08.09.2010

Study guidance at Hela

Study guidance at HELA is carried out in compliance with the guiding principles and the HOPS policies approved by the University Senate on 15 March 2006. Guidance is holistic and student-centred. It comprises of study guidance, career guidance, and guidance in personal academic development.
The contents and purpose of the individual study plan (HOPS) are discussed in the course Orientation to University Studies (ETNY001 and HISY001) taught by the departmental coordinators of the two disciplines. HOPS discussions take place in the first, third, and fifth year of studies, and they are held together with the departmental coordinator and senior assistant or lecturer, and/or professor, depending on the stage of the studies. Students’ need for guidance is surveyed annually via email.

The departmental coordinators check examination registrations, enter grades and credits into the register, and give advice on problems regarding examinations, credits, etc.
Departmental coordinators are, together with other personnel, responsible for career guidance in the form of giving information about minor subjects, assisting students in career planning, and organizing labour-market-related events at the Department with subject associations. Furthermore, they make the arrangements for the internships annually funded by the University, receive internship reports, and advise on finding and choosing suitable internship positions.

Students can discuss the learning strategies, personal goals and how to achieve them, as well as possible problems in their studies during the departmental coordinators’ office hours. Departmental coordinators offer advice and assist students in contacting the right persons depending on the situation. The teaching staff provide study guidance in matters concerning studies, and advice in matters relating to careers and research.

Student tutors give advice and support at the beginning of studies.

HELA’s personnel are available during office hours. Questions can also be sent by email, but it is far more productive to meet the supervisor in person, particularly regarding teaching and the bachelor’s or master’s thesis.