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These intructions are for students starting their studies in autumn 2018 or spring 2019. Instructions for autumn 2019 and spring 2020 are updated in spring 2019.

Table of Contents

Orientation and the Opening of the academic year

Aalto University organises orientation for new students in the beginning of the autumn semester (for exchange students also in January). 

Complete Aalto Pre-orientation in MyCourses before your arrival to campus, after you have activated your IT credentials. Self-study material guides you through our tools and services and helps you prepare for your studies. If you are unable to complete the Pre-orientation before orientation week, you will have time to complete it later. Orientation continues with on-campus orientation in the beginning of the semester. 

All new students are strongly advised to fully participate in the Pre-orientation and Orientation week. The orientation includes important information on studies and practical matters, as well as useful information on living in Finland for international students. It is a good opportunity to get to know the relevant people and places, meet other students and learn about the student services available to you. You will also meet your tutors and have a chance to discuss any issues you may have about starting your studies at Aalto.

Your programme’s orientation schedule and information about where to report on Mon., 2 September 2019, orientation week 36 (the week of 31 August 2020), can be found at the "Starting your studies" and "Key dates" page for your programme.

Students of Aalto University are all invited to celebrate the opening of the academic year on Tuesday 3 September 2019.

It is recommended that if you have any prior studies or learning demonstrated in some other manner, you should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, preferably during the orientation week or even before that. Further information about credit transfer 


Well-being and health

More information about well-being and health services in the section for international students.


More information on student organisations is available in the section for international students.

Public transportation, campuses and sustainability

More information about public transportation in the section for international students.

Aalto University has two campuses in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. You can find the campus maps here. There is also mobile map application Aalto Space available for Otaniemi Campus.


Aalto University's main campus Otaniemi is located in the city of Espoo. Information on and maps of the campus are available here. There is also Aalto Space mobile application available for Otaniemi Campus. It helps you navigate the campus and allows you to book facilities for studying and group work.

More information about public transportation in the section for international students.

Aalto is active in the development of a sustainable campus area. You can also make an impact in your own environment by the choices you make. Welcome to sustainable Aalto! (pdf)
Read more about sustainable Aalto  and the development of a green campus campus development.

Contact information

The school in which you are admitted as a student will guide and advice you in your studies. It is best to deal with all matters relating to your studies with the student services of your own school (or the coordinator of your programme), but of course you may ask general advice from any student service of any school. Please note, however, that the school practices will vary on a wide range of issues and that therefore you should always use the forms and procedures of your own school unless otherwise specified.