Congratulations new student!

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After a challenging spring, it's time to celebrate! You have been accepted to one of the Bachelor’s or Master’s Programmes with teaching in Finnish and/or Swedish at the University of Helsinki, one of the top 1% research universities in the world. A new and exciting phase in your life will start in autumn 2020. Begin your journey by reading this welcome letter with the rector's greetings and other useful information that will help you with a smooth start. Welcome to the University of Helsinki!

This page includes information for the new students in the Bachelor's and Master's Programmes with teaching in Finnish and/or Swedish. You can also find pages with information for the new students in the Bachelor's Programme in Science and the new students in the International Master's Programmes with teaching in English.

Congratulations! You have made an excellent decision in applying to University of Helsinki. I am both happy and honoured to welcome you to our academic community.

At the University of Helsinki, we strongly believe that science has the power to change attitudes, people and society – for the world. The extraordinary situation in the world right now shows that university research is more important than ever, and we also aim to produce knowledge that contributes to finding sustainable solutions to global challenges.

As a student, you benefit from the high standard of research that places us in the top 1% of the world’s universities. The solid link connecting research and teaching guarantees a high quality of learning.

Right from bachelor’s studies, the purpose of university studies is understanding, adopting and applying the scientific way of thinking. Scientific research investigates matters and produces new knowledge. Scientific thinking does not shape the world according to our wishes. Instead, it pursues the truth by employing critical and rational thought. Many of our master’s programmes are associated with research that is key to building a better and more sustainable world. You will learn from and work with world-class researchers. You will become a specialist in your field with a capability to understand broad topics, acquire and analyse information as well as manifold interrelationships and their consequences. You will be able to seek answers and solutions that benefit the world.

Despite the exceptional circumstances around the world, I hope that you can feel enthusiastic about your future studies but I also challenge you to take time to grow as a human being. Extracurricular opportunities are an important part of your study experience. Take advantage of the numerous student organisations and spend time on hobbies and with friends. Make sure to counterbalance your studies with other activities as your coping depends on allowing time to recover from intensive periods of study. In other words, studying should also involve enjoying a social life and networking.

So why should we care about growing as human beings? One of the most important values of our 380-year-old university is education, or more accurately, sivistys, a Finnish word for which there is no direct translation in English. It means that it’s not just important to be academically educated but also to know how to be empathic and appreciative. I hope you’ll learn the true meaning of the word while studying with us.

I hope to welcome you to our campuses in Helsinki soon! Until then, take care and stay safe!

Kind regards,

Sari Lindblom
Rector of the University of Helsinki

Please make sure that you have taken care of the following matters before your orientation week starts:

If you are an international student, you also need to:

Visit the instructions for new students on the Instructions for Students website for more guidance on your studies.

The University of Helsinki closely monitors the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and takes measures following the instructions by the authorities. Our top priority is always the health, welfare and safety of our students and staff. You can follow the coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki on the University website.

It is also understandable if the current circumstances cause uncertainty and worries when it comes to your future studies. Therefore, we have put together a page with coronavirus (COVID-19) related questions and answers for admitted students. It will be continuously updated when new information is available.

Academic freedom is highly valued and a capability to study independently is required at the University of Helsinki. However, you will not be left alone. Many helping hands and events will guide you through the start of your studies.

  • The orientation period before the beginning of the academic year will introduce the key operations of the university, your institution and programme. For information about the orientation activities of your programme, see the Instructions for Students website and choose your programme in the drop-down menu. Due to the coronavirus situation the orientation in fall 2020 will be organized either entirely or partly virtually.
  • Each new student is assigned to a tutor group led by a senior student studying at the same faculty or programme. You meet your tutor latest when the orientation activities begin.
  • International students get support with administrative matters at the Welcome Fair on 25-26 Aug 2020. It makes it easier to start your life in Helsinki and Finland.
  • The whole university community is eagerly awaiting your arrival. To ensure that your first week goes as smoothly as possible, the members of the university community will wear pink ASK ME! -logos during the first week of the academic year (31 Aug–4 Sept 2020). If you have any questions, ask us! Due to the coronavirus situation this camapaign will be organized in fall 2020 virtually.
  • The traditional student events of the autumn, Opening carnival and Fresher Adventure, have to be cancelled due to the coronavirus. However, a new virtual event is going to fill up the empty autumn schedule to introduce freshers to the activities of the Student Union and its organisations. We will provide e.g. here more information about the time and details of the new event as soon as possible.

The Student Service Points give you guidance and support all year around. According to our students, also the professors and teachers are easily approachable when you need help or consultation.

Student life is an important part of your study experience. Our active community of students, the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY), will help you to make the most of it. All degree students are members of the Student Union.

The Student Union looks after your interests as a student both at the university and in society. As a member, you are entitled to membership services and benefits, like affordable student housing, basic healthcare services, sports facilities, student-priced meals and discounts on public transport fares.

Student life blooms and thousands of events are organised in the around 250 student organisations that operate within the Student Union (HYY). Join the fun. Whatever your interests are, you are likely to find like-minded people and the right activities for you. New friends and skills await.

Read more on the Student Union (HYY) website.

    At the University of Helsinki, we believe in a multidisciplinary approach that offers a wide perspective into research and science. Therefore, it is important to bring together students, researchers and people from different fields also outside the classroom:

    Think Corner is a spectacular public meeting place where you find the best talks in town, get inspired by science, absorb multidisciplinary knowledge, meet people and work in a relaxed environment while drinking a cup of coffee or tea.

    Helsinki Think Company brings together students, researchers and people interested in entrepreneurship providing a platform for testing business ideas and the tools needed for it: free co-working spaces, community of like-minded individuals, idea and team accelerator programmes, hackathons, mentoring, mini-challenges and workshops. Co-working spaces located on all four campuses of the University of Helsinki.

    In addition, your path to finding employment is forged during your studies. Career Services offer advice and information on career planning, job hunting and internships in Finland and abroad. You can turn to University of Helsinki Career Services from your first year of study up until one year after graduation.

    Congratulations, too, to the parents of new students and others close to them! Beginning university studies is a new stage of life not only for students but also to the people close to them.

    University of Helsinki is a great place to study. We support students in many ways, for example, by providing supervision, guidance, a safe study environment, a high-quality healthcare system and other benefits like student-priced meals. But also family and friends can support students during their studies.

    For this new life stage to become an interesting opportunity for self-development to everybody involved, the University of Helsinki offers a range of opportunities for lifelong learning. We invite both new students and their close circle to take a look at the offering for education open for all.

    If you have questions related to the admissions and accepting your study place, please contact the Admission Services.

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