During the autumn/spring it is possible to participate in a voluntary based Friendship Programme. The programme aims to offer international visitors and local families a chance for mutual cultural exchange. With the Friend from the local community it is possible to learn about Finnish culture and everyday life.
All activities within the Friendship Programme are voluntary, which means that the international visitor and his/her Friend decide on their own how much and in what way they want to spend time together. The participants of the programme are ordinary Finnish families and people of different ages living in Turku or the neighbouring area. The programme period is one term.
Adult Education Centres
In Turku there are two municipal Adult Education Centres offering a wide range of activities such as arts, computer technology, handicrafts, health, languages, music, social subjects. At Turun suomenkielinen työväenopisto the courses are given in Finnish and at Åbo svenska arbetarinstitut in Swedish. Luuppi offers courses in English. Most of the courses are held in the evenings.
Åbo svenska arbetarinstitut
Open Mon–Thu 12.00–20.00, Fri 9.30-12.30
Luuppi is a joint education unit of the City of Turku´s Finnish and Swedish Adult Education Centres. This unit organises education especially for immigrants and other international student groups. The education is mainly general education and free time activities; in other words, typical liberal adult education.
Summer University of Turku
Summer Unviersity organises a variety of courses, for example Finnish language courses. Despite of the name "university", this organisation is separate from the University of Turku.
Aurakatu 14 B
Tel. 232 3302,