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The First Days of your Studies

The schedules for the autumn semester 2020 will be published in mid-August. You can find
your own schedule using the class ID. You'll get your class ID no later than the first day
when students are divided into their own groups.

The first day of school starts immediately by getting to know your own homeroom teacher and
your own group of tutors. Tutors will hold several tutor classes during the fall, which are marked
on the schedules. The lessons will cover important information about the school, educational tools,
courses and information about Vaasa, student life and activities. Tutors are also an important
link for class grouping.

Good to know about your first day:

  • Remember to have an open mind and good spirit!
  • You will not need a laptop* with you on your first day, but taking notes on a paper might be handy.
  • It'd be recommended to arrive at school by bus or bicycle. There are very few parking spaces near the campus and an incorrectly arked car is easily fined.
  • Have you remembered to enroll for the academic year? You may do it trough the OILI (Digital Enrollment Service for Higher Education Institutions) after confirming study place. If not, tutors will help on the first day. Tutors will also guide you through registration for the courses.
  • You can also read about the student card and student union benefits in advance. Tutors will tell you more about them during the first few days.
  • The school is completely non-smoking area, so don't smoke even outside in front of the school. Tutors will guide you to the right smoking areas.

It is worth to reserve the entire day off, as the day will continue well into the evening with the tutors giving a tour around the campus and the city. While you're getting to know your classmates your day will culminate in the first night's party.

*Every student should have a laptop or tablet computer to use in their studies.
There isn't computer in every classroom and you might need one in classes. There isn't any
special requirements for a computer. Anyhow, if you are starting your studies in Information
Technology program, you should have a more powerful computer (min. 8GB ram, plenty of hard
disk space and windows operating system for professional programs)

At the Palosaari Campus we have a system, where you can borrow a laptop (for a day).
There are not so many school laptops available, so a personal laptop is the preferred choice.

IT arrangements will be explained more detailed in beginning of your studies.
Your username for VAMK IT systems will be given in beginning of your studies. More information can be found here.

Eating and discounts

During the first day, all students will be given a meal subsidy card issued by Kela (The Social Insurance Institution). All higher education students are eligible for discounted meals at participating student restaurants. You will also get a discount eg. from coffee and tea from the cafes in campus. You will not need the separate meal subsidy card once you start using your student ID card.

Eligibility

You can get a meal subsidy if you are based in Finland and are completing

  • a bachelor's level university degree
  • a master's level university degree
  • a bachelor's level degree in a university of applied sciences
  • a master's level degree in a university of applied sciences
  • a university-level occupational or specialisation programme that qualifies you for a meal subsidy.
  • an exchange student*

*) You can qualify even if you are not a Finnish citizen. If you are attending a higher education institution in Finland as an exchange student, you qualify for the meal subsidy for the duration of your exchange.

How to qualify

You qualify for the meal subsidy at the student restaurant by

  • presenting a valid student ID card issued by eg the student union VAMOK
  • presenting a meal subsidy card issued by Kela

The meal subsidy is not available with a post-graduate student ID card or a VR/Matkahuolto student card.

Where to eat?

Juvenes is the company in charge of the Vaasa campus restaurants. There are all together 8 restaurants around the campus. The most popular restaurants for VAMK student's are Restaurant Serveri, Cafe Wolfstreet, Restaurant Alere and Cafe Alere by their locations. All the menu's you can find from their web page or from the kurnii.fi which is popular by the students (only in finnish).

Besides the Juvenes restaurant's there's restaurant Cotton Club, which offers also the student priced meals. More information about Cotton Club from their web page.

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