Medical and dental students pursuing their studies abroad are entitled to work in a temporary locum role following registration. As a medical or dental student, you can apply to be included in the national healthcare professionals’ register, known as Terhikki.
As a medical student, you can apply for registration following the full completion of your fourth or fifth year of study. Students of dentistry can only apply to register following the completion of their fourth year. Further requirements will apply depending on the country in which you are undertaking your studies.
All applications will be processed within one month. The one-month period will begin to run when all the required documents have been received by Valvira. When the registration is complete, your registration certificate and identifier along with your registration number will be sent to you by post. The certificate can be issued in Finnish or Swedish.
An invoice will be sent to you separately. The fee charged for this service is determined by the applicable governmental decree. Currently, the fee is EUR 165. Our fees
Language proficiency requirements
All dental and medical students working in Finland must have the necessary verbal and written language skills to work in their professional role. The official languages in Finland are Swedish and Finnish.
Language proficiency can be proved with a Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificate (valtionhallinnon kielitutkinto) or a National Certificate of Language Proficiency (yleinen kielitutkinto). You must have obtained a minimum mark of satisfactory across all areas of your Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificate or at least intermediate, or level 3–4, across all parts of your National Certificate of Language Proficiency.
Employers are responsible for ensuring that their staff have the necessary language skills.
How to apply
Please complete the application form in English, Finnish or Swedish. All application forms must be signed and dated.
An officially certified copy of a valid passport or equivalent official document that confirms your identity and nationality
A transcript of your studies to date as original or officially certified copy.
If you have not completed the Valvira application form, please include an official document from your university confirming that the studies you have completed to date are equivalent to the 4th/5th year of study. The document must include detailed information on when you first commenced your studies and the date by which you had satisfactorily completed the required studies. The document must be stamped by your university and include contact details.
If relevant, you must include Finnish, Swedish or English translations of all your supporting documents. The translations must be completed by an official or authorised translator. The translation must be submitted in original and include the translator’s official stamp and signature. Alternatively, if you would prefer to submit copies of the translated documents, the copies must be authenticated by a notary public or signed and stamped at a Finnish embassy or other representative office.
We will not be able to return your documents to you or make copies of any documents submitted.
Qualification requirements for students from outside EU/EEA
You will be eligible to apply for student registration after you have completed your 5th year of study in full and you have passed the first part of your clinical skills assessment. The first assessment is a written examination covering clinical aspects and the Finnish healthcare system. You can sit the examination during your 5th year of study.
Temporary licensing is only available if you are pursuing your studies at a HE institution.
You will no longer be considered a student if you have discontinued your studies, you are no longer enrolled at a HE institution or you are registered as absent.
Students will no longer be eligible to practice on a temporary basis when ten years have passed since the commencement of their studies.
For further information, please contact:
Primarily by email: terhikki(at)valvira.fi
Or you can call us on weekdays 10-11 a.m. and 14-15 p.m. Tel. : +358 295 209 550