In Finland you pay income tax on your income. The taxation is progressive which means that your tax rate depends on how big is your income. If you come to work in Finland from another country, your taxation depends on how long you will stay in Finland and whether your employer is a Finnish or foreign company.
1. The Friendship Programme aims to promote internationalisation and knowledge of new cultures among both international students and local friends.
2. The programme is voluntary, and the international students and their local friends themselves decide how and when they meet. However, the participants should try to meet at least monthly. Successful friendship requires active participation from both sides!
International student! Would you like to meet more Finnish people and get in touch with the Finnish way of life during your stay in Turku?
As a student you can work alongside your studies. You can for example have a part-time job and/or you can work during summer. Internship is often the first step for students towards work in their own field.
If you are looking for a job during your studies, higher education institutes’ services and other public services help you find job offers.
Empower Wednesday for international talents
About: The Empower Wednesday event series is designed for international talents in Turku who wish to know more about topics such as Finnish working culture, starting your own business and tips for job-seeking. The events also offer networking, peer support and inspirational succes stories. The programme is organised by International Working Women of Finland.
Turku is a great place to start a company - setting up a business in Finland and Turku is quick and easy. International companies can access the same benefits as Finnish companies. Opening a legal enitity takes only a couple of weeks.
Here are some good programs and services to help you with your entrepreneurship journey in Turku.
Startup programs and services for entrepreneurs
Starting a business? Turku Business Services offer a lot of useful information about becoming an entrepreneur, funding, business growth and so on.
Traditional Study in Turku fair will be held on Kupittaa campus (Ict-City and EduCity) on 26 August from 10 to 16.
The Study in Turku fair introduces new students to Turku. New students will be introduced to the services and hobby opportunities of the City of Turku, local companies and associations, and student organizations.
You will find more information of the event on this website during summer 2021.
Traditional Study in Turku fair is arranged yearly at the start of the autumn semester. This year the fair was held at the Great Old Square (Vanha Suurtori) on 26 August.
Higher education students enjoy living in Turku. This was demonstrated by the student survey conducted in the spring of 2020, which was responded to by 3,430 students. As many as 98% of them would recommend Turku to their friends as a student city.
The abnormal spring period overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic did not dilute higher education students’ views of Turku as a great city for students. They find that Turku offers an excellent environment for studies and living. Almost all of the respondents would recommend Turku to their friends as a student city.
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!).
Starting a job in a new country can be challengind and raise questions: How should I behave at the workplace? How to adjust to the work community? What are my rights and responsibilities?
Finnish work communities are increasingly multicultural as the number of employees with foreign origin has grown. Finnish work culture still has some special characteristics. For example honesty, punctuality and using your own initiative are valued traits in Finnish work life.
It is important to start planning your future career already during your studies. It's also important that you have gathered some work experience during your studying period, regardless if the job has been an internship position, a summer job or some other type of work project course. Practical experience gives you a lot for the future.
Services provided by higher education institutes and other public organisations help you with your career planning and support you indentifying your own possibilites, interests and skills.
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?
Health care services for UAS's and University degree students
- Beginning in January 2021 The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) provides health care services both to university degree students and universities of applied sciences degree students.
Municipal and regional health care
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.
Finnish student card offers you a variety of benefits in Turku and nationwide. You can get your student card after paying student union fee. For more information contact your university's or UAS's student union.
City of Turku
Turku offers you several student discounts in theathers, museums, sport places and so on. Check the discounts here:
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.