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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, 24 August – 28 August 2020. The Arrival Day for international students is Monday 24 August 2020.

The programme for exchange students is completely virtual and the programme for master’s students is on campus, but possible to follow also virtually. On campus, the students are together with their tutor groups in smaller venues. The programme can be followed also if you have not yet activated your ÅAU username.

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 sessions
  • taking part in some sessions face-to-face (also streamed, only master’s students)
  • walks around the campus with the tutors
  • walks around the city with the tutors

Due to the corona pandemic, we are not gathering new students in big groups in auditoriums, but instead in smaller groups with the tutors at the same faculty. There will be hand sanitizer and face masks available, but we recommend you to bring you own face mask with you. Everyone should also keep physical distance from others as far as it is possible. Should you feel sick, you should stay at home and follow the orientation programme from there. It is also important respect the two week quarantine after arrival in Finalnd and in that case take part in the programme virtually. More information on restrictions at Åbo Akademi University due to the pandemic can be found here.

The final programme:

The final programme is now uploaded. Small changes might still occur and links continue to be updated.

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 the following:

25 – 27 August 11:00-14:00

  • Vasa: Akademill foyer – key collection for new degree students (bring your ID)
  • Åbo: Arken garden – key collection for new degree students at FHPT (bring your ID), library card collection for all Åbo students (bring your ID), possibility to meet the Åbo Akademi Student Union representatives and get a calendar (all Åbo students).
  • Åbo: Axelia entrence (outside) – key collection for new degree students at FSE and FNT (bring your ID)

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 2.9.2020