All exchange students will have a student tutor, a Finnish fellow student, 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 will meet your tutor during orientation week.
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 in the beginning of the term and at regular intervals during the stay. The assistance of a fellow student is invaluable in particular in the beginning of the study period.
The orientation course is mandatory for all incoming exchange students at Åbo Akademi University. Students arriving late cannot be guaranteed the same service.
The orientation course 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.
The programme for the orientation week: