Study Guide

This study guide has two parts:
1. Study administration
2. General study guidelines


Study administration guidelines cover

  • all regular online courses, but not the MOOC-courses (read MOOC course guidelines here)
  • self-paying students and
  • registered degree students from the member universities of the University Network for Asian Studies:
    • University of Jyväskylä (including Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences)
    • University of Turku
    • Tampere University (including Tampere University of Applied Sciences)

Students taking courses through the Open University at the University of Turku, please follow instructions of the Open University.


When students are accepted to the Asianet courses, they are automatically registered to the courses they applied for in the application form. If the particular course has an intake limit and the number of applicants exceeds it, it is possible that the student will not be accepted to the course. The student will be informed of this decision before the course start.

Once a course starts, accepted students will get a welcoming message and links to the Moodle course area from the teacher of the course.


Students are asked to inform the Coordination Unit in case they are unable to take the courses they have been accepted to.


If you want to include our courses in your degree, you should  seek approval at your  home institute prior to course enrollment.

Credits are not automatically transferred to the credit registry of the student’s university. The students are responsible for transferring the credits to their own university/department. Only students at the University of Turku will get their credits registered automatically, because the Asia Network is coordinated at the University of Turku.

Students track and transfer their credits by themselves. First, the credits can be tracked in the Peppi Credit Registry of the University of Turku, which is the Main Registry for Asianet courses.

In order to access the UTU Peppi Credit Registry, the UTU user account is needed. All Asianet students get a UTU user account when they are first accepted to the courses. See below for instructions on “Where can I find my UTU student number”.

The UTU account needs to be first activated via this website. Please read instructions on how to activate your UTU user account in Finnish and in English. After you have activated your UTU user account, log in to UTU Peppi to check your credits

Exchange students who do not have online banking credentials and thus cannot activate their account on their own, can ask for the study transcript at

Students should go through their transcripts as soon as they become available and check the information thoroughly. If there are any mistakes they should contact the Network Coordination Unit immediately.

For the transfer of the credits, the “Puro” service is no longer in use at the University of Turku. We recommend that you use the “Oma Opintopolku” service to produce a link to your completed studies. Please check whether the study secretaries at your University accepts the link as a proof of your studies.

Read instructions for the use of “Oma Opintopolku” here

Students in universities that do not accept the “Oma Opintopolku -link”, can produce their credit transcript in the Peppi system of the University of Turku, and then bring it to their own university’s students services to transfer the credits. Access Peppi from this address:

The University Network’s coordination unit will apply for a local student number when necessary. This will not incur any expenses to the student.

Although the main register is held at the University of Turku, credits from some courses that are not organized by the University of Turku may be registered at another university. This is because of bureaucratic reasons and does not incur any difficulties for the students. Also the credits will not be registered double.


You can find your UTU-student number in an automated e-mail that has been sent from the address, when you were accepted as a student in Asianet online studies. The e-mail is sent to the e-mail address that you gave in the application form.


When you have completed all required courses of a minor (Asian programme OR Mini Minor), please contact and ask to get the minor compiled.

Those students from the University of Turku who wish to complete the so called Integrated Minor in East Asian Studies (combining both the Asian Programme and the CEAS Minor in East Asian Studies), please contact the Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku.


These general guidelines are for all participating students.


The courses consist of various online learning tasks. More detailed course descriptions are available on the course pages.


Lectures for all courses are only available on the online Moodle learning environment.

Most of the lecture videos are on Echo360, which can be viewed with a web browser on a computer, laptop, tablet or other mobile device.

Most of the computers available in the university computer labs are adequate for viewing lecture videos.

If you cannot find a suitable computer or encounter any problems please contact your local IT support at your home university.

It is advisable to bring your own headphones if you use computers in a computer lab. If you are not sure where to plug in the headphones, again, please contact your local IT support. (Usually headphones are plugged in either to the speaker or to the headset/output socket located on the rear of the CPU).


Instructions for essays are given on each courses own Moodle site.


All exams are so-called home exams (explained in more detail later).

Lecture and book exams are organised three times, and the student may choose the most suitable date. Students do not need to sign up for the exam if not stated otherwise in the course instructions.

Students are not required to take all three exams, one passed exam is enough. However, if the first examination fails, it is possible to take the exam on another given exam date.

The same applies if the student wishes to improve the grade.

If the student does not pass any of the three examinations, they can redo the whole course when and if it is arranged again.

Please check each courses own Moodle site for more detailed information about the examinations and how they are arranged.

“Home Exam”

In the home exams, the questions are available in the morning of the examination date  (Finnish time) on the course’s own Moodle site.

The examination can be taken wherever and whenever the student finds appropriate within the time period stated in the examination instructions.

Students submit their answers using the upload tool on the courses Moodle site.

Answers arriving late are failed automatically.

Examinations are done individually; any cooperation is strictly prohibited if not otherwise mentioned in the instructions of the specified course. Copying and plagiarizing is strictly prohibited and when discovered leads to failing automatically.



All the courses are graded from 1 to 5, where

0 = failed
1 = fair
2 = satisfactory
3 = good
4 = very good
5 = excellent

A Grade Point Average (GPA) is given to those students who have completed the whole Programme (minimum 25 ECTS).

There is no GPA for the Mini Minor nor for the separate courses.

Some courses or assignments may be also graded failed-passed or failed-passed-passed with honors.



Asia Network’s Policy on Plagiarism

(from the CEAS/UTU Writing and Research Guide )

Derived from the Latin word plagiarius (”kidnapper”), plagiarism refers to the act of presenting another author’s work as your own. Although some plagiarism is intentional cheating (e.g., copying text from the internet and presenting it as your own work), some is unintentional and a result of poor documentation and citation practices.

The easiest way to make sure you do not commit plagiarism is to follow the established citation practices. […] When you feel that a phrase used by another scholar is significant enough to be repeated verbatim, you can do so by quoting it directly and referencing it appropriately. Make sure that you don’t overuse quotations in your text, though.

As a general rule, you don’t need to reference facts that are common knowledge or widely shared cultural references. But if you are discussing particular interpretations of such material, you should document your sources.

Rules applied when plagiarism is suspected

If a teacher suspects plagiarism in a student’s work, the work will be shown it to a colleague for a second opinion. If they feel that plagiarism has occurred, the teacher will contact the student.
The student will not be given a grade for the exam/work in question, unless the student can show that it is properly cited, or represents student’s own ideas.

In the case of grave or repeated plagiarism, the teacher may take other punitive measures in accordance with the rules of their Faculty. The usual punishment is a failed grade for the whole course.


Most of the study materials are available on the course’s Moodle site. Study materials may also include books, and articles which are available in library databases.


Member universities have been  asked to acquire all required examination books. Other courses materials are selected so that students should be able to access the materials without problems. However, please bear in mind that all books might not be readily available in all libraries.

If you cannot find a specific book in your local university, check the availability in other university libraries. It is possible to borrow books through interlibrary services.

Very often you can also buy the books for an affordable price from second hand online bookstores.


Other study materials, for example lecture outlines, are distributed to students either through e-mail or the course’s own Moodle site.


The introductory MOOC courses are free for anyone to take.

Other online courses are free for all students who hold a valid study right at a member university of the University Network for Asian Studies.

Other students can participate in the online courses as self-paying students, or via the Open University at the University of Turku.


This study guide is only available through the internet at, and can be printed from here. No other kind of study guide will be provided.


The coordination unit of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies is located at the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku .

Mailing Address:
Finnish University Network for Asian Studies
c/o Centre for East Asian Studies
20014 Turun yliopisto

Planning Officer Riina Karskela

University Teacher Silja Keva
tel. +358 29 450 3055

Director Outi Luova
tel.+358 29 450 3058