Welcome to the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Social Services!

New students admitted in spring 2020 will find information on starting their studies on this wegpage.

Studies start on Monday 7 September 2020 at 9AM at Diak’s Helsinki campus in the classroom 449 on the 4th floor.

Contact days for the autumn semester 2020 can be viewed at the Schedules and registration webpage (group code A49dss) and the more exact schedule on Diak’s schedule tool Lukkarikone.

1. Confirm your study place

Confirm your study place by using the link in your confirmation email or by logging in to the Oma Opintopolku / My Studyinfo service. You need to confirm your study place by 17 July 2020, 3pm (Finnish time) or you will lose it.

If you are unable to confirm your study place online, please contact the Admission Services.

Before confirming your study place, be aware of the one study place per term provision.

Please note that if you have to pay the tuition fee, you will be notified of this separately. The tuition fee in this Bachelor’s degree programme is €4000 per academic year.

2. Register for the academic year 2020–2021

After confirming your study place, you have to register as attending or non-attending for the academic year 2020–2021 by 17 July 2020, 3pm (Finnish time). Register as attending or non-attending at the Oma Opintopolku / My Studyinfo service.

If you are unable to register using the service, please contact the Admission Services.

Please note that you can only register as non-attending for your first academic year on certain legal grounds.

Please note that if you have to pay the tuition fee, you cannot register for the academic year before you have paid the fee.

3. Submit copies of your educational certificates

If you did not attach copies of your educational certificates (the ones that you used in the joint application process) to your online application form when you sent your application, please do it as soon as possible, by 17 July 2020, 3pm.

You can access your application through the  Oma Opintopolku / My Studyinfo service. Click on Proceed to applications and log in with Finnish bank identification codes, mobile certificate or certificate card. After logging in, choose the correct application form and upload your copies to the section called Certificates required in connection with student selection (UAS).

If you are unable to log in to the service, you may also submit the copies by email at admissions@diak.fi. If you use email, please take into account IT security matters.

If an applicant has provided false information and would not have been eligible for admission on the basis of correct information, Diak may reverse the decision of admission. In addition, if an applicant does not provide copies within the given time, Diak may reverse the decision of admission.

Even if you register as non-attending, you must provide copies of your certificates.

4. Apply for residence permit if needed

Non-EU/EEA students need a student residence permit. You can begin the student residence permit application online at Enterfinland.fi. Remember that you must personally visit a Finnish embassy or consulate as part of this process.

Start your residence permit process as soon as possible, carefully following the immigration authorities’ instructions and regulations, so that you can receive your permit in good time before your studies begin!

You can find detailed information and advice on the residence permit requirements and procedures on the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) website.

NB! Missions of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign affairs have interrupted the receiving and processing of residence permit applications on 19 March 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

While abroad, you can still submit your application through the Finnish Immigration Service’s Enter Finland online service. Your application will be accepted for processing once the exceptional arrangements are no longer in effect and you have identified yourself.

Please follow the Finnish Immigration Service’s Corona page for further updates.

Please follow Studyinfo’s COVID-19 information page for further updates.

Step-by-step guide for starting your immigration process during COVID-19 outbreak:

  1. Prepare for the application by checking you have all the necessary attachments and information before you begin.
  2. Create your user account in Enter Finland online service
  3. Fill in the application form for student residence permit carefully and accurately. Also attach all the required documents. This will help the Immigration service when they will process your application later.
  4. Please follow the bulletins issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on the ministry’s web page. Book a time for identification immediately when the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has announced that the exceptional arrangements are no longer in effect. You can find a list of Finland’s embassies and other missions online.
  5. Pay and submit your application
  6. Visit the selected authority to identify yourself
  7. Follow the processing of your application

Starting your studies

Studies in the Bachelor’s degee programme in Social Services (DSS) start on Monday 7 September 2020, 9AM at the Helsinki campus classroom 449 (Kyläsaarenkuja 2, 00580 Helsinki).

You will meet your student group at that time. You will also receive important information about starting your studies and studying at Diak.

Your study guidance counsellor is Ms Pihla Nortela, pihla.nortela@diak.fi.


Blended learning

Studies are conducted as daytime studies. They include contact teaching, independent study and studying in small groups as well as online on MoodleRooms.

Contact teaching weeks for the autumn semester 2020 are week 37 (Mon–Fri), 39 (Mon–Fri), 4(Mon–Fri), 45 (Mon–Fri), 47 (Mon–Fri) and 50 (Mon–Fri).

The studies of the group will progress, primarily, in accordance with a schedule that is phased according to the group’s learning tasks.

The studies will require individual tasks and cooperative work as well as interaction face-to-face and online. They also include practical training periods.

The studies are designed to correspond to full-time studies.


Curriculum guide

The curriculum for the Bachelor’s degree in Social Services is available on our website.

Checking original certificates

Your admission is conditional until your certificates have been checked and copies have been compared to the original documents.

During the first two weeks of studies, the originals of your educational certificates, which you used in the joint application process, will be compared to the copies you submit.

Take the original certificates with you on the first day of studies. If you do not submit the original certificates for verification, Diak may reverse the decision of admission.

If you register as non-attending, the original certificates will be checked when you commence your studies.

Student card and student union

Tuudo, a mobile app for students, is available for degree students at Diak. Tuudo offers a digital student ID card that brings you a number of student services and discounts.

The student union for all Diak students is called O’Diako. For information on how to become a member, please visit the O’Diako website.

Traffic connections

You can get quite close to the campus by trams 6 and 8 and buses 55 and 56. There is no parking available but there is plenty of room for bicycles.

Kalasatama metro station is about 15 minutes’ walk from the campus.

Student housing

Student housing in the Helsinki area is offered by HOAS​, The Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region.

Healthcare fee for students in higher education starting 1 January 2021

Starting in 2021, students who study for a bachelor’s or a master’s level degree from a university of applied sciences are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS).

The healthcare fee for higher education students is paid to Kela. Read more about the services of the Finnish Student Health Service and the healthcare fee for higher education students paid to Kela.