Greetings new fuksis! Welcome to study electrical engineering at Tampere university’s Hervanta campus. This page is meant for you fuksis, aka first year students, here you will find all the necessary information you will need to survive your first week. Here you will find a teekkari-finnish-teekkari dictionary, which has vocabulary you will need during the coming year. We are also releasing the orientation weeks schedule on this page. The orientation week will start on the 23rd of August, but there will be a traditional head start on the 22nd, where you will have an opportunity to meet other fuksis and your tutors, the event is very popular and liked, so do not miss it!
The fuksiofficials, Tommi (fuksicaptain) and Sonja (fuksiofficial, sähköpaimen), will make sure that your first year will be unforgettable, of course with the help of our tutors! We will help you to get familiar with teekkari-culture and university studies. We will also answer any questions that come to your mind.
We have made a Facebook group for you, which you can access here. Along Facebook another important communication platform is Telegram, the link for our telegram group can be found in the Facebook group mentioned above. Telegram may be a new app for most of you, but it works almost like WhatsApp, and you do not need any phone numbers. We strongly recommend joining both groups! If you have any questions about starting your studies, you can find us the easiest on telegram with the nicknames @tommilumpo and @sonjamyllynen. See you this fall!
Get to know Hervanta campus from this link.
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!
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 TUT, but for example the semester’s opening sauna, Kiltojen Avajaissauna (Guilds’ Opening Sauna), takes place at Koo-Vee’s sauna in Ylöjärvi (some 50 km from Tampere).
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...
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.