Health Care Services

Health care services available for Exchange and Double Degree Students are dependent on the student’s status at Jamk. Double degree students are entitled to use student health care services, and exchange students are entitled to public and/or private health care services, based on the health insurance obtained before arriving to Finland and Jamk.

Double Degree students are enrolled as degree students at Jamk, and therefore, are entitled to student health care through Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS). Read more about the FSHS services and the mandatory healthcare fee in the Study Guide.

Exchange students, however, are not pursuing a full degree in Finland and therefore, under the Finnish law are not entitled to student health care. Instead, exchange students must obtain either the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, available for citizens of EU/EEA countries) or private insurance that will cover the medical and drug expenses while on exchange.

Public Health Care Services

Citizens of the EU and EEA countries with EHIC card are entitled to the same public health care services as Finnish citizens. Further information about the EHIC can be found on the European Commission’s website: European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) 

Public health services are subject to a fee. Please note that access to public services and treatment might take some time, depending on the needed service and the queues (e.g. dental care and mental health care services may have quite long queues).

Links to public health care in Jyväskylä:

Private Health Services

The citizens of non-EU and non-EEA countries must have personal private health insurance allowing them access to the private health care services. Further information can be found on the Finnish Immigration Service Migri’s website: Students’ Health Insurance for Non-EU citizens 

Private health services are subject to a fee. Usually fees are paid first to the service provider and then reimbursement is applied from the insurance company.

Links to some private health service providers in Jyväskylä:

If private health services are closed (e.g. in the evening/during the weekend), first aid is available in the public health centres.

EU/EEA citizens may also opt to use private health services, especially if/when they have private health insurance to make use of.

In Case of Emergency

In case of emergency, call the general emergency number 112. By calling this number you can contact police, ambulance, fire department and other emergency services. An emergency call can be made free of charge from any phone.

Vaccinations and medication

Make sure your basic vaccinations, polio, tetanus-diphtheria and MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) are up to date.

Exchange Students arriving to practical training in the field of health and social studies must present their certificate of vaccination before starting their training. Further information has been provided upon acceptance in the welcoming info package. Please contact your practical training coordinator and International Services, if you don’t have the required vaccinations in order.

If you are on regular medication, you should have the prescription or other detailed information on the medicine with you.


Pharmacies are part of the Finnish health care system, and a pharmacy licence from the National Agency for Medicines is always needed to operate a retail pharmacy. Many medicines can be bought only on doctor’s prescription. In addition to prescribed medicines, pharmacies sell items needed in the use of medicines, bandaging materials, as well as self-care medicines without prescription, e.g. painkillers, basic creams, and vitamins. Self-care medicines for pets, nature care products, and cosmetics are among the products sold at pharmacies as well. Plasters and bandage materials can also be bought at grocery shops in Finland, but not e.g. painkillers.

The opening hours of Finnish pharmacies are among the longest in Europe, but vary from one pharmacy to another.

  • In Jyväskylä, the pharmacy called Yliopiston apteekki at Kauppakatu 39 is open daily from 7 am to 11 pm. In addition to the pharmacies located in the centre of Jyväskylä, there is a pharmacy also within some superstores, e.g. Citymarket and Prisma.
  • The pharmacy of Saarijärvi is located at Kauppakatu 2.