Exchange Students Leaving Finland
Find out what you need to take care of before you leave Tampere University (city centre and Kauppi campuses). A brief summary of all important things to remember can be found below. Our International Mobility Services team and international mobility coordinators in faculties will be happy to accompany and support you every step of the way to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
- Learning Agreement
- Official Transcript of Records
- Certificates and Confirmations
- Finnish Personal Identity Code
- TOAS Flats
- Separate Key Cards for the Computer Rooms
- Change of Address (Post Office)
- Change of Address (Student's Desktop)
- Recycling Room
- Tampere Alumni
The student's home university will provide the Learning Agreement form for Erasmus+ students. The Learning Agreement needs to be approved and signed by the international mobility coordinator at your host faculty (city centre and Kauppi campuses) upon your arrival in Tampere. If any changes in your courses occur, please fill in the part II of your Learning Agreement and ask the international mobility coordinator at your host faculty to sign it. Your Learning Agreement must include same courses as the official Transcript of Records received from Tampere University.
An official transcript of your academic records will not be given or sent to you or your home university automatically. To get the official transcript sent to your home address in your home country after the exchange period, exchange students must place an order using Student's Desktop during summer months (go to page: Academic Transcript) once all required credits/grades have been registered in the Student's Desktop (go to page Academic Transcript to revise). If you are missing credits/grades, please contact the teacher responsible for the course unit or international mobility coordinator of the relevant faculty. Please make sure before ordering that you have received all credits and grades.
Please remember to update your home address and submit your Finnish personal identity code to Student Affairs Office before ordering the transcript. The last possible day to place the transcript order is 31 July 2019 as your user account will be deactivated in August 2019 and you will not be able to login to Student's Desktop. The transcript ordering service is free of charge.
Please note that courses for which you have enrolled, but have not passed, will not be shown on the transcript. If you have already received all credits and grades, you can also collect your official transcript by visiting Student Affairs Office before you leave.
If your student exchange is based on a bilateral agreement between Tampere University and your home university, your exchange coordinator will send your official transcript to the exchange coordinator at your home university. Also official transcripts of ISEP students will be sent to the ISEP Global Office during summer. However, you can still use our free transcript order service, if needed.
- Read more about the Transcript of Records
- Read more about ECTS credits and grades of Tampere University
- For more information, please contact Student Affairs Office
Many exchange students have different certificates, confirmations or other similar forms from their home university which must be signed and stamped at Tampere University by the host faculty and/or by the International Office (main building, room A129). If you need a certificate of attendance, please visit the International Office. Remember to take care of all documents at least a few days before leaving since it might take a couple of days to get the signatures/stamps from the people in question. The documents may not be signed earlier than one week before the date of departure. The following dates are written on the certificates:
Start of studies:
- first day of the Welcome Week (2 January 2019) or the day of your arrival / registration with the university
End of studies:
- latest day confirmed / end of teaching period
Please note that Tampere University’s official Transcript of Records does not include the dates of your study period at the University!
- Contact information and opening hours: International Office, international mobility coordinators
Before leaving Tampere University, please check with Student Affairs Office that your student data contains your Finnish personal identity code. Tampere University is obliged to collect the code for administrative purposes.
How to submit my Finnish personal identity code to Student Affairs Office?
- The easiest and safest way is to visit the office during opening hours and present your Finnish personal identity code with an official document
- An official document is the document you have received from the Finnish Population Information System / Local Register Office or your Finnish residence permit card which contains the code
- You can also copy/scan and mail your official document to Student Affairs Office
- It is not recommended to send your scanned documents by email because of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
If you have any questions regarding submitting your Finnish personal identity code, please contact Student Affairs Office.
I still do not have a Finnish personal identity code. What should I do?
Please visit Local Register Office to get your Finnish personal identity code before you leave. You do not need to book an appointment, just visit the office. Please note that it can take up to 4 weeks to get the code to your home address in Tampere / Student Affairs Office. You can authorise Local Register Office to send your Finnish personal identity code directly to Student Affairs Office.
- Local Register Office (maistraatti)
- Address: Hatanpään valtatie 24
- Open: Mon–Fri 9:00–16:15
- Email: email@example.com
Please remember to bring following documents with you:
- Your passport or official identification card
- Your Tampere University Study Certificate (get it from Student Affairs Office, if needed)
Please, be in touch with TOAS to confirm what you need to do before you leave. As a general rule, you have to leave your flat in a clean and good condition and pay all rents in time. It is important to maintain good relations with TOAS since there will be new international students coming to Tampere the following semester who also wish to get rooms from TOAS. Please note that potential cleaning costs will be deducted from your deposit.
Those of you who have received a separate key card for computer rooms against a deposit, please remember to return it to IT Helpdesk before you leave.
According to Finnish legislation, you must always submit a notification of move if you move permanently out of Finland or if your temporary stay at another address is longer than three months. The notification can be made at the earliest one month in advance. However you must take care of that the notification has been received by the Post Office (Posti) within a week of your move at the latest.
Frequently asked questions and how to do it
- Do I have to do it? – Yes, according to Finnish legislation you have to inform Post Office that you are moving permanently out of Finland after your student exchange.
- How about mail forwarding? - After you have informed Post Office with your home address in your home country, your Finnish postal items (letters, publications, bulk letters) will be forwarded abroad for free during the first month. Only letters up to 250 grams are forwarded abroad, other items will be returned to the sender or handled as undeliverable items. If you wish to continue the service, you will have to pay for it. For more information and prices, please see Mail Forwarding.
- When can I do it? – You can do it already or at the earliest one month in advance.
- How to do it online? – Not made easy for international students as Finnish online banking credentials are required (most of you do not have ones). If you have Finnish online banking credentials or Posti one time credentials, please see the video.
- Any way to do it online? Yes, go to Post Office (the nearest one is in Tullintori Shopping Centre) and ask for Posti one time credentials. With these credentials you can login (only once) and complete the form online. You will be asked to present your passport and your Finnish personal identity code document or your Finnish residence permit card (if you have one) at the desk.
- Any other ways to do it? Yes, a good old-fashioned paper form ("Notification of change of address") can be found in every Post Office and in the International Office. Complete the form and leave it any mailbox with the envelope provided with the form (postage is paid by Post Office).
- Can I print the form online and return it later to Post Office? No. The change of address notification form cannot be printed from the website because the forms have unique identifying numbers that are optically read during the storage process. It is not possible to read the numbers from copies.
- How to fill in the form? Please read our instructions (pdf). You can fill in the Post Office's part only and leave the Local Register Office's part empty.
- What is the Finnish Population Information System? Please read: The Finnish Population Information System.
- More information: Notification of change of address
Before you leave Tampere, please remember to update your contact information in Student's Desktop. How to do it? Read here: Updating Personal Data in the Student Register. The last possible date to update your information and place your transcript order is 31 July 2019 as your user account will be deactivated in August 2019. If you are not able to update your information, please contact Student Affairs Office.
We want to share a green hint with you before you leave Tampere. You can bring in goods, clothes and shoes that are clean, safe and in working order to our Recycling Room. Groceries, hazardous waste, dirty textiles or shoes, broken electronic appliances or university property ARE NOT ACCEPTED. When you bring in items, please do your share and keep the room tidy. By bringing items to the Recycling Room, you will not only make a green move but you will also help new exchange students get started. The recycling room is located in the main building, E wing, room E105 (city centre campus). For more information about recycling, please see the Ekokampus website. Thank you for your help! For further information, please be in touch with our Environmental coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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