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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.

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). All new students are strongly advised to fully participate in the orientation. 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 and information about where to report on Mon., 2 September 2019, 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 

Take the key data systems for students in use

Study guides explain your study options

See the study guide for your degree programme for information on the structure and content of your degree and descriptions of the study modules and the courses they include. In the study guide you'll find instructions for taking care of your study affairs and also the contact information for your programme.

In the International students section you'll find specific information about arrival and settling in, studying at Aalto and Living in Finland. Please find also information about Tuition fees and scholarships.

Oodi is the record of your studies

WebOodi ( is the student information system, where you can view your personal details, make a personal study plan (HOPS), register for courses and examinations and order a transcript of records. WebOodi also includes important course information, such as the content, timetable and teaching location for each course. The university uses the contact details you have provided in WebOodi for all communication, and therefore it is important that you keep them up to date at all times.

MyCourses collects the online workspaces of the courses

MyCourses ( is a system, where you can find work spaces and home page of each course. You can also browse the courses is MyCourses.

Register for your Aalto email

WebMail ( is the Aalto email service. You can access your Aalto mail when you have activated the Aalto IT account in August. For further information, please visit the following page: After admission to Bachelor's studies or After admission to Master's studies

Your Aalto email is the first point of contact between you and the university, so it is crucial to read it regularly. You can, however, forward the emails sent to your Aalto e-mail to another mailbox if you wish.

Support for day-to-day activities and help in difficult situations

While a student at Aalto, the university provides a wide range of services that support your studies and day-to-day activities. The relevant links to student support services are listed below.

Academic support

For study advice, please contact the student services of your school. 

Some other useful services of the university:

Well-being and health

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

Student organisations  

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 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.

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.

In the study guide of your programme you'll find the contact information for your programmes staff.