Accessibility and learning support
Education institutions aim for an achievable studying environment and unimpeded studies.
Individual support includes, for example, student counselling and student’s welfare services such as school social worker, study counselling psychologist and student healthcare services. You can also get counselling and support according to the practices of each education institution when you have special questions about studying and the progress of your studies.
You have the right to receive education, learn and study according to your own abilities and possibilities. Under certain conditions you have the right to receive assistant services, special equipment or other such support services. Notify your study place about possible hindrances and your needs on time in order to gain access to the services.
During your studies, certain factors are taken into account:
- Individual teaching arrangements and counselling
- Student participation and well-being
- Functioning interaction
- Institution’s facilities and surroundings
- IT, communications and learning materials
There is a person or a unit in each education institution responsible for the accessibility of the student admissions and studying who will tell more about the education institution’s accessibility practices. The education institution’s overview on Studyinfo also has information on accessibility in studies and learning support practices.
The Finnish Matriculation exam
If you need special arrangements during matriculation examination, read the Matriculation Examination Board’s guidelines and instructions (in Finnish and in Swedish). You need to notify the education institution about special arrangements beforehand, often at the beginning of your studies in upper secondary school. In order to get the certificate, the necessary expert’s reports must be signed and sent.
Only in special circumstances the special arrangements can improve the matriculation exam’s grade or, for example, allow exemption from listening comprehension test.
Accessibility of the entrance examination
Applicants’ justified requirements are usually taken into account according to a medical certificate or an expert’s report.
If you require special arrangements during the entrance examination, read the education institution’s entrance examination instructions and their information on accessibility and special arrangements carefully and notify the education institution about your requirements on time before the entrance examination date.
Please note that higher education institutions have set a deadline for applying for special arrangements during an entrance examination. This deadline must be followed. You can print out the special arrangement form from the website indicated by each higher education institution. If necessary, you can also inquire on the matter from the university’s or polytechnic’s/UAS’ admission services.
Accessibility of teaching and studying
Individual teaching arrangements are part of the accessibility of studies. These arrangements may be necessary during studies if you have, for example, hearing or seeing difficulties or other sensory disability, brain or sports injury, or reading or writing difficulties. Special arrangements can involve extra time to complete an examination, oral examination instead of a written one, quiet and undisturbed setting, or the possibility to use a computer. Acquaint yourself with the education institution’s practices from their own website or ask from the university’s or polytechnic’s/UAS’ admission services.
Accessibility of online materials and IT equipment
The education institutions aim for an accessible communications and E-learning as well as the functionality of the equipment and furniture according to different user needs. IT and communication technology are used more and more in education institutions’ teaching and services. This can often advance the accessibility of teaching and studying as activities are not tied to time and location. Education institutions should take accessibility guidelines (such as WCAG 2.0) into account and make sure E-services and teaching are accessible and carried out properly. Be active and tell about your wishes and needs for improvement of the services.
General accessibility and equipment in education institutions
Everyone should be able to move and act in an education institution. This means
- accessibility around outdoor and parking areas
- easy entry into the buildings
- ability to move and act effortlessly inside the education institution (elevators and accessible toilets)
- good listening setting
- clear instructions and signs
You should acquaint yourself carefully with the entrance examination city’s local area and its traffic and parking arrangements, for example, through online map services. Usually maps, routes and parking areas can be found from the education institution’s website well in advance before the entrance examination. If necessary, you can also inquire on the matter from the university’s or polytechnic’s/UAS’ admission services.
Student benefits and support
A student in need of special support can also receive different kinds of services and measure of support from their place of domicile and from the Social Insurance Institution (Kela). You can find more information from your place of domicile, different organisations and Kela.
Accessible learning materials
Celia Library produces and lends textbooks for primary and secondary schools, vocational colleges and universities.