Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course aims to offer all the information necessary for success in studies at Aalto University. Upon completion of the course, the student

  • has acquired knowledge about the degree requirements, the minors studies and the services offered by the university
  • is able to make a target-oriented study plan
  • is familiar with Aalto University, the programme and the academic advisor
  • has improved both academic and intercultural skills to be able to work and collaborate in a multicultural and multidisciplinary learning environment
  • knows the principles of good scientific practices at Aalto university
  • knows what academic integrity is at Aalto University and how to adopt it

Credits: 1

Schedule: 08.09.2020 - 06.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Pauli Murto, Elina Yrjänäinen, Elina Yrjänäinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Elina Yrjänäinen, Elina Yrjänäinen

Contact information for the course (valid 13.08.2020-21.12.2112):


Officer, Department
of Economics

1, 02150 Espoo, Finland

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course consists of lectures, discussions, assignments and other activities all designed to provide students with comprehensive insights that will help identify and strengthen the skills and knowledge needed to achieve and have a positive study experience at Aalto University.

  • Applies in this implementation:


    Time management task (1.10 /
    DL tbd)

    Planning of studies (fall term 2020)

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Active participation and assignments. Specific assessment criteria will be published in MyCourses before the beginning of the course.


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    First session (Zoom)

    Introduction to the course + study planning
    Course coordinator Elina Yrjänäinen
    Academic regulations / Code of conduct
    Manager of Academic Affairs Pia Lahti

    Second session (Zoom)

    How to study mathematics
    University lecturer Panu Erästö

    Third session (Zoom)

    Study skills and time management
    Study psychologis

    Fourth session (Zoom)

    Group work skills
    Study psychologists

    Beginning of November

    (exact dates & times will be announced later)
    Meetings with your academic advisor and the group

    Jan-Feb 2021 (3rd period)

    (exact dates & times will be agreed with each student)
    Study plan meetings with Planning officer Elina Yrjänäinen