Orientation and Student Tutors

Autumn Orientation Dates for the Academic Year 2024-2025 are Mon-Wed 26.-28.8.2024

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.

More information

Programme of the Orientation for Exchange Students, Spring 2024

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.

The orientation is an on-campus event, which means no remote participation possibility is offered. Presentation slides will be available on this page after the orientation.

Below you can see the list of activities for each day. More details, including exact locations and schedule, can be found in a PDF file!

Wed 3 Jan (10:00 - 12:00/14:00)

Welcome to UTU by International office

Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY) 

Erasmus Student Network (ESN Uni Turku) 

Exchange studies at UTU & Registration of Foreigners

Faculty Information Sessions:

Faculty of Humanities 
Hum Info Part 1
Hum Info Part 2

Faculty of Medicine 

Faculty of Law 


Thu 4 Jan (09:30 - 12:30/15:30)

Centre for Language and Communication Studies 

Academic Writing at Finnish Universities 

Finnish Language Courses and Hanna Jokela

Digital Services 

Friendship programme

Faculty Information Sessions:

Turku School of Economics 

Faculties of Science & Technology 

Faculties of Science and Technology


Faculty of Education 

Faculty of Social Sciences 

Fri 5 Jan (09:30 - 13:15)

Finnish Society, Culture and Language

Kimmo Elo

Hanna Jokela


Turku City Bus Tour


NB: The orientation programme for the spring 2024 international orientation might include small changes.

Programme of the Orientation for International Degree Students, Autumn 2024

The orientation for international degree students in 2024 will take place on campus at the University of Turku on Mon-Wed 26.-28.8.2024. 

During the orientation, you will be given an introduction to studying at the University of Turku. You will also learn about the services you can use as a student: network of gyms, language courses, IT services, library, etc.

The preliminary programme can be found here.

Degree Programme-specific Info Sessions for Degree Students, Autumn 2024

Each international degree programme usually holds their own short orientation sessions or introductory meetings for their new students. We recommend that you attend both the general orientation as well as your programme-specific orientation. Information on programme-specific orientation sessions will be updated here during summer 2024.


MDP in Health Technology

Thursday 29.8. at 10 – 12 Natura X lecture hall, Natura 2nd floor


MDP in Information and Communication Technology

Thursday 29.8. at 10 – 12 Natura X lecture hall, Natura 2nd floor



DVV Pop-In Dates: Registration in Finland (for Exchange Students & International Degree Students)

DVV will host dedicated pop-in dates for new students at their office in Turku (street address Itsenäisyydenaukio 2 — behind the city theatre):

Tuesday-Wednesday 16 - 17 January 2024.

at 9-12 and 13-15 o'clock on both days. 

You can visit DVV without an appointment on either day and between any of the mentioned times. We highly recommend visiting DVV during these pop-in dates instead of making a separate appointment with them, as that is the easiest and most efficient for everyone involved. If you have already made an appointment with the DVV, but you are able to visit DVV during the pop-in days, please cancel your appointment at the latest after your visit, so they can be reserved by other people.

DVV registration process for students: 

Fill in and submit the online registration form for students. On the website, follow the instructions that apply to you: situations A, B, C or D.

Enclose to the application: 

• passport / official ID card. NB! driving license isn’t valid as an official ID in Finland!

• residence permit card (non-EU/EEA students) OR certificate which proves the Finnish Immigration Service has registered your right of residence (EU/EEA students)

• UTU registration certificate (contact admissions@utu.fi (degree students) or incoming@utu.fi (exchange students) if you need one); you can only get it after successfully registering as attending with the University.

If you have already uploaded this on the online registration form, you do not have to take this with you to DVV. 

pre-filled and printed registration form (situation D, only if you are not able to submit the online form)

Send your Finnish ID code via e-mail to disco@utu.fi after you’ve received it. It is entered into the University's registry, which is needed for example to efficiently use the FSHS services. 


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 5-12 (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 
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.