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Courses in English for Exchange Students

University of Turku offers exchange students both non-degree programmes and individual courses taught in English as well as one programme in Finnish.

Individual courses and programmes intended for exchange students are available in our Study Guide​. Please see faculty-specific offerings and restrictions below!

NB! The teaching schedule for autumn semester 2019 will be confirmed by 15 June 2019, which means you will need to come up with a study plan based on the 2018-2019 curriculum. You can change your study plan when you have arrived in Turku if necessary. The teaching schedule for spring semester 2020 will be published by 15 November 2019.

Faculties of Medicine, Law and Education & Turku School of Economics can, as a general rule, only accept exchange students who are majoring in these subjects.

The recommended work load is 30 ECTS credits for a semester and 60 ECTS credits for an academic year. You may also combine courses from different fields and faculties provided you meet the prerequisites for the course.

Courses are offered either during the autumn or the spring semester. Most courses last either a period or the whole semester. Periods I & II are held in the autumn semester and periods III & IV in the spring semester. Make sure you choose courses that are offered during your exchange!

Please remember that the study plan you make during the application period is a preliminary one and subject to change.

Once you have made your course choices, please add them to your proposed study plan in our application programme and to your Learning Agreement. Read more about the Learning Agreement here.

Our departmental contact persons can answer your course-specific questions!

More information

Course registration

Course registration practices vary between faculties, departments and individual courses. When you arrive in Turku please see the course implementations on the Study Guide or confirm with the person in charge or with the departmental contact person how to enroll for the courses you have selected. NB! Choosing a course on your Learning Agreement does not guarantee your enrollment on a course as many courses require advance enrollment. 

The most common methods of registration include online registration in Nettiopsu (during registration periods), attending the first lecture of the course or an email to the teacher. Sometimes students are also asked to register in virtual learning environments (e.g. Moodle).

Working on your thesis?

You can also work on your BA/MA thesis while in Turku, but please note that half of your work load must be comprised of coursework. If you need a supervisor for your thesis in Turku, you should find them yourself.

NB! If you are a doctoral student, you can focus on your doctoral dissertation or research project(s) while in Turku, but you can also take courses if you wish.

Studies at Åbo Akademi University

Exchange students of the University of Turku can also complete studies at the adjacent Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU). For more info on studies at ÅAU, see this page and the ÅAU website. NB! At least 50 % your studies must be, however, completed at UTU.

Courses for Exchange Students

Centre for Language and Communication Studies

The Centre for Language and Communication Studies offers courses in Finnish and in other languages to all incoming exchange students. Please note that most courses you intend to take must be taught at a faculty and not at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies. The recommended amount of language courses is 2-3 courses.

Head here to see the available courses!

Faculty of Education

Courses at the Faculty of Education are primarily intended for students majoring in Educational Sciences. If you are studying to be a subject teacher (majoring e.g. in History, Languages or Natural Sciences), you can email education@utu.fi to ask for available places on courses.

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities offers a range of courses e.g. in culture and arts studies as well as languages. The Faculty offers a non-degree programme in North American Studies and in Finnish Language and Culture (previous knowledge of Finnish required). NB! Studies at the Department of English are intended for students majoring in English Language, Literature or Linguistics.

See here for available courses!

Faculty of Law

The courses of Turku Law School (TLS) are open only for students majoring in Law. Students can also take TLS courses offered by Åbo Akademi University. A separate study right must be applied for ÅAU courses.

Faculty of Medicine

Courses at the Faculty of Medicine are open only for students majoring in Medicine or Dentistry. Courses in Biomedicine and Nursing Science are open to those with suitable background knowledge.

Courses offered by the Turku Brain and Mind Centre are open for everyone.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers courses e.g. in Natural Sciences, Mathematics and IT. See here for available studies! The courses at the Faculty are available for everyone, but many courses require some familiarity with the subject matter.

Faculty of Social Sciences

In addition to individual courses, the Faculty of Social Sciences offers non-degree programmes in Finnish and Nordic Society and Culture, European Studies and East Asian Studies. Students can also complete courses within the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies. 

Head here for more information on courses!

Turku School of Economics

Courses at the Turku School of Economics (TSE) are available only for students majoring in Business Studies (e.g. Business Administration, Economics or Marketing). TSE operates on two different cities and campuses, in Turku and in Pori.

See this page for courses offered in Turku and this page & this page for courses offered in Pori.