Work placement in a practical environment

Diak offers exchange students work placement opportunities in the fields of nursing and social work. Work placements can be arranged for example in hospitals, health care centres, children’s day care centres and local social services.

Work placements can be organised at our Oulu and Pori campuses, depending on the trainee’s chosen field and the availability of placements. The number of places at each campus is limited and availability is not guaranteed.

The length of work placement is normally three months, and the dates are negotiable. Diak follows the Erasmus+ program and general training guidelines.

If you are interested in applying for a work placement in Finland as an exchange student at Diak, please contact Diak’s International Coordinator (, as well as the international office of your home institution before submitting your application to Diak.

Work Placements at Oulu campus

The Oulu campus offers work placements in hospitals and health care units and social services, e.g. at the international playschool and various social welfare organisations. Oulu is a vibrant student city in Northern Finland with great access to explore Finnish nature.

Accommodation can be electronically booked on the website of PSOAS. The local coordinator can advise you about other possibilities.

For more information about Oulu and student life in the city, see

Work Placements at Pori campus

Pori campus offers nursing students work placement opportunities at the local hospital and health care units. Pori is well-known for the Pori Jazz festival and the sandy beaches at Yyteri.

Diak’s local International Coordinator will assist you in finding an apartment. The living costs are more reasonable in Pori than e.g. in the Helsinki region. Located on the west coast of Finland, Pori is home to 77,000 people.

See what’s on in Pori at

Practical Information


Contact the Diak International office via email six months before the work placement period. Familiarise yourself with the application procedure. In order to get accepted you must be nominated by your host university (a partner institution of Diak).

Health and vaccination certificates

Please note that if you wish to carry out your work practice at a Finnish hospital or institute, you should find out what health and vaccination certificates are required by the organisation in question. Note that you need to take care of the vaccinations beforehand.

Following vaccinations are often required:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Polio
  • Varicella
  • MMR
  • Seasonal influenza vaccination
  • Boostrix vaccine (if working with children or emergency ward)