Internships at the University of Turku
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL issued a recommendation on 2 February 2021 that higher education institutions should stop all short-term international student exchanges from abroad to Finland and from Finland to abroad. The University of Turku follows THL’s recommendation. The policy also applies to the international internships.
Students who arrive in Turku for an internship are considered as employees of the host organization, whether their internship is paid or not. Please notice that the interns at the University of Turku will not be registered as students and they are not entitled to the student benefits.
This means that you will have higher living costs in Turku than e.g. an exchange student. Also the employees benefits vary depending on whether the internship is paid or not.
Take care of a medical insurance before your arrival in Turku - it has to be valid for the whole internship period.
Plan your budget to cover all the living expenses during your stay in Turku
Interns at UTU are entitled to the following services
- UTU IT account
- Library services
- Erasmus Student Network events
Look for the housing well in advance. The Erasmus Internship students cannot apply the exchange student housing.
Finding housing for a short period of time from the general rental markets in Turku is difficult especially during August and September. Normally the rental agreements are done for a fixed period of a year and earlier resignation requires a penalty fee to be paid by the tenant.
You can take a look for rental apartments for example from following webpages.:
Hostel S/S Bore
Guesthouse Majatalo Kupittaa
Conference Hotel and Hostel Linnasmäki
The Bridgettine Sisters Student Hostel (only for female students)
www.facebook.com/groups/TurkuStudents - International students looking for apartments in Turku
www.facebook.com/groups/339796732733404 - group named "Turun omatoiminen asuntovälitys" for renting apartments/rooms or looking for roommates in Turku.
Erasmus Placement interns are considered as employees of the host organization. Please notice that the interns at the University of Turku will not be registered as students and they are not entitled to the student benefits.
In addition, your home university might have a different interpretation of an Erasmus Placement status, therefore, please take this into the consideration already before you apply for Turku.
The International Office of University of Turku doesn't provide any Erasmus internships.