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to help you plan your arrival to Jyv채skyl채 and get acquainted with your future study environment. The enclosed International Student Guide and our website at provide more detailed information.













Arrival Please make plans to arrive on 2 September 2013. Your student tutor will contact you before your arrival by e-mail. If you have informed your tutor of the exact time of your arrival at least one week in advance, you will be met by him/her at the Jyväskylä Travel Centre and s/he will take you to your student apartment. If your travel plans change, please keep your tutor informed.

Orientation During the four-day orientation programme on 3–6 September 2013 you will be introduced to the University, student support services, to the City of Jyväskylä and – last but not least – to your fellow students. The programme is published online at


Student Housing

Students from countries within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) should carry the European Health Insurance Card. Additional insurance coverage is also recommended.


Citizens of a non-EU/EEA country are required to have medical insurance which covers the costs of medical treatment up to 100 000 euros, if the studies last less than two years. If the duration of studies is two years or more, a student will usually have a home municipality in Finland and is entitled to municipal health care services. In such cases, it is sufficient for the insurance to primarily cover the cost of medicines up to 30 000 euros. Insurance cover is required when applying for a residence permit. For more information on insurances, please contact your local insurance company or consider obtaining your insurance through the Student Insurance Program (SIP) which is the insurance option the Finnish institutions of higher education have negotiated for their international students (

Residence permit Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries who wish to stay in Finland for more than three months must be in possession of a residence permit when entering the country. Please see the attached letter from the Finnish Immigration Service for more information.

Intensive Summer Course in Finnish An intensive Finnish language course (beginner’s level, 70 contact hours, 5 ECTS credits) is arranged on 6 – 30 August 2013 by the University Language Centre. The course is open and free of charge for students who have been registered to the University of Jyväskylä and have no prior knowledge of Finnish. The application deadline is 15 June 2013 and the application form is available at www.

Student housing in Jyväskylä is provided by the Central Finland Student Housing Foundation (KOAS) and Kortepohja Student Village.

How to apply? Please apply for accommodation at www.koas.

fi/en or Your application for accommodation is valid for three months. You may also search for housing on your own for example using this website: Student Union Accommodation Forum:

When to apply?

Please apply for accommodation as soon as possible after you have received the letter of admission.

When to expect a housing offer and how to confirm it? If the accommodation office is able to place you

Registration Instructions 1. Complete the enclosed registration form. 2. Pay the Student Union membership fee. • Degree students will pay the fee for only one academic year at a time. • While paying, please use the following information:

in a student apartment, a housing offer will be sent to you by e-mail approximately 1 – 2 months before the accommodation is needed. The offer should be confirmed or refused within the time given in the offer. When confirming a housing offer, a deposit of 250 € must be paid to the accommodation office’s account. Further information on the payment is provided in the e-mail message. Unconfirmed reservations will be cancelled automatically and the room offered to another applicant. The confirmation is legally binding. Please note that credit card or check payments are not accepted. The payment should be made without charges to the beneficiary.

Is housing guaranteed for all applicants? At the

• Please note that the payment should be made without charges to the beneficiary.

beginning of the autumn semester, there are usually more applicants than there are apartments, and therefore an apartment cannot be guaranteed for all students. Accepting a housing offer starting from 1 August will increase your chances of getting a student apartment. The Student Union organises temporary accommodation for students while they are waiting for an apartment.

Also important

Most of the apartments on offer are studybedrooms with a shared kitchen/kitchenette and bathroom. There are both furnished and unfurnished apartments. You can move in your student apartment on the first working day of the month. The rent has to be paid from the first day of the month onwards. The monthly rent varies from 210 € to 300 €. The apartments can only be reserved for full calendar months.

Find out more:

Amount..................99.50 € / academic year Account holder......Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä IBAN......................FI30 1581 3000 0339 35 BIC/SWIFT..............NDEAFIHH Reference..............07922 Bank......................Nordea Bank Finland Address.................Aleksanterinkatu 36, Helsinki, FI-00020 Nordea

3. Send the registration form and the receipt of the Student Union membership fee payment to the address given in the letter of admission. 4. Please use your student number when applying for a Lyyra student card online at You are entitled to all the student benefits in Finland with the Lyyra card.

CHECKLIST Remember to return the confirmation form and registration form sent with your letter of admission. Follow the registration instructions above. Remember to apply for accommodation as soon as you receive the letter of admission. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries should apply for a residence permit well in advance. Remember to obtain appropriate health insurance and attach details of it to your residence permit application. Further information: Inform your student tutor of your exact time of arrival in Jyväskylä. Write down the mobile phone number of your tutor and take it with you. Call him/her if you do not find each other or if your travel plans change the last minute. Bring your passport and the letter of admission with you. You will need them for example when opening a bank account. Those from outside the EU/EEA will also need the residence permit when opening a bank account.

Bring enough money to pay for the rent and the Student Union membership fee (if you have not taken care of the fee beforehand). If you are an EU or EEA citizen, obtain a European Health Insurance Card from the local social security office in your home country and/or acquire private medical insurance. If you come from an EU or EEA country, register at the police station after you have registered at the university (that is, if your stay in Finland exceeds 3 months and you are not a citizen of a Nordic country). Submit your personal identity data to the Population Information System for registration, if you stay in Finland for longer than one year. This should be done in writing. Forms are available at the Registration Office (Maistraatti), post office or Social Insurance Institution (KELA). If you study in Finland for at least two years, apply for domicile (home municipality) at the Registration Office (Maistraatti, Yliopistonkatu 28). Join the international degree students’ mailing list at


Congratulations on your admission to the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.  

A quick guide to help you plan your arrival to Jyväskylä. Admission instructions to the University of Jyväskylä, 2013-2014.

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.  

A quick guide to help you plan your arrival to Jyväskylä. Admission instructions to the University of Jyväskylä, 2013-2014.