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

New students admitted in spring 2019 will find information on starting their studies on this wegpage.

Students in the BA programme in Social Services start their studies on Monday 26 August 2019 at 9am.

Contact days for the autumn semester 2019 can be viewed at the Schedules and registration webpage and the more exact schedule on Diak’s schedule tool Lukkarikone. Search with your group code A47DSS.

First steps

1. Confirm your study place

Confirm your study place by using the link on your confirmation email or by logging in to the Oma Opintopolku / My Studyinfo service. You need to confirm your study place by 8 July 2019, 3pm (Finnish time) or else 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 2019–2020

After confirming your study place, you have to register as attending or non-attending for the academic year 2019–2020 by 8 July 2019, 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, submit the copies to the Study Office as soon as possible, by 8 July 2019 at 3pm, either by email or by post.

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. The copies you provide will not be returned to you.

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

4. Apply for residence permit if needed

The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) has compiled instructions for incoming degree students who need to apply for a residence permit.

Starting your studies

Studies in the Degree Programme in Social Services (DSS) start on Monday 26 August 2019 at 9am at the Helsinki campus (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, who will be back at the office from 12 August 2019 onwards.

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.

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 2019 are week 35 (Mon–Fri), 37 (Mon–Fri), 40 (Mon–Fri), 43 (Mon–Fri), 47 (Mon–Fri) and 49 (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.

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.

Student union

The student union for all Diak students is called O’Diako.

Please read the Welcome letter from O’Diako and check their website for more information.

More information

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the study office.

Please note that the campus is closed from 26 June until 30 July 2019 so it is not possible to visit the study office or admissions services that time.

Key practices and matters

In this section we have gathered some key practices and matters that will assist you in starting your studies.

We ask you to familiarise yourself with these matters already before starting your studies.


  • Curriculum guide. The curriculum of your degree programme.
  • Study search.  In the Study Search you find the objectives and contents of each study module for the autumn semester and, later on, for the spring semester. You can search with your group code A47DSS or use filters.
  • Degree Regulations: Activities in universities of applied sciences are regulated by the Polytechnics Act and Decree, which are supplemented by the degree regulations. Diak’s degree regulations document focuses on matters such as admissions, assessment, study progress and student’s rights and responsibilities.
  • Universities of Applied Sciences Act and Decree: The Finnish legislation regulates matters such as the revocation of the right to study (eg. due to a health problem essentially undermining the student’s functional capacity, putting other persons’ health at risk), drug testing, extracts on criminal background and students’ legal protection. An unofficial translation of the Polytechnics Act can be found online.

Study-related matters

AHOT (RPL in English)

AHOT means the recognition and accreditation of studies and prior learning (or RPL in English). You may find the description of the AHOT process at Diak and the guidelines for students on our website.

HOPS discussion (PSP in English)

The objective of the HOPS (or PSP in English) discussion is to draft a personal study plan (HOPS, PSP) for the student. It will contain a study path / timing / practical training path plan, possible special support arrangements and studies conducted in the different areas of specialization and projects at Diak that all support the student’s career path plan.

The discussion can be arranged face-to-face, by phone or through Collaborate (video conference).

Before your HOPS discussion:

  • Consider your career plan and prior knowledge that could be of use to you in your studies and at work.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Curriculum Guide. It will help you with choosing the study modules that are the most suitable for you and for the qualification you are aiming for.
  • Familiarise yourself with the AHOT (RPL) guidelines for students.


You may find the schedule of your group on Diak’s schedule tool Lukkarikone. Your group code is A47DSS.

Work placement

The objectives of the practical training, the curriculum guide, your personal study plan (HOPS) and your own career plan provide the basis for planning your practical training path. There will also be information sessions at the beginning of each study module where suitable practical training alternatives for each study module will be discussed.

Additional information, such as general conditions for practical training, guidelines on responsibilities and tasks for each party, can be found on our website.

An extract on criminal background may be required from the student if the studies include job learning or training that is carried out with children. Extract obtained for studies is free of charge. More information on the extract on criminal background can be found on the Legal Register Centre website.

Study-related expenses

Tuition fees

Tuition at Diak is free of charge for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. More information on tuition fees and other groups who are exempt from the tuition fee can be found at on our website.

If you have to pay the tuition fee, you will receive further information from the Admission Services.

Books and other materials

Books and other materials are paid by the student. Each semester you will get a copy card worth 100 pages, any exceeding pages you will pay for yourself.

For printing your thesis you will receive an extra copy card worth 100 pages.


The student restaurant Fazer Food & Co in the Helsinki campus provides meals at a discount price for students. The discount price applies only when presenting a valid student ID or a KELA meal subsidy card, which you can get from the Study Office when you start your studies.

Travel expenses

The students are responsible of paying their own travel expenses related to studies, including practical placements and excursions to working life environments.

Full time students are entitled to discounts in local and long distance trains and buses. You can either

a) order the blue student card from the Student Union O’Diako. No other certificates are needed.

In addition to discounts for meals and travels, there are some 700 discounts in the metropolitan area and nationwide. These discounts can be claimed with the O’Diako student card exclusively. We recommend that you order the card soon after you register as a student in Diak.

or b) get separate certificates for meals, local public transport as well as long distance trains and buses travels when you begin your studies.

The study office provides you with all application forms for these certificates. The meal card you get directly from the study office.

When student cards are ordered or discount certificates are claimed, we control that the student has done the registration for the period he/she applies for the card/certificate.

Concerning other conditions, e.g. not being employed full time, the students are themselves responsible of giving correct information (the student union or Diak don’t have access to information concerning the students’ employment).

Keep in mind for your entire time at Diak

Useful links

When you start your studies, you will get your user-id and password to log in to the Diak network and MyDiak (Student’s Desktop), MoodleRooms and your email.

We will need your signature to confirm that you will store them safely. Links to these services can be found on our website.


In MyDiak you can view your HOPS and transcript of records, but an official transcript of records needs to be ordered from the study office.

You can also update your address and phone number in MyDiak, and it is important that we always have your latest contact information available. If you need to change your name in our system, please contact the study office.

Registering as attending or non-attending after your first acadmic year is also done in MyDiak (you register for your first academic year at Studyinfo/Opintopolku). The registration must be done between May and July/August. The exact schedule is published annually.

MyDiak is also used for enrolling for study modules. You do not have to worry about enrolling for your first study modules as the study office will take care of this autumn’s enrolment.


MoodleRooms is a virtual learning platform that is used on courses at Diak. You can log in with your Diak e-mail address and password.

Diak email

You can login at the Office365 portal. The email addresses of Diak students: firstname.lastname@student.diak.fi. The email addresses of Diak staff: firstname.lastname@diak.fi.

Support for professional development

The student’s learning as well as his or her professional and personal development and growth is supported by lecturers, responsible teachers, study guidance counsellors, student tutors and practical training supervisors throughout the studies.

Study Guidance Counsellor (Opinto-ohjaaja in Finnish)

Study guidance counsellor gives personal guidance and support in all stages of the study path and supports students in drafting a personal study plan (HOPS, PSP in English) and reaching its goals.

HOPS is a document drafted during the first semester that can be updated later if needed. When drafting a HOPS, the student and the study guidance counsellor will agree on the content and timing of studies, any special arrangements as well as the recognition and accreditation of studies and prior learning (AHOT, RPL in English) to be included in the degree.

Student Counsellor (Kuraattori in Finnish)

Diak offers so called in-house counselling among other student welfare services (student health care nurse, student pastor, and multi-professional student welfare group) in order to support students’ well-being. Activities like identifying the students with special needs, early interventions, and assistance in accessing appropriate resources as well as supporting studying in practice are essential.

Counselling sessions and activities offered by student counsellors are tailored to the individual based on the needs of the student. These services are confidential and free of charge. In addition to face-to-face counselling processes, an option for online counselling services (via web-based connection), by phone and email are offered.

Special arrangements

We will do our best to organize reasonable special arrangements to promote accessibility in studies. For instance, a student with learning disabilities or other disabilities or illnesses that have an effect on studies may be entitled to special support and arrangements. In case you need special arrangements, please contact your study guidance counsellor.

Student welfare group

There is a multi-professional student welfare group on each campus of Diak. The purpose of the student welfare groups is to promote good learning as well as students’ physical, mental and social well-being. The student welfare activities are confidential, preventative and supportive, and they include influencing attitudes.

In case you experience the need of additional support or special arrangements in your studies, please contact the student counsellor or study guidance counsellor. We can then help you with finding a way to ensure your study progress and organize additional support if needed.
Study support workshops will be arranged each semester. Dates will be announced later on.

Study Office

Study Office will help you with many practical study-related issues, such as certificates of registration, transcripts of records and other forms.