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Apply to Language Centre Student Council and The Board of the Library of University of Helsinki


Apply to Language Centre Student Council

1 Number of members in the Student Council

A total of 20 students from all campuses are appointed to Language Centre Student Council. Participation of the Swedish-speaking and international students is encouraged.

2 Duration of term

The term of the Student Council covers the years 2016–2017.

3 Duties of the Student Council members

The Student Council meets 2 times per semester to discuss language studies of the Language Centre and their development.
Members can participate in pedagogical development of the Language Centre in working groups and internal training sessions. Members bring up the needs, opinions and improvement suggestions of their campus/faculty concerning language studies. Members participate in the annual meetings of their faculty and the Language Centre.

4 Benefits for the student

Activities in the Student Council provide general working life skills (such as team work skills, meeting skills, readiness for assessment and development work). The student becomes familiar with university activities more widely than from the viewpoint of one's own faculty. Credits (1-3 cr.) from the activities may be allocated for the elective studies in the degree. A separate certificate is provided for acting in the Student Council.

Applications addressed to the Student Union Board should be submitted at by 12am on Monday, 7 Dec 2015. The Student Union encourages representatives of different genders to apply. For further information on the position, please contact Specialist (university administration and higher education policy) Janne Lardot, e-mail janne.lardot(at)

Become a Student Representative!

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki is looking to fill the following position(s) of student representatives in university administration:

The Board of the Library of University of Helsinki

Student representation in university administration is an important principle of the Finnish higher education institutions. In all administrative bodies professors, other staff and students are all equally represented, which ensures decision-making that takes into account the points of view of all instances involved in the issues being discussed.

Student representatives do not receive a salary, but work on a voluntary basis. Depending on the body in question, meetings can be held from a few times a year to monthly. In addition to attending the meetings, student representatives are expected to familiarise themselves with the documents beforehand, and keep in touch with the students they represent, as well as the other student representatives through personal contacts or student organisations. The student representatives themselves gain important experience of university administration. Also, having acted as a student representative in university administration can also be an advantage when seeking employment.

Most university administrative bodies currently work in Finnish. English may be accepted as a working language, but most documents will be in Finnish, so a basic command of the language is advisable.

More information about open positions: specialist (higher education policy and university administration) Janne Lardot, phone 050 543 8460, email: janne.lardot(at)