LAB First-Year Experience

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LAB First-Year Experience

First-year Experience (FYE) is to help newcomers’ arrival, adaptation and integration to LAB, new city of living and Finland. In practice it means arranging services to newcomers to ease their first steps in their new environment.

Student integration to university and student life has been shown to affect learning, motivation, persistence, and finally graduation. Integration should be done from the beginning of studies in a new university, new study program or new level of study. First experiences are critical in shaping the student’s opinion of the new environment and future academic development.

By providing students' support services, we are trying to help to improve students’ integration and sense of belonging.

Before arrival


  • Joint orientation programme
  • Tutor teacher
  • Other teachers
  • Developing professional competence -course
  • Student Union KOE & peer tutors
    • free time social programme organized by Student Union KOE and Student Associations
  • Student customer service:
  • Student IT-helpdesk:
  • LAB Welcome Team

Adaptation and integration

Contact persons

  • Niina Koivisto, Education coordinator, LAB FYE 
  • Essi Pekkarinen, Project worker, LAB FYE 
  • Jarkko Tuominen, Head of student counselling services 
Niina Koivisto
Education coordinator
Lahti and Lappeenranta campus
Essi Pekkarinen
Project worker
Lahti and Lappeenranta campus