You are required to have with you the European Health Insurance Card. In addition you must be covered by your college’s liability insurance during your placement (e.g. in case there is any damage to the equipment or facilities of a company). You are also strongly recommended to have travel insurance (missing luggage, broken or missing equipment, sudden illness or accidents).


In the field of social and health care some vaccines are recommended and occasionally proof of vaccination must be presented to the workplace instructor. You will be notified of these regulations prior to your arrival to Finland.

Extract on criminal background

From the beginning of the year 2012, an extract on criminal background is also required of students for on-the-job learning or training that is carried out with children. This extract should be obtained from the relevant authorities in the students’ home country.

The extract is merely intended to be presented to an employer or an approving authority for inspection. The employer or the authority must not gather or store the data of the extract on criminal background. The employer can only make a note in his documents of the extract having been presented and in this connection write down the identifying data of the extract, those being the name of the person in question and the date of the extract. The extract on criminal background must not be older than six months when presented to an employer or authorities.