Living in Finland
Social life and recreation
Planned Aalto events for 2022
|16 March, 22||Experiencing Finland;
The event is planned to be held at live at Unioninkatu 33, Helsinki but in case it is not possible due to Covid-restrictions, it will be done online.
|International employees and families
(Aalto University and University of Helsinki)
|6 April, 22||Looking for work in Finland - introductions to best practice / Seminar by TEK||Employees and family members|
|2 May, 22||CV, Cover letter and skills by TEK (online event)||Employees and family members|
|17 May, 22||Aalto Club event - visit to the National Museum||Employees and family members|
|19, May, 22||Employees and family members|
|24 May, 22||Finnish Working Culture by TEK (online event)||Employees and family members|
|8 June, 22||Aalto Club event - visit to Porvoo||Employees and family members|
|6 Sept,22||Opening of the Academic year 2022-2023 / Aalto Day One||Employees and students|
|10 Sept, 22||Aalto Family Day 2022||Employees and alumni with their families|
17 Sept, 22
|Aalto 10km & 5km- sports event||Employees, Students and Alumni|
|tbc||Aalto Club Nature trip||(International) Employees|
26 Oct, 22
International employees and families (Aalto University and University of Helsinki)
|1 Nov, 22||Looking for work in Finland, seminar/workshop by TEK||International employees and spouses|
|tbc||Aalto Club event (tbc)||International employees|
|tbc||CV, Cover letter and skills by TEK||International employees and families|
|tbc||Aalto President's Independence Day Reception||International employees|
Feeling at home at Aalto University
Do you want to feel at home and
- participate to nice and relaxed trips and events?
- have new acquaintances, friends and networks?
- … just meet and mingle?
In addition to some casual events organized at the departments and schools we organise several events which gathers staff members all over the Aalto University and sometimes also from other organizations as well. These informal and relaxed events includes e.g. Aalto Club activities and Experiencing Finland events. The registration to the events is done mainly on the Events pages at aalto.fi, as the event is published there. More information on the events, see below.
Aalto Club aims to promote the informal networking of Aalto University’s Finnish and International staff members and their families. Aalto Club is open to all Aalto employees and does not require any registration – only registrations to a single event are expected. The club organizes trips, activities and visits to places of interest.
So far we have:
- visited the Parliament.
- visited Suomenlinna.
- walked around City of Porvoo.
- picked up mushrooms and enjoyed the nature in Nuuksio National Park.
- learned how to play Finland’s national game finnish baseball "pesäpallo”.
- visited Fazer chocolate factory.
- gone ice skating.
- visited Fiskars Village.
- rowed a traditional wooden long boat.
Aalto Club events are announced at the newsfeed with registration links few weeks before the date. In principal registration is done on a "first come first served" basis, however we keep the right to prioritize those who have not attended Aalto Club events before. We also try to form a nice mixture of people from different schools and people with and without families. Thus the final list of participants is not the same as the registration order.
Kindly note that the attendance to the Aalto Club activities is not considered as official working time.
Aalto Club is run by Aalto HR Services (International Mobility team)
Experiencing Finland is warm, casual and relaxed welcoming event for newly arrived international staff and their family members of the Aalto University and the University of Helsinki.
Experiencing Finland is held twice a year, during autumn (hosted by the Aalto University) and during early spring (hosted by the University of Helsinki).
The Experiencing Finland events usually consist of a presentation of Finnish culture, as well as seasonal events and specialties. After the general presentation there is a fun, but informative, session with peer stories and experiences and time for networking and tasting special tastes of Finland.
Experiencing Finland event provides a great opportunity for cross organizational networking. Family members are most welcome to join but please note no separate children´s activities are arranged.
Experiencing Finland event is announced at the newsfeed and also with direct emails to international newcomers few weeks before the event.
Kindly note that the attendance to the Experiencing Finland event is not considered as official working time.
"It was both interesting and really fun. We really enjoyed to share the Finnish experience from natives as well as non finns. We also made a couple of friends around a glass of wine, and food was great too!"
"The atmosphere was perfect and you gave us a lot of information that I think we will use in the near future. Everybody who wants to know a little bit the Finnish culture should go to one of these event. Thanks for sharing your time with us!"
"It was a very well organized event, in a very friendly atmosphere. The presentations were very pleasant and useful. I felt welcome in Finland and had the chance to meet some new people."
HEI LIFE, a national project focusing on higher education institutions’ support for international academics, staff and their families, is happy to announce the start of the HEI LIFE Spouse Network for Greater Helsinki.
The network hopes to bring together spouses of employees in higher education institutions in the greater Helsinki area for collaboration, peer support and networking. Everyone belonging to the focus group is most warmly welcome to join the network!
Please see more info in here
In the autumn of 2020, a blood group of Aalto University staff was established, the purpose of which is to act together for a vital issue. Aalto people can donate individually or together in teams and thus collect our joint blood donation balance.
Active blood groups are awarded an annual certificate of honor by the Blood Service.
More info in here (aalto.fi)
Aalto employees can establish a club around a theme they are keen on and there are several persons interested in the club. The club is entitled to a small financial support and entitled to operate on the Aalto premises. The intention is that the clubs would cover the whole university, i.e. every employee is welcome to join the club's activities.
Currently operating clubs:
Sewing (and other crafts) Club
Aalto Ukulele Club
Aalto Winter sports Club
See more info on Aalto Clubs for Personnel (aalto.fi)
HEI LIFE Spouse Network hopes to bring together spouses of employees in higher education institutions in the greater Helsinki area for collaboration, peer support and networking. Everyone belonging to the focus group is most warmly welcome to join the network!