Orientation programme for exchange students

The Orientation Programme, organized jointly by the University of Jyväskylä and the Student Union, is designed to help new international students settle in and get to know each other, the University and the City of Jyväskylä. It is our way to say “Welcome”.
Checklist for new students

Tuesday 29 August

Lease signing for Kortepohja tenants

8.30 – 11.00 Kortepohja accommodation office, Vehkakuja 2 B

If you live in Kortepohja, please stop by at the accommodation office on Tuesday morning at 8.3011.00 to sign your tenancy agreement.

Check-in desk

11.00 – 12.00 Main building (C), lobby

A chance to pick up a certificate of registration and a user license to the university computer network. Also a possibility to have your certificate of arrival signed.


12.00 Main building (C), hall C1

Welcoming words from Teemu Vasama, Chair of the Board of the Student Union. Come and meet the staff of the International Office and see where the other international students come from. Coffee and tea is served before the session at 11.00-12.00.

Student housing in Jyväskylä

12.45 Main building (C), hall C1

Meet the representatives of the KOAS and Kortepohja Accommodation Offices and hear what you can expect from living in a student apartment and, in turn, what is expected of you. Tiia Matilainen, KOAS and Mari Lähteenmäki, Kortepohja.

Academic Practices at the University of Jyväskylä

13.30 Main building (C), hall C1

Examinations, grading, registering to courses, credit system, etc. Niina Ormshaw, Faculty of Information Technology.

Campus tour

14.30 –

Visits to the International Office, faculty offices, Student Union Office, cafeterias etc. Tour guided by tutors.

Wednesday 30 August

Opening Fair

9.30 – 16.00 Agora building

Meet representatives of the University, the Student Union, student organizations, NGOs, associations, the City of Jyväskylä and local businesses. This fair is targeted at all students. You may stop by at the fair any time between 9.30 and 16.00 except during the orientation sessions.

Check-in desk

8.30 – 9.30 Main building (C), lobby

A chance to pick up a certificate of registration and a user license to the university computer network. Also a possibility to have your certificate of arrival signed.

Encountering a new culture

9.30 Main building (C), hall C1

Lotta Kokkonen, Language Centre.

University Language Centre

10.30 Main building (C), hall C1

Information on Finnish and English language courses and self-access learning facilities available for students at the University Language Centre.

IT Services

11.00 Main building (C), hall C1

Introduction to the IT services available at the university. Pekka Kinnunen, IT Services.

University Library Services

11.20 Main building (C), hall C1

Jyväskylä University Library provides access to extensive collections and information services, as well as modern loan services, library and information skills training and reference and consultation services. Johanna Kinnunen, Jyväskylä University Library.

Student Health Care Services

11.40 Main building (C), hall C1

Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS) provides health and medical care for university students. Eija Säkkinen, YTHS.



Check the menus on the Sonaatti and Ilokivi websites.

EduFutura Rowing Event

15.00 Agora lakeside, Mattilanniemi Campus

Event opens the season of Academic Sports of Jyväskylä. Come and join us to cheer University of Jyväskylä's and Student Union's rowing teams to the victory!

Welcome picnic

15.30 – 18.00 next to the Agora building

New and old students alike are welcome to this welcome picnic to enjoy the relaxed programme, music and light refreshments.

Rector's reception for new students - Semmarit in concert!

18.00 Lounaispuisto, a park next to the Seminaarinmäki campus

Be early! Limited seating available.

All new students are invited to a reception hosted by the rectors of the University of Jyväskylä. Semmarit, a male show choir which has its origins at the University of Jyväskylä, will give a live show during the evening. Collect your ticket from the orientation check-in desk on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Thursday 31 August

Departmental/faculty information sessions

as scheduled with the department, please check below

Find out more about your host department/faculty. The times and locations of the information sessions will be posted on this website during the summer.

  • 10.00–11.00 Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, room OPK141 (Opinkivi building)
  • 10.00–11.30 Department of Music, Art and Culture studies (all students), room OPK139 (Opinkivi building)
  • 10.15–11.45 Faculty of Education and Psychology, room MaA211 (Mattilanniemi A building)
  • 12.00–14.00 Department of History and Ethnology, room H105 (Historica building)
  • 12.00–14.00  Department of Language and Communication Studies (all students), room OPK141 (Opinkivi building)
    • 14:15–15:00 Communication students, room B126A (University Library)
    • 14:1516:00 Finnish Language and Culture students, room F105 (Fennicum building)
    • 15:00–16:00 Language students (other than Finnish), room B126A (University Library)
    • Thu 14 Sept and Thu 21 Sept 9.00–12.00 & 13.00–18.00: Signing of Learning Agreements (students of Dept. of Music, Art and Culture studies and Dept. of Language and Communication studies) in OPK114 (Opinkivi building)
  • 12.15–13.45 Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, room Agora Delta
  • 12.30 Faculty of Mathematics and Science, YN341 (Nanoscience Center)
  • 14.15–15.45 Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, room L209 (+ a welcome-event on Tue 5 Sept 10.00–12.00 in L303) (Liikunta building)
  • 14.15 Faculty of Information Technology, room Ag D122.1 (Agora building)


Friday 1 September

University Sports

10.00 Main building (C), hall C1

The University of Jyväskylä provides excellent sports facilities and services for all students. Anneli Mörä-Leino, University Sports.

Presentation slides

Traffic safety for cyclists

10.30 Main building (C), hall C1

Cycling for the first time or not very experienced when it comes to traffic regulations? The Cycling Association of Jyväskylä will give you the best tips and advice on how to get started with cycling.

Services of the Student Union

10.50 Main building (C), hall C1

The Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä (JYY) attends to students’ interests and offers a wide range of social and recreational services. Ágnes Stojcsics, Specialist in International Affairs of the Student Union.

Presentation slides


Supporting the well-being of students

11.20 Main building (C), hall C1

Information on “Goodie” well-being advisers and the Student Compass internet-based well-being programme. Elisa Heimovaara, Faculty of Education and Psychology.

Erasmus Student Network info

11.35 Main building (C), hall C1

Representatives of the Erasmus Student Network introduce the association, and the events and trips it organizes. www.facebook.com/esnjkl/

Presentation slides




Check the menus on the Sonaatti and Ilokivi websites.

Library tour

13.00 University Library (building B)

Info desk, home loan and various computer based services of the University Library available for students. Tour guided by tutors.

Events after the orientation week

Thursday 7 & Friday 8 September 10.00 – 15.00 International Office (T-building)

Register with the Local Register Office (Maistraatti) and get a Finnish personal identity code. Please bring your passport or European ID card, your residence permit card (if you are coming from outside the EU/EEA/EFTA area), and your certificate of registration at the university. Please note that EU citizens should also register the EU citizen's right of residence in Finland through Migri, the Finnish Immigration Service. More information here.

Social activities

Monday 4 September / Tuesday 5 September

ESN Ultimate Sauna Experience

Organized by Erasmus Student Network. Further information: esnjyvaskyla.org

Wednesday 6 September

Student Union Opening Party

Buy your ticket in advance from the Opening Fair on Wed 30 August.

Wednesday 6 September

ESN JKL Kick Off Party

Organized by Erasmus Student Network. Further information: esnjyvaskyla.org

Wednesday 20 September

ESN JKL Freshmen Party (Fuksiaiset)

Organized by Erasmus Student Network. Further information: esnjyvaskyla.org


The University of Jyväskylä reserves the right to make changes to the programme.