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Orientation week and tutors

Orientation programme

The orientation programme is mandatory for all incoming exchange students at Åbo Akademi University. Students arriving late cannot be guaranteed the same service.

The orientation programme gives you useful information about the university, your studies, student services, as well as some cultural insights. During the orientation course you will also register at the university, register for courses, meet the tutors and all the other exchange students.

Please note that during the academic year 2020-2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the orientation programmes will be held 100% online and all incoming exchange students will be able to take part from distance from their student accommodation.

Orientation Week for Spring 2021:

The orientation week for incoming exchange students for the Spring 2021 semester will be from Monday 4th January to Friday 8th January 2021.

Monday 4th January will be the official arrival day for all incoming exchange students. The orientation week will follow after that.

Please note: Wednesday 6th January is a public holiday in Finland meaning that there will be no orientation programme on this day.

Monday 4th January Tuesday 5th January Wednesday 6th January Thursday 7th January Friday 8th January
Official Arrival Day for all incoming exchange students to Åbo Akademi University Orientation Week Programme Public Holiday in Finland – No orientation week programme Orientation Week Programme Orientation Week Programme


The final programme:

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

Please also note that the programme takes place Helsinki time (GMT+2).

Orientation Week Programme for Exchange students with links to sessions


Student tutors

All exchange students will have a student tutor, a fellow student at Åbo Akademi University, to help with practical matters when settling in and as a contact during the exchange period. The tutors will usually be in contact with incoming exchange students 3-4 weeks before arrival (if you have given us permission to share your contact details) or you will meet your tutor during the orientation programme.

The tutors work on a voluntary basis and have been trained for their task. Each tutor leads a group of 3-6 exchange students, and the group meets often at the beginning of the semester and at regular intervals during the stay. The assistance of a fellow student is invaluable in particular at the beginning of the study period.

Updated 7.1.2021