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Orientation week and tutors

Student tutor

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.

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 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all incoming exchange students will be able to take part in the orientation programme from distance from their student accommodation.

Please follow the Finnish Governments recommendations when travelling and arriving to Finland. For travellers from some countries it is still necessary to complete a 2 week-quarantine. To find up to date information about the current situation, please check out the following webpages:



August 2020: Official arrival day for all international students Monday 24th August.

Orientation week programme Tuesday 25th August – Friday 28th August. 

The programme for the orientation week can be found at the following link: CLICK HERE


Updated 27.7.2020