Orientation and Student Tutors

Orientation Dates for the Academic Year 2021-2022

The next orientation will be held on 25 - 27 August 2021 on campus if the coronavirus situation allows it, or on Zoom. The programme will be updated here later during the summer.

You will be appointed a student tutor who will assist you with practicalities after your arrival in Turku. The contact information of your peer tutor will be emailed to you.

Please see also a list of things to do during your first days in Turku. Please note, that the available programme materials on this page are from previous orientations from the years 2019-2021. The programme for the Autumn 2021 orientation will be updated here during summer 2021. 

    More information

    Programme of the orientation

    During the orientation, you will be given an introduction to studying at the University of Turku. You will also learn about the services we provide for our students.

    Please find the spring semester 2021 program for

    Exchange students here

    Presentations of the Orientation, Spring 2021

    NB! The orientation presentations will be uploaded here after the orientation.

    Rector's greeting

    University of Turku in Brief



    IT services:

    University Library

      Academic writing at Finnish Universities

      Finnish language courses 1

      Finnish language courses 2

      Campus Sport (NB! Campus Sport is currently closed, please see the webpage for updated information: https://www.campussport.fi/en/) :

      The Finnish Language and Society presentations:

      Finnish Language

      Finnish Society

      Exchange studies at UTU

      Information on the Centre for Language and Communication Studies


      For health care matters and COVID-19 instructions, please visit: https://www.utu.fi/en/study-at-utu/accepted-students/residence-permit

      Faculty Session Information Sessions for exchange students

      Faculty of Humanities

      Faculties of Science and Technology

      Faculty of Social Sciences

      Turku School of Economics

      Faculty of Law

      • Faculty Information Session - Faculty of Law

      Faculty of Education

      • Faculty Information Session - Faculty of Education

      Faculty of Medicine


      Student tutors

      As an exchange or a degree student you will have a student tutor to help you with the practicalities and guide you through the student life in Turku. Tutors are Finnish or foreign students who are interested in foreign cultures and languages. They have volunteered to help you to get a smooth start in your studies and stay in Finland! Each tutor has about 3-5 exchange or degree students.

      Once accepted to the university, you will receive the contact information of your tutor by email.

      • Exchange students receive the email usually in June or November - early December and will always have a Finnish tutor.
      • Degree students receive the email during the summer and their tutors can be Finnish or of another nationality.

      Inform your tutor about your arrival day, time and place as soon as possible so that s/he can make arrangements to meet you upon your arrival.

      If you do not need or want a tutor, please inform your faculty (degree students) or the International Office (exchange students) as soon as possible.

      Questions about tutoring? Please contact:
      • Exchange students: International Office: incoming(at)utu.fi
      • Degree students: Your faculty or programme at UTU 
      Programme-specific info sessions for degree students

      This list will be updated during Summer 2021


      MDP in Biomedical Sciences: 

      MDP in Biosciences: 

      MDP in Future Studies

      MDP in Global Innovation Management: 

      MDP in Human Neuroscience: 

      MDP in Information and Communication Technology (inc. EIT): 

      MDP in Law and Information Society: 


      For new doctoral students

      Welcome to UTUGS -orientation day is organised 1-2 times a year. You will receive more information from your doctoral programme after you have been accepted.