First of all, congratulations on getting accepted and a warm welcome to Hervanta campus! On this page, you will find everything a fuksi (first-year student, freshman) needs to know to survive the first week of school (orientation week). The page includes teekkari-Finnish-teekkari dictionary where you can find a collection of interesting and essential vocabulary that you will need throughout the coming year.
The orientation week officially begins on Monday, August 21st. Make sure to mark this date on your calendar so you don't forget! However, traditionally, there is an event “Varaslähtö” (eng. head start) at the Hervanta campus on Sunday, August 20th. Varaslähtö is an event where you can already get to know other future fuksis and tutors, break the boundaries of traditional Finnish sociality, and maybe even make new friends, how nice! The event is relaxed, highly popular, and well-liked in previous years.
In the beginning, your most important support pillar is me, the international fuksi officer, Kristo (International Officer), as well as your tutor group's tutors (2 in total). We, the fuksi people, will make sure that your freshman year is going to be awesome! Our purpose is to introduce you to teekkari culture and the secrets of studying at Tampere University. You can always contact any of us!
As you may have already heard, or maybe not, the main communication channel is Telegram. Right NOW would be a good time to install the Telegram app from the app store if you haven't done so already as a clever teekkarifuksi. Telegram might be a new application for many, but its usage is similar to WhatsApp, although you don't need a phone number to communicate. Two groups have been created for you, Sähkökilta's freshmens' 2023-2024 and Sähkökilta's freshmen's announcements 2023-2024. Joining these groups is essential! Please add your name and a fitting picture of yourself to your Telegram profile so that it's easy to identify you! :)
The easiest way to reach me, the international Officer, is through Telegram with the username: @Siiskonen.
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.