All incoming exchange students should fill in their arrival details to the Arrival Form (available here in May) by 31 July 2019. The pick up service (see below) will be arranged based on the information, if you arrive during the pick-up days 12-13 August 2019.
There will be a separate pick up for the students taking part in the Finnish Culture, Language and Society course 5-13 August 2019.
Volunteer Haaga-Helia student tutors from ESN-HELGA pick up new incoming exchange students from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport or the central railway station in Helsinki, and take them to their apartment by using public transportation. The pick-up dates are mentioned under Important Dates. Please note that the pick-up service is available only on those dates from 9.00 to 23.00. Students who wish to use the pick-up service have to specifically mention this in their arrival form (see above). If you have any questions regarding your pick-up, please contact ESN-HELGA directly (email@example.com).
Haaga-Helia International Services will arrange an orientation for all new incoming exchange students before the beginning of courses. The orientation dates are available under Important Dates. Students should make travel arrangements accordingly.
It is very important to participate in the orientation because it will give students essential information on various practical matters such as studies, housing and living in Finland. The orientation is also a great possibility to meet other exchange students and make new friends. ESN-HELGA will organize evening programme during the orientation.
Each exchange student will have a student tutor at Haaga-Helia. ESN-HELGA coordinates the tutoring activities at Haaga-Helia. ESN-HELGA tutors are volunteer degree students of Haaga-Helia who give support to exchange students, particularly in the beginning of their exchange period. A tutor’s most important task is to be an exchange student’s friend and help with all of the practicalities involved in moving to a new country. Tutors pick up exchange students from the airport, take them to their apartments, help them after arrival with different arrival formalities and introduce them to life in Finland.
Your tutor should contact you by e-mail before your arrival. If you have not heard from your tutor by one month before the beginning of the semester, please contact ESN HELGA’s tutor coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).