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 exchange and degree students. The Orientation Course deals with all practical matters, so it is important that you attend.

 

International degree, exchange and visiting students

All the orientation courses and events mentioned on this page are free of charge.

Orientation Course

August 2018 (Autumn semester 2018) Orientation course for new international students and researchers: 20 - 25 August 2018.

Final Programme, autumn 2018 (pdf)

hello New student! Make sure you come to the two-hour Welcome Fair on Monday, August 20!

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January 2019 (Spring semester 2019) Orientation course for new international students and researchers: 2 - 5 January 2019.

Compulsory for students at Bachelor and Master level

A one-week 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 and master level.

On the first day of the Orientation Course, a presentation called ‘First things first' will be held and your presence is required as this presentation contains important information on filling in different kinds of forms, banking services, your Basic User Account (BUA) and computer labs.

We know that starting university can be a daunting experience and a big adjustment, especially when it involves moving to another country. But be assured that there are plenty of other students in the same position as you are. Join us for the Welcome Fair where you can meet other exchange students, UTA student, hobby and faculty associations, student organizations, the Student Union, the Student Chaplaincy, plus see what else the UTA and Tampere have to offer. The two-hour Welcome Fair will be organized on Monday in the Main Auditorium lobby (2nd floor).

During the Orientation Course, you will also receive information on the higher education system in Finland, studying at UTA, student counselling, the city of Tampere and Finnish customs and way of life.

On Thursday you are welcome to the Ice Breaker Party (15:30-17:00) with some light refreshments and improv show and on Saturday we offer you a guided bus tour (12:00-14:00) in Tampere.

In order to get credits for this Orientation Course, a full attendance is required (please see the Curricula Guides for more details).

As part of the Orientation Course, Introduction to Academic Culture and Degree Studies (see below) is a compulsory part of the orientation for international degree students studying in English-language master's degree programmes.

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

The Student Union (Tamy) membership fee / Opening a Finnish bank account:

  • The Student Union membership fee can be paid with debit or credit card in the Tamy's office starting from Monday (August 20) to Thursday (August 23) 14:00-15:00. Cash payments are not accepted.
  • Osuuspankki pop-up bank will give guidance and open bank accounts in the Tamy's office on Monday (August 20) 10:00-12:00 (tbc) and Friday (August 24) 13:00-15:00. Please note, that you will need a Finnish personal identity code to open a bank account in Finland. For more information, please see the detailed instructions.

Additional information:

  • ESN FINT will present their activities & trips and give out free prepaid SIM cards during the orientation week in the main lobby (Mon 12:00-14:00 at the Welcome Fair, Tue 12:00-14:00, Thu 11:30-13:00, Fri 11:45-13:00).
  • Please, sign up at the International Office’s info desk for the Library orientation tours. These will be organized right after the orientation course (Mon 27.8. 10-12 and 14-16, Tue 28.8. 12-14 and 14-16, Wed 29.8. 12-14 and 14-16, Thu 30.8. 12-14 and 14-16, Fri 31.8. 12-14). Library orientation takes 1,5 hours and includes a tour of Linna library and introduction to using library’s search portal and other e-resources. 

Orientation course materials (Autumn semester 2018):

Introduction to Academic Culture and Degree Studies

Introduction to academic culture and degree studies: August 2018

For degree students only, compulsory for students in Master's degree programmes

This practical orientation is offered for students studying in the Master's degree programmes offered through the medium of English. The orientation offers a general overview to academic and study-related practices as well as topics related to livelihood and social security matters of a degree student in Finland.

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

Introduction to academic culture and degree studies, materials for degree students (Autumn semester 2018):

  • Will be uploaded during and after the Orientation Course.

Doctoral students

The University of Tampere Doctoral School arranges an orientation day for doctoral students and 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.

New doctoral students may of course join also the Orientation Course given each term. See more info above under International degree, exchange and visiting students.

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.