Turku is a vibrant city of some 175,000 people that hosts two universities, the Finnish-language University of Turku and the Swedish-language Åbo Akademi University. In addition to studies in these languages, the two universities host a variety of English-language degree programmes, non-degree programmes and individual courses on European issues in various academic disciplines and for students from all over the world. The European Studies Portal gives you an overview of the many academic opportunities that we offer.

For detailed information, just follow the links to the webpages of the different departments and programmes. For practical details of how to apply, be sure to visit the webpages of the international offices of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi.

For Finnish degree students already enrolled in either the University of Turku or Åbo Akademi University, the European Studies Portal aims to provide tips on how to widen your expertise on European issues. Be it European economics, law, history and politics, cultural heritage, or learning about the Baltic Sea region, we hope you’ll discover an interesting subject to supplement your degree!

European Studies at the University of Turku

European Studies at Åbo Akademi University

European Studies at the University of Turku

Baltic Sea Region Studies

Baltic Sea Region Studies is an interdisciplinary programme that introduces a fresh regional perspective on European culture, history and politics, and thus it offers an abundant diversity of perspectives within the enlarged EU. The focus of the programme comprises comprehensive studies of the whole region, its historical and current political, economic and cultural development, national and international co-operation in and among the countries of the region, as well as the region's perspectives in the context of European regionalisation and globalisation. Baltic Sea Region Studies offers a two-year international Master's programme as well as non-degree studies for exchange students at the University of Turku.

European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society

The joint Master's programme European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society aims at producing top level professionals capable of building new bridges between cultural content, historical heritage and information technology within Europe and beyond. By integrating the humanities and information technology, this programme offers the possibility of opening up new employment opportunities for humanists. This can vary from media work to entrepreneurial academic activities and numerous tasks of demanding expertise

Finland Futures Research Centre

The Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) offers futures studies courses for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, as well as adult  education and development processes for companies and public organisations. For undergraduates, the Finland Futures Academy (FFA) offers  a futures studies study programme of 25 ECTS credits in Finnish and individual courses in English. FFA also offers courses at postgraduate level. The FFRC has a two-year Master's Degree Programme in Futures Studies   together with School of Economics in University of Turku, and an international M.Sc. in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation together with European partner universities. For postgraduates, the FFRC together with the economic sociology department of the Turku  School of Economics offers a programme of futures studies with economic sociology as the major.

Finnish-Nordic Society and Culture

Finnish-Nordic Society and Culture is a multidisciplinary non-degree programme in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Univesity of Turku. It explores the various dimensions of Nordic welfare societies. Students who have a special interest in gender issues, law or health care are also offered a possibility to take extra courses and extend their knowledge in these particular areas.

History and Politics of European Integration

History and Politics of European Integration is a multidisciplinary non-degree teaching programme coordinated at the Department of Political Science and Contemporary History. In its courses, students have the chance to investigate European integration as a historical process, as well as other aspects of European politics, e.g. the EU as an institution and the EU and the media. The programme and its courses are open to degree and exchange students from all departments of both the University of Turku and the Åbo Akademi University. The language of instruction and required reading is English.

Turku School of Economics

The Economics and International Business discipines at The Turku School of Economics (TSE) offer a number of English-language courses with a focus in European economics. The Economics discipline regularly offers a course on Economic Integration and the International Business discipline has a course titled The European Business Environment. More information is available through the disciplines' home pages. 

Pan-European Institute

The Pan-European Institute (PEI) at the Turku School of Economics observes economic and business developments throughout all of Europe. Its main focus is on reviewing changes both in the Baltic Sea region and in neighbouring countries of the European Union, especially in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. The Pan-European Institute provides courses in English under the subject heading of International Business. Together with Baltic Sea Region Studies, PEI also offers a a study programme called Baltic Sea Business & Society .

Turku Law School

The Turku Law School is a cooperative organization that involves both the University of Turku and the Åbo Akademi University. Founded in 1993, it is organized by the Faculty of Law and the Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku, and the Department of Law at Åbo Akademi University. The Turku Law School offers a wide range of high-quality, English-language academic law courses from basic to advanced levels, including several courses dealing with European law.


European Studies at Åbo Akademi University

Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science has offices in both Turku and Vaasa and includes three diverse disciplines. The main research areas at the institution of Political Science in Turku are electoral research and democracy. At Public Administration in Turku, the focus is on the relationship between the private and public sectors, internationalization, environmental administration and sustainability policies. In Vaasa, Political Science within Mass Communication has a special emphasis on the role of media in politics. Another important research area at the department is democracy at the regional and local levels and environmental sustainability in Northern Europe. The English-language courses offered are subject to change each year, although several courses have been offered for years in a row. For details on courses in English, see the teaching schedules for Political Science and Public Administration.


Institute for Human Rights

The Institute for Human Rights is an independent institute founded in 1985, which is closely linked with the Department of Law at Åbo Akademi University. Its principal aim is to promote research, provide education and disseminate information relating to the protection of human rights. The Institute has a long history of organising human rights courses of high standards. A Master's programme in International Human Rights Law was introduced in the fall of 2006.


Turku Law School

The Turku Law School is a cooperative organization which involves both the University of Turku and the Åbo Akademi University. Founded in 1993, it is organized by the Faculty of Law and the Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku, and the Departments of Law at Åbo Akademi University. The Turku Law School offers a wide range of high-quality, English-language  academic law courses from basic to advanced levels, including several courses dealing with European law.

The University of Turku

The University of Turku is an ambitious, research-led university with seven faculties and internationally acknowledged expertise in subjects ranging from the humanities to medicine and natural sciences. The University is recognised for the quality of teaching, research and excellent student support services.

As one of the leading universities in Finland, the University of Turku offers study and research opportunities in seven faculties: Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Medicine, Law, Social Science, Education and Turku School of Economics. The University is a member of the Coimbra Group, a network of prestigious universities in Europe.

Total enrolment of students is 21,000 and each year about 1,000 international students study at the University. Most of them participate in English-language programmes or at the doctoral level in research projects. Even though the main language of instruction is Finnish, 15 International Master's Degree Programmes are available in English and each Faculty offers courses in English to both non-degree and degree students.

The aim and ambition of the University of Turku is to provide students with a high-standard, multidisciplinary education, which encourages creative problem-solving and thinking outside the box. Students are able to tailor their personal study-plans according to their future ambitions - whether they are in business or in research. Thanks to the friendly atmosphere, outstanding student services and an active student union, students feel at home from the very beginning of their


Åbo Akademi University

Åbo Akademi University is an internationally acknowledged research university with extensive responsibility for providing Swedish-language education in Finland. The Akademi offers research and education in many disciplines from the humanities, pedagogics and theology, as well as social sciences, natural sciences and technology.

Åbo Akademi University has determinedly developed and strengthened its role as a research university. For example, the university has four centres of excellence funded by the Åbo Akademi University Endowment and several centres of excellence appointed by the Academy of Finland. At a national level, the university's researchers publish the relatively largest number of international publications.

Åbo Akademi University provides a unique environment for research and education in the historical campus areas of Åbo (Turku in Finnish), Vasa (Vaasa in Finnish) and Jakobstad (Pietarsaari in Finnish). The University also offers many cultural activities, such as student choirs, a symphony orchestra, an orchestra for students of technology etc. With its 7,000 students and 1,300 employees, Åbo Akademi University is an international, inspiring and unique university.

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