School and student healthcare includes:

  • Health inspections
  • Healthcare services
  • Medical care within basic healthcare.

The municipality where the educational establishment is located will arrange school and student healthcare services for all comprehensive school pupils and students of upper secondary schools, vocational schools and polytechnic universities.

  • School healthcare is usually arranged within the school’s premises.
  • Student healthcare is usually arranged within the premises of the educational establishment or in a separately named location.

Healthcare for university students

The Finnish Student Healthcare Service (FSHS) provides student healthcare services for students of universities and other institutions of higher education. You are entitled to FSHS’s services if you are studying for a basic degree and you have paid the students’ union membership fee.

If you arrive in Finland in order to perform study or research, you will not usually be insured in Finland since studying is commonly considered temporary residence. Therefore, a person arriving in Finland for study or research will continue to be covered by social security in their country of origin or another country. A student may also have private healthcare insurance.

If the Register Office records a place of domicile in Finland for you, you can use all public healthcare services in the municipality in question. You will pay the same customer fee for the services as the residents of the municipality in question.

If your conditions change during your stay in Finland and you stay here for over a year, move here permanently or start working in Finland,

Students

If you are a student or researcher arriving in Finland from another EU or EEA country, Switzerland or Quebec, Canada, you will be eligible for treatment in public healthcare and you will receive reimbursement for the costs of private medical care, medicines and travel from Kela.

  • If you arrive in Finland as a student from another EU or EEA country or from Switzerland
    • for less than a year, demonstrate your right to public healthcare by using the European Health Insurance Card
    • for more than a year, register form E 106 or S1 from your country of residence at Kela.
  • If you arrive in Finland from Quebec, Canada, as a student or researcher, register certificate SF/Q4 from Quebec’s health insurance institute at Kela, after which Kela will grant you a certificate of entitlement to treatment in Finland. With this certificate, you can demonstrate your right to treatment within Finland’s public healthcare.

If you arrive in Finland as a student from outside of the EU and EEA countries, Switzerland or Quebec in Canada, you must have private insurance for the costs of healthcare and medical care. Valid insurance is a prerequisite for receiving a residence permit. You will receive emergency treatment within public healthcare and be responsible for its costs yourself. You can also take out insurance to cover the costs.

Researchers and artists receiving grants

Researchers and artists who receive grants are not usually insured in Finland, since their residence is considered temporary.

You arrive from another EU or EEA country or from Switzerland and you will be staying in Finland

  • for less than one year, use the European Health Insurance card to demonstrate your right to medically necessary treatment
  • for more than a year, register form E 106 or S1 from your country of residence at Kela.

If you have arrived from another EU or EEA country or from Switzerland and you are involved in research, artistic work or postgraduate studies while receiving a grant or scholarship in accordance with the Act on the pension system of Finnish agricultural entrepreneurs for a minimum of four months, request health insurance from Kela by means of e-services or on form Y 77.

  • Studies or research with a foreign grant will not usually entitle you to health insurance in Finland.
  • More information concerning the pension system for researchers and artists who receive grants is available from the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution (Mela).

If you are a researcher on a scholarship and you have arrived from Quebec in Canada, register form SF/Q4 with Kela.

Interns

If you arrive in Finland as an intern from another EU or EEA country or from Switzerland

  • for less than a year, medically necessary treatment will be available with the European Health Insurance Card
  • for more than a year, register form E 106 or S1 from your country of residence at Kela.

If you arrive in Finland from Quebec in Canada in order to perform a vocational or university level internship, register form SF/Q4 with Kela. The form will be provided by the authorities in your country of residence.