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Facilities for Special Needs Students

Special Education and Support During Studies

Special education or guidance in studies may be needed, if some form of learning difficulties is suspected.

The most common form of learning difficulties is a difficulty of reading or writing, which is not caused by for example poor foreign language skills. Some forms of physical impairment, poor sight or hearing can also be linked to learning difficulties.

Every case of a student suffering from learning difficulties is unique.

Accessibility in Metropolia Facilities

Metropolia operates in 23 units in the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa. The buildings originate from different eras, ranging from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century. The oldest properties are located in Helsinki. Particularly in the older buildings accessibility can vary significantly. Physically impaired persons might need to use alternative routes.

As a responsible tenant of the facilities, Metropolia develops accessibility in the units in cooperation with the owners of the properties. In order to secure accessibility, Metropolia carries out accessibility mappings in collaboration with national organisations such as The Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities. Metropolia students take part in the mapping together with representatives from different interest groups. The results and suggestions for improvement are used to support decision-making and further measures.

Metropolia does not have special facilities or services for students with a visual or hearing impairment.

Accessibility in Finland

Efforts have been made in Finland to take into account the interests and needs of disabled persons. This means ramped access and wide doors in many places and bathrooms accessible for disabled persons.

Airplanes, ferries and trains have wheelchair access and services, but it is recommended that you notify the personnel of your needs in advance, i.e. when booking the tickets.

Local transportation has low floor buses and trams marked on the timetables. There are taxis with wheelchair access (the so called InvaTaxi) and many hotels and hostels that have rooms designed for disabled persons.

Further Information

Should you need special assistance or facilities during your studies at Metropolia, please contact:

  • New degree applicant: If you are considering applying to Metropolia as a degree student, please contact the Admissions Office
  • Current degree student: If you are currently studying at Metropolia as a degree student, please contact your teacher tutor, student advisor or a special education teacher. Individualised educational support arrangements can be applied with a particular form (see below the document Equal Metropolia). See further information also in the Tube intranet.
  • Exchange student: If you are considering applying to Metropolia as an exchange student, please contact the international coordinator of your field of study.

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Last update 22 September 2016