Degree Student

Study Guidance and Guidance Staff

Students have the right to receive the study guidance they need at Jamk. Guidance is an activity that is the responsibility of all staff. It is a teacher’s responsibility to go over the objectives of each course and what students need to do to achieve them. If the students have learning difficulties, they are helped and supported by the career tutor, the study counsellors and the study psychologist.

Guidance Staff

Please contact these persons if you're looking for support:

Study Counsellor

The study counsellor serves both degree students and study path students in Open Studies.

Each Jamk unit has a study counsellor with whom you can confidentially discuss any study-related issues that are bothering you.

Support and guidance in challenging situations:

  • Challenging life situations
  • Accessible and barrier-free learning
  • Study motivation; thoughts/risk of dropping out
  • Stalled studies and/or long break from studies
  • Conflicts with other students, career tutor or teachers
  • Studying on extension time, support for finishing studies

Appointment and Study Counsellor by Unit

School of Health and Social Studies

Social Services and Health Care Music
Vesa Kuhanen
Make an appointment for Vesa.

School of Business

International Business, Business Information Technologies, Tourism Management, Sport Business Management, International Business Management
Tiina Siitonen
Make an appointment for Tiina (login required)

Students in Finnish degree programmes
Heli-Riikka Immonen

School of Technology

Students in Technology (students of agrologist and engineering)
Teija Palonen
Make an appointment for Teija.

Career Tutor

The career tutor serves both degree students and study path students in Bachelor's degree programmes.

Each group of students starting a Bachelor’s Degree Programme has its own career tutor. You have the right and an obligation to create and update your own career and learning plan and review your plans with your career tutor in an annual PLP discussion.

You can get support and guidance in the situations below:

  • Questions related to course selection and career planning
  • Questions related to choosing a field
  • Coping
  • Time management
  • Study motivation
  • Trouble with learning
  • Stalled studies
  • Feelings of loneliness
  • Stage fright
  • Conflicts with other students or teachers

See your own career tutor in Peppi.

Study Psychologist

The study psychologist serves degree students.

We have two study psychologists at Jamk. The study psychologist is an authorised health care professional, whose competencies include questions related to learning, motivation and mental health. The study psychologist closely cooperates with the study counsellors and the Finnish Student Health Services (FSHS) and refers students to other services, when necessary.

For example, you can contact us about the following issues affecting your studies:

  • Study skills, study motivation, difficulty of focusing
  • Stress and performance anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Relationship troubles, loneliness
  • Challenging life situations
  • Accessible and barrier-free learning

The contact details of the study psychologists can be found at the bottom of this page and their appointment information are listed on the Elmo Student Guidance and Support pages.

School Pastor

The school pastor serves all students.

The school pastor is part of the team of professionals who take care of the well-being of students: study counsellors, career tutors, study psychologist and health care. The school pastor is a worker of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jyväskylä, who can be contacted regardless of whether you are a member of another religious group or do not belong to any religious group. It is part of the school pastor’s professional skills to accept each student just the way they are.

For example, you can contact the school pastor about the following issues:

  • Relationship troubles
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Crises and grief
  • Loneliness
  • Bullying and discrimination
  • Life philosophy

The contact details of the school pastor can be found at the bottom of this page and the walk-in hours are listed in Elmo.

JAMKO Student Tutors

The student tutor serves mainly degree students and study path students in Bachelor's degree programmes.

Student tutors act as peer instructors for students, and as guides at the beginning of studies and during studies. All tutors are recruited and trained by Student Union JAMKO. Every student has the right to have a tutor. Tutors will be assigned to new student at the beginning of their studies. If this is not true in your case, contact your career tutor or the student union!

There are different types of tutors. For example, degree tutors are the support network of English degree programme students. Exchange tutors support the incoming exchange students during their whole exchange experience.

  • Guidance to support services
  • Small group activities and introducing new students to each other
  • Electronic study tools (Peppi, Moodle and Elmo student intra, Tuudo)
  • Familiarizing new students to a new city or land
  • Help to be acquainted with new study environment and student culture
  • Student Union JAMKO’s services

Guidance, Tutoring and Well-being
Eeva Vissel, Advisor, guidance and well-being
+358 50 516 6916

Read more about the different tutors (peer tutor,  degree tutor and international tutor) and tutoring on the JAMKO website.

JAMKO Mentors

The mentor serves mainly Bachelor's degree students.

Mentors are students who have been trained to work as peer supporters when the studies have continued from the first year.

  • Support for the progression of your studies
  • Guidance regarding the contents of your studies, practical training, student exchange or thesis work
  • Meetings, listening and guidance in challenging situations
  • Promoting student well-being
  • Guidance towards necessary support services
  • Supporting tutors in questions related to tutoring and any difficult situations

Eeva Vissel, Advisor, guidance and well-being
+358 50 516 6916

More information about mentoring and becoming a mentor on the JAMKO website.

JAMKO Harassment Contact Person

Harassment Contact Person of Student Union JAMKO Officer will support you if you experience bullying, harassment, inappropriate treatment, or other injustice, either by your fellow students or staff. All measures are decided together with the student and the harassment contact person acts in strict confidence and always with the student's permission. In practice, Harassment Contact Person listens, helps move the matter forward, promotes student legal security, trains the Harassment Contact Persons of study field associations, and influences the UAS practices from the perspective of a safer community. Harassment Contact Person will help to resolve the difficult situation but is not the judge to decide the matter.

Student Services

Student services serves degree students.

Student services study affairs coordinators will help you or example, on the following matters:

  • Enrolments for attendance or non-attendance
  • Registration for courses
  • Study entitlement
  • Discretionary extension
  • Graduation
  • Certificate of studies and meal bonus

A link to the contact details for Student Services can be found below.

International Services

The International Relations Planners guide both outgoing degree students and incoming exchange students.

Outgoing degree students:

  • Application process for exchange studies or practical training abroad
  • Grant money for mobilities
  • Documentation of the exchange periods
  • Selecting a suitable exchange destination or type of mobility

Incoming exchange students:

  • Applying to Jamk for exchange
  • Exchange documentation and transcript of records
  • General guidance and support

A link to the contact details for International Services can be found below.

Student Health Services

Student health services belongs to degree students.

  • Health issues
  • Trouble sleeping and concentrating
  • Mental health issues
  • Self-destructive thoughts
  • Substance abuse and gambling addiction
  • Evaluation, guidance and further guidance towards other parties in the co-operation network (where necessary)

You can find a link to the student health services pages below.

Resource-focused meeting (VoiKo)

VoiKo meetings are available for nursing and midwifery students.

We at VoiKo want to support the progress of your studies and your own coping skills. You can contact us with a low threshold. Visits are not recorded and anonymity is protected. The meeting can be in Turbiini or Teams. The meeting time is 45 minutes and there can be 1-3 appointments. Possibility of two additional meetings. Appointments are made by e-mail.

No one has to manage alone - could VoiKo help?

Sami Hoisko

Taina Sten

If you are unsure about who to turn to

please contact the Student Services (email: studentservices(at)

Study Counsellor Contact Information

Vesa Kuhanen

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Kuntoutusinstituutti, Institute of Rehabilitation
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies

Heli-Riikka Immonen

Opinto-ohjaaja, Study Counsellor
Liiketalous, Business Administration
Liiketoiminta, School of Business

Tiina Siitonen

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Matkailu ja palvelut, Tourism and Service Business
Liiketoiminta, School of Business

Teija Palonen

Opinto-ohjaaja, Study Counsellor
Teknologian kehittämispalvelut, Technology Development Services
Teknologia, School of Technology

Piia Hynynen

Asiantuntija, Specialist
Global Competence, Global Competence
Liiketoiminta, School of Business

Study Psychologists Contact Information

Heini-Maria Pietilä

Opintopsykologi, Study Psychologist
Koulutuksen kehittämispalvelut, Educational Development Services
Korkeakoulupalvelut, University Services

Joonas Puhto

Opintopsykologi, Study Psychologist
Koulutuksen kehittämispalvelut, Educational Development Services
Korkeakoulupalvelut, University Services

Antti Järvinen

Opintopsykologi, Study Psychologist
Koulutuksen kehittämispalvelut, Educational Development Services
Korkeakoulupalvelut, University Services

School Pastor Contact information

johanna.tikkanen(at) or johanna.tikkanen(at)
+358 50 521 5418
Instagram: johanna_tikkanen

Portrait of school pastor Johanna Tikkanen