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International Degree, Exchange and Visiting Students

Info Sheets for New Degree Students, see the Admissions-page.

Info Sheets for New Exchange and Visiting Students, see the Admissions-page.

Instuctions concerning programme taught in Finnish can be found in the Finnish version of the Study Guide.

Registration of New Students, Dates

Opening hours and contact information of the Registrar's Office (LINK)

Degree Students

  • Bachelor's and Master's level: from 1 to 31 August 2017
  • Doctoral level: according to Letter of Acceptance

Exchange and visiting students

  • Autumn 2017: from 1 August until the Orientation Course 21-25 August 2017, late arrivals: upon arrival
  • Spring 2018: During the Orientation Course 2-5 January 2018, late arrivals: upon arrival

Registration step-by-step

  1. Registration papers
    Bachelor's and Master's degree students and exchange and visiting students are welcome to pick up the registration papers and the Orientation Course folder at the International Office in the Main Building (room A129). Fill in the missing details in your Registration Form and sign it.
    The registration form include an invoice for the payment of the Student Union membership fee.
    Doctoral degree students have been sent their registration papers with the Letter of Acceptance. Doctoral students participating in the Orientation Course are welcome to pick up the Orientation Course folder from the International Office (room A129) in the Main Building.
  2. If you are a degree student, obtain a confirmation of validity of your academic documents by presenting the documents to the university officer.
    Please see your Letter of Acceptance for contact details.
  3. Pay the *Student union membership fee (optional for exchange students, visiting students and doctoral students).
    Please use the invoice included in your registration form. You may pay the fee at any bank from a Finnish bank account or in cash. If you have a bank account in one of the euro area countries, you can use online banking. Please remember to include the given reference number with the transfer. You cannot pay the fee at the University. Keep the receipt of the payment!
  4. Register at the Registrar’s Office
    You are required to present the following documents when you enrol:
    - Letter of Acceptance
    - filled-in registration form
    - receipt of the paid *Student Union Membership fee (116 euros for the whole academic year, 58 euros for one semester, preparation costs of the student card of approx. 10 euros are charged by the Student Union upon collection. The optional membership fee for doctoral students is 49 euros for the whole academic year and 24,50 euros for one semester)
    - passport (or if you are from an EU/EEA country, other applicable identification)
  5. Order the student card
    The student card can be ordered online after you have paid the student union membership fee. You can find the instructions and a link to the order form on the Student Union website.


*Student Union membership is compulsory for all Bachelor's and Master's level degree students at Finnish universities. For doctoral students, the voluntary membership fee is lower because the benefits are fewer.
Please see Student Card and Benefits on this page for more information.

See also Local Registration for instructions on how to obtain a Finnish Personal Identity Code and how to take care of local registration. You must present the Personal Identity Code at the Registrar's Office upon or after registration.

Remember to Bring with you
  • Your passport & residence permit
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Original educational documents (as stated in the Letter of Acceptance). You will need to present these to the international coordinator of your Faculty before you can register to the university.
  • Fee-paying students only: receipt of the payment of the first instalment of the tuition fee.
  • Passport-size photograph for the student card.
  • Enough cash to manage the first few days or until you open a Finnish bank account, if you intend to do so.
Lisätietoa ja neuvoja
  • IT Helpdesk, Electronic Services and Web Tools (LINKKI)
  • Other services at the university, including Contacts, Campus Maps and Teaching Premises (LINKKI)
  • Student Union TAMY and Student Card

Doctoral Students

  1. Accept the study place and enrol at the university (link to instructions)
  2. Consider whether or not you would like to join the Student Union of the University of Tampere (TAMY). Doctoral students can also take advantage of a variety of benefits with the TAMY student card. (Link to the TAMY website.) The membership fee payment form is provided with your approval letter.
  3. Activate your basic user account (PPT) in accordance with the instructions provided (link to instructions). The basic user account is your key to the electronic student services, which you will need right from the start.
  4. Activate your university e-mail account or redirect your messages.
  5. Take part in the orientation events for new doctoral students.
  6. Read the curriculum guide and curriculum of your faculty and degree programme, and the curriculum of the Doctoral School (links).
  7. If you have not done so already, prepare a detailed study and supervision plan with your supervisor (link).

Open University Students

  1. If you are only just applying to study at the open university, please see the instructions on the Admissions pages.
  2. You will be provided with a confirmation of your right to study. The confirmation also indicates the duration of your study right and your student number. Keep your student number at hand or commit it to memory as you will need it often during your studies. The invoice for the tuition fee will be sent after enrolment. Read about the tuition fee invoicing and the cancellation and payment terms..
  3. Read about the content and schedules of your studies on the Course Selection pages. We will not send a separate invitation to the courses! You should also view the maps and parking instructions LINK.
  4. Activate your basic user account. You will need the account for many study-related services and at the beginning of your studies, so activate it immediately! The account can be activated at
  5. Sign in to Moodle – the most important website for your studies. In the initial e-mail or at the beginning of your studies, you will receive instructions on how to access the service.
  6. Activate your university e-mail address or redirect your messages. You can obtain your e-mail address through the NettiKatti service after activating your user account. The e-mail is included in the MS Office 365 service, which is free-of-charge to students.
  7. Check your contact information on NettiRekka. NettiRekka displays our student register’s information on you. Please check and, if necessary, correct or supplement your contact information in NettiRekka!
  8. Find out about the library services and obtain a University of Tampere library card. The library will provide the necessary exam books. The library also offers a wide range of electronic services and materials. More information on library services (LINK:/opiskelunopas/opintojen-aikana/opintojen-suorittaminen/kurssikirjat-ja-tietoaineistot).
  9. Support for studies: Our Study Services will assist you with any practical issues. You can set up a personal study guidance appointment with your study coordinator/planner specified on the course selection page.

Cross-institutional, JOO and UNIPOLI Students

More information on JOO studies and cross-institutional studies (LINK).

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

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.

More information on study practices can be found on the instruction pages (LINK).

Further Information

Local Registration

Local Register Office
Street address: Hatanpään valtatie 24
Tel: 029 553 9431
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-16:15

Finnish Personal Identity Code

All new exchange and degree students will need a Finnish personal identity code for UTA’s student register and for the national data warehouse in higher education. Non-European students should apply for it along with their residence permit application. While in Finland it can be obtained from the Local Register Office. Once you have been granted the personal identity code, you have to present the document stating it along with your passport/identity card at UTA Registrar’s Office, preferably upon your registration with the university.

In addition to the UTA student register, the Finnish personal identity code will be needed as a means of identification in a variety of situations, for example at banks and hospitals.

Municipality of Residence

When registering with the Local Register Office, students with at least two years of right to study can be granted a Municipality of Residence which entitles them to various municipal services. For more information, please see the website of the Local Register Office.

Notification of a Change of Address

All people moving to, from or within Finland are required to submit a notification of change of address (muuttoilmoitus). The form is available from the post offices or the Local Register Office. If you have access to Finnish online banking services, you can also submit the notification online. Those registered with the Local Register Office must submit a notification of a change of address every time they move to, from or within the country. By law, the notification should be submitted no later than one week after moving. In post offices you can also find specific postcards you can send free of charge (in Finland) to inform your friends of your new address. Please also remember to update your contact information in Student's Desktop.


Practical instructions on study and course completion methods as well as the University of Tampere as a study environment is available in the “During studies” section and the ECTS Survival Guide, pdf.