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, you:

  • have acquired knowledge about the degree requirements, the minors studies and are able to make a target-oriented study plan
  • are familiar with the services offered by the university 
  • know the study-related IT-systems and have the ability to use them
  • are familiar with effective learning and study skills and are able to use them in real life
  • are familiar with Aalto University, your own degree programme, major, and academic advisor 
  • have improved both your academic and intercultural skills to be able to work and collaborate in a multicultural and multidisciplinary learning environment 
  • Know the principles of good study practices at Aalto university
  • Know what academic integrity is at Aalto University and how to adopt it

Credits: 2

Schedule: 10.09.2020 - 18.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Mikko Möttönen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Elsa Kivi-Koskinen

Contact information for the course (valid 10.09.2020-21.12.2112):Elsa Kivi-Koskinen,

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 takes the whole first academic year. The course consists of lectures, active workshops, get-togethers, assignments, field visits 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.

    The course consists of four parts:

    1. Orientation week events (week 36)
    2. Lectures once a week (during period I)
    3. Get-togethers and academic advising meetings organized by the programme (throughout the first academic year)
    4. Preparing your personal study plan for your BSc degree (during periods III - IV)

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.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    • five lectures in period I - participation in at least three of them
    • assignement on time management, DL 15.11.2020
    • preparing a personal study plan, DL 30.4.2021

  • Applies in this implementation:

    • contact hours 24 hours
    • independent work 30 hours


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    • lectures on period I
    • personal study plan workshop in Spring 2021
    • the course ends on 30.4.2021