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.


Upon completion of the course, you:

  • 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 scientific practices at Aalto university
  • Know what academic integrity is at Aalto University and how to adopt it
  • Know how to support your wellbeing during your studies

Credits: 1

Schedule: 13.09.2024 - 11.10.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Minna Parviainen, Mika P. Nieminen

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:

    Academic Skills

    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, and also learn how to support your wellbeing during your studies. 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.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Active participation and lecture assignments and quizzes.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of lectures, workshops, self-study materials 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.


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I
    2025-2026 Autumn I