New international students are welcome to pick up the enrolment papers and the Orientation Package from the International Office (room A129) in the Main Building. The enrolment takes place at the Registrar's Office.
Each student at the University of Tampere is required to enrol at the University annually in order to make use of his/her right to study. If a student does not enrol as present or absent by the deadline given, he/she will lose his/her right to study (please see Regaining the right to study below).
A student who has enrolled as present can earn credits and receive student financial aid if eligible. A student enrolled as absent cannot earn credits.
A student who has enrolled as present has the right to use the University information technology services. A student enrolled as present can use his/her basic user account and email account, and access other electronic services required in studies. Only students who have enrolled as present can enrol for courses and examinations in NettiOpsu. If a student does not enrol as present by the deadline, he/she will lose the right to use the information technology services. Please see the IT services' Student Services site for further information.
The Registrar’s Office must be notified immediately of changes of name, home municipality and address. Students must produce official proof of a change of name. Changes in the home municipality and address can be notified in NettiOpsu, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax +358 3 219 1006.
A degree certificate can only be issued for a student enrolled either as present or absent. If a student has completed all the studies required for the degree but is yet to receive his/her degree certificate, he/she may enrol as absent for the semester the certificate is to be issued.
The academic year begins on 1 August and ends on 31 July. In the autumn semester 2015, teaching begins on 31 August and ends on 20 December. In the spring semester 2016, teaching begins on 11 January and ends on 29 May.
*New students enrolling electronically can enrol after confirming their study place. New students enrolling at the Registrar’s Office enrol 27 July to 31 August.
The transition period from the old programme scheme (based on majors) to the new scheme (based on degree programmes) is ending 31 July 2015. Students who will earn their Master's degree before 31 July 2015 do not need to transfer to the new programme scheme.
For further information please see Already-admitted Students and the Educational Reform.
A student can have only one valid right to study for the same lower, higher or postgraduate university degree at the University of Tampere. No new right to study for a degree with similar content will be granted to a degree or study module in a corresponding subject which the student concerned has already completed unless the selection criteria decree otherwise.
A student who has been granted the right to study for a lower or higher university degree after 1 August 2005 has the following target time for degree completion:
A student admitted to study for both the lower and higher university degree has the right to complete the degree in a time exceeding the aggregate normative duration of studies by a maximum of two years.
The duration of studies does not include leave due to voluntary military service or conscription, or to maternity, paternity or parental leave. The duration of studies does not include an absence of a maximum of two terms for which the student has registered herself or himself as absent. Failure to enrol at the university will reduce the time left for degree completion.
For further information, please see Right to study and target times for completion.
The enrolment alternatives are
If the student pays half of the yearly Student Union fee, the enrolment is by default registered as present for the autumn semester and absent for the spring semester. If a student wishes to enrol as present for the spring semester instead of the default autumn semester, he/she must notify the Registrar’s Office of this by 31 August 2015.
Enrolment can be changed from absent to present at any time during the academic year.
Enrolment can only be changed from present to absent during the enrolment period, and for the spring semester no later than 15 January 2016.
Refund of the Student Union fee can only be applied for before the end of the enrolment period no later than 31 August 2015, and for the spring semester no later than 15 January 2016. The related form is available at the Registrar’s Office. The application must be submitted in person to the Registrar’s Office and the student must present his/her student card.
Students, who have already paid the Student Union fee to another university, can apply for a refund of the Health Care fee until 30 September 2015, and for the spring semester until 29 January 2016.
According to the Universities Act (558/2009), all the university students who have been admitted to programmes leading to a lower or higher university degree, with the exception of students in made-to-order education, shall belong to the Student Union. The membership is optional for postgraduate students. Postgraduate students are not entitled to travel discounts or Student Health Services even if they pay the Student Union fee.
In order to enrol, the student is required to pay the mandatory and possible optional fees using the reference number on the bank giro no later than 31 August 2015. The information of the payment is also available in NettiOpsu under Enrolment. If necessary, the payment information can also be requested from the Registrar’s Office. A student who enrols as present for one semester and absent for the other semester shall pay half of the yearly Student Union fee (cf. Section 5). Only students who have enrolled as present, can enrol for courses and examinations in NettiOpsu. It takes 2-5 days for the payment information to register in the University information systems. If a student fails to use the personal reference number on the bank giro, the payment information will not register correctly. In this case, the student must present an official bank receipt of the payment.
The annual registration sticker for the student card can be obtained once the payment information has been registered, yet no earlier than 1 August 2015. The stickers are available also after the enrolment period, throughout the academic year. The stickers can only be attached onto the card at Tamy's Office at the Student Union or at the Registrar’s Office.
An old student can enrol as absent without legal grounds for their absence. A student enrolling as absent will not pay the Student Union fee and the health service fee included therein. He/she may not make use of the benefits of the Student Union membership.
If a student who has been granted the right to take a lower or higher university degree after 1 August 2005 presents official proof that the absence is due to voluntary military service or conscription, or maternity, paternity or parental leave, the time given for degree completion will not be reduced. A student can enrol as absent in NettiOpsu, via email email@example.com or fax +358 3 219 1006 or by sending the enrolment form to the Registrar's Office.
The enrolment instructions for new students are enclosed in the letter of acceptance.
A student can enrol in NettiOpsu, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax +358 3 219 1006, by sending the enrolment form to the Registrar's Office or by paying the Student Union fee no later than 31 August 2015.
Student Union membership is optional. Postgraduate students can join the Student Union by paying the Student Union fee using the reference number on the bank giro, also after the end of the enrolment period.
Postgraduate students who have failed to enrol as present or absent in the manner described in this decision must apply to the School in writing in order to regain their right to study (Section 15).
The enrolment instructions for new students are enclosed in the letter of acceptance.
Professional postgraduate students (Medical Specialisation Education, Specialist in Medicine and Supplementary Training Programme for Medical Specialists) must enrol during the enrolment period from 1 June to 31 August 2015. A student can enrol in NettiOpsu, via email email@example.com or fax +358 3 219 1006 or by sending the enrolment form to the Registrar's Office. Professional postgraduate students cannot join the Student Union.
All non-degree students must enrol during the enrolment period from 1 June to 31 August 2015. A student can enrol in NettiOpsu, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax +358 3 219 1006 or by sending the enrolment form to the Registrar's Office . Non-degree students cannot join the Student Union.
Students at the Open University are not required to enroll annually. They are enrolled for the entire duration of their studies once they are registered as students.
The enrolment instructions for international exchange and visiting students are enclosed in the letter of acceptance. Students taking a first or second cycle, usually a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at their home university must pay the Student Union membership fee for undergraduate students. If they choose to, students taking a third cycle degree at their home university may join the Student Union by paying the Student Union membership fee for postgraduate students.
A student may renounce his/her right to study by notifying the Registrar's Office in writing. The right to study will be registered as having ceased as of the date the notification is received at the Registrar's Office.
A student who has failed to enrol as present or absent in the manner described in this decision will lose his/her right to study. If such a student later wishes to continue his/her studies, he/she may apply for his/her right to study to be reinstated in writing. The application should be addressed to Student Services, or, if more than one year has elapsed since the previous date the student was registered, to the Dean of the School. The application form "Application for restoration of right to study" (pdf) is also available at the Registrar's Office.
Applicants will be informed of the decision by post. If the right to study is reinstated, the student must enrol at the university as present. When enrolling, the student must pay a re-registration fee in order to regain his/her right to study.
The obligation to apply to have their right to study reinstated concerns all students with the exception of postgraduate students (licentiate and doctorate degrees) at the BioMediTech, School of Medicine and School of Health Sciences and professional postgraduate students (Medical Specialisation Education, Specialist in Medicine and Supplementary Training Programme for Medical Specialists). These students will have their right to study reinstated on the basis of their own notification at enrolment without separate application.