Laurea University of Applied Sciences

Helsinki, Finland
Laurea University of Applied Sciences operates on seven campuses in the Greater Helsinki region in Finland. Studying in Laurea is practically oriented and different kinds of projects with working life affiliates are an important part of studies. Laurea offers six Bachelor's Degree programmes in English and two Master's Degree programmes in English.

About

History

The two predecessors to Laurea University of Applied Sciences were Vantaa University of Applied Sciences (1992 – 1997) and Espoo-Vantaa University of Applied Sciences (1997 – 2001), both of which were characterised by an international perspective, entrepreneurship and working life success in a time of constant change.

Education

With around 7800 students, Laurea is one of the biggest UAS’s in Finland. Our campuses are located around Finland’s capital, Helsinki. Over the past few years Laurea has been ranked high in evaluations of Finnish higher education institutions and recognized many times in categories like quality of education.

The learning model here in Laurea is called Learning by Developing (LbD). This unique learning model focuses on practical projects with real-life companies and organizations. We participate in societal and business development both domestically and internationally, create innovations, support entrepreneurial projects and much more. In all these undertakings the students are present.

Research

Laurea's fields of expertise in RDI activities focus on expertise in nursing work and coping at home, service business activities, security and social responsibility, as well as entrepreneurship and innovations.

The areas of strength come from entities formed by projects and networks, producing important results from the point of view of our strategy and supporting long-term goals. Features uniting all of the areas of strength include

  • moving them toward service innovations and value networks
  • the LbD (Learning by Developing) operational model that combines learning that promotes the development of the world of employment with RDI activities
  • internationally recognized and successful RDI work.

Career

Strong connections to the working life throughout the extent of studies means that Laurea’s students have one of the highest employment rates of UAS’s in Finland. Laurea offers a dynamic, vibrant and innovative environment for its students with both Finnish and English taught degree programmes.

Distance Learning Courses

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Business & Management (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Medicine & Health (1)

Services

Student services

Certain benefits are available for our students.

Students are entitled to apply for financial aid for funding their studies. Benefits for students also include meal subsidies and student housing. Students are insured in case of study-related accidents. Student union members also receive many other advantages.

Studies progress more smoothly when students take care of their wellbeing. Student welfare is supported through meal subsidies and health care services as well as by the student counsellor, special education teacher and student welfare group.

Housing services

Laurea does not have its own student dormitories or other housing for students. Student accommodation is available with student housing associations and companies close to most Laurea local campuses. Please notice that the apartment situation in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area is extremely difficult and thus it is important to start looking for accommodation as soon as possible and preferably from several different sources! When you receive a housing offer, we strongly advise you to take it.

Library services

We offer campus libraries in six campuses. Loaning is free of charge for all students and staff. The Laurea Library offers good resources for your use according to certain principles. For example, you can reserve books from different Laurea units without charge. Loan period for main collection is 21 days and you can renew your loan free of charge if it has no reservations.

Medical services

Student health care services include monitoring the health-related conditions of study facilities and providing medical and dentistry services to students. Medical services include health education, checkups, screenings, vaccinations and other preventive measures (Instructions of the Finnish Health Care Administration for Student Health Care at Health Centres, 3/1986).

Student Life

Campus life

Student health care services include monitoring the health-related conditions of study facilities and providing medical and dentistry services to students. Medical services include health education, checkups, screenings, vaccinations and other preventive measures (Instructions of the Finnish Health Care Administration for Student Health Care at Health Centres, 3/1986).

Sports facilities

Gyms on four campuses (Hyvinkää, Kerava, Otaniemi, Tikkurila).

Student clubs

The Student Union of Laurea University of Applied Sciences is also known by the name Laureamko. Every university of applied sciences has a student union which protects the interests of all students. From Laureamko you can order your official nationwide student card with discounts e.g. all around Finland.

Laureamko’s duty is also to make sure the quality of education and student wellbeing is secured and to offer services for the students. Laureamko organizes events and often works as a stepping stone for active students interested in advocacy. Laureamko has an office and actives in every Laurea campus

Accreditation

The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) conducted an audit of Laurea in 2016 and awarded it a quality label that is valid for six years. The quality system of Laurea fulfils the criteria for the quality management of higher education institutions and corresponds to the European principles and recommendations.

Laurea obtained the Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation from the European Consortium for Accreditation in 2015. The certificate was awarded to Laurea for having successfully incorporated an international and intercultural dimension into the purpose, function and delivery of its education. Laurea’s Learning by Developing model received also a special mention as a good practice example in the assessment report.

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