Student health care

The Finnish Student Health Service FSHS (Ylioppilaiden terveydenhoitosäätiö YTHS) is an expert in student healthcare and provides targeted low-threshold services designed to provide long-term health benefits for university students.

Finnish Student Health Service FSHS

If you are studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or for a Licentiate of Medicine or Dentistry at the University of Oulu, you are entitled to use the Finnish Student Health Service's (FSHS) general, oral and mental health services.  The local unit in Oulu is located in the Linnanmaa campus area. 

Healthcare fee

University students who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) have been required since January 2021 to pay a student healthcare fee to Kela for each academic term.  It is paid to Kela once per term (spring and autumn), i.e., twice a year. 

You are not billed for the student healthcare fee but must make sure to pay it in OmaKela for each academic term.  The due date for paying the student healthcare fee is determined based on the date on which you register as attending.

Please notice, that if you are entitled to FSHS services, you must pay the student healthcare fee. You cannot get an exemption for example for using occupational health services instead of FSHS, or for not receiving any financial aid for students.

More information about the student healthcare fee and payment instructions on Kela's page.


Exchange students

If you are an exchange student from another country, you are not pursuing a degree in a Finnish higher education institution, and are thus not eligible for student health services. EU citizens can use the public healthcare services. Students from other countries must have private health insurance.

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