Each autumn and spring, before the classes begin, there is an orientation week which is a week full of activities for all new international students. It is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to get to know the campuses and the university and to get all the official matters out of the way.
Please note that if you miss the orientation week, the start of your studies will be more time-consuming and challenging as you have to take care of everything independently.
Degree students might receive some credits for the orientation. Please ask more information from your degree programme.
- Orientation Week: 31 August - 3 September, 2021
- Welcome Fair: We will keep you updated on the format of the orientation week when final decisions have been made. Due to Covid-19, all administrative matters will most likely be taken care of online, to ensure everyone's safety and equal participation. In that case, all necessary information will be sent to you in the form of newsletters, so please pay attention to the guidelines and instructions in them. Every faculty organizes its own orientation, please follow your own faculty's orientation programme by first selecting your degree programme in the Orientation and Tutoring web page.
Get to Know Your Campus
The University of Helsinki comprises four campuses. Get to know yours in advance!
- City Centre Campus (Faculties of Arts, Educational Sciences, Law, Theology and Social Sciences, Swedish School of Social Science)
- Kumpula Campus (Faculty of Science)
- Viikki Campus (Faculties of Biological And Environmental Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine)
- Meilahti Campus (Faculty of Medicine)
All Bachelor’s or Master’s students who have registered as attending are entitled to an affordable student-priced lunch at the UniCafe cafeterias on all campuses. For lunch prices and the contact details of the cafeterias, please visit the UniCafe website. Exchange Students will get a certificate of student status during the Orientation Week delivered to your home addresses in Finland by post. The certificate can be used like a student card. During the Orientation Week, students without a certificate can get a staff member discount from UniCafe.