Study planning

Study planning

Your study path

Your university studies from admission to graduation are referred to as your study path.

At the beginning of your path, you will need time to get acquainted with

  • how to plan your studies
  • what courses are available
  • how many courses you should take in your first year
  • how you can find a room in which to practice

To find out about things that you do not know, go to events organised by your department club and attend the induction period programme and meetings held by student tutors. Ask questions and mention things about which you would like to know more.

There are also materials available for all students with information and instructions on studies. These can be found for instance in Intro and Artsi. (links)

You can find information on the curriculum in the online guide at

When you read this material, write down things about which you want to know more or which you wish to discuss with your tutor.

The aim is that you yourself should create a study path that will allow you to attain your goals

Your goals may have to do with becoming a musician, a teacher or a scholar. They may be more specific and have to do with particular areas of competence – pedagogy, instrument skills, performance skills, entrepreneurship or a completely new type of occupational profile. When you begin your bachelor’s studies, you do not yet need to know what you want to do for a living one day. What is important is that you study things that interest you. Remember that studying is a full-time job, and there is little time for doing any other work, particularly in the early stages of your studies.

Think about what kind of studies you need and what kind of support you would like to have in order to gain the competence you want.

Who will help you plan your studies?

There are professionals to help and instruct you in planning your studies.

Your studies begin with an induction period. You begin planning your studies right away. During the induction period, you are given more details about the content of studies and how to draw up your individual study plan (HOPS). You will most likely have more questions to ask during the autumn, and you will need assistance in many matters related to your studies. Do not hesitate to ask for help!

Your HOPS planner will help you with anything related to your studies and will also be able to direct you to other people who can better help you with certain specific things. You can also consult your head of department, tutor teacher and your instrument or voice teacher.

The university chaplain and study psychologist are available for discussing questions about your studies or your life in general.

At guidance sessions, you can review the curriculum with your counsellor, discuss your options and talk about your career plans. However, the principle is that you yourself make the decisions concerning your studies.

You should plan your studies so that you do a reasonable amount of work and earn a sufficient number of credits each year. Earning a degree may seem like a huge task if you look at it all at once, but once you divided it into smaller parts, it becomes much more manageable.

The purpose of your individual study plan (HOPS) is to divide up your workload reasonably. You are expected to draw up your HOPS together with a HOPS planner, your tutor teacher or the head of your department.

The HOPS will then provide you with your weekly schedule for the academic year and a tool with which you can gain a concrete idea of your progress. Credits are an important indicator of how your studies are going. The main thing is, of course, that you make progress towards the artistic and/or scientific and/or professional goals that you have set for yourself.

Decide what you want; then make choices and focus on what is essential

You will be given advice and instructions as needed, but no one can do your planning for you.

You will not have time to do everything that is interesting. Focusing on the things that are really important for you means that you have to make choices. Focusing your mind has a calming effect and ensures that you have the time to complete the studies and tasks that you have chosen.

Once you have decided what to do, stick to your plans and carry them out