You can already find a lot of project-enabled material and services on our website, which we offer in addition to individual guidance.

Follow the project in social media with the tags #korkeakoulutukee and #universitysupports and online at and put student well-being first!