Orientation to University Studies

To make the start of your studies as pleasant and smooth as possible, UTA offers orientation courses for new students. All essential things will be dealt with during the orientation, so it is important that you participate in it. At UTA you will also be assigned a student tutor who will help you through the first weeks.

International Degree, Exchange and Visiting Students

One-week General Orientation Course is offered jointly for all international students (degree, exchange and visiting) at the beginning of the autumn and spring semesters. This course is compulsory for students at Bachelor's and Master's level. The programme is now available.

On the first day of the Orientation Course, a presentation called ‘First things first' will be held and your presence is required as this presentation contains important information on filling in different kinds of forms, banking services, your Basic User Account (BUA) and computer labs. During the Orientation Course, you will also receive information on the higher education system in Finland, studying at UTA, student counselling, the city of Tampere and Finnish customs and way of life.

In order to get credits for this orientation course, a full attendance is required (course code: OPINY001, credits: 2 ECTS credits)


Introduction to Academic Culture and Degree Studies is a practical two-day orientation which is offered for international students studying in the Master's Degree Programmes offered through the medium of English. The orientation offers a general overview to academic and study-related practices as well as to livelihood and social security of a degree student in Finland. This orientation is compulsory for students in Master's degree programmes

In addition, programme-specific orientations are offered by the schools. You will get more information on them from your programme coordinator.

Orientation materials

See the Info Sheets -pages for Degree Students and Exchange and Visiting Students.

Doctoral Students

The University of Tampere Doctoral School arranges an orientation day for doctoral researchers each year. More specific information and the schedule are provided in the curriculum. The event is not mandatory, but it is recommended for all new doctoral students.

The doctoral programmes may also organise their own orientation events. Information on these will be sent to your university e-mail address.

Open University Students

Getting a smooth start to your open university studies.

  • Becoming a student: If you are only just applying to study at the open university, please see the instructions on the Admissions pages.
  • After registration, you will receive a study information letter from the open university.
  • Some study programmes organise initial info events for new students. You will also receive information on matters related to your studies via the study information letter, e-mail messages and Moodle messages. We will not send a separate invitation to the courses!
  • Education: what, where, when? The curricula on the course selection pages provide information on the education (lectures, exercises, etc.) and literature included in your studies. For example, lecture and exam halls may change, so check the latest information in the course selection page section on your studies.
  • Prepare a personal study plan: Getting started with your studies requires a systematic approach. Read about the content and schedules of your studies and the requisite fees on the course selection pages. Also familiarise yourself with the exam practices (LINK). Support for preparing your study plan can be found on the study planning page (link).
  • The necessary exam books are provided by the library, so obtain a library card for the Tampere University Library. The library offers a wide range of electronic services and materials. More information (LINKKI Student’s guide/During studies/Study planning/Course books and information materials)
  • Studies at the open university are part-time, which means that students are not entitled to state-provided student financial aid or discounts on meals or travel tickets.
  • Support for studies: Our Study Services will help you with practical questions. You can set up a personal study guidance appointment with your study coordinator/planner – information can be found on the course selection page.

Cross-institutional, JOO and UNIPOLI Students

Follow the instructions you have been provided and get started with your studies. If necessary, contact the appropriate persons for advice.

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

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

Study instructions and the practices observed at the University of Tampere can be found in the “During studies” section (LINK).

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.

Study instructions and the practices observed at the University of Tampere can be found in the “During studies” section (LINK).