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Tampere University Student's Handbook

International student tutoring for exchange students

As an exchange student, you will be assigned a student tutor (a buddy) in July (autumn semester) or in December (spring semester) – a local student who volunteers to guide you in the process of moving to a new country and settling into university life. Student tutors will be in touch with you already before your arrival and will help you with practical matters and ease your way into the university community.

You need to wait for a contact from your tutor, as you are not given your tutor's contact.

Please note that you need to make your own travel arrangements from your country of residence to your student housing in Tampere. If you arrive outside of office hours, your tutor may be able to pick up your key to your student housing on your behalf. Your tutor may be able to meet you upon arrival, but please note that our international student tutors are not required to pick you up from the airport or handle you the keys of your housing, if he/she are not available at the time of your arrival. Also tutors will not help you with the starting kits from ESN FINT or INTO Tampere, the starting kits are given to exchange students only. Tutors are not giving you any study guidance either.

Please note that your student tutor is helping (voluntarily) several exchange students at the same time, which means they may not always be available just for you.

Our international student tutors may help you with:

  • answering some of your questions related to practical matters
  • finding someone who can help you with study-related issues
  • finding your way around campus or to your student housing
  • help you with some technical issues related to registrations in Sisu
  • help you with finding ESN FINT's (city centre campus) or INTO Tampere's (Hervanta campus) club rooms
  • collecting the key to your student housing from TOAS or POAS, if you arrive in Tampere outside of office hours
  • help you with a travel card for public transport at the Nysse's customer service
  • opening a bank account (only if applicable, see here why it is not recommended)

How is international student tutoring organised at Tampere University?

At Tampere University, international student tutoring is organised by the International Mobility Services in close cooperation with faculties, the Student Union and subject associations/guilds operating within the Student Union (TREY). The Student Union coordinates the application process, marketing and helps with the tutor trainings. TREY is in active contact with the international tutoring organisers in subject associations.

On Hervanta campus INTO Tampere is coordinating international student tutoring for exchange students.

Each subject association is responsible for specific field of study of exchange students. For more information and a list of subject associations, please see: International student tutoring at Tampere University.

Published: 26.6.2019
Updated: 20.2.2023