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Orientation week and tutors

Orientation Week for Incoming Exchange Students


Go here to find all information about the orientation week and mandatory videos:

Orientation week 2021 and videos!

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.

When is it?

The orientation programme during the autumn semester is always week 35. 

The orientation programme during the spring semester is always the first week of January.


Academic year 2021-2022

The orientation programme for incoming exchange students for the Autumn 2021 semester AND the Full Academic year will be 30.08.2021 – 03.09.2021. 

The orientation programme for incoming exchange students for the Spring 2022 semester will be 03.01.2022- 07.01.2022.


The orientation week programme (more information click here)

Here is the Åbo orientation week programme.

And here is the Vasa orientation week programme. 

Orientation programme and COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have organized the previous 2 orientation weeks virtually. All exchange students have taken part from their student accommodations in Finland and the programme has been a mixture of pre-recoded videos and live sessions via Zoom.

Due to the ongoing restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to organize the upcoming orientation programme for the Autumn 21 semester virtually.


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.

The tutors will receive a list of which exchange students they will tutor and contact you.

Emma              Corrêa de Mora Welcome greeting
Caroline           Nordenswan Welcome greeting
Satu                 Tahko Welcome greeting
Ellinor              Öström Welcome greeting
Erica                 Långbacka Welcome greeting
Frankie             Spencer Welcome greeting
Katarina           Rancken Welcome greeting
Kateryna          Pinchuk Welcome greeting
Moa                 Cavén Welcome greeting
Riia                   Sipilä Welcome greeting
Zahid                Choudhury Welcome greeting
Karen               Kaukovalta Welcome greeting
Jenny               Norkonvuo Welcome greeting
Mathilda          Leppälahti Welcome greeting
Solveig             Molander Welcome greeting
Alexandra        Moliis Welcome greeting
Markus            Lerbacka Welcome greeting
Malena            Frankehaeuser Welcome greeting
Krista               Virtanen Welcome greeting

Updated 1.9.2021