The Orientation Week and Welcome Fair during the 2015-2016 acadmic year:
Each autumn and spring, before the classes begin, there is an orientation week, a week full of activities, for all new international students. It is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to get to know the Campuses and the University and to get all the official matters out of the way.
The orientation week gives you an excellent opportunity to get a lot of information on e.g. the University, your studies and student benefits, which makes the start of your studies and life in Finland as smooth and pleasant as possible. And at the same time you will make a lot of new friends!
You will also be assigned a tutor, who is a student at the University and can introduce you to the Finnish student life.
Please note, if you miss the orientation week, the start of your studies will be more time-consuming and challenging as you have to take care of everything independently.
We have put together two videos to help you navigate the New students website and to tell you some of the important things you need to take into consideration when coming to Finland.
As a degree student, you might receive some credits for the orientation. Please ask more information from your faculty.
At the Welcome Fair you can
Remember to bring your official ID with you to the Welcome Fair (passport or ID card; it is recommended that EU citizens also bring their passports for their stay in Finland). Otherwise you will not be able to get all of the official matters out of the way.
Welcome Fair in autumn 2015:
The Faculties at the University of Helsinki all arrange faculty-specific orientation meetings. At these meetings you will get information e.g. on your studies, how to register for courses, you get to know staff from your Faculty and department.
You will find the programme for your Faculty's orientation meetings on the Faculty website, see the links below.
Tutoring is a support arrangement for students at the University of Helsinki, which introduces Finnish university life to new students and makes it easier for you to settle into the new environment. The faculty assigns you a tutor (or a peer counsellor) and a tutoring group. Students are divided into groups on the basis of the faculty, department or master's programme where they study in Helsinki. The tutors also study at the same faculty.
The tutors assist new students in getting through the most important things during the first couple of days. Your tutor can point out where to register as a resident, where to get your city transport travel card, where your department is, and who to contact there, where the most important services on the campuses and around the city are. Tutoring is successful if the members of the tutor group cooperate. When the group and the tutor work together, each individual student gets the most out of the tutoring sessions.