When you are accepted to study in Finland, the international office of your university will coordinate a tutor for you. The tutor will help you with all the practical matters with your arrival, like checking in at the university or UAS and getting a starting package (if your student union has one) if you need one.
Although it varies depending on the university, the tutor should contact you about a month before your arrival at the latest, so keep an eye on your e-mail (and the spam folder!).
Finnish working life
What Finnish employers value and how the Finnish labor market works? Info-packages concerning how to live and work in Finland can be very useful for getting to know the local work culture as well as legal and practical issues.
Whether you are looking for a job during or after your studies, higher education institutes’ services and other public services help you find job offers and identify your own possibilities, interests and skills.
It is important that you have gathered some work experience during your study period, regardless if the job has been an internship position, a summer job, a part-time job or some other type of work project course. Practical experience gives you a lot for the future.
Public Transport in Turku = Föli
After your arrival in Turku, you may want to get yourself acquainted with the local transportation system. In Turku travelling by bus is cheap and easy. Turku region public transport is known under the name of Föli.
You can take advantage of the student price on public transport if you are aged 20–30 and come from or live in one of Föli municipalities (Turku, Kaarina, Raisio, Naantali, Lieto and Rusko). You are able to use the same ticket to travel throughout the entire city region.
Are you interested in studying in Turku? Below you can find a checklist to assist you in getting started with.
1) Study options in Turku
What are your study interests? Which particular degree programme(s) you wish to apply to?
Many things in Turku are connected to the River Aura! The riverside is packed full of cafés, restaurants and happy people, but it also offers secret picnic spots, tranquil nature and cycling opportunities.
Turku offers a wide range of housing options for students near the campuses and the centre. The price of housing is more student-friendly than in many other cities in Finland. However, you should begin your search well in advance. The beginning of the academic year is the busiest time, while most apartments become available in spring.
Where to find an apartment
To get your apartment hunting started, here is a list of organizations and companies that provide housing.
You can join virtually any hobby in Turku. There are numerous clubs, sports halls, gyms, group exercise opportunities and sports facilities available for reservation, and the student prices are reasonable. Everything is close by, including nature. Extensive and interesting hiking routes, national parks, jogging and cycling tracks and the world’s most beautiful archipelago are all within the students’ reach.
The joint sports service of Turku’s universities, CampusSport, offers Turku’s university students:
The residents of Turku like to call their city the festival capital of Finland. Music, theatre, art, sports, food and film festivals are organised nearly every weekend, and the range of other cultural activities is likewise huge. Turku also offers a variety of hobbies, catering for all tastes with its 3,658 associations. When you add the nearby municipalities and their associations to this number, you are sure to find a suitable hobby and like-minded people.
In Finland each university and UAS has its own student union. The membership of a student union is compulsory for all Finnish undergraduate students - and for those international students who are studying for a Finnish degree. It is possible for the exchange students to join a student union, too. The membership entitles to a variety of benefits, for example student health care and several student discounts.
1. Education from the top of the world
Finland is a Nordic welfare state where equality is the fundamental ideology behind education. International rankings agree with us, Finland is a great place to study. Finnish higher education consists of two complementary sectors: universities promoting research and academic education, and universities of applied sciences (=UAS) offering professional higher education with close ties to the working life.
Turku, located in the region of Southwest Finland, is one of Finland's biggest cities. The versatile livelihood structure, top class selection of education, culture, and services, as well as the beautiful archipelago, form a magnetic combination in Turku.
There are two kinds of higher education institutions in Finland - universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS). The mission of universities is to conduct scientific research and provide instruction and postgraduate education based on it. UAS train professionals in response to labour market needs and conduct research and development which supports instruction and promotes regional development in particular.
Humak University of Applied Sciences (Humak) operates also in Turku and is part of the national Universities of Applied Sciences network (UASnet).
In Turku it is possible to study Civic Activities and Youth Work in order to become a professional Community Educator, or Creative Industries, Culture and Event Production to become a Cultural Manager.
Novia UAS is located at two addresses in Turku, at Henrikinkatu and Juhana Herttuan puistokatu where the maritime education is given. At Henrikinkatu there are students within several different fields. Prospective Bachelors of Social Services, Bachelors of Health Care, and Bachelors of Business Administration are gathered in the renovated campus.
Turku University of Applied Sciences is an inspiring community of altogether 10 000 experts. You, too, can become a member through over 60 study options in the joint application every spring and autumn, or through the Open UAS path. At TUAS, you can study culture and the creative field, technology, social and health care or business. The competence spearheads of TUAS include marine technology, digitalisation, health promotion and art as a part of a good life.