Hello there new fuksis! Welcome to study electrical engineering at Tampere University. This page is for new ”fuksis” = freshmen. This page contains useful information for the first week of your studies and a short encylopedia of Electrical Engineering.
We fuksi officials, Eemil and Lauri, and amazing tutors will ensure your first year of studies will be unforgettable. Our goal is to show you the sercrets of university studies and the ways of ”teekkari” culture. If you have anything on your mind, feel free to contact us via Telegram (Eemil) @fuksikapu and (Lauri) @fuksipaimen.
A day before the official orientation week, we have an event called ”Headstart”. This amazing get together is held on Sunday 21st of August. At the event new students from different fields gather around the Hervanta campus frontyard. In this event you get to meet your fellow fuksis and get to know your tutors in a nice casual way.
This year, international student tutoring is arranged together with Tietoteekkarikilta which is the guild of computer science at Tampere University. All international tutors from our field are from TiTe. You should definitely check out TiTe’s fuksipage for additional information on orientation and such. You can also contact Eemil and Lauri if you have any questions! You can visit TiTe's fuksi page here.
Our campus also has its own International Teekkari Guild of Tampere University aka INTO. Be sure to have a look at their activities aswell. You can find INTO's website here.
Activate your TUNI account
Register for the academic year
Familiarize yourself with your degree programme at tuni.fi
Read your @tuni.fi E-mail actively
Pay the healthcare fee to Kela
Apply for a study grant from Kela
Arrive at the orientation week
Keskiasteen Välitutkinto is a different sort of degree, in order to complete which you need to visit a few Hervant-ean pubs. The event is organized right in the beginning of the semester, and the new freshmen (fuksis) will get to complete a degree of their own: the Fuksi Degree (Fuksitutkinto). This is one of the best ways to get to know Hervanta!
Excursions, a.k.a. XQs, are organized a couple of times a year. Usually it is about visiting companies in the area of electrical technology. "Rankka" is an excursion, which takes a few days longer.
During Wappu Skilta organizes a sport-ish event called KumipelausISO. In this game the inner tube of a wheelbarrow acts the "ball". Usually it is played at a beach, though sometimes the game has taken a trip into the water too...
A couple of times in a year we are having events at a sauna (you know sauna; the Finnish substitute for superfood, since we don’t have seaweed). There we sing, have fun together, and of course go to sauna. These events are usually organized at Teekkarisauna called Mörrimöykky near Hervanta campus.
Sitsis, or academic dinner parties, are dinners where you sing, eat and drink. Sitsis often have a theme, so people either dress up or wear overalls. The anniversary parties of various associations are also similar, but they are more official and you should dress better there. You can get familiar with sitsi culture by attending the annual fuksisitsis. There you can learn what sitsis are all about and learn the most common sitsi songs.
Mikontalo is a legendary student residence owned by Tampereen opiskelija-asuntosäätiö (TOAS) and located in Hervanta. Mikontalo is particularly recognisable for its eye-catching architecture and impressive size.
Mörrimöykky, also known as teekkarisauna, is a sauna building particularly important to teekkaris. It's located on Tekniikankatu and various events are arranged there throughout the year.
An academic quarter means, for example, that a lesson starts 15 minutes later than what is told on your schedule. Academic quarter is widely used in all university teaching and teachers usually mention explicitly if it is not used.
A second year student.
Bommari is a bomb shelter located in the basement of the University of Tampere's Hervanta campus. In Bommari you can spend your free time with activities such as floorball and skateboarding. Sitsis are also often organised in Bommari.
Front lawn is a grass area in the center of the Hervanta campus of Tampere University where various events are often organised.
Obelisk is a mirror-coated structure in the middle of the front lawn. It's often used a starting point for various events or as a general meetup place.