How to apply for exchange studies

Applications are submitted online in a system called SoleMOVE. See deadlines below.

Eligibility

Partner or a member university?

You can apply for exchange studies at the University of Turku if your home university is a partner university or a member in the same mobility network.

University of Turku (UTU) accepts exchange students through several different programmes and networks. In most of the programmes, a bilateral agreement must exist between your home university and UTU. Please contact the coordinator at your home university to find out about the application procedures.​

For more information about partner universities and mobility networks please see International University Networks.

NB! EDUFI Scholarship holders are also granted an exchange student status.

Nomination?

You should be nominated by your home university.

UTU needs a nomination from your home university, stating that you are selected / nominated by your home university to come to UTU as an exchange student. Nominations are done online in a system called SoleMOVE.

Background knowledge?

You need to have some background knowledge on the subject.

In most cases, the basic requirement for an exchange period is that the applicant is a registered student at an institution of higher education abroad. Some programmes require 2–3 years of studies in the field. All programmes require familiarity with the basic concepts of the disciplines in question.

Language competence?

You should have good knowledge (at least B2) of English and/or Finnish.

Participants in the programmes taught in English and/or Finnish should have a good knowledge of the language in question. Applicants whose native language is not English should provide documentation of their knowledge of English and/or Finnish when applying.

Application process step-by-step

  • Make sure your home university has nominated you online in SoleMOVE. Once you have been nominated, you will receive an email on how to activate your SoleMOVE user account and how to submit your application.
  • Activate your user account and submit your application online in SoleMOVE by due date. Please save your user name and your password for later use. Enclose a Transcript of Records, a Language Certificate and a Learning Agreement to your application. All the above mentionned documents must be officially signed and stamped and in English.
  • Wait for the International Office to process your application. You will receive an electronic Certificate of Admission once your admission is complete.
  • After submitting the application, check the housing options and apply for accommodation according to the deadlines of the housing providers. Please apply for housing well in advance!
  • Arrange other practicalities (e.g. health insurance, travel arrangements, residence permit).
  • It takes a minimum of 3 weeks to process the application.
    • Applications for the Autumn Semester will be processed in April-June and students will be informed at the end of June at the latest. NB! Summer holidays in Finland are during the months of July and August and it is very important that all enclosures arrive before the deadline.
    • Applications for the Spring Semester will be processed during October-November. 
  • (NB! Erasmus Double Degree students make an exception and need not apply.)

University Consortium of Pori

The University Consortium of Pori (UCPori) is a unique partnership that brings together four Finnish universities – University of Turku, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology and University of Tampere. More information about studying in Pori here.

 

Application enclosures

Transcript of Records

Transcript of Records is a list of courses you have completed at your home university. This document must be official (signed & stamped by the applicant's home university) and in English.

Language Certificate

Language Assessment Sheet or other official proof of your language skills (e.g. a valid TOEFL/IELTS test result). This document must be officially stamped and signed by the applicant and the academic person assessing the language skills (for example a language teacher). Please note that you should assess your skills in the language you are going to study in (English and/or Finnish). University of Turku requires a B2 level​ in English.

NB! The Certificate of Language Skills should not be more than 2 years old at the time you are submitting it.

TOEFL:

  •     paper based: minimum score 575
  •     internet based: minimum score 92

IELTS: minimum score 6,5

PTE: Academic minimum requirement 62 points

 

Native speakers of English do not need to submit a language certificate.

Learning Agreement

Learning Agreement for Erasmus+ applicants

Learning Agreement for non-Erasmus+ applicants

Please use your home university's Learning Agreement template or find one here above​. This document must be officially stamped and signed by the applicant and the applicant's home university. Please enclose a PDF version of your Learning Agreement to your application and list your chosen courses in the application form.

NB! Make sure you have the same courses on your Learning Agreement and on the proposed study plan in the application.

Also, please include either one of the following persons as the host institution contact:

  • Ms. Kaija Kangasjärvi, +358 40 145 0461, incoming(at)utu.fi
  • Mr. Lassi Yli-Muilu, +358 50 327 0844, incoming(at)utu.fi

NB! Erasmus+ students

If you are using the Erasmus+ App (Online Learning Agreement) please include Lassi Yli-Muilu and incoming@utu.fi as contact details.

What's the purpose of a Learning Agreement?

The purpose of the Learning Agreement is to help you to plan your studies during the exchange. A signed Learning Agreement approves the study plan and comments on your course choices. However, it does not guarantee a place on the course. See Course registration for more information. Please note that you will probably have to make changes to your Learning Agreement after arriving in Turku.

 

Where to find available courses?

  • Please see the Study Guide and Courses in English​.
  • Course information for the next academic year is in most cases not available during the spring application period, so you should use the current information.
  • In addition to the name of the course you will also need to fill in the course codes into the application form. The course code is a combination of letters and numbers (e.g. FNSC9806, YR222211).

 

How many courses?

  • The recommended study load per semester is 30 ECTS.
  • This means usually 5-6 courses per semester.

 

What are Semesters and Periods?

  • Courses are normally arranged either in the Autumn (September-December) or Spring Semester (January-May).
  • Autumn Semester is usually divided into Periods I and II and Spring into Periods III and IV.
  • Make sure that your Learning Agreement contains courses which are available during your stay in Turku.

 

Are there any restrictions?

  • In general, you should have some previous knowledge of the subject in question.
  • Studies of Law, Medicine, Business and Education are usually available only for students majoring in them. Please check course information for exceptions.
  • You can also choose language courses but most courses must be from some faculty (not from the Centre for Language and Communication Studies). Recommended amount of language studies is 2-3 courses.
  • Courses offered by Åbo Akademi University are in many cases open for you but you should choose less than half of your studies there.

Application deadlines for students

Autumn Semester and Academic Year

15 April 11.59 pm Finnish time for non-EU/EEA applicants

30 April 11.59 pm Finnish time for EU/EEA applicants

Spring Semester

15 October 11.59 pm for non-EU/EEA applicants

31 October  11.59 pm for EU/EEA applicants

Nomination deadlines for partners

Autumn Semester and Academic Year

1 April for non-EU/EEA partners

15 April for EU/EEA partners

Please submit your nominations online in SoleMOVE.

Spring Semester

1 October for non-EU/EEA partners

15 October for EU/EEA partners

Please submit your nominations online in SoleMOVE.

Contact information

Questions? Contact our incoming student mobility team at incoming@utu.fi!