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 objective of the course is to learn the skills needed for conducting small group activities in a multi-cultural setting.

Credits: 1

Schedule: 01.03.2022 - 31.05.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Hanne-Maaria Hirvonen

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:

    To act as a tutor for a small group of international students, and to introduce them to their studies, study practices and the student life at Aalto. The tutor's task is for their part to see to the reception of international students, as well as to familiarize them with life in Finland. Tutors are trained in conducting group activities, managing interaction between group members and guiding the group. In addition to this, international tutor training familiarizes the tutor with the official administrative processes related to arrival in Finland, as well as the foundations of intercultural communication.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Partaking in the tutor training and giving feedback about the training. Active tutoring of the group, and writing a report about the group s activities.


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    10 Reduced Inequality


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Additional information is given by AYY and the Schools. AYY along with its affiliates is responsible for organizing the tutor training, and TF in cooperation with the Schools of Aalto University.

    Teaching Period:

    IV (2020-2021) - V (2021-2022) and IV (2021-2022) - V (2022-2023). The course begins by taking part in tutor training.

    Course Homepage:

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