Studying and Living in Finland LUT Alumni Experience by Aisulu Harjula

These weird Finns in your Welcome Package

Let’s talk about people’s behavior in Finland you are not used to seeing. Finns have a different way of communication.

I have friends among some of the newly arrived students this year. Everything is new for them, and the first two things they’ve noticed for the first five days after landing in Finland have been the Finnish communication style and the student welcome packages that they’ve got. It’s amazing what the welcome package contains.

2014-08-26-12787I’ve been in a team of welcome packages packing and sorting 🙂

There is so much of information printed in colorful booklets. One of the students told me it seem Finns who work here don’t really limit their paper consumption and so they print a lot. “We didn’t get that much in our university, we get just one paper of acceptance and everything is written there,” he said.

Freshman: how did I get my welcome package?

2014-08-26-1278Welcome packages are just ready for distribution among students

– A guy came to me and said, “Hi, here is your welcome package!” he gave me a black bag and added, “If you have any questions just ask! Bye!” then he left immediately. People here don’t really explain to you anything. What if I don’t know many things? Even how to open a university door?

– Exactly, they don’t explain the things – I said. We know any student can open the main university building door with a magnetic key, and each student has 24/7 access to the university building. But I didn’t know it until I was faced with it, no one told me in advance.

Content of the welcome package

Everybody gets two bus tickets for free (and last year when I came here we didn’t have such a great offer, otherwise it could save me so much money spent on bus ride, and at that time a one way ticket in one bus costed 3,6 euro. This year Matkahuolto, a bus service company, changed its prices to 3 euro per one hour trip with any bus, and two euro/trip in the evening and weekends).

  1. A prepaid SIM-card with about 7 euro on it.
  2. A study guide which has all information about all courses (may be even too much), also general schedules and language studies.
  3. Plenty of booklets. They are very informative, so don’t skip this information. There is advertised, for example, a program of meeting a local family (and in some cases you can even live in a hosting Finnish family), or a bicycle map of the city.
  4. The very first badge for student overalls.


Hint: Always be first to ask questions! I only can guess that guys who welcome you don’t explain things because they think you will better read them in the leaflets. Well, seems that Finns don’t like to initiate any kind of speaking but they are always nice to respond. One friend of mind said “I guess how do they get to know each other and make friends??” Perhaps, by writing… 

About The Author

Researcher at LUT, Master of Economics, LUT & GSOM Saint Petersburg State University. Focus on Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability. Background in natural sciences.


  1. Opoku Kwabena 9.10.2014 at 15:52

    I want to apply but I don’t know the quarification that I will use to apply. I am a secondary student and I don’t know if I can apply?

    • Aysulu 9.10.2014 at 16:27

      Hi Opoku, a good site for your question is ) good luck!

  2. Kutub Uddin 9.10.2014 at 16:59

    I’m a student of undergraduate final year of well reputed Bangladeshi university. As a student of Economics I want to receive a masters or post masters research degree from a foreign country. Finland is always entrance me so much as a welfare state & it’s amusing landscape. But I need financial back up for living expenses & others. Would I receive a financial support or working permit along with study? I’d feel great if anybody helps me.

  3. Faisal Khurasani 9.10.2014 at 19:51


  4. Muhammad Hashim Abbas 10.10.2014 at 06:48

    Aysulu! uour reponse was almost the same as that of Finns,  “If you have any questions just ask! Bye!” 😀 😀
    By the way, a good read. Thumbs up. (Y)

  5. Muhammad Atif 10.10.2014 at 09:40

    I am applying to join summer semester 2015 at LUT in electrical engineering in .Kindly guide me for my better application processing and any plus points that i can gain to ensure my admission in LUT.

  6. Tatiana 12.11.2014 at 18:18

    Hi all the students and applicants over there! I am a second-year international student in one of the coolest university in capital Finland. And, of course, I have faced all the same problems when I arrived, but now I would give you some recommendation – search it and do it on your own! That’s what you should know how to do. The whole study process is based on it. Otherwise, it is a wrong place for you. Good luck! Moi-moi

  7. Aysulu 20.11.2014 at 22:42

    Hey guys, who are so interested in official procedures. Since you all left your emails I’ve answered to them. Hope you did receive it! Basically, the answer is that it’s always efficient to contact a responsible person from your faculty directly. Feel free to do it and never have doubts. Very right people are always able to answer your questions :)) If you don’t know who are right people, you can first try to find them by asking at a faculty and searching through relevant websites, it’s easy to find! 🙂

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