Frequently asked questions
Student card-related issues
Academic year sticker. A sticker attached to the student card, which tells if the card holder’s membership is valid. The sticker needs to be renewed yearly.
Alumni. A person who has graduated (from Oamk). The alumni activities are coordinated by the alumni association in Oamk.
Body of Representatives. The highest decision-making power in OSAKO lies in the hands of 25 representatives. Members of the body are elected by the students each year. All members of OSAKO have both the right to vote and to run for a seat. Read more on osakoweb.fi/vaalit!
Campus. A building/group of buildings that houses the university of applied sciences. Oamk has two campuses in Oulu and one in Oulainen.
Checkpoint orienteering. A form of an event, where participants do assignments at checkpoints. There are several checkpoint orienteerings throughout the year.
Degree programme team. The degree programme teams are teams that do education development in their own degree programmes. There is an own team for each programme, and they consist of members of students, staff and working life.
ESN. Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a non-profit international student organisation. Their mission is to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students.
Fagerholm Heidi. Oamk Oy’s CEO and the rector of OUAS.
Field-specific student association. Associations that represent the students of a certain field. Kultti represents students of media and performing arts, Luva the students of renewable natural rescources, OSASTO the students of social and health care, Outo the students of business and OTE the students of engineering.
Hurmos. Oulu’s student community’s massive opening festival. Both OSAKO and OYY organize this massive event for OUAS and OU students. The first one of all time was just in the fall of 2021.
International tutor. A student, whose task is to guide international students in studying in Oamk and living in Oulu.
Kultti. The field-specific student association of students of media and performing arts.
LABs. LABs are an inspired multidiciplinary way of learning in Oamk. The participants develop new products or services in real-life projects.
Luva. The field-specific student association of students of natural rescources.
Mentor. A student’s guide, who is already in working life.
OIO. OIO is the local student association of the nationwide engineers’ trade union.
Oiva. The student intranet, where most information related to studies can be found.
OPM. Finnish for BYOB, bring your own bottle (and towel). If the event info states OPMx2, it meas to take both your own drinks and a towel for sauna purposes.
OSAKO’s overall badge sewing club. A regular event, where people gather together to sew their overall badges. See overall badges.
OSASTO. The field-specific student association of social and health care students.
OTE. The field-specific student association of engineering students.
Otovappu. A traditional party held on April 29 in Otokylä. The main activities are eating sausage and bathing in the Tynskä barrel sauna.
Oula. OUAS’s library site. Loan, search and look for library books and services on Oula!
Outo. The field-specific student association of business students.
Overall badge (or patch). Fabric-made badges that are attached to overalls. The more you have, the more you have studied – or maybe partied. You get overall badges from events you attend, but you can also buy them.
Overalls. A student’s party outfit. Each field of studies has their own; students of culture and media have dark red, students of engineering yellow, students of social and health care white, students of business mint green and students of natural resources have yellow-green overalls. Two rules apply; whatever is attached to the overalls may not be removed and the only way to wash the overalls is to have a shower or swim while wearing them.
OYY. The student union of the students of University of Oulu which co-operates with OSAKO.
Preludi. The legendary afterparty to the opening ceremony of the academic year and the first student party in the autumn. Nowadays from 2021 forward the opening festival is called Hurmos, and it is organized by OSAKO and OYY together!
Representative. A member of OSAKO’s body of representatives. The representatives are elected every November.
SAMOK. The union of student unions in Finland. Represents all Finnish university of applied sciences students.
Sittning or sitsit. A certain form of a student party, which includes dinner, drinks, drinking songs and speeches. There is a certain code of behavior and breaking it will result in punishment. The dress code is often to a theme, but always more formal than overalls. Often referred also as sitz party.
Sports pass. A sticker that can be bought to the student card, which gives discounts on sports services and the courses of University Sports of Oulu.
Student card. The membership card of your student union. This card entitles its holder to student discounts. The student card can only be obtained via OSAKO.
Student union. The representative of all the students of university of applied sciences. There is a student union in every single UAS in Finland. The student union at Oulu university of applied sciences is OSAKO.
Study credit. Measures the scope of the courses. One study credit accounts for 27 hours of work.
Thesis. Is included in every degree. It is the final school assignment done, and its aim is to demonstrate the student’s abilities in expert duties.
Tour d’Oulu. A non-alcoholic checkpoint orienteering arranged for new students at the start of the academic year. The goal of Tour d’Oulu is for the students to get to know Oulu and their study groups.
Trapesti. Trapesti is a company founded by Oamk students. It sells communication, digital media and financial administration services.
Tutor. A student, whose task is to guide younger students into life in Oulu and studies at Oamk.
Tynskä. A barrel sauna which is pushed from Hietasaari to Otokylä a day before Otovappu.
Vappu. Sometimes referred to as Wappu. The Finnish word for May Day, but the Student Wappu lasts from a few days to several weeks depending on what and where you study.
The Wappu means party after party, but the abslolute climax is the OSAKO’s Wappu – a huge checkpoint orienteering with more than 1000 participants and an outdoor afterparty.
Well-being tutor. A fellow student, who guides his/her tutorees in trying out new sports or attending culture events.
Winter Rumble. A yearly sledging competition and afterparty arranged by OSAKO in February/March.