The purpose of student tutoring is to offer peer support to new students. Starting your studies is an exciting phase in life – during this time, student tutors offer important guidance to the ways of university life. International student tutors also introduce the new student to Finland and student life here.

A tutor's badge.
An important symbol of a tutor is a tutor’s badge.

Tampere University is responsible for student tutoring, but TREY is tasked with responsibilities such as organising tutor recruitment and tutor training. TREY is actively in contact with the tutoring organisers and international organisers in subject associations. At the student union, the tutoring organiser of the board and the Specialist in Tutoring are responsible for tutoring matters. You can ask them for more information about tutoring and TREY’s services for tutors.

Please contact TREY’s tutoring sector by emailing tuutorointi@trey.fi. Personal contact info is available on the Contact page.

National student tutoring

National student tutoring means tutoring taking place in Finnish-speaking degree programmes. Tutoring can be integrated to your degree, please read more on the Students’ guide here. Tutoring Finnish degree students requires fluent Finnish skills.

International student tutoring

International student tutoring is a great way to gain international experience, get to know new people and do some good: as a student tutor for international students, you can ease their culture shock and provide help during the beginning of their studies. Assistance is needed as the international students arrive to Tampere. The tutors help them adjust both to the university community and student life here. To become an international tutor, you need above all an open mind and daily language skills in English; other skills related to international tutoring are easy and quick to acquire.

International student tutoring can be integrated to your degree, please read more on the Students’ guide here This is a study module with clearly defined expected learning outcomes and ECTS credits. The module includes training sessions, the actual tutoring work and reporting. The tutors can receive a small monetary compensation for their work and a certificate upon request. By participating in international tutoring, you can also get course credit for the Internationalisation Module of your degree.

There are two kind of international tutoring at the University of Tampere: 1.) International tutors in degree programmes support new students in English-taught degree programmes to integrate into the university community and studies.  2.) International tutors for exchange students help exchange students coming to Tampere for a semester or academic year to get acquainted with Finnish study culture.

Application form and tutor selection

Tutors are sought three times a year. National tutors and international degree student tutors generally have only one application period in January-February. In addition, exchange student tutors are sought later in spring and autumn, as exchange students will be arriving at the start of both semesters.

Tutor selection will be made by the subject association or guild and the degree program. The chosen tutors will be added to mailing lists and they will receive important information on, for example, the upcoming tutor training sessions. If you have questions regarding the tutor selection, please contact your subject association, guild or degree programme. If you don’t know who to contact, send an email to tuutorointi@trey.fi.

Picture showing that application period for international student tutor search is open 21.3.-30.3.2022. Fill in the application form here!
Application period of the international student tutor search for the exchange students is open from the 21st March to 30th March. Click the picture to fill in your tutor application form!

Training for international student tutors

Tutor trainings will be held in the spring 2022. Selected tutors will be informed on these separately. Training recordings and other materials will be made available through Moodle. Please contact us if you are not able to enter the Moodle area.

Timetable of the international student tutor trainings, tutors of degree programme students

  • Training for the international tutors, tutors of the degree programmes
    • Wed 23.3.2022 at 15-17
    • Fri 1.4.2022 at 10-12
  • Culture Shock/Intercultural communication
    • Wed 4.5.2022 at 16-17
    • Thu 5.5.2022 at 15-16
  • Get together -training
    • Thu 11.8.2022 at 15-16.30

Pick one of the trainings from each section.

Timetable of the international student tutor trainings, tutors of exchange students

  • Training for the international tutors, tutors of the exchange students
    • Wed 27.4.2022 at 16-17.30
  • Culture Shock/Intercultural communication
    • Wed 4.5.2022 at 16-17
    • Thu 5.5.2022 at 15-16

Pick one of the trainings from each section.

Timetable of the international student tutor trainings, tutors of degree programme students + GuideBook tutors

  • Training for the international tutors, tutors of the degree programmes
    • Wed 23.3.2022 at 15-17
    • Fri 1.4.2022 at 10-12
  • Culture Shock/Intercultural communication
    • Wed 4.5.2022 at 16-17
    • Thu 5.5.2022 at 15-16
  • Training for Guidebook tutors,

Pick one of the trainings from each section.

Tutoring organiser work

A tutor organiser's badge.
A badge of a tutor organiser in the year 2021.

A tutoring organiser is a person in a student association or a guild, whose task is to coordinate, plan and execute student tutoring in their association. Organisers have the opportunity to do their work as a part of the tutoring organisers’ course. The course can be completed only once during your studies. The most important communication channels for tutoring organisers are the mailing lists and Hovi telegram group. You can join the international tutoring organisers’ list and Hovi by contacting TREY’s tutoring sector or from the link below. Note that you can also unsubscribe yourself from the list by entering your address in the ‘Unsubscribe’ field and following the instructions.

Join the international tutoring organisers’ mailing list here!

TREY will remain in close contact with subject associations and guilds throughout the academic year. For students working with student tutoring in their associations, this cooperation happens through Hovi (“Court” in Finnish). All people responsible for either national or international student tutoring are asked to join Hovi. The group has a Telegram chat group (Hovi 2022) to facilitate discussion and conveying information. Hovi will communicate bilingually throughout the year.

Tutoring guidebooks

TREY and the university have compiled guidebooks for student tutors to assist them in their work. You can access the 2021–2022 versions below. The guidebooks are updated each spring.

TREY’s Guide for International Student Tutors 2022 spring (.pdf, 2 Mt)

TREY’s Guide for International Student Tutors 2021-2022 (.pdf, 2,67Mt)

TREYn tuutoriopas 2021-2022 (The finnish version of the Tutors’ Guide) (.pdf, 5,92Mt)