Apply to become a tutor!

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Are you an active and responsible student with a strong capacity for cooperation? Do you want to accumulate experience as a group leader? Do you want to meet new people and explore the international dimension of your home university? Do you want to support new students get started with their studies?

The tutor’s job description and timetables for tutoring

As a tutor, you play a key role in welcoming new students to the university and ensuring they develop a strong commitment to the university community and their studies. As a tutor, you will act as a group leader and you will be part of the university’s guidance and counselling system along with university personnel. Tutors receive a tutoring fee of 180 euro. First-time tutors also receive academic credits for their initial training.

Tutors will be needed at the beginning of both the spring and the autumn terms.

  • In January there are about 300-400 exchange students entering our university and starting their studies. Being an international tutor for them is a great way to get international experience and get to know students from different cultures. The working language of tutorgroups is English. Among new students there may also be students who have already obtained their studyright earlier but who are starting their studies now.           
  • At the beginning of the autumn term, tutors will be needed for about 5,000 new students. Among them there are new students of both Finnish and international bachelor's and master's programmes, students from bilingual bachelor's degree programmes (KaTu / Tvex) and exchange students.

What do we look for in applicants?

The ideal tutor is an enthusiastic, responsible and enterprising student with an interest in leadership. A tutor should be familiar with the general way things work at the university. However, you don’t have to know everything before you begin — the faculties provide training for all new tutors.

If you are applying to become an international tutor for exchange students or international bachelor's and master's degree students, we require a good command of English. In addition, we also hope that our international tutors have completed their first year of study.

How to apply to become a tutor?

Tutor application for tutoring in January 2022 begins on 1 November. More information about how to apply for a tutor will be available on this page after the application period has started. Applicants will be informed about selections.

Tutor Adventure 2021

Tutor Adventure 2021 will be held on Moodle due to coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki.

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The Tutor Adventure is a compulsory part of the tutor training organized by HYY and the Student Services for all of autumn 2021 and January 2021 tutors. You will be able to use the skills and knowledge you have learned in the Tutor Adventure to guide the freshmen in the beginning of their studies.

International Tutor Training

Due to coronavirus and the state of emergency at the university of Helsinki, the training will be organized as distance education instead of contact teaching.