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Student Union ROTKO

The Student Union is the representative of students' interests at the University of Applied Sciences.  Universities of Applied Sciences Act says that there must be one independent Student Union in each University of Applied Sciences in Finland. In Lapland UAS, it bears the name ROTKO and its main mission is to ensure that the students' voice is heard in all decision making processes which concerns studying itself and student life in general. Students can contact ROTKO if they encounter problems, need guidance about some issues related to example quality of teaching or just feel a bit lost and don’t know whom to turn to. ROTKO offers several services, you can read more from here: https://lapinrotko.fi/en/


Student card
Studying is the best time of life, and membership in Student Union ROTKO makes it easy for students to be part of their student community. Membership also involves a comprehensive package of services and discounts for students – you can get access to a wide range of local and national discounts, e.g. VR train tickets, Matkahuolto long distance bus tickets and student-priced school lunch.

Students of Lapland UAS can get a student card by joining Student Union ROTKO. The membership does not obligate members for anything but it gives them benefits and also possibilities to participate in the trusteeship work Student Union does. Your student card is also an official proof you are a student in Lapland UAS.

You can read more about the student card from ROTKO’s webpage.

Harassment contact persons
Have you experienced harassment?

Inappropriate, discriminating and insulting talk, messages or e-mails don't belong to Lapland UAS as they don't belong to any other place of study or work. Harassment can be for example flirting that is going too far, racist, homophobic or sexist behaviour, unwelcome sexual or hostile messages, phone calls or e-mails.

Student Union ROTKO has harassment contact persons who have been trained to operate as contact persons. You can contact a harassment contact person if you have personally experienced harassment or have witnessed it. All conversations are confidential and all possible further actions are discussed together.

You can find ROTKO’s harassment contact persons listed here.

Peer tutoring in Lapland UAS
For many people, starting to study at a University of Applied Sciences means starting a new chapter in life, which can mean moving to a new place while friends and family stay behind, taking responsibility for their own lives and changing the nature of their studies compared to vocational school or upper secondary school.

Student tutors are able to share their experiences and support new students in their transition to the university community and new life situations. Tutoring is not just a position of trust, but an opportunity to build new friendships, foster a positive atmosphere and help new students find their place in the student community.

Tutors can do several things in Lapland UAS, which is why tutoring is divided into three different job descriptions. Students have the opportunity to apply for one or more roles by one application form. These three choices give tutors the opportunity to find a role that suits them best and to develop their own strengths through the tasks they choose:

●    Campus Tutoring
      Organised by the Student Union ROTKO

●    Online tutoring
      Organised by Student Union ROTKO

●    Student marketing emissaries (formerly marketing tutoring)
      Organised by Lapland UAS marketing department
More information about tutoring:  https://lapinrotko.fi/en/tutoring/

Student associations

Student associations in Lapland UAS

In addition to the Student Union, there are also several independent student associations within the Lapland UAS. Each student association represents students in its respective field of study. These associations organize various events and maintain student life in the cities.

A list of the student associations operating at Lapland UAS can be found behind the link: https://lapinrotko.fi/en/activities/student-associations/



Financial aid is available from Kela for post-comprehensive school education.

While you are in school, you may be eligible for


Financial aid can be awarded for full-time study in an upper secondary school, vocational institution or institution of higher education. The amount of financial aid available depends on your age, your accommodation and the type of school you are enrolled in. It is also affected by your income and sometimes also by your parents’ and your spouse's income.

Financial aid for foreign students

If you are not a Finnish citizen, you may be entitled to financial aid with education in Finland if:

  • you are registered as a permanent resident of Finland in the population register system and
  • your purpose for residence in Finland is something other than education (for example, work, family ties or return migration).


If you are in Finland for the express purpose of attending school, you are not eligible for financial aid from Finland.

Permanent residence in Finland is determined by reference to the Municipality of Residence Act (kotikuntalaki/lagen om hemkommun, 201/1994). The purpose of residence in Finland is determined in different ways depending on one’s nationality.

For Further Information

Centre for Student Financial Aid
Mailing address
PO Box 228, 40101 Jyväskylä
Fax 020 634 6710
Phone service 020 692 209, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Study Guidance

You may get study guidance on your study path for example in the following situations:

  • Initial phase of the studies
  • Special support needed in challenges related to learning and studying
  • At the end of the studies and graduation phase


Contact information


MASTER`S DEGREES, Programme tutor

Teresa Chen

phone +358 (0)50 310 9213

e-mail firstname.surname@lapinamk.fi



Outi Tieranta

phone +358 40 026 8635

e-mail firstname.surname@lapinamk.fi





Hannele Niemi, Rovaniemi

phone +358 40 710 6419

e-mail firstname.surname@lapinamk.fi


Minna Kangasvieri

phone +358 40 823 6686

e-mail firstname.surname@lapinamk.fi



Hannele Niemi, Rovaniemi

phone +358 40 710 6419

e-mail firstname.surname@lapinamk.fi



Kenneth Karlsson, Senior Lecturer, Rovaniemi

phone +358 40 726 6871,

e-mail firstname.surname@lapinamk.fi



Kirsi Heikkinen

phone +358 040 670 0427

e-mail firstname.surname@lapinamk.fi


Hanne Luosujärvi

phone +358 040 482 2931

e-mail firstname.surname@lapinamk.fi


Ulla Kangasniemi

phone +358 40 710 6403

e-mail firstname.surname@lapinamk.fi

Student tutor

For many, starting studies in a university of applied sciences, means entering a new situation in life. The most important factor that eases studying at the start is interaction with other people who are in the same situation. Student tutors provide support and information for studying and organize free time activities for the firs year students.

The purpose of student tutoring is to facilitate and support the new student’s integration into and orientation to the UAS community and the new situation in life. It is especially important for new students to meet their fellow students. The goal of tutoring is to awaken the student’s own activeness and reinforce interaction between the student and the staff of the Lapland UAS. The tutor acts as a bridge between the new student and the staff of the Lapland UAS.

Student Union ROTKO organize student tutor training once a year for students who are interested to become a student tutor. Follow the Student Union's web page to get more information about applying processes or you can ask more from your study counselor.

  • The purpose of tutoring is to:
  • Promote a new group’s bonding 
  • Create a positive atmosphere
  • Disseminate information
  • Familiarize new students with the UAS and student life
  • Arrange various events
  • Develop activities
  • Ensure the continuity of tutoring
Read more about 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
  • virtual studies support services
University social work

University social worker prevent and support student’s well-being.Social workers provide guidance and counselling for students and support students with their studies.

Most often, students contact social workers if they want to discuss their life situation; everyday life, studying, learning problems, stress or loneliness.

You can get counselling and book a personal appointment by sending an email to Kuraattorit@luc.fi

State your name, telephone number and your field of study in the message.

You can also find us here Contact us | LUC-hyvinvointi (luchyvinvointi.fi)


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.


Sari Isokoski
tel. 040 539 4988
e-mail: firstname.surname@evl.fi

Jan Pohjonen
tel. 040 186 0223
e-mail: firstname.surname@evl.fi

Milla Purosalo
tel. 040 358 6067
e-mail: firstname.surname@evl.fi

Oscar Toivanen
tel. 040 574 4496

Katja Konttajärvi
tel. 0400 496 402

Johanna Wennerström
tel. 040728 6911