Orientation to University Studies

To make the start of your studies as smooth and pleasant as possible, the University offers an Orientation Course for new students. The Orientation Course deals with all practical matters, so it is important that you attend. At the University, you will also be assigned a student tutor who will help you through your first weeks.

International degree, exchange and visiting students

A one-week General Orientation Course is offered jointly for all international students (degree, exchange and visiting) at the beginning of the autumn and spring semesters. This course is compulsory for students at bachelor's and master's level.

A presentation called ‘First Things First’ is held on the first day of the Orientation Course. It is vital that you attend, as this presentation contains important information on completing the different kinds of forms needed to access banking services, your Basic User Account (BUA), and the computer labs. During the Orientation Course, you will also receive information on the higher education system in Finland, studying at the University of Tampere, student counselling, the city of Tampere and Finnish customs and way of life.

In order to gain credits for the Orientation Course, full attendance is required (course code: OPINY001, credits: 2 ECTS).


Introduction to Academic Culture and Degree Studies is a compulsory, practical two-day orientation for international students studying English-language master's degree programmes. The orientation offers a general overview of academic and study-related practices, plus information on working and social security for degree students in Finland.

In addition, programme-specific orientations are offered by the faculties. You will get more information on them from your programme coordinator.

Orientation materials

Some of the orientation week presentations will be published on the orientation course page.

Doctoral students

The University of Tampere Doctoral School arranges an orientation day for doctoral researchers each year. More specific information and the schedule are provided in the curriculum. The event is not mandatory, but it is recommended for all new doctoral students.

The doctoral programmes may also organise their own orientation events. Information on these will be sent to your university e-mail address.

Open University students

Getting a smooth start to your open university studies.

  • Becoming a student: If you are only just applying to study at the open university, please see the instructions on the Admissions pages.
  • After registration, you will receive a study information letter from the open university.
  • Some study programmes organise initial info events for new students. You will also receive information on matters related to your studies via the study information letter, e-mail messages and Moodle messages. We will not send a separate invitation to the courses!
  • Education: what, where, when? The curricula on the course selection pages provide information on the education (lectures, exercises, etc.) and literature included in your studies. For example, lecture and exam halls may change, so check the latest information in the course selection page section on your studies.
  • Prepare a personal study plan: Getting started with your studies requires a systematic approach. Read about the content and schedules of your studies and the requisite fees on the course selection pages. Also familiarise yourself with the exam practices. Support for preparing your study plan can be found on the study planning page (Page in course of preparation).
  • The necessary exam books are provided by the library, so obtain a library card for the Tampere University Library. The library offers a wide range of electronic services and materials. More information.
  • Studies at the open university are part-time, which means that students are not entitled to state-provided student financial aid or discounts on meals or travel tickets. Open University studies are mainly targeted for those already living in Finland. It is not possible to get a long-term student residence permit to Finland based on Open University courses.
  • Support for studies: Our Study Services will help you with practical questions. You can set up a personal study guidance appointment with your study coordinator/planner – information can be found on the course selection page.

Cross-institutional, JOO and UNIPOLI students

Follow the instructions you have been provided and get started with your studies. If necessary, contact the appropriate persons for advice.

More information on JOO studies and cross-institutional studies.

The instructions for UNIPOLI students can be found on the UNIPOLI website.

Study instructions and the practices observed at the University of Tampere can be found in the “During studies” section.

Other students

Alumni students as well as students participating in continuing studies and academic modules. Follow the instructions you have been provided and get started with your studies. If necessary, contact the appropriate persons for advice.

Study instructions and the practices observed at the University of Tampere can be found in the “During studies” section.