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Guidance in Open University Studies

Guidance in Open University Studies

Do you need study guidance?

During you studies at the open university or as you consider your study options, you might find yourself in a situation where you need guidance. Please turn to us in these situations. We provide guidance by e-mail, telephone or digital meetings.

We also offer digital scheduling for guidance sessions. You can schedule an appointment among others in the following areas:

  • Subject specific guidance in most subjects
  • Matters regarding accessibility (should you e.g. be in need of individual arrangments due to dyslexia, adhd, autism or other challenges which makes your studies more difficult)

Schedule a guidance session here!


In questions regarding course registration, course certificates and equivalent, we recommend the following webbpages:

Contact: opu@abo.fi

Our education planners will guide you in questions regarding specific subjects or studies within the subjects. You can contact us by e-mail, phone or in most cases digitally schedule a guidance session.

In some situations you might need to discuss studies on a more general level. In these situations, you can turn to:

If you have special needs that makes it difficult for you to participate in courses at the Open University at Åbo Akademi University, you can apply for individual arrangements and receive guidance to make your studies more accessible.

The process is as follows:

  1. Fill in the application form here and attach a certificate/statement of your special need issued by an expert (special education teacher, psychologist, speech therapist, doctor or other expert) to your application.
  2. Schedule a guidance session with one of our accessibility advisors.
  3. We will guide you and make recommendations to make your studies more accessible.
  4. You can show the recommendation to the course teacher and the education planning officer at the start of the course or well in advance before the individual arrangements need to be taken into account.

The accessibility advisors at the Open University are:

If you are a degree student at Åbo Akademi University and participate in courses at the Open university, we follow the recommendations provided by the accessibility advisors at the faculties. Information on the accessibility process for degree students at ÅAU can be found here (NB: login required).

The study advisors on the upper secondary level, will guide their previous students one year after the upper secondary degree, if you have not received a study entitlement at a university.

Also other actors in the society provide guidance, e.g.:



Updated 19.12.2023