New students guide:

OLTO New students guide 2019 (download pdf)







About the guild

Oulun lääketieteen tekniikan opiskelijat (students of medical technology in Oulu) ry aka OLTO is a guild established in 1993, which works to unite students of medical technology in University of Oulu and all the students interested in the field. OLTO’s goal is to keep up good contacts to companies, experts and other universities and other guilds in the same field in other guilds, aka sister guilds.


There’s about 200 members in the guild and they represent an exceptionally broad spectrum of students and graduates from faculties of Medicine, Natural Sciences, Technology, and Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. What they all have in common is the interest to use their knowledge in medical technology applications and to immerse into medical technology already during their studies.

OLTO keeps up the contact to the companies, guilds and experts by attending events (e.g. Day of Medical Physics and Technology) and seminars. OLTO arranges company visits and “working life evenings”, to bring the medical technology companies closer to the students. Guild’s caucus names a teacher from University of Oulu to be an Oltermanni for the guild for a year at a time, who has shown active development and support of medical technology. The job of Oltermanni is to support the guild’s actions and be a link between the guild and staff of the university.

The activity of OLTO has developed greatly in the past few years. We meet students of medical technology from different faculties at the guild room but also in sauna and movie nights and on our sport shift. Besides those OLTO has sitsit (sittning) and various other events in collaboration with other guilds. The biggest and finest event is anniversary ball which is arranged every fifth year. This year is a year of celebration, because we’ll gather to celebrate the 25 years of OLTO on 27th October, 2018.

OLTO is the main guild for students of wellness and medical technology and biomedical engineering. All interested students can join no matter if they are a member of another guild. Membership is free. We inform members of events and other important issues with emails, on our website and on social media as well as the guild’s info board.


Guild’s board

The guild chooses its board in the caucus that is around the Christmas time. The board works for a year and some of the titles of the board can change from year to year.Some people may have multiple titles. The guild board has regular meetings and is responsible for guild’s activities and organizing events.

Board of 2018 and their main jobs:


Joonas Valkama, chairperson

Chairpersons main job is to call the board to a meeting regularly, to supervise the meetings and coordinate the board. Chairperson makes sure that the board follows the plan of action and guild’s rules. Chairperson works closely with trade union TEK (Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK).


Linda Rantamaa, vice charperson, study representative

Vice chairperson supervises the meetings if the chairperson cannot attend for some reason.

Study representative maintains guild’s exam archive and works with different units and degree program committees regarding study and degree issues and feedback from the guild members.


Riikka Lehtonen, secretary

Secretary writes the minutes of each meeting, confirms them with the board and archives them. Secretary also takes care of the member register.

Samuli Iso-Möttönen, treasurer

Treasurer takes care of guild’s oney transactions and keeps up with the accounting.

Terhimaria Kaski, press officer

Press officer takes care that the members are informed with ongoings of the guild by taking care of the guild’s email list: they add new members and moderates the messages. They also take care of the website: they organise, develop and update the site together with the rest of the board.

Aleksi Penttilä, PR representative

PR representative takes care of acquiring supporting members, is in contact with them and finishes the agreement and sees it being filled. It’s also their responsibility to act as a link between the guild and different organisations and companies. PR representative takes care of company visits, “working life evenings” and events organised with partners.

Tuomas Partanen, PR representative

Mari Kangas, Event coordinator

Event coordinator has the main responsibility in organizing events and scheduling them. In cases of collaborations, they are in contact with the other organizing guild(s) and keeps the board up to date with the planning. The events are planned either together with the whole board or in event committees that can be gathered for bigger events, such as bar parties or sitsit.


Valtteri Lamberg, Event coordinator

Visa Seppänen, Excursion representative

Excursion representative has the main responsibility in organizing and planning excursions. They also organize a BBQ during Wappu.


The guild also has some officials whose responsibility with guild’s actions is smaller.

The officials of 2018 and their main jobs:


Tomi Honkanen, sports representative

The sports representative mainly organizes the weekly sports shift. They also take care of guild’s sport equipment and first aid kit and take care of sport day organization.

Anniina Palojärvi, preparty and gathering friend

Preparty and gathering friend takes care of preparties and other gatherings and guild’s meetings together with event coordinators and chairperson.

Mustafa Al-Rubaye, social political representative, comrade of event coordinator, preparty and gathering friend’s amigo

Social political representative handles issues regarding guild’s social political questions, like health, living and wellbeing and gives statements about these for the guild.

Comrade of event coordinator helps event coordinator in organizing events.

Preparty and gathering friend’s amigo helps the preparty and gathering friend with their events and knows how to correctly serve tequila.

Linda Rantamaa, international representative, member representative, anniversary ball representative, old fogey

International representative takes care of issues regarding international students.

Member representative takes care of member recruitment and strives to spead knowledge of OLTO within guilds and degree programs.

Anniversary ball representative has the main responsibility in organizing the anniversary ball.

Old fogey is usually an older member of OLTO who takes care that traditions are honored.

Iida Kestilä, adviser, excursion representative’s cap, old fogey

Adviser is a previous chairperson, who acts as a help and source of information for the current chairperson.

Excursion representative’s cap helps the excursion representative with organizing the excursions.

Old fogey is usually an older member of OLTO who takes care that traditions are honored.

Aleksi Penttilä, environmental representative

Environmental representative takes care of guild’s environmental issues, such as recycling and strives to guide the board to make environmental friendly choices.

Vesa Virtanen, alumni representative

Alumni representative takes care of guild’s alumni issues, so cooperates with graduated students.


Samuli Iso-Möttönen, overall patch representative
Overall patch representative takes care of issues regarding the patches, such as orders and organizing pimp my overall – events.

Valtteri Lamberg, guild room representative

Guild room representative takes care of the general condition of the guild room and handles the issues regarding to the guild room. They make sure there’s coffee and chocolate at the guild room and they inform the guild by email about issues regarding the guild room.


Tuomas Partanen, medical technology representative

Is a student of medical technology, who informs the board of issues regarding Biomedical Engineering degree program.

Janne Kilponen, electricity representative

Is a student of Electrical Engineering, who informs the board of issues regarding Electrical Engineering degree program.

Uula Ranta, information representative
Is a student of Computer Science and Engineering, who informs the board of issues regarding Computer Science and Engineering degree program.

Janne Kykkänen, management representative

Is a student of Industrial Engineering and Management, who informs the board of issues regarding Industrial Engineering and Management degree program.

Aleksi Vornanen, Physique coach

Is a student of Physics, who informs the board of issues regarding Physics degree program.

Timo Välkky, Machine

Is a student of Mechanical Engineering, who informs the board of issues regarding Mechanical Engineering degree program.



Guildroom at Linnanmaa campus

OLTO’s guildroom (HK208) is located at the end of Chemistry corridor on second floor. You can usually access it easily by walking till the end of Chemistry corridor and taking a right. There’s a door on the right which leads to a staircase, up the stairs and then you’re there! There are signs to help to guide the way. Lately going to the guildroom has been a bit more difficult though because of renovations, but we inform about the changed routes via Guildroom at Linnanmaa campusemail regularly.


The guildroom is a part of a guildroom complex, and Atlas, Histoni, Valenssi, ESN and Niso live there as well. We have a common kitchen, restrooms, a multipurpose room and a meeting room. You can use the rooms for studying, playing or just hanging around. There’s a lot of sofas for lounging in the multipurpose room and a video projector which can be used in guild events like movie nights. In the meeting room there are tables, chairs and computers for intense studying and a Darts board. In the kitchen there is a fridge, microwave oven and OLTO’s own coffee maker. Booking lists for the rooms can be found from the rooms’ doors. The guild boards can book the rooms for guild’s own use, for example for a meeting or a game night. It’s good to check there is no booking for another guild when you are using the room.

OLTO’s own room is located on the corridor of the guildroom complex (you can’t be fooled by the big OLTO sign). There’s a big sofa, a coat rack for clothes, shelves for mugs and other things and two tables and chairs. There’s also OLTO’s own microwave oven. OLTO also has a computer for its members and some old exam papers in a physical format and other helpful papers. Official exam archive is on the website The info board has the newest meeting calls and you can leave feedback for the board into the feedback post box. You can buy coffee, tea and sweets from the guild room. And what’s more important, you can most likely find nice company from there!

For more information, contact the guild room representative.


OLTO’s own events

Vulcanalia preparty: This year, Wednesday 12th of September is the starting party of the school year, and OLTO has its own preparty to start things up. We’ll let you know more about it right when school starts! This is the first chance for new students to meet older guild people.


OLTO-info: Info event for the new students of Biomedical Engineering and everyone who is interested in medical technology. The guild, the board, the services the guild offers and other activities will be covered. What’s more, we go through the upcoming events. Older guild members are also welcome. A speaker from TEK also tells about their services.

OLTO 25 anniversary ball: We will celebrate 25 years of OLTO 27th of October. The anniversary ball is the biggest and finest event of the year, where members of OLTO, guests and alumni gather together to raise a glass to OLTO. The anniversary ball is the finest of events and held only every fifth year. The event has its own websites at Save the date already!

Alumni event: In the alumni event the students and alumni, aka graduated students, meet. We will inform about this later.

Fall excursion: OLTO has a fall excursion to RekomBIOnation event (a gathering to OLTO and other Bioengineering guilds). This year RekomBIOnation is 16.-18.11., so mark that to your calendars as well, it’s going to be epic!

OLTO’s bar parties: OLTO usually organizes two bar parties a year, one in spring, one in fall, so this fall we’ll have a bar party to go to.

Other preparties: OLTO has preparties to some of the biggest parties of the year, like Laskiainen (Shrovetide party, in February-March).

Sitsit: OLTO tries to arrange at least two sitsit (sittning) parties a year. This fall we get to do it more elegantly, at the anniversary ball!

Sport shift: Once a week OLTO has its own sport shift. The sport is decided each week: we have equipment for football, volleyball, floorball and basketball. To go to the sport shift you need the sport pass from OKKL.

Sport days: Sportful events where we can for example snow football or go to Megazone! If you come up with something new, we will listen to new ideas!

“Board grabbing”: In fall we have an event where current board members tell about their titles to new potential student who are interested in the guild activities.

Christmas party: Before Christmas we have our traditional Christmas party. All guild members get to be elves, go to sauna and have fun together! Christmas delicacies are served.

Caucus: Whole guild’s meeting, where new board and officials are decided for the next year, as well as action plan, budget plan and guild’s Oltermanni. Caucus will be 1.11.-15.12.

The annual meeting: Whole guild’s meeting, where we go over last year’s action report, financial statements and if last year’s board will be discharged. The annual meeting will be 1.2.-31.3.

LFT day: Day of Medical Physics and Technology is a seminar in February, each year held somewhere around Finland. OLTO usually takes part in the seminar and it has been a blast.

Company visits: Visits to companies of the field. Company tells about their products/services and probably gives the students a tour in their offices.

“Working life evening”: Event where bunch of companies from the field are invited to tell about their activities. Usually there’s time for general discussion alongside coffee.

Sauna nights: Relaxed gatherings where we go to sauna together. Usually with over activities such as board games or drinking games.

Movie nights: We gather to watch a movie we voted and OLTO usually provides some snacks.

Board game nights: We play different board games and hang out. We have a bunch of different games and own games are appreciated as well.

Pimp my overalls: We gather to sew our overall patches before big events like Laskiainen (Shrovetide party) or Wappu (end of the year party week).

Wappu BBQ: OLTO member gather to BBQ while the freshman technology students swim in the ditch.


Other important events

Vulcanalia (12.9.): OYY’s (student union’s) start-of-the-year party for all the students of the university of Oulu and the staff. During the day there’s a guild fair and in the evening there’s a big party!

Guild room round: New students circle the guild rooms of the university in groups. In the guild rooms there are students to tell about their own guild and to sell overall patches. It’s a good chance to buy the patches for your own overalls!

Freshman orienteering: In groups people go around a route with locations whereyou can get points according to your performance, outfits, team spirit, bribes (food, drinks) etc. YOu will get a good idea of other freshmen and city of Oulu. The competition ends to a after party. Mallasappro: In the middle of fall term there’s an event where you drink yourself a degree. You have to drink a certain amount of drinks within a time limit. If you complete the degree you get a patch to show it. All the university participates, the bars in question are in the city centre. Process Engineering students are the organizers.

Abi days: University shows the graduating upper secondary students which study programmes are available for them. Students also tell about their own fields, so Biomedical Engineers as well.

PESTI days: Event, where representatives of companies come to the university to tell about possible career options and summer jobs they have to offer!

Speksis: Speksi is interactive student theatre with musical and dance numbers. If you shout OMSTART you can change the course of the show! There are two local speksis: TerwaSpeksi (medical students) and PahkiSpeksi. Other universities have their own, as well, like NääSpeksi (Tampere) and TeekkariSpeksi (Aalto)

Overall party: Usually in a bar, where all the students come dressed in their overalls. The parties have some sort of theme. You can buy your tickets in advance from the campus. Sometimes they can be arranged in Teekkaritalo or Walhalla.

Interdisciplinary overall party: Finanssi ry’s (economy students) party which is open to all students.

Shrovetide party: Mechanical Engineering students organize a big party every Shrovetide Tuesday (the timing depends each year but usually it is around February-March). The day starts with downhill games in Raksila and ends with a party in a night club. It’s one of those big parties that everybody participates in, no matter in which faculty they study.

Wappu: Student’s Wappu starts long before the actual First of May celebrations. For at least a week, there are parties every day and they culminate to the Wappu Eve party. The Engineering students are well known for their Wappu Celebrations and they have tons of legendary events for Wappu.

“Dippings”: The Engineering student freshmen go dipping in Åström park, it’s one of the most traditional events of Wappu.


During your first days of school year you will be given an OLTO member pass, where you can collect points from different events and achievements. The events and achievements are listed in the pass. The points can be given by members of the board, officials and your kummi-students. The pass can sort of be a guide for your past-time activities. More info about the pass will be given later on.

At the end of the school year themember with most points will be crowned the member of the year. So let’s collect those points!


Studying Biomedical Engineering in the University of Oulu


Master´s Programmes in Biomedical Engineering are offered jointly by two faculties at the University of Oulu, the Faculty of Medicine (FMED) and the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE). There are two programmes: national ‘Lääketieteen tekniikan maisteriohjelma’ and international Master’s Programme in Biomedical Engineering. The programmes lead either to the degree of Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) or to the degree of Master of Science (Technology) (MSc). One can apply to international Master’s Programme with university level Bachelor’s (or higher) degree in related field.

Faculty of Medicine has also Study programme of Medical and Wellness Technology, which consist of three-year Bachelor and two-year Master’s degrees. Students are only accepted via transfer from another Bachelor program.

Students in several other Bachelor programmes can also choose Biomedical Engineering as minor subject.


Information about studying in the university


You can find the updated and most recent information from . You should read the page carefully and make sure that you have confirmed your study place and university enrolment and registration and paid the student union fee. The site has multiple useful links for more information!

Important links:




  • Tuudo:
    • Tuudo on opiskelijan mobiilisovellus. Tuudon avulla voi käyttää mobiilisti useita yliopiston selainpohjaisia sovelluksia. Tuudon tarkoituksena on helpottaa opiskelijan arkea. Velvoitetta Tuudon käyttöön ei yliopiston puolesta ole.
    • Tuudo is mobile app for students. Tuudo shows your study progress and has your schedule in it. Tuudo has menu for each university restaurant, timetables for busses and many more useful features.
  • O365:
    • Free Microsoft Office cloud software and your student mailbox.
  • WebOodi:
    • You can enroll on most courses and exams on WebOodi. You can also find your progress and your personal study plan on WebOodi. The enrollment on university happens also in WebOodi along with your contact information.
  • Wiki:
  • Noppa:
    • Optima, Wiki and Noppa are the most used studying environments used at the university. They offer materials and information about the courses. All courses should have atleast Noppa page available which tells what environment is used. The specific site to use for the course is told on the introduction lecture.
    • You should check out and follow the biomedical engineering Optima-environment infowall and its materials and links even if you are not doing any biomedical engineering courses.

You can sign in to these apps with your PAJU-account

Tutustu lisäksi myös näihin:

  • Oulun lääketieteen tekniikan opiskelijat ry (OLTO):
    • Lääketieteen tekniikan opiskelijoiden ainejärjestö, löytyy myös Facebookista (OLTO) ja instagramista (oltokilta). Tietoa ajankohtaisista tapahtumista (työelämäillat, yritysvierailut, bileet, LFT-päivät) jne.
  • Oulun yliopiston ylioppilaskunta (OYY):
  • Student card:
    • Get your student id card here. With the card you can get special deals on shops and restaurants.
    • There is also a mobile app to use for your student identification.

You should check out and follow the biomedical engineering Optima-environment infowall and its materials and links even if you are not doing any biomedical engineering courses.



How to get started


As a biomedical engineering student you can rejoice, because you can live in pretty much any part of Oulu. That is because often you need to travel between campuses even during your day. However many live right next to one of the campuses: either near Linnanmaa or Kontinkangas/downtown. Possible providers of cheap apartments are e.g. PSOAS, Sivakka, OsNa and SATO to name a few. Apartments are also provided by private sector. You should search for an apartment as soon as you are chosen because during July and August, the competition for student apartments is high.


Most of the local stores that sell furniture and appliances are located at Ritaharju, Kaakkuri, Limingantulli or Taka-Lyötty. These stores include (but are not limited to) Jysk, Gigantti, Asko, Isku, Sotka, Musta Pörssi, Vepsäläinen, Verkkokauppa etc. The closest IKEA is located at Haaparannalla, which is approximately 130 km North of Oulu.


If you are interested in cheap second hand furniture, there are a few popular options you can choose from. These include Järkikirppis (Raksila), Salvation Army store (Limingantulli) and (online service for buying and selling).


Best way to travel in Oulu is with a bicycle. There are plenty of good roads for cyclists. If you are looking for a bike, there are plenty of bike shops in Oulu. E.g. Pyörä-Suvala, Jussin Pyöräpiste, Intersport etc. Second hand stores might also have some bikes for sale! It is also very important to get a lock for you bike since Oulu is also a very popular place for bike thieves. These locks can be found in almost any convenience and hardware stores though it is preferable to purchase your lock from a hardware store or a bike shop.


Oulu also has a public transport system called Waltti. Different travel zones have different prices, but most commonly a student only needs the A-zone card which covers most of Oulu city area (most notably downtown, Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas). You can either purchase a one-way ticket (from the bus with cash!) or a card that can be loaded with one-way tickets or a monthly pass. 30-day pass is 42€ for a student (+ the card itself if you don’t already have one, but this is usually a few more euros). One-way tickets are 3,30€ for A-zone, but only 2,05€ if value is loaded onto the card. More information can be found here:


You can check the bus routes and lines from Google Maps, Nysse mobile application or from With the latter ones, you can follow the busses in real time. Only some of the bus stops have this same possibility but all of them do contain timetables.


There are some restaurants that serve meals for students with the very low price of 2,60€. These restaurants are most of the ones found in University (either campus). Also Vanilla and ODL have food for offer at this price downtown. More information about the food can be found online or at the restaurants. It should be noted that the student prices are only applied if a valid student card is presented.


Oulu is best known for its pizza and döner kebab but there are a lot of other good restaurants. Go out and see for yourself!


Both Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas have parking spaces for students but it should be noted that there isn’t a plethora of them and most of the spaces are taken before 9 o’clock. Also take extra caution to not park anywhere other than designated parking areas. It is very easy to get a ticket for bad parking or having the parking time be overdue. Leaving early and being cautious is key for having a good experience with parking.

FSHS (YTHS in Finnish)

FSHS, Finnish Student Health Service (Ylioppilaiden terveydenhoitosäätiö), is an expert in student healthcare and provides targeted low-threshold services designed to provide long-term health benefits for university students. The services offered for general health, oral health and mental health, as well as our work to promote health and community health, aim to maintain and improve students’ well-being and ability to study. The service works with a callback service in which you can talk with the nurse and possibly order an appointment. During the mornings, you can go to the FSHS center between 8 and 9 am. FSHS center is located at Linnanmaa, Yliopistokatu 1 A. All information can be found at:


Kela is the social Insurance Institution of Finland that provides social security coverage for Finnish residents and many Finns living abroad through the different stages of their lives. Therefore Kela can grant financial aid to students who study on a full-time basis and are Finnish citizens. However there are some exceptions and you should find out from Kela itself if you are eligible for any compensation or financial support. The financial aid for students includes study grant, government guarantee for student loans and housing supplement. Students who rent a home in Finland may be entitled to general housing allowance. Other benefits for students provided by Kela are, for example, the school transport subsidy, the student loan compensation and subsidised meals. If you are eligible for any of Kela’s services, visit for more information and leave an application.