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First steps of a new degree student
Please follow these instructions carefully, as they are intended for all new Bachelor’s and Master’s students.
Important information for incoming exchange students
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Don't wait - get prepared for your studies
This website offers useful information on what new students should explore and do before the beginning of the academic year.
Registration for attendance (or non-attendance) is obligatory for all degree students.
Vocabulary for new students
Whether you are a new or an old student, here you can find explanations for key terms related to academic studies and student life.
Orientation and Tutoring
Here you will find information concerning the orientation period and student tutors.
You must apply for a residence permit if you plan to study in Finland for longer than three months.
Updating your personal information and contact details
You can update your contact details on Weboodi or notify a Student service point.
It is very important that you have good health insurance that is valid during the entire time your studies last.
Register with the authorities
After arriving in Finland you will have to register with a few relevant authorities within a certain period of time.
Open a bank account
If you are studying in Finland for a longer time it is advisable to open a Finnish bank account.
As a student, the University’s extensive variety of learning environments and facilities are at your disposal. This guide features information about these facilities, such as libraries and learning centres.
Digital Learning Environments
Learning takes place not just in a variety of physical spaces, but also in digital learning environments. The University of Helsinki utilises a selection of different digital services to make your studies easier.
Student's digital skills
Student’s Digital Skills is a compulsory course for all undergraduate students pursuing a first-cycle degree at the University of Helsinki. The University provides students with numerous digital services and tools necessary for studies.
Did you miss your orientation week or are you recommencing studies after a break?
Didn’t have time for the orientation week? Have you been away from the University for long? Don’t worry, with these instructions you can still easily catch up with your studies.
Information Sessions during the Academic Year
Here you can find detailed information on the themed briefings, clinics and workshops organised at the University throughout the academic year.
Students’ responsibilities in studies
As a student you have responsibilities such as attending classes and turning in your assignments.
Information for parents
The University of Helsinki offers excellent services for international students, but as the parent of a new student you play a significant supporting role as well.
If you are liable to pay for tuition, this page is for you. The second year tuition fees are to be paid by the end of May. Please note that grants are not available for students in the Bachelor's Programme in Science.
The Student Union and subject organisations
The Student Union of the University of Helsinki, or HYY for short, comprises all the students at the University of Helsinki.
In addition to studies, student life and the academic year are peppered with a variety of academic traditions and student events. Throughout the year, the University of Helsinki and its Student Union organise a wide variety of events and parties open to all students.
University's online shop
From the University of Helsinki's online shop you can purchase merchandise with the university's logo.
Finding your way
This article discusses the many options that help you find your way to downtown Helsinki and to the different campuses upon your arrival to Finland.
Whether it’s for a few months or for a longer period of time, moving abroad is a decision that entails curiosity, a will to learn, an open mind and adaptability.