Academic advising

Academic advising is a part of advising system that covers the whole study path of the student. Attending academic advising is a part of studies. The schedules and processes of academic advising vary, depending on the school.

Academic advisor is a person, representing the study programme, with whom the student may discuss goals and wishes related to studies as well as topics related to the field and its research. Academic advisor is often a professor or a lecturer.

The aim of the guidance – and academic advising as a part of the guidance system – is to support the student in their study path. Academic advisor is a person who discusses, cares and gives advices if needed. When it comes to new students, academic advising plays a key role when student evaluates the interest and attractiveness of the programme in question. You may read more about academic advising in the menu below, organised in different Aalto schools.

What is academic advising? Listen to a podcast

The final season of the future-led learning podcast takes us to a very practical level. The themes of the season include the current themes of academic guidance, inclusion in teaching, co-teaching and sustainable development. In the fourth episode of the season host Riikka Evans discusses academic advising and how it supports the student's studies with senior university lecturer Kyösti Ruuttunen.

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The Future-led Learning Podcast is hosted by Riikka Evans. Photograph: Janne Illman.

Where to get guidance and support?

Guidance and support for study planning, study wellbeing, and career reflections for Aalto students.

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Thesis advising in Aalto University

Thesis is an individual work, made by the student. Nevertheless, students have both right to receive advising and responsibility to ensure the quality of the thesis work by discussing with the thesis advisor during the process.

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