Orientation programme for international students

Each semester begins with an orientation programme.

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 is organized jointly by the University of Jyväskylä and the Student Union. Please see the campus map for the locations.


During the academic year 2019-2020, the orientation programme takes place as follows:

  • Autumn semester: 3-6 September 2019
  • Spring semester: 7-10 January 2020

The programme for the autumn semester 2019 will be published in the summer. 



Spring 2019

Thursday 3 January

Check-in Desk

09.00 - 10.00 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.

Erasmus Student Network pop-up

09.00 - 10.00 Agora Building, Lobby

Meet representatives of the Erasmus Student Network to find out information about ESN Jyväskylä and its activities, events, and trips organised. You will also get a possibility to become a member of ESN Jyväskylä for €10 /1 year. With membership to ESN you will be able make use of domestic and international ESN discounts and get access to all of ESN events.


10.00 Agora Building, Auditorium 2

Welcoming words by Tuija Koponen, Head of International Office. Come and meet the staff of the International Office and see where the other international students come from.

Slides: Practical Information

Recording: Practical Information

Academic practices at the University of Jyväskylä

10.45 Agora Building, Auditorium 2

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

Slides: Academic Practices

Recording: Academic Practices

Encountering a new culture

11.30 Agora Building, Auditorium 2

An understanding of values, aims and preoccupations can make your stay abroad a quality experience.

Slides: Encountering a New Culture

Recording: Encountering a New Culture

Lunch break


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

Tour around the campuses


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


Friday 4 January

Lease Signing for Kortepohja Tenants

8.00-9.30 Kortepohja accommodation office, Vehkakuja 2 B. 

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

Check-in desk

9.30 - 10.00 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.

Services of the Student Union

10.00 Agora Building, Auditorium 2

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: Services of the Student Union

Recording: Services of the Student Union

Digital Services

10.30 Agora Building, Auditorium 2

Introduction to the digital services available at the university. Digital Services. 

Recording: Digital Services


Student Housing in Jyväskylä

10.50 Agora Building, Auditorium 2

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. Tiia Matilainen, KOAS and Mari Lähteenmäki, Kortepohja.

Slides: Student Housing in Jyväskylä

University Library services

11.40 Agora Building, Auditorium 2

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. Tiia Puputti, Jyväskylä University Library.

Please note that the University Library is installing a new library management system on the first week of January. Therefore, borrowing and reserving printed material as well as obtaining a library card are not possible on the first week of January. However, it is possible to read library books onsite as well as to use e-collections and the library premises. The library is open on Wednesday-Friday 2-4 January at 8-16.

Slides: University Library Services

Lunch break


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

Departmental/faculty information sessions

13.00 – (or as scheduled with the department)

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

  • Faculty of Education and Psychology: Fri 4 Jan at 13 in RUU Helena
  • Faculty of Information Technology: Fri 4 Jan at 13:15-15 in Agora D121
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Science: Fri 4 Jan at 13:15 in YNC121 (Nanoscience Centre)
  • Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences: Fri 4 Jan at 13:15-15:00 in L208

  • Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics: Fri 4 Jan at 13:15 in Agora Delta
  • Department of History and Ethnology & Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies: Fri 4 Jan at 13:15-14:00 in H105
  • Department of Language and Communication Studies: Fri 4 Jan at 13-15 in OPK141

  • Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy: Fri 4 Jan at 14:15-15:00 in L206A


Monday 7 January

Student health care services

9.00 L304

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

Slides: Student Health Care Services

Personal safety

9.20 L304

What should you do in case of an emergency? How to stay safe? Topics related to personal safety will be discussed in this session. Olli-Pekka Laakso, JYU Security Manager

Recording: Personal Safety

University sports programme

9.40 L304

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

More information from: https://www.korkeakoululiikunta.fi/en

Slides: Academic Sports

Recording: Sports

Traffic safety for cyclists

10.10 L304

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 advise on how to get started with cycling. Kaisa Peltonen, Cycling Association of Jyväskylä.

Slides: Traffic Safety for Cyclists

Recording: Traffic Safety for Cyclists

University Language Centre

10.30 L304

Information on Finnish and English language courses and self-access learning facilities available for students.

More information from: https://kielikeskus.jyu.fi/en

Slides: English Courses

Slides: Finnish Courses

Recording: Language Centre

Erasmus Student Network info

10.50-11.15 L304

Representatives of the Erasmus Student Network introduce their association, a platform to meet other international students as well as mix with local students. With an ESN membership you will be able to make use of ESN discounts and access all ESN events. ESN organises several parties (sitsit’s and sauna parties), sports events (football tournaments and adventure nights at Laajis), and international trips to Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, and Lapland.

More information from: https://esnjyvaskyla.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/esnjkl/

Recording: Erasmus Student Network

Lunch break


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

Visit to the University Library

12.30 University Library, Building B

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


13.00-15.00 Building T, 2nd floor

Possibility to pay for the Survival Kit in cash or by credit card. Please bring with you the Survival Kit form, which you can find from the Survival Kit bag.


Wednesday-Thursday 9-10 January

10.00 – 11.30 & 12.00 – 15.00 Building T, 2nd floor

The Local Register Office (Maistraatti) visits JYU on Wed and Thu 9-10 Jan at 10-15 (lunch break 11.30-12.00). Please take this opportunity to get a Finnish personal identity code which the university requires from you and which you may also need for different services in Finland. These documents are needed when requesting for the personal identity code:

-          Passport (citizens of non-European Union countries)

-          Passport or ID card (citizens of European Union countries)

-          Residence permit card (citizens of non-European Union countries)

-          Certificate of registration (pick up from the check-in desk)


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