What happens when you arrive in Lappeenranta and LUT?
When you arrive, your student tutor will be there to meet you.
All exchange students are asked to update their arrival information to the Mobility Online system. When you arrive in Lappeenranta, you will be met by a local student who will drive you to your LOAS apartment to meet your tutor – a senior LUT student. Your LUT driver will give you the key to your apartment and your tutor will help you with practical matters during your first days in Lappeenranta and LUT. Your tutor's contact information will be e-mailed to you in August before your departure to Finland. Please note that for the driver and the tutor to be able to meet you in Lappeenranta, you will need to submit your arrival details well in advance. If you will not be living in LOAS housing, there will be no pick-up service and your tutor will meet you at the university at a time you agree on.
Please check that your planned arrival time is convenient for your tutor because each tutor takes care of around six exchange students. Your tutor will meet you only in Lappeenranta and only if you have confirmed your arrival. Tutoring services are available August 22 and December 30 onwards.
Orientation days are arranged twice a year before the semesters start, in late August, early September and early January, and they are a crucial part of your exchange studies at LUT. During orientation days you get acquainted with LUT and register to the courses. You find exact dates in the academic calendar whereas orientation programme and slides are available in Uni portal.
Every student who is enrolled at LUT for more than 3 months must pay the LUT Student Union membership fee of EUR 70,00 per semester or EUR 130,00 per academic year (cost level in 2019-2020). The card itself costs approximately EUR 15. Once you have paid the fee, you have to apply for a student card through MyFrank. The student card entitles you to numerous discounts, ranging from meals at campus cafeterias and travelling in Finland to sports and movies. It also entitles you to use the Student Health Centre Service (FSHS, YTHS in Finnish).
If you come from a SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) country, it is not necessary to open a bank account in Finland. Ask your bank for its IBAN/BIC/SWIFT code(s) and full contact details needed for international money transfers. Also check the costs and the time it takes to transfer money from your home country to Finland.
However, if you wish to open a bank account in Finland, it is easy to arrange and free of charge. Students who have a Finnish bank account can use a Finnish ATM card to withdraw cash from ATMs and pay bills on the internet. However, bank gives internet access codes only if the study period exceeds 6 months. Most money transfers in Finland are made via the internet, and this is also the cheapest way of paying bills. Cheques are not used in ordinary banking.
Registering your residence
Students arriving from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland must register the residence at Finnish Immigration Service if their stay in Finland exceeds 3 months. Students arriving from other countries should already have a residence permit when they arrive in Finland and do not need to visit the Immigration Service.
LUT Student Services
Incoming Exchange Students