SIMHE guidance and counselling

SIMHE services are targeted to migrants and refugees residing in Finland and looking for information about and guidance to higher education. Guidance is offered through personal and small group discussions by appointment. In Jyväskylä, you may also find SIMHE participating in study info events organized by Poluttamo counselling network.

Guidance and counselling services targeted to migrants living in Finland provides support in questions regarding higher education. Locating in the University of Jyväskylä’s admission services, G & C are part of activities of SIMHE – Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland. Altogether six Finnish higher education institutions* are in responsible for SIMHE that facilitates paths and access to studies offered by universities and universities of applied sciences.

You are welcome to contact our G & C services if you are a migrant living in Finland or a supportive person and looking for information about higher education, study options, general guidelines for admissions or means to continue interrupted education. Counselling is provided in person and for small groups. The discussion is conducted either in English or in Finnish face-to-face, online through video call or on the phone. Maximum duration of a meeting is about one hour. Please contact and book appointment to guidance discussion in advance by sending email to or calling counsellor Marita Häkkinen 040-805 4913.

In the guidance discussion, counselee with assistance by SIMHE counsellor plans a personal path that facilitates concrete steps to higher education studies, short-term or degree-oriented, in Finland. The discussion is always confidential and respects counselee’s own interests. The study options are being clarified in the light of counselee's previous education or profession and language skills. Since study supplies and application dates and deadlines as well as practices may vary between institutions, possible timetables and a need for continued counselling are also outlined.

SIMHE G & C incorporates study options from any Finnish university or university of applied science, including open higher education studies and depending on the interest and focus of the counselee. Read here more about SIMHE - Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland institutions in responsible.


*SIMHE - Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland is an initiative introduced by Ministry of Education and Culture and realized by University of Jyväskylä, University of Turku, University of Helsinki, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Karelia University of Applied Sciences.