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Orientation course for new international degree students and exchange students

Dear new international degree students and exchange students,

Welcome to Åbo Akademi University! The start of your studies will be intensive and filled with information. First-year students and exchange students start their studies with an orientation course. During the orientation course, information is given on most of the matters a student needs to know in order to get started with his/her studies. The orientation course is also where you meet your fellow students as well as get acquainted with the study environment and the city together with your tutors. 🙂

An orientation course will be organised for international degree students during week 35, (30 August- 3 September 2021). The Arrival Day for international students is Monday 30th August 2021.

The programme for exchange students is completely virtual and the programme for master’s students is also virtually. The programme can be followed also if you have not yet activated your ÅAU username. This is due to the current Covid-19 regulations with 2 week quarantine included in the plan. We aim to have a social (following the current distance regulations) 2 weeks after the arrival day. More information will be available later.

The programme consists of:

  • watching previously recorded sessions and discussing them with each other
  • following interactive webinars where you can ask questions in the chat
  • watching live-streamed session

2 weeks after arrival day (due to 2 weeks quarantine rules)

  • walks around the campus with the tutors
  • walks around the city with the tutors

More information on restrictions at Åbo Akademi University due to the pandemic can be found here.

The final programme:

The final programme will be available later. The below are previous years programs just as information.

Please note that the sessions in the programme are colour marked:

  • black: both degree and exchange students
  • purple: degree students only
  • blue: exchange students only

Please also note that the programme takes place Helsinki time (GMT+3).

Week programme:

List of links to sessions:

Åbo campus:

Orientation programme for degree and exchange students ÅBO – week view Orientation programme for degree and exchange students ÅBO – links (work in progress)
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Vasa campus:

Orientation programme for degree and exchange students VASA – week view Orientation programme for degree and exchange students VASA – links (work in progress)
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Updated 20.4.2021