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A UniBuddy is a project for (new) international staff and doctoral students: the newly arrived are – if willing – to have their own UniBuddy at the university, who helps getting into the social world of university, Helsinki Metropolitan area and Finland as well. Voluntary university staff members act as UniBuddies.

EveryBuddy needs SomeBuddy! You can sign up to have a UniBuddy already before your arrival. Please fill in your information and join here!

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The Association of Doctoral Students at the University of Helsinki organizes University-wide collaboration of doctoral students including workshops, after work events and promotion of interests.

The purpose of the association is to act as a link between the University of Helsinki doctoral students, to lobby for the interests of doctoral students of the University of Helsinki, to represent the doctoral students at the University of Helsinki, to promote their societal efforts and extracurricular activities and to promote an international graduate student community.

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Members of HYY, the Student Union of the University of Helsinki, are entitled to many benefits and services offered directly or indirectly by the Student Union. Doctoral students can also become members of the Student Union if they wish to do so. Student benefits for doctoral students are more limited than those of the students pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree. Please visit the HYY website for more information.

Think Corner is a meeting place for research, the public and society located in the heart of Helsinki. Think Corner welcomes everyone to see, hear about and experience University research. Built around scientific themes and individual events, Think Corner’s programme deals with the versatile world-class research conducted at the University as well as with topical, red-hot issues. We bring science to the street level with informative sessions, panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions, aiming to present a broad spectrum of science in an easily understandable manner. We now have two Think Corners: Think Corner Aleksi (Aleksanterinkatu 7) and Think Corner Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3).


Helsinki Think Company is a community that takes an imaginative approach to entrepreneurship. It offers co-working spaces, events and projects to anyone with an enterprising spirit. The activities are cross-disciplinary and open to all, the goal being to apply academic insight into practical problem-solving.

Think Company operates on the City Centre Campus (at Vuorikatu 5) and on the Viikki Campus (at Latokartanonkaari 3).

Think Company is not a service but a community whose support encourages individuals to put their ideas into practice. Think Company lets you test your ideas, make mistakes, learn and try again.

This is Your Campus

This is Your Campus – induction for new staff! -event will give you an overview of the Campus and of the University as an employer and as a community. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions from specialists and meet your other new international colleagues. The event is a part of the University of Helsinki orientation and we encourage all new staff members to attend this session.

Experiencing Finland

Come and learn more about the Finnish culture and traditions, and meet colleagues from Aalto University and University of Helsinki! The Experiencing Finland event touches topics like Experiencing Autumn and Winter in Finland, How to Effectively Communicate and Socialize with Finns, Finland with Children and Working with Finns.

Family members are most welcome and coffee, tea and a cinnamon buns (korvapuusti in Finnish) will be served upon arrival!

International evening

The International Evening is an annual university event open for international students, staff, scholars and alumni. The event is organised annually in November.

Introduction to Finnish Working Culture

Staff Development and Training is organizing an introductory session to Finnish Working Culture together with International Staff Services. This is a one-day training course offering a general introduction to Finnish society and working culture, its features and curiosities. The training is organized in every term.

The course examines intercultural communication in the work place, different codes of conduct and possible problems areas. It also discusses integration in and outside the work place, giving practical tips on how to make the most of one’s experience in Finland. Practical examples will be given and the audience is encouraged to make questions.

The course is aimed at all new employees and researchers of the University of Helsinki, especially those who have not worked or studied in Finland before. The aim of the training course is to give the attendees a basic understanding of Finnish working culture and tools to ease their working life in Finland. The course will also raise the attendees’ awareness of relocating into another country and what kind of adjustment a successful relocation requires. The course will try to ensure that the attendees enjoy their stay in Finland and can make the most of it, work and otherwise.