Student Life

Goodie operating model

The aims of the Goodie operating modelGoodie logo

  • To ensure that students have easily accessible wellbeing counselling for every need and phase of their studies
  • To support students take care of their study ability and to overcome any difficulties
  • To help students find motivation to study and meaningfulness in their studies

"We are one link in a long chain of caring."

"Talking to a Goodie adviser may help students realize that the problems they felt were big and difficult to solve on their own may actually be rather reasonable and easy to solve together."

    Goodies - student wellbeing advisers

    The Goodie wellbeing advisers are there for you when you need someone to talk to. They are University staff members, who have been selected and trained to support the wellbeing of students, but they are not therapists or psychologists. You can come with any issue or problem and discussions are always kept confidential. Goodie advisers can help you find information on how to promote and enhance your own wellbeing, put you in touch with available peer support groups and share ideas how to build your own support network. If needed, they will guide you further to find a solution for your situation. Don’t worry alone – come and talk to your Goodie!

    The Student Compass - internet-based wellbeing program

    The Student Compass is internet-based self-help program to enhance the general mental health and overall functioning of students. Aims at providing practical tools and coping strategies in students daily living based on the principles and processes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The program includes 3 themes: Stress, anxiety and depression.

    You can use the Student Compass

    • Independently online, without coach support: suitable for students who would like to work independently, anonymously and based on their own schedule.
    • With coach support: suitable for students who would like to work independently and would like to receive also some form of personal contact. Two face-to-face meetings with the coach + five weeks online.

    Current status of the Goodie operating model

    The first Goodies, wellbeing advisers for international students, are trained during the 2015 spring and autumn semesters. In addition, a material package and a guidance network for supporting international student wellbeing will be developed for the future Goodies.

    The Goodie operating model will be piloted and tested during the academic year 2015-2016 at the faculties of Education, Sport and Health Sciences, Mathematics and Science as well as at the School of Business and Economics. Altogether eight Goodies will participate in the pilot.

    Future of the Goodie operating model

    In the autumn semester 2016 the Goodie operating model will be expanded to cover all seven faculties of the University. In addition, a course supporting the academic study ability of international students HYVY001 will be developed.


    Supporting the well-being of international degree students; development of Goodie activities

    University Teacher, PhD Lotta Kokkonen (University of Jyväskylä Language Centre)

    Background and goals of research

    The purpose of the Student Life operating model of the University of Jyväskylä is to support studying and maintain study ability ( The Hyvis concept is part of the Student Life operating model. The concept helps students to maintain their study ability and well-being during the whole study path ( The Hyvis activities are now also offered for international degree students in the Goodie pilot project (see

    The purpose of the study is to clarify the support needs of international degree students who have meetings with Goodie instructors and to receive feedback from the instructors how the Goodie training has provided them tools to face and help these students. In addition, the purpose is to try to find information to help develop the Goodie activities and the whole operating environment of the University so that they better support internationality. The study approach is qualitative due to the pilot phase and small number of Goodie counselling meetings. Furthermore, the study aims to create foundation for research that will focus on the evaluation of the effectiveness of Goodie activities. To summarise, the purpose of this study is to clarify the types of support needed by international students, find ways to develop Goodie activities in the future and form a basis for further studies.

    Data material and methods

    The study includes interviews of instructors participating in the Goodie pilot project. Group interviews survey the development needs of Goodie training and also seek for the instructor’s views and thoughts about the support needs of international degree students.

    In addition to the interviews, the short reports of Goodie guidance meetings will be analysed. The reports reveal, for example, reasons for the visits if they have become clear to the instructor. With the help of the reports, we are able to investigate the real support needs of the degree students at the University of Jyväskylä. To provide realistic and context-related information on the well-being of international degree students and their needs for support, the study will also include data material collected from the Hyvis guidance meetings of Finnish degree students (the reports of Hyvis guidance visits[1])The approach to process all data material is qualitative and as material-oriented as possible. The purpose is to provide information that will help to understand the issue and respond to the goals set for the study.


    Contact information: lotta.o.kokkonen(a)

    Tutkimusraportti (pdf):

    Ulkomaalaisten tutkinto-opiskelijoiden hyvinvoinnin tukeminen; Goodie–toiminnan


    Yliopistonopettaja Lotta Kokkonen, FT

    Jyväskylän yliopiston kielikeskus

    Facts about Student Life


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    Student Life is a joint effort of the University of Jyväskylä and its partners to create optimal conditions for successful studies and overall well-being for students. Read more about the Student Life concept, activities and development work:


    The Student Life concept is part of the Division of Strategic Planning & Development

    More information

    • Vice Rector Helena Rasku-Puttonen
    • Director of Strategic Planning & Development Kari Pitkänen
    • Planning Coordinator Tapio Anttonen