Check list for new students


Remember to do these things before you start your studies:


1. Accept your study place at the LAB

After being informed of being accepted to study in a degree programme at the LAB, you will have to accept your study place in the Studyinfo (Opintopolku) portal within the deadline stated in your Letter of Admission. It is not possible to accept a study place after this deadline.

Please note that in Finland a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree that begins in the same academic term. This rule applies to all higher education institutions. After you have accepted a study place offered to you by a Higher Education Institution in Finland, your choice will be finalised and you will not be able to change your choice after that. 

This rule applies even if a student postpones the commencement or interrupts his/her studies during the academic term when the offered study place has been accepted.


Changes to studies due to the Covid-19 pandemic

The LAB monitors the outbreak situation caused by the corona virus and will update instructions concerning it when necessary. We aim for studies to continue as normally as possible while doing our part to slow down the spread of the coronavirus in accordance with government guidelines.

Please arrive to the LAB campuses as soon as you have been granted a residence permit and begin your studies normally together with the other students of your group. On-site presence is especially important for those courses which include laboratory work. 

Start the application process for your residence permit as soon as possible (incl. paying the fee for the RP application). The earlier you can start the process the better because delays are expected due to the COVID-19.


Covid-19: When entering Finland from abroad & protection against the virus

NOTE: When entering Finland from abroad, you may not arrive on the campus within the first 14 days.

This applies to all nationalities and all countries, Finnish citizens included. During the 14-day period, most of the tutoring services are not available due to avoiding physical contact. LAB will be help with providing information on delivery services for food & groceries – the student is however, responsible for his/her own costs.

More information on COVID-19 – please follow the updates on the following page: LAB COVID19 information

If you are having difficulties with planning your arrival due to the outbreak, please contact the LAB Student Services ( for more advice.


2. Apply for a residence permit

Please note that international students are allowed to study in Finland for a maximum of 90 days without a residence permit. If your studies exceed 90 days you must apply for a residence permit for the whole duration of your studies. Please note that even if you stay in Finland for less than 90 days, you may still need a visa.

The residence permit can be applied from any Finnish diplomatic embassy or a consulate. Please start the application process immediately after receiving an official letter of acceptance from the LAB University of Applied Sciences in order to avoid delay in your studies.

The current situation with the coronavirus influences the processing time of the applications this year. Your application will proceed to the Finnish Immigration Service for processing after you have visited a Finnish embassy for identification.

Keep updated for news on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak by following the Finnish Immigration Service’s website:

Unfortunately, the Admissions Office at the LAB cannot provide assistance in the application process for the residence permit. For more information regarding residence permit and visa requirements please contact your nearest Finnish or other EU-member state embassy representing Finland in visa matters.

Finnish Immigration Service Information for Students​​ - how to apply for the residence permit


3. Apply for accommodation

Student housing is designed as student homes and housing is effortless. Read more about housing in Lahti and in Lappeenranta.


4. Activate your LUT ID and get to know Study tools

You can activate your LUT ID starting from August 9th 2021.

LUT account for students who are able to use Finnish e-identification methods (online banking ID etc.). Activate your account here:

LUT account for students who are not able to activate their LUT account with Finnish e-identification methods: Find instructions from here

Your user ID will be used as a username when logging into the LAB systems (for example online learning platform Moodle). Familiarize yourself with the Study tools.

If you have any problems, please contact helpdesk.


5. LAB@key - Digital introduction to your studies at the LAB

LAB@key (1 credit) is a digital introduction to students, which serves the purpose of getting you familiarised with the procedures, digital tools and learning environments used at the University of Applied Sciences. LAB@key also includes information about the progress of your studies and wellbeing of students.

Please follow these instructions:

1. Enroll to the course through Peppi using the course code: (will be updated later). During orientation your tutors will guide you how to enroll to courses in Peppi.

2. After enrolling, you can access the LAB@key through this link (will be updated later).


6. Order or purchase a keycard

When visiting the LAB campuses, you will need a keycard.

If you're studying at Lahti Campus, you need to order a keycard. You will need a photo and your seven-digit student number (you will find it from Peppi). If you're studying at Lappeenranta Campus, purchase a keycard from the student union KOE (room A1095 at Lappeenranta Campus) with a 10 € cash payment.

Read instructions how to order / purchase a keycard.


7. Orientation to studies at the LAB

Orientation for the Bachelor's Degree programmes will start in the end of August 2021 (week 35).

NB! The Orientation will be held partly online and partly on campus due to the safety policies the LAB is going to take in order to keep our students safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More detailed information about the orientation will be found from here.

Orientation for the Master's Degree programmes will be on 2nd of September 2021 (week 35).
More detailed information about the orientation will be found from here.

Arriving to Lahti Campus - public transportation and parking

Arriving to Lappeenranta Campus