Students plan their annual workload based on the guides and teaching schedules published by the higher education institution (HEI).
The Finnish system of academic education gives students a lot of freedom to schedule their studies. This also means that planning the schedule for the academic year, i.e. choosing courses, fitting them into the schedule and working intensively throughout the year, requires students to take responsibility for their education.
However, you are not alone in planning your studies, as helpful staff members will be on hand to offer assistance and answer questions.
As a degree student, you will prepare a personal study plan that provides a framework for your studies and helps you plan your studies and use of time. You will update and reflect on your personal study plan throughout your studies. All the HEIs have their own instructions for preparing study plans.
At the beginning of your studies, each higher education institution will arrange an orientation week to introduce students to university life and provide them with essential information on their studies. It is important to take part in the orientation. TAMK, TUT and UTA will inform admitted students of the orientation week well in advance before their studies begin.
In addition to teaching staff, the HEIs have international advisers and programme coordinators helping students with whatever questions they may have about their studies. Specialist services, such as study psychologists, are also available.