Orientation and Tutoring

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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.

Here you will find information concerning the orientation period and student tutors.

To access all the information relevant to your degree programme, remember to select your programme in the menu above. 

If you are a new degree student, please read the article First Steps of a New Degree Student first.

If you are a new incoming exchange or visiting student, please read the article Important Information for Incoming Exchange Students first.

Due to the current coronavirus situation, the orientation week will be organised both online and contact teaching on week 35, from Tuesday 31.8.2021 to Friday 3.9.2021. You will find detailed information on your faculty's orientation week activities on this page before the orientation week.

The Student Tutors are here for you

Tutoring is a support arrangement for the new students at the University of Helsinki. It introduces you to the Finnish university life and makes it easier for you to settle into the new environment. You will be assigned a tutor (or a peer counsellor) and a tutoring group. Students are divided into groups on the basis of the faculty or the degree programme in which they begin their studies at the University of Helsinki. The groups are led by student tutors of the same faculty.

The student tutors assist you with the most important things you need to do during the first couple of days. Your tutor can point out where to register as a resident, where to get your travel card, where your faculty is, and who to contact there and where the most important services on the campuses and around the city are. Tutoring is successful when the members of the tutoring group cooperate. When the group and the tutor work together, each student will get the most out of the tutoring sessions.

You can already get to know some of our tutors for autumn 2021 soon.

Watch the Welcome to the University video on Unitube.

 

Presentations of the orientation week

Orientation Week

Welcome Fair

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.

Autumn 2021

Spring 2022

  • Orientation Week: 12 January – 14 January 2022

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)

The campuses also have various learning facilities for independent studying and group work.

Hungry?

All Bachelor’s or Master’s students, including exchange 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. For the student-priced lunch you need to present a certificate of student status, which you can print from Sisu. Degree students can also show their student card or Frank app.

Get to know Kaisa-house Student information and Guidance Corner

The services offered at Kaisa House Student Information include registration for the academic year, year tags, changes in name or address information, official transcripts of records, and other general advice regarding enrolment and student benefits. Guidance Corner provides low threshold advice and guidance services on, for example, wellbeing, digital skills and job seeking. Read more on Student services' page and Guidance Corner's page.

Please note that due to the coronavirus epidemic, the majority of the Guidance Corner events are currently organised online.

Watch the Get to know Kaisa-house Student information and Guidance Corner video on Unitube.

Get to know the library services

The University of Helsinki Library serves you on all four campuses and online. Check the locations and opening hours on the library website. At the library, you can borrow textbooks, use reading and group work facilities, scan and print.

You can start reading e-books immediately when your university username is activated. Activate your customer information in the Helka database by signing in with your Helsinki University user credentials. You need a Helka card only to borrow printed books. Avoid busy times and, rather than queuing for a card during the first few weeks at the beginning of term, wait until you need to borrow course books to collect your card. Alternatively, start using a digital library card.

Further information about the library services for students.

Watch the Library Tips by Tutors video on YouTube (subtitles available in English).

 

Get to know Career services

Studies as part of your career

Congratulations! Gaining a place to study is a wonderful achievement. It is also of vital importance for your career prospects.

You are about to embark on a new and exciting phase of your life that may, at first, also appear quite hectic. Now is a good time to stop and reflect on your path: where you have come from, where you are now and where you hope to go.

Consider and write down the following for yourself:

  • What made you choose this degree programme? What are you interested in within the field?
  • What factors played a role in your decision to apply? What do they say about your way of making decisions?
  • How would you describe your field to your grandmother?
  • Please return to these questions after the first teaching period, term or academic year. Have your answers changed?
  • Challenge your perceptions: Search for concrete information on what graduates from your field do after graduation. You can start by exploring the töissä.fi website, the alumni search feature on the University of Helsinki’s LinkedIn page, and the career tracking data on the Instructions for Students website.
  • The next time you find yourself pondering the question “What will I do when I grow up?”, try changing the question to “What next?”. Does it change anything?

Your career is a journey through education, employment and life, and you cannot plan your professional life separately from the other areas of your life. Our thoughts, hopes and plans are also continuously changing and evolving, as is the world around us, including the world of work.

The University’s Career Services is here for you throughout your studies and up to one year after your graduation. When considering your future, your skills or your expertise, or searching for support or advice for a traineeship or job-seeking, please explore the sections Work and career and Traineeships on the Instructions for Students website.

Watch the Studies, career and expertise video on Unitube.

If you don’t want to watch the video, you can read the narration as text (pdf).

Get to know the Study psychologist services

Welcome and warm congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Helsinki, new student! On this video, the study psychologists share a few words with you about studying at university and study skills. The study psychologists offer guidance and counselling to bachelor's and master's degree students regarding issues such as academic skills, motivation, time management, well-being and thesis writing. You can check out the tips compiled by study psychologists on the Support for studies -website. More information about the services can be found on the Study psychologists services for students –website.

Watch the Orientation video by the study psychologists on Unitube.

Get to know the International Exchange Services and Education Cooperation

International Exchange Services and Education Cooperation (formerly known as International Exchange Services) help with questions concerning exchange studies, international traineeships and flexible study rights (JOO-studies). Read more on the instructions page of the International Exchange Services and Education Cooperation.

Get to know FSHS

The purpose of the FSHS is to provide student health services, as stipulated in the Health Care Act, for those studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at a university or other institution of higher education.Student healthcare services include checks on health and safety aspects of the study environment, mental health and substance abuse services, oral health care, among other services. Get to know all the health services on FSHS's page.

Digital learning environments

As a student of the University of Helsinki you will be actively using our digital learning environments. You will become familiar with services such as the Studies service, Sisu and Moodle. With Sisu you can plan and schedule your studies, compose a study plan and register for courses. Moodle is used as a course platform and in Studies you can find both the latest bulletins and Unicafe's menus, among other things.

Watch the Student's digital learning environment video on Unitube.

The HowULearn questionnaire as support for studies

UniHow is a digital reflection tool and feedback system used in University of Helsinki. The University uses the HowULearn questionnaire on learning and teaching to support students with information and feedback. The questionnaire also collects student responses to help plan and develop the University’s teaching.

Watch the HowULearn supports students video on Unitube.

The bilingual university

The two main official languages in Finland are Finnish and Swedish. The University of Helsinki is the only bilingual multidisciplinary university in Finland. Together the University students and staff members create a multilingual community where Swedish plays its own unique part. The University also contributes to the debate concerning the Swedish society in Finland.

Over a hundred Swedish-speaking researchers and teachers work at the University of Helsinki to offer you courses and student services in Swedish. There are around 2 000 Swedish-speaking students within the university!

The various kinds of student services are provided in Finnish, Swedish an English. IT Helpdesk, Student Services such as student counselling, International Exchange Services and Admissions Services are available in these three languages.

Get to know the Bilingual Affairs

Bachelor's Programme in Mathematical Sciences
Bachelor's Programme in Physical Sciences
Bachelor's Programme in Chemistry
Bachelor's Programme for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
Bachelor's Programme in Computer Science
Bachelor's Programme in Geosciences
Bachelor's Programme in Geography
Bachelor's Programme in Science
Master's Programme in Mathematics and Statistics
Master's Programme in Life Science Informatics
Master's Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods
Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
Master's Programme in Materials Research
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences
Master's Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences
Master's Programme for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
Master's Programme in Computer Science
Master's Programme in Data Science
Master's Programme in Geology and Geophysics
Master's Programme in Geography
Master's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning
Nordic Master Programme in Environmental Changes at Higher Latitudes

The Bilingual Affairs (Svenska ärenden) at the University Services co-ordinates and develops bilingualism at the University. Every campus has its own coordinator developing bilingualism at the University's four campuses. In our newsletter we communicate about Swedish speaking courses and events. You can subscribe to our newsletter (in Swedish)!

Read more on the University's website.

The video is in Swedish/Finnish.

 

Get to know Unisport

Welcome to UniSport! Make sure life isn't all about studies and remember to exercise as well. At UniSport you can exercise in nice environment with very student friendly prices and at six locations near campus areas: Kluuvi, Porthania, Kumpula, Meilahti, Otaniemi, Töölö and Viikki. With Training Card you will have access to 5 well-equipped gyms, over 200 weekly group training classes as well weekly ball sport groups. First visit is always free!

Read more on Unisport's web page.

 

Get to know the University chaplains

Do you need a break in the bustle of everyday life? Do you want to have a chat or share your sighs with someone? The university chaplains are at your service!

The university chaplains are available to everyone from the university community and are ready to listen to whatever you need to talk about; studies and work, relationships and loneliness, stress, anxiety or spiritual matters. The university chaplains offer a safe space for everyone, regardless of your religious conviction, gender or sexual orientation. They also have professional confidentiality. Additionally, the university chaplains can assist you with religious ceremonies such as baptisms, weddings, funerals and home blessings.

Read more from the University chaplains' page.

Watch a video about the University chaplains on YouTube.

Get to know the Nyyti support centre

Nyyti ry promotes the mental health and learning ability of students. Student Nyyti ry offers you information, tips, and tools, as well as workshops, chats, and online groups to strengthen your mental health and study ability. You can also volunteer and provide peer support to other students. Learn more about services and activities offered by Nyyti ry on Nyyti's website and on social media: Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook.

Get to know Nyyti – Watch What s Nyyti ry -video on YouTube.

Orientation schedule for New Master’s degree students and Exchange students, Faculty of Science, Fall 2021

Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences
Master's Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods
Master's Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences
Master's Programme in Geography
Master's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning
Master's Programme in Mathematics and Statistics
Master's Programme in Life Science Informatics
Master's Programme in Geology and Geophysics
Master's Programme in Materials Research
Master's Programme in Data Science
Master's Programme in Computer Science
Master's Programme for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
Nordic Master Programme in Environmental Changes at Higher Latitudes

Welcome, new student! As a student at the Faculty of Science, you are part of the largest community of scientific learning in the Nordic countries. Congratulations on a good choice! Please see the orientation schedule below. Note that the programme for new exchange students is underneath. 
This programme might be specified later. There is also going to be more events outside this programme with your tutors so we recommend you to keep your schedule as free as possible during the week.  
Links to remote events will be updated in August. Also check your email if you have received ZOOM links straight from your study programme! 

Orientation schedule for New Master’s degree students and New Exchange Students, Fall 2021

Orientation schedule for New Master’s degree students, Fall 2021 

(scroll down to see the schedule for new exchange students) 

TUESDAY 31.8.2021 

MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES – THE FOLLOWING ORIENTATION LECTURES 

  • Master’s Programme in Data Science, Part 1, 12.15-15, Exactum B123  and ZOOM, 

WEDNESDAY 1.9.2021 

MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES – THE FOLLOWING ORIENTATION LECTURES 

  • Master’s Programme in Geography, 9:15-11, ZOOM 
  • Master’s Programme in Geology and Geophysics, 9.15-11 ZOOM
  • Master’s Programme in Mathematics and Statistics, 9:15-11:00, ZOOM (and A111, changes might occur due to Covid 19)
  • Master’s Programme in Life Science Informatics, 10-11, Exactum D123 
  • Master’s Programme in Computer Science, part 1, 9:15-11
  • Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences, Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, Master’s Programme in Materials Research, Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods, Nordic Master Programme in Environmental Changes at Higher Latitudes, 9:15-11:00

HOAS-INFO (STUDENT HOUSING SERVICES), 11:00-11:45 (for all new international students)

THURSDAY 2.9.2021 

GUIDANCE AND WELLBEING EVENT, In English 13:00-16:00, remote event that will be recorded. 

ORIENTATION EVENT ABOUT LANGUAGE STUDIES, 16:00-17:00 (for all international students) 

MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES – THE FOLLOWING ORIENTATION LECTURES 

  • Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences and Nordic Master Programme in Environmental Changes at Higher Latitudes, Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, Master’s Programme in Materials Research, Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods, 9:15-11:00, ZOOM 
    • Master’s Programme in Materials Research
  • Master’s Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, 10:00-12:00, Chemicum A128 
  • Master’s Programme in Data Science, part 2, 10.15-12, ZOOM
  • Master’s Programme in Computer Science, part 2, 14:15-16, ZOOM 

MONDAY 6.9.2021

OPENING CEREMONY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI'S ACADEMIC YEAR, on the University of Helsinki’s YouTube channel at 12.00.

TUESDAY 7.9.2021 

MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES – THE FOLLOWING ORIENTATION LECTURES 

  • Urban Studies and Planning, 9-11, ZOOM 
Orientation schedule for Exchange Students, Fall 2021 

TUESDAY 31.8.2021 

Powerpoint presentation of the WELCOME TO THE FACULTY OF SCIENCE -EVENT for all new Exchange Students, 13:00-14:00

ORIENTATION LECTURES FOR NEW EXCHANGE STUDENTS, 14:30-16:00, ZOOM events 

  • Bachelor's Programme in Science & Physics' study programmes: link has been sent by email
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science and Data Science
  • Geology and Geophysics, Geography & Urban Studies and Planning: link has been sent by email
  • Mathematics and Statistics & Life Science Informatics: link has been sent by email

WEDNESDAY 1.9.2021 

REGISTERING FOR COURSES IN SISU, 10:00-11:00, (for exchange students!).

HOAS-INFO (STUDENT HOUSING SERVICES), 11:00-11:45 (for all new international students), 

Possible Kumpula campus tours in tutor groups in the afternoon. You will get more info from your tutor. 

THURSDAY 2.9.2021 

GUIDANCE AND WELLBEING EVENT, In English 13:00-16:00, remote event that will be recorded 

ORIENTATION EVENT ABOUT LANGUAGE STUDIES, 16:00-17:00 (for all international students) 

Possible Kumpula campus tours in tutor groups. You will get more info from your tutor. 

MONDAY 6.9.2021

OPENING CEREMONY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI'S ACADEMIC YEAR, on the University of Helsinki’s YouTube channel at 12.00.

Tutor coordinators 2021

Bachelor's Programme in Physical Sciences
Bachelor's Programme in Mathematical Sciences
Bachelor's Programme for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences
Master's Programme in Materials Research
Bachelor's Programme in Computer Science
Master's Programme in Computer Science
Master's Programme in Data Science
Master's Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods
Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
Bachelor's Programme in Chemistry
Master's Programme for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
Master's Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences
Bachelor's Programme in Geography
Master's Programme in Geography
Master's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning
Master's Programme in Geology and Geophysics
Bachelor's Programme in Geosciences
Bachelor's Programme in Science
Nordic Master Programme in Environmental Changes at Higher Latitudes

If you are not able to attend the first orientation session you can find out your tutor group by contacting student association's tutor coordinator.

Email addresses are the form firstname.lastname@helsinki.fi (replace the ä- and ö- with a and o), unless stated otherwise.

  • Matlu (The Science Students Association): Olli Keski-Hynnilä, Uuna Saarela, Eetu Halme
  • Bachelor's Programme in Science: Leon Quellmalz, Vitaliy Gurov
  • Data Science (TKO-äly): Matti Ylhäisi, Teo Uosukainen, Pekka Mäki-Mikola
  • Geology (Vasara): Artur Tvauri
  • Physical Sciences (Resonanssi): Noora Suomalainen, Mila Myllymäki
  • Chemistry (HYK): Mireleh Hirn, Mia-Maria Isomäki
  • Geography (MaO): Elias Hirvikoski, Aapo Keinänen
  • Math-Phys-Chem teachers (Limes): Janna Kiuru, Klara Hamit, Kia Mattila
  • Mathematics (Matrix): Vili Järvinen, Jeremi Partanen, Riikka Saukko (riikka.j.saukko[at]helsinki.fi)
  • Computer Science (TKO-äly): Matti Ylhäisi, Teo Uosukainen, Pekka Mäki-Mikola
  • Urban Studies & Planning -tutors: Jure Pucnik

 

Deans greeting to new students

Bachelor's Programme in Mathematical Sciences
Bachelor's Programme in Physical Sciences
Bachelor's Programme in Chemistry
Bachelor's Programme for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
Bachelor's Programme in Computer Science
Bachelor's Programme in Geosciences
Bachelor's Programme in Geography
Bachelor's Programme in Science
Master's Programme in Mathematics and Statistics
Master's Programme in Life Science Informatics
Master's Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods
Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
Master's Programme in Materials Research
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences
Master's Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences
Master's Programme for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
Master's Programme in Computer Science
Master's Programme in Data Science
Master's Programme in Geology and Geophysics
Master's Programme in Geography
Master's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning
Nordic Master Programme in Environmental Changes at Higher Latitudes

The Dean greets all new students: Check the video from Youtube