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Tutoring is study guidance which aims at advancing and helping the student to improve one’s independent learning process. A tutor helps the student to achieve one’s goals and adjust in the academic school system.

Tutoring is in practise done by teacher tutors, student tutors and the Study Counsellor. A teacher tutor is a teacher who guides the students of the group s/he is in charge of. The departments may have different terms for this kind of person. Each new group will get their own student tutor, who advises the students of the group individually on their studies. They also introduce the school and the town and its services to the new students. You can contact your own student tutor whether it concerns studies or hobbies. For discussion of the content of a particular course, students should contact the teacher of the course.


Teacher tutor

  • helps familiarise the student with studying and the higher education community
  • supports the student in compiling and updating an individual study plan (ISP)
  • monitors the progress of the student’s studies.


Student tutor

  • is the student’s peer tutor
  • provides orientation to new students and participates in presentation work
  • participates in work group and student association activities.

    Guide for student tutors


Other counselling staff

  • teachers, heads of degree programmes and other staff members
  • teachers providing guidance in practical training and contact persons in practical training
  • international relations co-ordinator (matters related to international exchanges)
  • teachers providing guidance in thesis projects
  • open university of applied sciences
  • admissions office
  • international relations office
  • library and information services
  • study affairs offices
  • health care services
  • financial aid committee
  • virtual studies support services
  • study counsellors


Student associations

  • Rotko student union
  • student associations in different fields of study


University study counselling at Lapland UAS and University of Lapland

University Study Counsellor Paula Perttunen works with students to promote wellness, success and resilience by reinforcing learning, problem solving and time-management skills and also by promoting self-determination and optimism among students.

Open meetings with student without arranged appointment are on Mondays and Thursdays at 1 – 3 PM at Jokiväylä 13 room 103.

Student can make an appointment by calling, via e-mail or by visiting our office at Jokiväylä 11..

University study counsellor Paula Perttunen
Telephone number: +358(0)404844243
e-mail: paula.perttunen [at]

More information: University study counselling


School Social Worker

The School Social Worker Maria Sipilä is here for the students. She will listen to you

  • when the everyday life causes difficulties for you or your studies are not progressing
  • in different changes in life and in states of crisis
  • in harassment cases.


In confidential person-to-person discussions with the School Social Worker you can think over your situation and find the suitable way of help or support for different nodes of life.

You can also find help for your everyday or study problems in peer groups run by the School Social Worker. The idea behind the peer groups is that students in the same situation support each other in the group. In group meetings there are also exercises related to different kinds of themes such as:

  • Get a grip on your studies
  • Solutions for deadlock situations

Reception hours

You can see the School Social Worker

  • in Kemi at the Student Affairs’ Office in Lumikontie 2
  • in Tornio on Thursdays on the 3rd floor of the Minerva-building
  • in your own department by appointment.


Appointments either by email to maria.sipilasähköposti.jpg or by phone to 040 847 4219. 

School pastor

You can discuss spiritual matters with the school pastors regardless of your religion or conviction. You can talk with the pastors e.g. about

  • study or work difficulties
  • human relations complications
  • moral problems
  • religious issues
  • connection to the congregation.

Jani Koivusalo
tel. 040 582 0579

Heini Kesti
tel. 040 178 1018

Elina Rask-Litendahl
tel. 040 734 1575

Nona Lehtinen
tel. 040 352 7366