Covid-19 update

The COVID-19 pandemic is at a very stable status in Finland, and national restrictions have been eased significantly. However, uncertainties regarding the future of the pandemic remain and according to the national guidelines, Aalto University must also consider this when planning the activities for the Autumn semester 2020. The safety of students and staff is our priority. The orientation of new students as well as teaching will start in planned schedule, but the university has decided that both the orientation and teaching during the Autumn semester 2020 will be offered online for the most part for all students.

Please follow Aalto University's updates and decisions on covid-19.

The orientation week will be organized on 31 August – 4 September 2020. This year, it will be primarily organised online. You find the orientation week programme below. Make sure you follow the programme of your own major. Please check these websites regularly as changes may occur!

Orientation week programme 2020

Monday 31 August

Pre-orientation - available from 1 August after registration. Please complete the pre-orientation if you have not done it yet!

Information provided in the preorientation will not be repeated during the orientation week, so it is important that you have familiarised yourself with the content before the orientation week.

Welcome to Aalto (video, can be viewed any time)
The Dean of School of Science welcomes new students to Aalto.
Tuesday 1 September

Quantum Technology

12:00 - 13:00 Introduction of the Guild of Physics - on campus

Place: lecture hall U4, Otakaari 1

13:00-15:00 Aalto Day One

Dear new Aalto member,

If it weren’t the situation as it is at the moment, we would be hanging out together and having a blast with all new friends and fellows. But it is what it is, so let’s meet online instead!

Aalto Day One stands for the traditional opening ceremony and parties in the beginning of the new academic year. We are happy to invite you to its virtual version at on Tuesday 1 September at 13.00.

Let’s start with a warm-up before the opening ceremony! Our students Milja, Kaisa and Rebecca will host the party for you from our campus studio. DJ Henqi from the AaltoDJ community plays music throughout the warm-up.

Primary link for the warm-up party:

First come, first served :) This link is available for the first 500 guests.

But don’t you worry! If the warm-up party link above is full, you can use this one instead (opened when over 500 participants attend):

Watch the whole ceremony at

Follow us also on Instagram and TikTok!



How to Network by Peter Kelly (video, can be viewed any time)

Learn how to network and take part in interesting exercises with your fellow students.

Wednesday 2 September

9:30 - 12:00 Programme and major specific orientation events

Information session for Aalto BSc (Tech) students.

Participation link:

13:00 – 15.00 Enrolment for courses

You will receive information on how to enroll for courses and which courses to choose.

Chemical Engineering

Participation link:

Computational Engineering

Participation link:

Data Science

Participation link:

Digital Systems and Design

Participation link:

Quantum Technology

Participation link:

Thursday 3 September

9:00 - 11:00 Orientation to Student Services and Wellbeing


  • Beginning your studies and integration under exceptional circumstances
  • Self-leadership and time management
  • Challenges in and tips for remote studying
  • Introducing the Starting Point of Wellbeing
  • Individual study arrangements

In addition:

  • Introduction of Language Center
  • Professor Philosopher Esa Saarinen's Inspiration lecture

14:15 – 16:00 Intercultural communication for all new Aalto English bachelor students

In this active workshop, you will learn more about cultural differences, how to improve your intercultural communication and team working skills in order to collaborate beyond cultural and disciplinary borders during your studies.

Participation link:

TeekkariLife (video, can be viewed any time)

Come and hear about guilds of Aalto - what are guilds and what do they do?

Friday 3 September

10:00 - 11:30 Online question clinic 1

You can pop in at any time with your questions regarding your studies. Our Learning Services personal will help you.

Participation link:

13:00 - 14:30 Online question clinic 2

You can pop in at any time with your questions regarding your studies. Our Learning Services personal will help you.

Participation link:
Thursday 10 September - NEW!

14.15 - 15.45  Meet & greet on campus

Learning Hub Green House, Computer Science building (Konemiehentie 2)

No lecture on SCI-A1010 course

Campus maps and getting there:

***Otaniemi campus map