What student tutoring is?

Student tutoring is peer tutoring. Student tutors are students themselves and they are tutoring other students on a voluntary basis. Student tutor is usually a second or higher year student.

Tutoring is a part of Oulu University of Applied Sciences’ study counselling. Student tutoring focuses on engaging students to their studies, helping new students grouping with fellow students and on making studying in Oamk more enjoyable. Student tutoring is coordinated by the Student Union OSAKO.

Student tutoring is the most active at the beginning of studies and last throughout the first year. Hence, tutors are expected to be available the whole academic year. Tutors are the first link a new student has to Oamk. Tutors welcome new students, tutees, brief them into studying at Oamk and help them adapt to their new life situation. As a result of tutoring, the adjusting process to cultural and other differences is easier. Tutors can also be of assistance in controlling studying skills and by providing support during a hard course.


Tutoring Dictionary

Become a tutor

Every year new students need new volunteers to become a tutor. Everyone who studies in Oamk can apply to be a tutor and participate in tutor training. International tutors guide exchange students and international degree students. The tutoring is done in English.

Foreign students need other students to help them cope with their studies and student life. As an international tutor you will be a friend and a guide. You might be the first person a foreign student learns to know in Finland, and it is your job to make sure that the student gets settled in comfortably and easily.

For you, tutoring is an amazing opportunity to develop your group guidance and performing skills. Tutoring is a great way to to socialize, and as a bonus you can apply study credits after your tutoring has ended. As an international tutor you are entitled to take part in the study course Y00027E International tutoring (3cr). If you continue your tutoring for one more year, you get 5 credits from the Comprehensive Student Tutoring course. In order to get the credits you need to be available the whole academic year. You can apply the credits after finishing your tutoring.

OSAKO's search for tutors


Tutors’ work term is one academic year. In return, tutors get a tutor t-shirt and tutor badge, which are a sign for new students that you are a tutor, and also the study credits. Also, as an international tutor, you gain new friends, learn to know different cultures, get international work experience and improve your language skills.

OSAKO arranges for all active tutors a pre-Christmas party and a spring get-together-evening.

Ask more information from your tutors, your field’s tutor representative and OSAKO’s board member responsible for tutoring.

I want to become a tutor

I already became a tutor, and I would like to continue

If you are a new tutor, apply to be a tutor with Google Forms.

Please note: You need to use Oamk’s email address to fill the application.

If you have any questions regarding international tutoring or applying, please contact Julia Isopahkala (julia.isopahkala@oamk.fi).

If you are a continuing tutor, please send your application via the Google Forms -link that you can find from tutor’s WhatsApp-group.

Please note: You need to use Oamk’s email address to fill the application.

As a continuing tutor, you don’t need to participate in tutor training.

If you have any questions regarding international tutoring or applying, please contact Julia Isopahkala (julia.isopahkala@oamk.fi).

Tutor training and meetings