The International Office employs tutors (senior students) for each faculty. Their task is to acquaint new exchange students and degree students coming to international Master’s programs with the system of studies and campus life in Jyväskylä.
International Master’s programs welcome also Finnish students and therefore tutors of degree students might also have Finnish students in their group. All groups are multicultural an each tutor can gain experience in managing a multicultural group.
What are the tasks of a student tutor?
When international students arrive in Finland, they have a lot on their mind, and the new culture sets its challenges. The main duty of the tutor is to help students settle in to new country, city and university. The tutor also
- contacts and advises the students in his/her tutor group before their arrival.
- picks up the students from Jyväskylä Travel Centre and accompanies them to the student apartment. The tutor has picked up the keys to the student apartment (and, if applicable, the survival kit for the student)
- takes the tutees e.g. to the bank, International Office, accommodation office, host department and register office. In addition, in the beginning students might need help with doing the shopping and finding a bike, for example.
- helps the international student during the orientation programme at the beginning of the semester. The tutor makes sure that the students find their way to the orientation, show how the student restaurants function and helps registering to courses in Korppi. During the orientation days the tutor should also give the tutee a campus and a library tour, not forgetting to take the chance to enjoy the free-time activities with the foreign students.
The tutors are paid a small reward for their work and new tutors can get 2 ECTS credits.
If you would like to become a tutor for new international students, please fill in the tutor application during the application round 1 February – 1 March.
For more information, hop on https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/study/be-part-of-our-community/become-a-student-tutor-for-new-international-students