Residence Permit and Health Care
If you are not an EU/EEA citizen you must obtain a residence permit from the nearest Finnish embassy or consulate in your home country.
You can apply electronically online but a visit to the embassy/consulate is needed for the biometrical identification.
You must obtain residence permit before you arrive in Finland.
You need to have valid health insurance.
You also need to be able to prove that you have necessary funding (560 €/month).
Remember also to check if you need a visa to enter the Schengen area.
See Finnish Immigration Service's website for detailed instructions.
EU/EEA citizens do not need a residence permit to Finland.
International students staying longer than three months in Finland must obtain a Finnish personal Identity Code. It is needed for e.g. opening a bank account, activating your electronic student card and for university database and statistical purposes. The code consists of your date of birth and five other characters, so it looks something like this: 010195-1234.
- If you need a residence permit you can apply for the code when you apply also for the permit. Even so you need to visit the Local Register Office (Maistraatti) in order to register as a foreigner in Finland.
- If you don't have the code when you arrive to Turku you need to visit the Local Register Office (Maistraatti) to get it.
- Register Office usually has a pop up service point at campus in the beginning of each semester (September and January) where you can register as a foreigner and apply for the code.
When you have the code, remember to scan the residence permit card or decision paper you received from Register Office to disco(at)utu.fi. Otherwise your Identity Number won't be in the university database and e.g. electronic student card app will not work. If you apply for the code at campus we get the code automatically from the Register Office.
More detailed instructions are sent to students upon their arrival to Turku.
Health care and insurance
All students are recommended to have a valid health insurance during their studies in Turku. Only with proper health insurance can all the costs be covered if you become ill during you stay in Finland.
- Getting a residence permit requires a valid health insurance. Please check the requirements at Finnish Immigration Service's website.
- European health insurance card entitles EU/EEA citizens to the same municipal health care at the same prices as Finnish citizens.
- International office highly recommends that exchange students get a health insurance that covers their stay in Finland.
Student health care is available to exchange and master degree students who are members of the Student Union. Doctoral students are not entitled to use the services of Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS).
FSHS offers services of general health, oral health and mental health.
Services are either free of charge or at low cost.
FSHS is open on weekdays, during the daytime.
Thus, Student Union membership does not cover any emergency or hospital treatment or treatment during evenings or weekends when the FSHS health centre is closed.