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First steps of a new degree student
Please follow these instructions carefully, as they are intended for all new Bachelor’s and Master’s students.
Don't wait - get prepared for your studies
This website offers useful information on what new students should explore and do before the beginning of the academic year.
Registration for attendance (or non-attendance) is obligatory for all degree students.
Orientation and Tutoring
Here you will find information concerning the orientation period and student tutors.
Vocabulary for new students
Whether you are a new or an old student, here you can find explanations for key terms related to academic studies and student life.
You must apply for a residence permit if you plan to study in Finland for longer than three months.
Register with the authorities
After arriving in Finland you will have to register with a few relevant authorities within a certain period of time.
Open a bank account
If you are studying in Finland for a longer time it is advisable to open a Finnish bank account.
Accident insurance for students and pupils
University students, upper secondary school students and pupils in comprehensive school classes 7–9 are covered by a statutory accident insurance taken out in LähiTapiola by the University.
If you are liable to pay for tuition, this page is for you. The second year tuition fees are to be paid by the end of May. Please note that grants are not available for students in the Bachelor's Programme in Science.
Did you miss your orientation week or are you recommencing studies after a break?
Didn’t have time for the orientation week? Have you been away from the University for long? Don’t worry, with these instructions you can still easily catch up with your studies.
Students’ responsibilities in studies
As a student you have responsibilities such as attending classes and turning in your assignments.
Student's digital skills
Student’s Digital Skills is a compulsory course for all undergraduate students pursuing a first-cycle degree at the University of Helsinki. The University provides students with numerous digital services and tools necessary for studies.
Digital Learning Environments
Learning takes place not just in a variety of physical spaces, but also in digital learning environments. The University of Helsinki utilises a selection of different digital services to make your studies easier.
Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY)
HYY’s members consist of all basic degree students of the University of Helsinki as well as postgraduate and exchange students who have joined the Student Union. HYY serves as an advocate, service provider and community for students.
In addition to studies, student life and the academic year are peppered with a variety of academic traditions and student events.
Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS)
The Finnish Student Health Service can help you with your health and illness related questions.
Whether it’s for a few months or for a longer period of time, moving abroad is a decision that entails curiosity, a will to learn, an open mind and adaptability.
UniSport sport services
UniSport offers affordable sport services on all University of Helsinki campuses.
As a student, the University’s extensive variety of learning environments and facilities are at your disposal. This guide features information about these facilities, such as libraries and learning centres.
Finding your way
This article discusses the many options that help you find your way to downtown Helsinki and to the different campuses upon your arrival to Finland.
Information Sessions during the Academic Year
Here you can find detailed information on the themed briefings, clinics and workshops organised at the University throughout the academic year.
Information for parents
The University of Helsinki offers excellent services for international students, but as the parent of a new student you play a significant supporting role as well.
Updating your personal information and contact details
You can update your contact details on Weboodi or notify a Student service point.