Student health services and FSHS

From 1 January 2021 onwards, all degree students in higher education (Bachelor or Master) will be entitled to use Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) services. Please, read below about student health services for exchange and foreign students.

Your primary FSHS unit is the one in Jyväskylä. If necessary, you’ll be however permitted to book an appointment for an FSHS unit in another town. Digital remote services are in use regardless of the place.

Services of FSHS

Healthcare fee

All students who are entitled to use FSHS services pay the healthcare fee to Kela. The healthcare fee is paid regardless of whether a student uses the services or not. Pay the healthcare fee if you are registered as attending and you study for a Bachelor's or a Master's level degree at a university of applied sciences. Healthcare fee for students in higher education - kela.fi.

Please, notice that Kela will not send you an invoice. Students are expected to pay the healthcare fee unprompted twice a year. Check the dates in Kela's webpages.

Exchange students and foreign students

Under the law, only students who are pursuing a degree in a Finnish higher education institution and are registered as attending for the current term are eligible for student health services.

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

If you are completing a higher education degree at a Finnish higher education institution, you have to pay the healthcare fee for the months of attendance even when you pursue studies abroad. Where you live is not important.

If you are enrolled in a degree programme at a Finnish higher education institution and have registered as non-attending for the current term, you do not have to pay the healthcare fee.

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For open studies path student

Student health care services are not available to open studies path students. In such matters, please consult your local health centre.