Internationalisation at Home

At our University the internationalisation of education is primarily evident in the international mobility of our students, international Master's programmes and the outcomes of these. The services we offer to the international students are on a good level, as also proved in different evaluations and accreditations (EPAS, International Student Barometer).

International Master’s degree programmes provide an international study environment, where students are able to interact with each other as well as with the multicultural teaching staff.  We can promise that at the University of Vaasa, all students are offered opportunities to strengthen their intercultural competence

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Want to become and international tutor?

International Tutors are the closest link to the Finnish society for the foreign students.  You will gain valuable experiences and a long lasting and global network of friends. We are looking for social, creative people who can make international students feel like home even before arriving at the University of Vaasa.

Each autumn there are about 300 new students that arrive to Vaasa. Students are both exchange and degree students from around the world. In addition there are approximately 70 exchange students who arrive for the spring semester. Many people might be leaving their home country for the first time, so as an international tutor you have a significant influence on students’ experiences in Vaasa.

International tutors main responsibilities are:

  • Contacting the students prior to their arrival
  • Meeting them during official arrival days
  • Guiding the students during the orientation week
  • Assisting students in practical matters during their stay
  • Organizing an event with other tutors
  • Keeping in touch with tutorees throughout their stay

Find details of International Tutor's tasks here

International tutor tasks 

Examples of practical matter that tutors assist with are: help the students to open up a bank account and to get a Finnish mobile phone connection, if necessary, and offer help with rental agreement, grocery shopping and other matters related to living in Vaasa and Finland.

The tutor application period is open twice each year: tutors are recruited for both autumn and spring semesters. If you are chosen to be a tutor, we allocate you a group of international students. They are a mix of exchange and degree students (for the spring semester, only exchange students)

The semester is full of international events, big and small. As an international tutor you have the unique opportunity to become part of the organizing team and enjoy the company of new students and fellow tutors. In addition you can plan activities to your own group and get to know them better.

You can take a look at the summary of an international tutor's experience journey here

Summary of international tutoring
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All international tutors who have completed their tasks will be given certificate of the tutoring and 3 ECTS.

Important dates for the tutor recruitment Autumn 2021:

(To be announced) 

  • Application opens: 
  • Tutor training:

Follow us on social media

Facebook: University of Vaasa Mobility Services @uvainternational
Instagram: univaasaexchange

Contact information

incoming.international(at)univaasa.fi

OR

secretary.international(at)uva.fi