Orientation to University Studies

To make the start of your studies as smooth and pleasant as possible, the University offers an Orientation Course for new exchange and degree students. The Orientation Course deals with all practical matters, so it is important that you attend.

 

International degree, exchange and visiting students

All the orientation courses and events mentioned on this page are free of charge.

Orientation Course / Welcome week, spring 2019

January 2019 (Spring semester 2019) Orientation course for new international students and researchers: 2 - 5 January 2019. The preliminary Orientation Course programme will be published in December 2018.

hello New Spring semester student! Make sure you come to the one-hour Welcome Fair in January!

Compulsory for students at Bachelor and Master level

A one-week Orientation Course is offered jointly for all international students (degree, exchange and visiting) at the beginning of the autumn and spring semesters. This course is compulsory for students at bachelor and master level.

On the first day of the Orientation Course, a presentation called ‘First things first' will be held and your presence is required as this presentation contains important information on different kinds of forms, registration to the university, student card, local registration, banking services, your Basic User Account (BUA) and computer labs.

We know that starting university can be a daunting experience and a big adjustment, especially when it involves moving to another country. But be assured that there are plenty of other students in the same position as you are. Join us for the Welcome Fair where you can meet other exchange students, UTA student, hobby and faculty associations, student organizations, the Student Union, the Student Chaplaincy, plus see what else the UTA and Tampere have to offer. The one-hour Welcome Fair will be organized during the Orientation Course in January.

During the Orientation Course, you will also receive information on the higher education system in Finland, studying at UTA, student counselling, the city of Tampere and Finnish customs and way of life.

In order to get credits for this Orientation Course, a full attendance is required (please see the Curricula Guides for more details).

As part of the Orientation Course, Introduction to Academic Culture and Degree Studies (see below) is a compulsory part of the orientation for international degree students studying in English-language master's degree programmes.

In addition, programme-specific orientations are offered by the faculties. You will get more information on them from your programme's international coordinator.

Orientation course materials (Spring semester 2019):

  • Coming soon.

    Orientation course materials (Autumn semester 2018):

    Introduction to Academic Culture and Degree Studies

    Introduction to academic culture and degree studies: August 2019

    For degree students only, compulsory for students in Master's degree programmes

    This practical orientation is offered for students studying in the Master's degree programmes offered through the medium of English. The orientation offers a general overview to academic and study-related practices as well as topics related to livelihood and social security matters of a degree student in Finland.

    In addition, programme-specific orientations are offered by the faculties. You will get more information on them from your programme's international coordinator.

    Introduction to academic culture and degree studies, materials for degree students (Autumn semester 2018):

     

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    Doctoral students

    The University of Tampere Doctoral School arranges an orientation day for doctoral students and researchers each year. More specific information and the schedule are provided in the curriculum. The event is not mandatory, but it is recommended for all new doctoral students.

    The doctoral programmes may also organise their own orientation events. Information on these will be sent to your university e-mail address.

    New doctoral students may of course join also the Orientation Course given each term. See more info above under International degree, exchange and visiting students.

    Open University students

    Getting a smooth start to your open university studies.

    • Becoming a student: If you are only just applying to study at the open university, please see the instructions on the Admissions pages.
    • After registration, you will receive a study information letter from the open university.
    • Some study programmes organise initial info events for new students. You will also receive information on matters related to your studies via the study information letter, e-mail messages and Moodle messages. We will not send a separate invitation to the courses!
    • Education: what, where, when? The curricula on the course selection pages provide information on the education (lectures, exercises, etc.) and literature included in your studies. For example, lecture and exam halls may change, so check the latest information in the course selection page section on your studies.
    • Prepare a personal study plan: Getting started with your studies requires a systematic approach. Read about the content and schedules of your studies and the requisite fees on the course selection pages. Also familiarise yourself with the exam practices. Support for preparing your study plan can be found on the study planning page (Page in course of preparation).
    • The necessary exam books are provided by the library, so obtain a library card for the Tampere University Library. The library offers a wide range of electronic services and materials. More information.
    • Studies at the open university are part-time, which means that students are not entitled to state-provided student financial aid or discounts on meals or travel tickets. Open University studies are mainly targeted for those already living in Finland. It is not possible to get a long-term student residence permit to Finland based on Open University courses.
    • Support for studies: Our Study Services will help you with practical questions. You can set up a personal study guidance appointment with your study coordinator/planner – information can be found on the course selection page.

    Cross-institutional, JOO and UNIPOLI students

    Follow the instructions you have been provided and get started with your studies. If necessary, contact the appropriate persons for advice.

    More information on JOO studies and cross-institutional studies.

    The instructions for UNIPOLI students can be found on the UNIPOLI website.

    Study instructions and the practices observed at the University of Tampere can be found in the “During studies” section.

    Other students

    Alumni students as well as students participating in continuing studies and academic modules. Follow the instructions you have been provided and get started with your studies. If necessary, contact the appropriate persons for advice.

    Study instructions and the practices observed at the University of Tampere can be found in the “During studies” section.