Exchange students come to Turku under a formal
exchange agreement with their home university and the University of
Turku. They transfer the study units completed at the University of
Turku into their degree studies at the home university. Exchange
students usually apply for specific study programmes and may also take
part in supplementary programmes (i.e. programmes that do not offer a
full curriculum such as North American Studies) and course units.
There are two categories of non-degree students at the Faculty of Humanities:
- An exchange student is
somebody who comes to Turku under an exchange programme such as
ERASMUS, NORDPLUS, ISEP, FIRST, a CIMO scholarship or a bilateral
agreement between the student's home institution and the University of
- A visiting student
is somebody who applies individually, outside exchange programmes or
agreements. Visiting students can participate only in certain,
restricted programmes they have been accepted to. They also have to pay
for their studies and they are not entitled to the student benefits
provided for the exchange students.
If you come to Turku through an exchange programme such as ERASMUS,
NORDPLUS, ISEP, north2north, a CIMO scholarship or a bilateral agreement
between your home institution and the University of Turku, you should
receive information on the application procedure from your home
university. Also,iInformation for exchange students is available through
the links on the right.
Students coming to Finland from non-EU/EEA countries must obtain a residence permit from
the nearest Finnish embassy or consulate in their home country. The
residence permit and visa must be obtained before arrival in Finland.
According to the directive of the Ministry of the Interior, non-EU/EEA
citizens, who will be coming to Finland for studies or student exchange,
are required to have valid health insurance in order to obtain a residence permit.