Checklist for new students
Remember to apply for accommodation as soon as you have been admitted to the University of Jyväskylä (degree and visiting students). Exchange students have applied for accommodation though Mobility-Online.
Citizens of non-EU/EEA/EFTA countries who wish to stay in Finland for more than three months must be in possession of a residence permit when entering the country. Please apply for the residence permit electronically as soon as you receive the letter of admission. It is recommended to request for a Finnish personal identity code as part of the residence permit application. Further information: www.migri.fi
Obtain health, accident and travel insurance before coming to Finland. If you are a citizen of the EU/EEA/EFTA, acquire a European Health Insurance Card from your national health insurance provider.
- autumn semester: 28 August 2017
- spring semester: 2 January 2018
Please see our website for information on how to reach Jyväskylä. Your tutor will be meeting and greeting you in Jyväskylä travel center and taking you to your apartment. In case you are not able to reach your tutor upon arrival to Jyväskylä, contact our service number +358 40 805 4222 (available 24/7).
Prior to starting your studies you need to register to the University.
Pay the Student Union membership fee (optional for exchange and visiting students) before your arrival and send the receipt of the payment to the address given in the letter of admission (degree and visiting students). Exchange students should upload the receipt into Mobility-Online.
Obtain a student card which will entitle you to a wide range of services and benefits. Apply for a student card at myfrank.fi/en/student-card (applicable to degree students and those exchange and visiting students who have paid the Student Union membership fee). Please use your student number, which will be sent to you by 15 August/15 December, when applying for the student card.
Please inform your student tutor of your exact time of arrival in Jyväskylä. If you have informed your student tutor of the exact time of your arrival least one week before your arrival, you will be met by a student tutor at Jyväskylä Travel Centre. Your tutor will pick up the key to your student apartment in advance (provided you have received an apartment offer and accepted it). If your travel plans change, please keep your tutor informed. If for some reason you are not able to reach your tutor upon arrival to Jyväskylä, contact our service number +358 40 805 4222 (available 24/7 during 1-15 September and 1-15 January).
Each new international student will be assigned a student tutor (a fellow student). Their task is to acquaint new international students with the system of studies and campus life in Jyväskylä and to help them with practical issues and finding the way around the campus and the city centre. The tutoring services are available from 28 August / 2 January onwards. Those who take part in the language courses in August will get a tutor from 1 August (Intensive Summer Course in Finnish) or 13 August (Intensive Summer Course in Academic English) onwards.
Documents to bring
Bring your passport and the letter of admission with you. You will need them for example when opening a bank account. If you come from the Eurozone, bring your online banking codes with you. If you do not have access to online banking yet, register for the service and obtain the required passwords before your arrival.
Bring enough money to pay for the rent (€ 210-330 per month), Survival Kit (€ 70; optional, available for exchange and visiting students) and the Student Union membership fee (€130.50 year, € 75/autumn semester, € 77 spring semester) (if you have not taken care of the fee beforehand).
Degree students: In addition to the documents mentioned above, you are required to present the original degree certificate and official transcript of records of the degree which you used to demonstrate your eligibility in your application for admission. Please present these documents at your Faculty before the start of your studies. If you have completed your previous degree in Finland in 2003 or thereafter, you do not need to present your educational documents, because the University has access to a database which includes information on these degrees.
The orientation programme is designed to help new international students settle in and get to know each other, the University and the City of Jyväskylä. It is recommended that all new international students take part in the programme as it gives valuable information on studying and living in Jyväskylä. The orientation programme of the autumn semester 2017 will be organised on 29 August - 1 September.
The academic year of the University of Jyväskylä consists of the autumn semester and the spring semester which are both divided into two teaching periods.
If you would like to learn some Finnish prior to starting your studies, apply for the Intensive Summer Course in Finnish which takes place in August. Please apply no later than 15 May.
If you would like to get to know a Finnish family during your studies at JYU, apply for the Friendship Family Programme no later than 1 August/1 December.
Registration for courses at the University of Jyväskylä takes place using the online registration system Korppi at the beginning and during the semester. Please note that you can register for courses only after you have arrived in Jyväskylä and received your username and password for the university computer network. These cannot be sent to you beforehand.
Maps and information on Jyväskylä and Finland