General information on admission

On this page you will find information on the details of the application process including special cases such as refugee status and restrictions on student admission as well as information on issues that may arise after admission. Please make sure you also read all of the information on the How and when to apply, Scholarships and tuition fees and Information for admitted students -pages.

For applicants

Joint application in Finnish higher education

The international degree programmes of the University of Turku are part of the so called Joint application. Joint application means that you can apply to up to six (6) study programmes with one application form. These 6 options may include degree programmes from one or several different higher education institutions.

You can apply up to three programmes of the University of Turku in the Joint application.

There are two application periods in the spring joint application to higher education in Finland.

  1. The first application period is 7 January to 20 January 2021, and includes study programmes conducted in English and University of the Arts study programmes.
  2. The second application period is 17 March to 31 March 2021, and includes mostly study programmes conducted in Finnish and Swedish.

Please read more information.



It the applicant is a refugee, has status comparable to a refugee or is an asylum seeker, and he or she cannot thus verify his or her previous degree with relevant documentation, the higher education institution may invite the applicant to take an entrance exam or similar.

The applicant must have a decision by the authorities concerning his or her status (decision on asylum or residence permit on the basis of protection). The applicant must submit a copy of the relevant decision by 20 January 2021 to the admission services.

Restrictions on student admission

In order to promote patient and client safety as well as the safety of minors, certain restrictions are applied to student admission. Such restrictions will pertain to the following fields:

  • art education
  • dentistry
  • logopaedics
  • medicine
  • pharmacy
  • psychology
  • social work
  • teacher education

Admission to the above fields requires that the applicants’ state of health and ability to function allow them to complete practical tasks and training related to studies.

Studies in these fields have requirements concerning safety of underage children, patient and client safety, or traffic safety. Thus the student’s study right can be cancelled if

  • the student has during the course of his/her studies repeatedly or seriously put at risk another person’s health or safety and thus proved to be unsuitable to work in study-related duties or practical training, or
  • during the application process the student has failed to inform about a prior cancellation of study right on health, functioning ability or safety grounds.

Applicants have to provide information on the study right cancellation decision on the higher education institution’s request.

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Transfer of data and registers

The data you give in the application form is added to the student admission register of the Finnish National Agency for Education and to the admission database of the University of Turku.

  • The University of Turku stores all application enclosures and data in a secure manner.
  • Enclosures sent over regular email are not transmitted in an encrypted format and may be compromised. University of Turku is not responsible for the encryption of the transmission of regular emails. Sending enclosures by regular email is done at your own risk and responsibility.
  • The data can be used for organisation of student admission and the follow-up and evaluation of the educational system.
  • If you are admitted and accept the study place your data is transferred also to the study register of the University of Turku.
  • You have a right to check your data in the registers. Please contact the University of Turku or, if you have applied to more than one Finnish univeristy, the Finnish National Agency for Education.

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Privacy Notice of the University of Turku

Language requirements

When selecting students to pursue a degree, the applicants must prove their language skills in the manner described in the admission criteria. The University follows the manners of verifying language skills which are defined in the Rector’s decision. (The University of Turku Regulation on Studies 16 March 2018.)

The Rector's decision

After admission decision

Accepting the study place and registering with the university

You will receive the admission letter by email. After that you have to accept the study place by the deadline given in the letter. The acceptance is done online at Studyinfo and cannot be altered later. If you do not accept the study place by the deadline you forfeit your right to enrol in the programme.

After confirming the study place and possible scholarship you have to register with the university and pay the possible tuition fee. Registration as attending student is done by paying the Student Union membership fee by 31 August. For further information, please check this website.


One study place per term provision

According to the provision, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland in education that begins in the same academic term. This rule applies to all higher education.

Please read more information.

One study right within the same major

You can only have one valid study right at a time for a lower (bachelor) or higher (master) university degree within the same major subject or degree programme.

  • You can also only have one valid study right at a time for a scientific or professional postgraduate degree of the same level at the University of Turku.
  • If your study right has expired or been moved to the passive register, you cannot apply for a new, similar study right. Instead, you must then apply for an extension to your study time or a reactivation of your study right.
  • You will not be granted a new, similar study right to pursue a degree or course of study that you are already pursuing, or have already completed, within the same field or a corresponding subject, unless stated otherwise in the admission criteria of the faculty.
Tuition fees

Tuition fees will be charged from citizens of a country outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA)  or Switzerland. Admitted students will get instructions on how to pay the tuition fee in their admission offer. The tuition fee can be paid in one or two instalments. If a student is liable to pay tuition fees, they cannot register as an attending student until they have paid the fee.

The tuition fee can be refunded if a student is unable to arrive to Turku and start their studies in their respective Master's Degree Programme due to reasons outside the control of the student. The possible refunding of the tuition fee is always decided on a case-by-case basis. The refunding process is initiated by the student.

The tuition fee refund policy of the University of Turku.

Appeal instructions

If you have questions concerning the decision or you do not understand why you were not accepted please contact the programme coordinator first for detailed information. Contact information can be found in your Admission Offer or at the web page of the programme.

Should you still disagree with the decision you may apply for a rectification of the decision within fourteen (14) days of the publication of the student admission results. The appeal should contain the following information:

  • your personal and contact details
  • the degree programme concerned
  • the reasons why you request for rectification
  • possible enclosures

The request for rectification must be sent by email to University of Turku withing the fourteen days of the rectification period. Late appeals will not be considered.