Did you miss orientation or are you returning from a longer break?

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By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content. You do not have to select a degree programme to see the Open University's instructions.

Were you unable to take part in orientation? Have you been away from the University for a longer period? Don’t worry, you still have a chance to easily get to grips with your studies by following these instructions. 

Please note! Remember to choose your degree programme from the menu above.

I did not participate in orientation or postponed the beginning of my studies


If this is your first time embarking on studies at the University, welcome!

Start by making sure the following tasks are completed to ensure a smooth start: 

  1. Register as an attending student. If you spent your first year of studies as a non-attending student, please register in person.
  2. Activate your University of Helsinki user account
  3. Next, take the first steps of a new degree student. Also read the other instructions available to new degree students. They will help you orientate yourself to your studies and find answers to the most frequently asked questions. 
  4. If you registered as a non-attending student in the first year of studies, for example, due to military service, take part in the orientation organised by your degree programme.
  5. If you missed the orientation, see the instructions for registering for courses. You can also ask for help from Student Services.

If any of your questions remain unanswered or if you need support for getting started in your studies, you can always contact Student Services. The on-site Student Services desks are at your disposal when, for example, you are unsure of the structure of your degree or the courses you should register for.

I am returning to the University after a longer break

Welcome back to student life!

To make your return as smooth as possible, make sure the following tasks are completed as soon as possible: 

  1. If your right to study has expired, apply for an extension from your faculty. You won't need an extension if you began your studies before the legislation on the target duration of studies (in 2004 or earlier).
  2. Register as an attending student. If you have forgotten to register for attendance or non-attendance for several consecutive terms, begin by applying for the reinstatement of your right to pursue a degree and pay the re-enrolment fee. 
  3. Activate your University of Helsinki user account
  4. Obtain a student card. If you already have a student card, obtain a new year sticker for it

The Instructions for Students website (the site you are currently visiting) contains a great deal of useful information in support of studying. If you have been away from the University for a longer period, you should familiarise yourself with the key digital services and learning environments for students. 

If you started your degree before 2017, you have been transferred to a new degree programme after the transition period of the degree reform ended on 18.12.2020. You should start reading the instructions from the Instructions for students who began their studies before 2017 section.

If you need help in getting started with and planning your studies, you can contact your on-site Student Services desk. The contact information for Student Services is available here. Especially for planning studies, booking an appointment using the booking system is recommended.

Other instructions for studying

The Instructions for Students website contains all the instructions relevant to you concerning studying and life at the University. By logging in or selecting your degree programme from the menu, you can also read instructions specific to your degree programme and faculty. The instructions on the site can be browsed using the search function on the front page or according to theme.

Please read all the relevant instructions, but in the beginning pay particular attention to the following themes: Plan your studies and Completion of courses and assessment.

Information sessions during the academic year

During the academic year, the University organises information sessions, workshops and clinics on a range of themes targeted at all students. Read more about the information sessions!