Courses and Learning Agreement

​​Please read the following instructions before filling in your Learning Agreement!

Learning Agreement templates:

NB! We advise you to use the Learning Agreement template of your home university if available.

What is it?​​​

  • Learning Agreement in submitted as an application enclosure.
  • The purpose of the Learning Agreement is to help you to plan your studies during the exchange.
  • A signed Learning Agreement approves the study plan and comments on your course choices. NB! Make sure you have the same courses on your Learning Agreement and on your proposed study plan in the application.
  • However, it does not guarantee a place on the course. See Course registration for more information.
  • You will probably have to change your Learning Agreement after arriving in Turku.

Where to find available courses?

  • Course information for the next academic year is in most cases not available during the spring application period, so you should use the current information. 
  • In addition to the name of the course you will also need to fill in the course codes into the application form. The course code is a combination of letters and numbers (e.g. FNSC9806, YR222211). 

How many courses? How about lab or thesis work?

  • The recommended study load per semester is 30 ECTS. 
  • This means usually 5-6 courses per semester.
  • For lab work you should always have a supervisor at UTU.
  • You can work on your thesis independently at UTU but you have to attend courses, too. Please note that you won't get any credits from your thesis work at UTU. Please see page "Courses in English" (right-hand side column) for further information.

What are Semesters and Periods?

  • Courses are normally arranged either in the Autumn (September-December) or Spring Semester (January-May).
  • Autumn Semester is usually devided into Periods I and II and Spring into Periods III and IV.
  • Make sure that your Learning Agreement contains courses which are available during your stay in Turku.

Are there any restrictions?

  • In general, you should have some previous knowledge of the subject in question.
  • Studies of Law, Medicine, Business and Education are usually available only for students majoring in them. Please check course information for exceptions.
  • You can also choose language courses but most courses must be from some faculty (not from the Centre for Language and Communication Studies). Recommended amount of language studies is 2-3 courses. 
  • Courses offered by Åbo Akademi University are in many cases open for you but you should choose less than half of your studies there.

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 Contact persons


Please include either one of the following persons as the host institution contact:

Ms. Kaija Kangasjärvi, +358 40 145 0461, incoming(at)

Mr. Lassi Yli-Muilu, +358 50 327 0844, incoming(at)

Departmental Contact Persons



20014 Turun yliopisto, Finland
Tel. +358 29 450 5000

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