How to Start Your Studies at UEF?
- Make sure you keep in touch with your programme/academic coordinator and with your student tutor.
- Study the orientation material in Kamu and in Moodle (opens in a new tab, sign with UEF account) before the webinars.
- Complete the UEF Digistartti.
- Join the orientation webinars.
- Join the orientation of your own programme if offered.
- After registering as a student at UEF, start registering for courses and feel free to contact UEF staff members if you have any questions or concerns.
How to Complete the Credit for the Orientation?
In order to complete the credit ( 1 ECTS) for the course Orientation for the New International Students, you should
- study the orientation material in Kamu and in Moodle (opens in new tab)
- complete all the assignments in the Digistartti
- join the orientation webinars
- return the Orientation Feedback Form (open in a new tab). Form available after the orientation.
Please make sure to complete all of these in case you wish to earn the credit. The deadline for completing the orientation is 24 Sept 2021.
Orientation Programme 1-3 Sept 2021
Webinar recordings are available in Moodle. (opens in a new tab)
Wed, 1 Sept
13.00-13.10 Welcome to UEF, Riikka Pellinen
13.10-14.15 Orientation Info and General about Studying at UEF, Päivi Haltilahti and Kirsi Konttinen
14.30-15.15 Student Union and Services for Students, Salla Haapavaara and Elina Pitkänen
15.15-15.30 in breakout rooms: ESN Joensuu and ESN KISA, Kuopio
15.30-16.00 Questions and Answers
Thu, 2 Sept
13.00-13.45 Introduction to Finnish Society & Culture: an Outsider’s View, Paul Fryer
13.45-14.15 IT Services, Tommi Eskelinen and Kaisa Soininen
14.15-15.00 How to Use WebOodi, Lukari, and Tuudo? Preliminary information on Peppi. Anne Litja, Kaisu Kärkkäinen and Tellervo Hirvonen
15.15-15.45 Information on Covid-19, Katri Hartikainen
15.45-16.15 Welcome to UEF Library, Taisa Sallinen
Fri, 3 Sept
13.00-14.00 Official Matters, Päivi Haltilahti and Kirsi Konttinen
14.15-15.15 How to Make the Most or Your Stay in Finland?, Susanna Kohonen
15.15-15.45 in breakout rooms:
Master’s students: Studying for Working Life, Hanna Reinikainen and Marko Pietilä
Exchange students: Requirements and Paperwork for Exchange, Päivi Haltilahti and Kirsi Konttinen
More information on the field-specific sessions and the links to the sessions available from the programme/academic coordinators. (opens in a new tab)
What is the Orientation for?
We recommend that all the new international students will participate in the orientation programme. The orientation offers a lot of practical information in order to help the new students to have a smooth start for their studies at UEF.
The orientation offers
- essential information on studying and university life at UEF
- tips on different practical matters
- information on Finland and on the Finnish culture
- a possibility to meet other students
Those who complete all parts of the programme will earn 1 ECTS credit. Even if the orientation is a course, there is no need to register for the orientation beforehand. The instruction at the departments begins usually after the Orientation Programme.
Orientation in 2021-22
The orientation for the Autumn Semester starts at the beginning of September and the orientation for the Spring Semester starts usually on the first working day right after 6 January . The orientation for the Autumn Semester 2021 will be held 1-3 September 2021 and the orientation for the Spring Semester 2022 will be 7, 10 and 11 January 2022. The programmes will be published here about a month before the start of the orientation.
Other introductory courses
Other introductory courses to studying at UEF: Study skill courses (only for the degree seeking students) and Information retrieval.
Language courses are offered by the Language Centre (opens in a new tab).
For the Master’s Degree Students at UEF
If you are studying for a Master’s Degree at UEF, your studies will start with the Orientation Programme at the beginning of September. However, the Master’s programmes of European Forestry, Forestry CBU and Transfor-M will start already earlier in August.
For the incoming Exchange Students at UEF
The Autumn Semester starts at the beginning of September and the Spring Semester on the first working day after Epiphany 6 Jan. The semesters start with the Orientation Programme. Usually the exchange students start their exchange period at UEF at the beginning of the semester but it is possible to start the exchange studies at another time, too, if the suitable courses are available. The students coming for a research project or for a practical training can negotiate their schedule with their supervisor at UEF and with their home university.
For information on the Academic Calendar at UEF.
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