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.


Credits: 2

Schedule: 16.09.2021 - 21.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Petri Vuorimaa, Minna Parviainen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    1. Academic Skills
    This part of the course aims at developing general learning skills necessary for success in Finland and in academic community at Aalto University. You will learn about adjustment issues and cultural differences in educational settings. You will learn how to improve your intercultural communication skills to be able to collaborate beyond cultural and disciplinary borders. You will get an insight to Finnish academic culture including academic integrity, code of conduct, important policies and principles of scientific research.

    2. Career and Working Life Skills
    You will get important tips for the Master s thesis work, intro-ductions to employment process in Finland, career development planning and academic entrepreneurship. You will get the right tools to be prepared for your future career in Finland.

    General information for both parts
    The course consists of lectures, active workshops, discussions, assignments, field visits and other activities all designed to provide students with comprehensive insights that will help iden-tify and strengthen the skills and knowledge needed to achieve and have a positive study experience at Aalto University.


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
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    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.