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.
- Welcome Fair: 25 August & 26 August 2020
- Orientation Week: 25 August – 28 August 2020
- Welcome Fair: 12 January 2021
- Orientation Week: 12 January – 15 January 2021
The Welcome Fair (25–26 August) will be arranged in the autumn of 2020 on a smaller scale, divided to all four campuses in order to minimize the contacts and unnecessary travel. Only the necessary services for getting your studies started will be present. At the Welcome Fair, you can get your student certificate, activate your university user account and get your travel discount certificate for the travel card. All the other services offered to students will be presented in separate newsletters instead.
Locations of the Welcome Fair in the autumn of 2020:
||Building name & address
||Biological and Environmental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Agriculture and forestry
||Biocenter 2, Viikinkaari 5
||Room 1015, 1st floor & room 2041, 2nd floor
||Chemicum, AI Virtasen aukio 1
||Foyer, rooms A127, A128 & A121
||Biomedicum 1, Haartmaninkatu 8
||3rd floor, Student Services
|City center, Siltavuorenpenger
||Aurora, Siltavuorenpenger 10
|City Center, Swedish School of Social Science
||Social Sciences, Swedish School of Social Science
||August 25th & 26th
||Swedish School of Social Science, Yrjö-Koskisen katu 3
|City Center, Metsätalo
Please see your time-slot e-mail for when to attend
|Metsätalo, Unioninkatu 40
||Room C305, C-wing, 3rd floor.
If you wish to join the Student Union, please pay the Student Union fee before your arrival. For payment information please see the instructions for annual registration. Remember to bring the receipt with you!
Remember to bring your official ID with you to the Welcome Fair (passport or ID card; it is recommended that EU citizens also bring their passports for their stay in Finland). Otherwise you will not be able to get all of the official matters out of the way.
For EU/EEA citizens: Bring also your European Health Insurance Card with you. We will check the card at the Welcome Fair as it is required by the Finnish health care system.
We recommend that you visit the Welcome Fair together with your tutor. The faculty will give you more information on when your tutor group is visiting the Welcome Fair.
Please also see the instructions for registering with the Finnish authorities.
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 from Welcome Fair event, before that they can get a staff member discount from UniCafe.