Orientation and Student Tutors

Orientation Dates for the Academic Year 2020-2021

The next orientation will be held on 26 - 28 August 2020

The first two days of the orientation is organized in Zoom and the third day is organized on the university campus. The third day is not obligatory. If you wish to participate in the third day of the orientation, you must have self-quarantined for 14 days prior to the orientation.

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, and the orientation programme below!

    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 autumn semester 2020 program for

    Degree students here

    Exchange students here

    Presentations of the Orientation, Autumn 2020

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

    Common for all international students

    Rector's greeting

    University of Turku in Brief

    IT services

    University Library

      Academic writing

      Finnish language courses

      Finnish Student Health Services

      Campus Sport

      The Finnish Language and Society presentations

      Finnish Language

      Finnish Society


      Orientation for exchange students

      Exchange studies at UTU

      Information on the Centre for Language and Communication Studies

      Faculty Session Information Sessions for exchange students

      Faculty of Humanities

      Faculty of Science and Engineering

      Faculty of Social Sciences

      Turku School of Economics

      Faculty of Law

      Faculty of Education

      Orientation for Degree Students

      26.8.2020 Information session

      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

      * list will be updated during the summer 2020*

      BDP in Early Childhood Teacher Education: 26-31 August -  see the programme

      DP in Primary Teacher Education: 26-31 August -  see the programme


      MDP in Biomedical Sciences: 25 August

      MDP in Biosciences: 31 August

      MDP in Future Studies: 25 August

      MDP in Global Innovation Management: 25 August

      MDP in Human Neuroscience: 31 August 14:00-16:00

      MDP in Information and Communication Technology (inc. EIT): 31 August 10-12

      MDP in Law and Information Society: 31 August, 12-14 (online in Zoom)


      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.