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

Please see the campus map for the locations.

Tuesday 3 September


Check-in desk

9.00 – 11.00 Main building C, lobby

A chance to pick up a certificate of registration and a user license to the university computer network. Please bring your ID! Also a possibility to have your certificate of arrival signed, pick up a ticket to Semmarit consert on Tuesday evening, and meet representatives of the IDESCO - International Degree Student Community, Erasmus Student Network, AIESEC and Jyväskylä Entrepreneurship Society. Coffee and tea served at 9.00 - 11.00.



Check the student restaurant menus on the websites of Semma and Ilokivi.


12.00 Main building C, room C1

Welcoming words from Tuija Koponen, Head of International Office. Come and meet the staff of the International Office and your fellow students. Information on practicalities, such as discounts, student cards and student restaurants, provided.

Academic Practices at JYU

13.00 Main building C, hall C1

Examinations, grading, courses, credit system, etc. Sanna Väisänen, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences.

Slides: Academic Practices at JYU

Student Housing in Jyväskylä

14.00 – 15.00 Main building C, hall C1

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

Slides: Student Housing in Jyväskylä

Campus Tour

15.00 - 16.00

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

Rectors' Greetings to New Students and Semmarit in Concert

18.00 Lounaispuisto

All new students are invited to this event hosted by the rectors of the University of Jyväskylä. Semmarit, a male show choir with origins at JYU will give a live show during the evening. You can pick up the ticket from the check-in desk on Tuesday at 9-11. Only limited seats available, so be early! Please bring your ticket.

Opening Fair

11.00 – 16.00 Agora building

The Opening Fair is a great way to get acquainted with other students, the Student Union and the activities to be found at JYU and in the Jyväskylä region. Also a possibility to purchase a ticket to the Student Union Opening Party at the Student Union booth.

Lease Signing for Kortepohja Tenants 

Kortepohja accommodation office, Vehkakuja 2 B.

Opening hours: Monday 2.9. 8-16, Tuesday 3.9. to Thursday 5.9. 10-15, Friday 6.9. 8-12

If you live in Kortepohja, please stop by at the accommodation office to sign your tenancy agreement. Possibility to pick up Rentukka-card in order to use common facilities such as gym and study rooms.

Wednesday 4 September

Check-in Desk

8.00 – 9.00 Agora building, 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

9.00 Agora building, Martti Ahtisaari Hall (aud1)

An understanding of values, aims and preoccupations can make your stay abroad a quality experience. Lotta Kokkonen, Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication.

Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication

9.45 Agora building, Martti Ahtisaari Hall (aud1)

Information on Finnish and English language courses and self-access learning facilities available for students. Tuija Lehtonen and Aaron Orszag, Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication.

Slides: Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication

University Library Services

10.30 Agora building, Martti Ahtisaari Hall (aud1)

Jyväskylä University Library provides training in research skills such as information seeking and citing. We offer extensive collections, as well as modern loan and information services. Info session provides key understanding to help you in your studies. Tiia Puputti, Open Science Centre (OSC), Jyväskylä University Library.  

Slides: University Library Services

Digital Services at JYU

11.00 Agora building, Martti Ahtisaari Hall (aud1)

Introduction to the digital services available at the university.

Slides: Digital Services

Introduction to the Study Data System Sisu

11.20 –  Agora building, Martti Ahtisaari Hall (aud1)

Learn how to register for courses in the study data system Sisu. Johanna Eloranta, Unit for the Education Information Systems and Support for Study Administration Processes. 



Check the student restaurant menus on the websites of Semma and Ilokivi

Library Tour

13.00 - 14.00 Mattilanniemi Library (MaA building) and Ylistönrinne Library (YK building)

Most of the library services, including course books, journals and reading room materials, are available at the Mattilanniemi Library (Ahlmaninkatu 2, MaA building). The Ylistönrinne Library stores general research literature. During the tour, you will learn, for example, how to search for, find, loan and return books, where to study and do group work and how to copy, print and scan. The tour is guided by tutors.

JYUnity Fest

The crowning jewel of the opening of the academic year is the JYUnity Fest on Wednesday 4 September! On Wednesday 4 September, the whole university community is welcome to take part in our unique celebration. The JYUnity Fest for both students and staff members features a variety of performances, art and music, yummy food and games. We will treat you with prosecco bars, kyykkä/mölkky tournaments, Semma's picnic menu and JYYs fun programme at Ilokivi. The full programme will be announced in August.

Thursday 5 September

Introduction to Finnish Society

9.00 Main building C, hall C1

To support navigating and settling in Finland and Jyväskylä, this session offers a brief look to the Finnish society. Session provides especially information on the systems education and integration as well as opportunities to find helpful guidance on these either through local or online services. Marita Häkkinen, Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland, Admission Services.

Services of the Student Union

9.45 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.

Slides: Student Union JYY

Student Associations and Free Time Activities

10.30-11.15 Main building C, hall C1

What are student associations and what do they do? What to do in Jyväskylä and where to try new hobbies or find volunteering opportunities? Learn about free time activities both within the university and in Jyväskylä in terms of academic and social life. Iiris Ranta and Vilma Torppala, Subcommittee for International Affairs of the Student Union.

Slides: Student Associations and Free Time Activities



Check the student restaurant menus on the websites of Semma and Ilokivi

Faculty/departmental Information Sessions

12.00 – (or as scheduled with the faculty/department)

Find out more about studying your host faculty/department. 


JSBE - Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

14.15 - (Agora building, Ag Delta)


Department of Education and Psychology:

12.15 - 14.00 (Ruusupuisto, lobby) 

Department of History and Ethnology &
Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies &
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy: 
12.00-14.00 (F205, Fennicum building)

Department of Language and Communication Studies:

12.00 – 14.00 (Main building, lecture hall C5) (International Coordinator Anne-Riitta Vanhala)

  • German language and culture students 4.9. (Athenaeum building, room A234) at 14:15 (Lecturer Bertold Fuchs)
  • Finnish language and culture student 5.9. (Fennicum building, room F106) at 14:05 – 16:00 (Professor Minna Suni and Education Coordinator Reetta Ronkainen)
  • French, Spanish, Italian & Russian language students 5.9. (Opinkivi building, room OPK139) 14:05 – 15:00  (Anne-Riitta Vanhala)
  • English language students 5.9. (Opinkivi building, room OPK139) 15:00 – 16:00 (Education Coordinator Teija Tatti and Anne-Riitta Vanhala)
  • Communication/Journalism/Intercultural Communication students 6.9. (Liikunta building, room L128A) at 13:00 – 15:00 (Anne-Riitta Vanhala)

Faculty of Information Technology

14.15-16.00 (Agora building, Ag B431.1, Lea Pulkkisen sali)


Faculty of Mathematics and Science

12.00 (Nanoscience Center, room YNC341)


Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences 

12.15 (Liikunta building, L209): Common session for exchange and degree students. Coffee/tea will be available.

14.15 Liikunta Building, L206A: Exchange students


Friday 6 September

Student Health Care Services

9.00 Main building C, hall C1

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

Slides: Student Health Care Services

Traffic Safety for Cyclists

9.30 Main building C, hall C1

Cycling for the first time or not very experienced when it comes to traffic regulations? The local cycling association will give you the best tips and advise on how to get started with cycling. Annimaria Valli, Jyväskylä Cyclists JYPS 

Slides: Traffic Safety for Cyclists

Student life - Wellbeing Support for Students

9.50 Main building C, hall C1

Information on a wide range of support being offered at JYU for international students: wellbeing courses and workshops, individual support counseling/guidance, e-help/online services and studies’ supporting programs. Panajiota Räsänen, Project researcher, Student Life’s wellbeing specialist, Department of Psychology.

Personal Safety

10.10 Main building C, hall C1

What should you do in case of an emergency? How to stay safe? Topics related to personal safety will be presented in this session. 

Slides: Personal Safety

uMove. Academic Sports of Jyväskylä

10.40 Main building C, hall C1

The University of Jyväskylä provides excellent sports facilities and services for all students. 

Sustainable living in Jyväskylä

11.10 Main building C, hall C1

Learn how to reduce waste and recycle, as well as to use sustainable ways of transportation and travelling. Anna Sarkkinen, Mustankorkea Oy. 

Erasmus Student Network

11.40 Main building C, hall C1

Representatives of the Erasmus Student Network introduce the association, and the events and trips it organizes.



Check the student restaurant menus on the websites of Semma and Ilokivi

Other events

Local Register Office

Thursday 12.9. and Friday 13.9. 

10.00 – 11.30 & 12.00 – 15.00 at International Office, building T, 2nd floor

The Local Register Office visits JYU. Register with the Local Register Office (Maistraatti) and get a Finnish personal identity code.

ESN & IDESCO Kick-off Party

Wednesday 4 September at Bar Bra2

Organized by Erasmus Student Network and IDESCO.  

uMove Workout

Saturday 7 September

10:00-13:00 JYU Campus

During the uMove Workout day, you can participate in different kinds of group fitness classes and ballgames for free without pre-registration.

The Ultimate Sauna Experience

15 September & 16 September

Bring your own towel and swimsuit. Organized by Erasmus Student Network. Purchase a ticket from ESN Jyväskylä to attend the event!  


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