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Degree orientation day 2011 Åbo Akademi University Ms. Monica Nylund Ms. Harriet Eriksson 30.4.2015Åbo Akademi University - Domkyrkotorget 3 - 20500 Åbo1.

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1 Degree orientation day 2011 Åbo Akademi University Ms. Monica Nylund Ms. Harriet Eriksson 30.4.2015Åbo Akademi University - Domkyrkotorget 3 - 20500 Åbo1

2 Finland In 1155 King St.Erik of Sweden, made Finland a dominion of his kingdom. 200 years ago Finland was a part of the mainland of the Swedish Kingdom and Åbo was its capital. 100 years ago Finland was a part of Russia. In 1812, after the 1808- 1809 war between Sweden and Russia (and many other European powers) the territory of Finland was lost to Russia and the capital was moved from Åbo to Helsinki. Independent 6.12.1917

3 Åbo - Turku Åbo is the oldest city in Finland. In 2009 Åbo celebrated her 780th birthday. The Swedish name Åbo refers to the first settlers by the river, "å". The Finnish name Turku probably originates from a Slavic word "turg" - meaning a market place. The position of Åbo as a spiritual center, was strengthened in 1229 when Pope Gregorius IX gave his consent to moving the Bishop of Finland’s seat to a new location further down the river Aura. This is the date from which the age of the city of Åbo is counted. The construction of a simple stone church had already begun in 1250 on a hill called Unikankare near the river. In the year 1300 the Cathedral of Åbo was consecrated.

4 Åbo Akademi University (ÅA)  Founded 1918  Swedish-language university  Multi-disciplinary university, 3 Divisions and 12 Departments – Division for Arts, Education and Theology Faculty of Arts Faculty of Education Faculty of Theology Department of Psychology and Logopedics – Division for Social Sciences School of Business and Economics Department of Social Sciences Deparmtent of Law Department of Political Science – Division for Natural Sciences and Technology Department of Natural Sciences Department of Biosciences Department of Information Technologies Department of Chemical Engineering  Today 7.000 students, over 700 international students  Two campuses: Åbo and Vasa  Small and personal university  Rector: Professor Jorma Mattinen

5 Degree Structure, Higher Education Institutions  University degrees – Bachelor’s degree – Master’s degree – Licentiate’s degree – Doctoral degree  29 polytechnics/universities of applied sciences in Finland – Polytechnic degree

6 The Master’s degree  Master’s degree, 120 credits. The studies leading to the higher university degree may include: 1)Basic-, intermediate- and advanced studies; 2)language and communication studies; 3)interdisciplinary studies; 4)other studies; and 5)relevant internship

7 Limited study time  The university decree stipulates that the Master’s degree should be completed in two years.  Students may exceed this time with two years  In addition students can register as absent for 4 terms (two academic years). NB! when registered as absent, you are not a member of the student union  Students may also apply for an extension to complete the degree. 

8 Questions about your studies?  Content of studies, course content, registering for courses: – Department coordinator and/or Study Advisor – Teacher tutor (“Egenlärare”) – Student tutors Where? At your academic department/Study Advisors in the Gripen-building.  Degree structure, completed courses, results, finishing your degree: – Academic office (“Studiekansliet”, Gripen 2 nd floor) – Head of Academic Affairs (“Studiechef”) or Study Advisor Where? Gripen 2 nd floor, Tavastgatan 13

9 Other study-related questions?  If you have questions that you can not find the answer to, you can always send an e- mail to The staff at the office of student affairs will read the e-mails and make sure you get an answer to your 30.4.2015Åbo Akademi University - Domkyrkotorget 3 - 20500 Åbo9

10 Other questions  Annual registration (from 2 nd year onwards), transcript of records (STURE- utdrag), enrolment certificate, notification of new address: – Office of Student Affairs (”Studentexpeditionen”) Where? Gripen 1 st floor, Tavastgatan 13  Application process, admission letter etc. inspection of original degree certificates. International Office Where? Gripen 1 st floor, Tavastgatan 13  Student issues, membership, benefits: – Student Union (“Studentkåren”) Where? Tavastgatan 22 30.4.2015Åbo Akademi University - Domkyrkotorget 3 - 20500 Åbo10

11 Registration for first year students  When? 29 August – 9 September 2011  Where? Gripen, Tavastgatan 13, 2 nd floor. Bring original degree certificates for inspection, as well as a receipt of payment of the student union membership fee  Remember to register in the beginning of each academic year! (August – mid-September) Registration forms are sent by regular mail to all students during the summer – always inform us about your correct address: or Note that different deadlines apply for second-year students Information about registration procedures are published on the internet in June.

12 MinPlan  Electronic study advising system  Course registration  Registration for examinations  Individual study plans – An approved study plan is required of students when they register in the beginning of each academic year. – More information in the next session!

13 Individual study plans  All students are required to make a study plan and the study plan must be approved by the department.  Degree students complete their study plans in MinPlan with the help of their teacher tutor.  You can also ask your tutor to help you with MinPlan

14 JOO-agreement  An agreement on the right to take courses at other Finnish universities. The courses may be subject to fees which the home university must pay. Therefore a study plan must be approved by the faculty/department. Always check if there are deadlines you need to follow. 30.4.2015Åbo Akademi University - Domkyrkotorget 3 - 20500 Åbo14

15 Academic Year 2011/12  Academic year 1 August – 31 July Four teaching periods:  Period I: 5 September – 28 October 2011  Period II: 31 October – 21 December 2011  Period III: 9 January – 9 March 2012  Period IV: 12 March – 25 May 2012

16 Courses  Regular lectures  Seminars  Self-study courses - contact the person responsible for the course  Intensive courses  Internet (web-based) courses  For registration use MinPlan if required  read instructions for registration in the course description or course schedule  N.B. Important to go to the first lecture or course meeting!

17 Register for language courses – Requirement: Swedish 5 cr. – Arranged by Centre for Language and Communication (Language Centre)  Swedish as a foreign language: Thursday 8 September at 12.00 in aud. Armfelt, Arken, Fabriksgatan 2  Finnish as a foreign language, Advanced English for Exchange Students: Thursday 8 September at 13.00 in aud. Armfelt

18 Examinations  Register according to the instructions (7–10 days in advance), MinPlan  No set examination periods  A course examination can consist of one or more parts: Written examination, essay, other course work  Last day of the course / Specific examination day / General examination day  Usually two possibilities to retake the examination  Before attending an examination, find out about how the examination is carried out, and what rules apply. Make sure that you understand the rules. If you are unsure, discuss with your teacher or other staff before the examination.

19 Facts regarding examinations Register as instructed! Be on time! You are not allowed to enter the examination room after the examination has begun. If you need to leave the room temporarily during the examination, you must have the permission of the person supervising the examination you may not leave the examination until half an hour (in some cases 1 hour) has passed from the beginning of the examination no books, notes or other materials are allowed talking to other students is strictly forbidden copying answers from other students is strictly forbidden during the examination please ask the teacher for advice if you are unsure of the rules!

20 Facts regarding essays: essays are individual work and they should not be copied from other students or from the Internet essays should always have references to works consulted and/or quoted, with a bibliography at the end. All forms of plagiarism, e.g. copying from the sources without proper indication is regarded as falsification which leads to repudiation please ask the teacher for advice if you are unsure of the rules!

21 Rules for examinations and essays The rules concerning examinations and essays are set out in the University Law and the regulations of each university. Violation of these rules is considered a serious offence and will result in failure to complete the course in question, a warning by the Rector, and in serious cases, suspension from the university.

22 Always have references to works consulted  Plagiarism= definition: to ”take (the work or idea of someone else) and pretend it is one’s own” (The Oxford Dictionary of Current English, 2001).  Plagiarism can be avoided simply by using the academic system for reference.  It is against the university regulations to plagiarise. Plagiarism is considered as serious as cheating in an exam. If a student is found cheating in an exam or having plagiarised, the matter will be brought to the attention of the Rector and you may get a warning. In more serious cases the consequence is expulsion (i.e. the student is forced to leave the university) for a period of time. The student will always be informed of the matter and has the right to be heard.  If you wish to hear more about these issues, your teachers as well as other staff at your department will be happy to tell you more.

23 Results  Posted on notice boards, Moodle, can also be checked using your study plan in MinPlan  Registered in computerised study register (Sture)  MinSture  Transcript of records

24 Credits and grades  Studiepoäng (sp) = credits (cr)  Full course load 60 credits per year equals 1 600 hours of work  1 cr = 1 ECTS  Grading system (ECTS)  A (5)excellent  B (4)very good  C (3)good  D (2)satisfactory  E (1)sufficient  Courses also graded pass/fail  Thesis grading scale Laudatur – Approbatur (exception Faculty of Chemical Engineering A(5)-E(1))

25 Support services  Web pages  Student Union  Career Services “Arbetsforum”  Language Center – Courses in Swedish, Finnish and English: -meeting for Swedish 8.9 at 12.00 in Armfelt -Finnish, English 8.9 at 13.00 in Armfelt  Computer facilities  Libraries Main Library Course books - ASA Library

26 Practical Matters  Change of address through the Internet or at the Office of Academic Affairs  Library Cards Your student union card  Keys  Photocopying  Ask your tutor

27 Checklist – TO DO  Housing – signing your lease  Student union membership  registration at the University  e-mail address  apply for a student card  residence permit issues, municipality of residence (survival guide!)  register with the Population Information System  Your tutor can help you with some of the practical issues  Find out as much as possible about the university, the area where you are living and the Finnish culture (academic as well as social)

28 Living in Finland  Greeting  Weather  Punctuality  Student Life  Drinking  Food  The Finnish Nature  Environmental Awareness  Equality  Religion  Public service

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