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Registration with the University and Study Rights

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N.B.! Because of the exceptional situation now, the appendices cannot be brought over or send by post, because the staff has been ordered to work at home. You can send e-mail to Student Centre Disco: disco "at" utu.fi . For information security, please send your appendix from your UTU e-mail. 

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All students need to register with the University of Turku each academic year as an attending (present) or non-attending (absent) student. You need to be registered as an attending student to get a degree or to get credits entered into the study register Nettiopsu.

  • The academic year begins on 1 August and ends on 31 July.

  • The autumn semester begins on 1 August and ends on 31 December.

  • The spring semester begins on 1 Jan and ends on 31 July.

This section includes instructions and documents concerning general registration with the University of Turku. You can find more information below. Registration instructions for more specific situations are listed at the bottom of the page, organised according to the role of the student.

If you are not able to find the information you need, you can ask for more information at Student Centre Disco. Please remember to tell your student number or Finnish ID code in your message to Disco. Via UTU-email you can send your message while maintaining information security.

Registration period for degree students
  • Registration period for degree students is 1 June - 31 Aug. All Bachelor's, Master's and PhD level students need to register with the University of Turku annually.
  • Registration period for the spring semester is 1 Dec - 15 Jan. This concerns only students who have first registered with the University only for autumn semester and who register separately for the spring semester.
  • You can't register before the registration period begins. It is not possible to do the registration retrospectively either.

Students with tuition fee

  • Students who need to pay the tuition fee, must first pay the fee, and only after that register with the University of Turku.
  • If the tuition fee has not been paid by due date, the registration may be cancelled.

Double degree programmes

  • Students who are doing their degree in Double Degree Programmes are attending students for the whole study time, but they pay the Student Union membership fee only when studies are completed in Turku.

Inactive study right

  • If your study right is inactive due to demarcation of study time or passive register, you need to re-activate it before registering with the university. All re-activation applications are managed in the faculties. 

Do you have several study rights at the University of Turku?

  • If you currently have a valid study right for a degree at the University of Turku, you need to register according to the instructions for degree students.
Registration for non-degree studies

If you have also a degree student's study right, you need to register with the University according to those registration instructions.

Registration as an attending is entered automatically for almost all non-degree students.

  • Registration for non-degree studies done automatically in the Student Centre Disco during the whole period of the study right
  • Students studying in certain programmes in the faculty of Medicine need to register in person via Nettiopsu.
  • According to University's regulations a student can continue supplementary studies after graduation.
  • Please read specific information on registration procedures here.

You'll receive e-mail from student centre Disco

  • All students conducting non-degree studies will receive an e-mail from the student centre Disco after automatic registration or information on how to register via Nettiopsu.
If you missed the registration period

Registration period only concerns degree students

  • You have to apply for a permission to re-register in case you register late after the registration period has ended or if considerable time has passed since your last registration. It is not possible to do the registration retrospectively.
  • Registration period for spring semester concerns only students who have first registered with the University only for autumn semester (for instance due to demarcation of study right) and register separately for spring semester. If the student misses the registration period for spring semester, he/she needs to re-register as mentioned in these instructions.
  • Demarcation of study right and passive register may affect your registration. You may need to contact the Faculty to activate your study right before you'll be able to register with the University.
  • To get the permission and instructions to re-register to the university, please contact Student Centre Disco for re-registration by e-mail disco(at)utu.fi. Re-registration can't be done by telephone. Please remember to tell you student number or Finnish ID code in your message to Disco. E-mails are processed on a first come, first served basis.

Re-registration fee

  • There is a re-registration fee of 35 € which will be charged before registration (decree of the Ministry of Education 1082/2009).
  • The re-registration fee will be charged for degree students only.
  • The re-registration fee is paid in UTUshop (University of Turku webshop) and you will get instructions on how to pay it from Student Centre Disco.
  • Student Union membership fee is paid to a different account. The account number is also given to you in your personal instructions from Student Centre Disco.
Attending or non-attending student?

You may register yourself as an attending or non-attending student. In Nettiopsu you can register for the whole academic year as attending or non-attending.

In case you need to register as attending for one semester and non-attending for the other, please contact the Student Centre Disco. Please remember to tell you student number or Finnish ID code in your message to Disco. 

Attending student

  • You need to be registered as an attending student to get a degree or to get credits entered into Nettiopsu.
  • Only attending students can register for courses and exams in Nettiopsu.
  • Utu-username is active and you can use for example the University's e-mail account.

Non-attending student

  • It is not possible to get a degree or to get credits entered into Nettiopsu.
  • Utu-username is active and you can use for example the University's e-mail account.
  • There are special rules for new Bachelor's/Master's/PhD degree students to register as non-attending. More information about this can be found in the registration instructions for new degree students at the end of this page. 

Status of registration has an influence on your study time

  • Bachelor's and Master's Degree students whose study right began on 1 August 2005 or after must be aware of the demarcation of study time. The status of registration is taken on the last day of each semester.
  • The registration is made with the university, not separately for each study right. If you have several study rights, your study time will be counted for all of them according to your registration status.

Change of status from non-attending to attending

  • You can change your status from non-attending to attending at any time during the academic year.
  • There is no re-registration fee when changing the registration status.
  • It is possible to change your status from attending to non-attending in Nettiopsu during the registration period. In other cases please contact the Student Centre Disco. Please remember to tell your student number or Finnish ID code in your message to Disco. 

Change of status from attending to non-attending

  • If you want to change attendance to non-attendance, it is possible only during the registration period and only if you have not received any credits or university degree during that semester.
  • To change the status please contact the Student Centre Disco. Please remember to tell your student number or Finnish ID code in your message to Disco. 
Student Union membership and student card

Student union membership

  • Student Union membership is compulsory for undergraduate students and voluntary for exchange and PhD students (Universities Act 558/2009, 46§).
  • Students in Double degree programmes need to join the Student Union only when studying in Turku.
  • Other students are not eligible to join the Student Union. Therefore students in non-degree or specialisation studies are not allowed to join the Student Union.

The Student Union fee for autumn 2020 incudes the fee for health care at Finnish Student Health Service, FSHS (Ylioppilaiden terveydenhoitosäätiö YTHS)

  • Please note that PhD level students are not allowed to use FSHS services (and the Student Union membership fee does not include FSHS fee)
  • You don't have to pay the FSHS-fee twice. If you have registered as an attending student in two Finnish universities, first pay the whole fee to both universities.
  • After that you can apply for a refund from the university where you paid the last payment.

The Student Union fee for spring 2021 does not incude the fee for FSHS!

  • Starting in January 2021, students in universities of applied sciences and academic universities who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) will pay a healthcare fee to Kela.
  • Students who are liable to pay the fee are students who have registered as attending and who are completing a bachelor's or master's level university degree .
    • Incoming exchange students, students in open university and students in tailor-made, customer-specific training programmes are not entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service, and thus they do not have to pay the healthcare fee. 
  • No bill will be sent on the healthcare fee, and thus the student has to pay the fee to Kela on his or her own initiative.
  • Please read more information on health care fee.

Please read more information on student benefits in Student Union's website.

Student Card

Student card is a sign of your membership in Student Union.

Refunding the membership fee

If you have paid the Student Union membership fee and change your registration status according to the registration instructions, you are allowed to get a refund from the fee.

How to get the refund?

  • Contact the Student Centre Disco to receive a form for the Student Union. Please remember to tell you student number or Finnish ID code in your message to Disco. 
  • Then you have to contact the Student Union for refund.
  • For the Student Union you'll need to have the receipt of your payment.

Refund of FSHS can be colleted only for payments for autumn 2020

  • You can also get a refund from FSHS payment if you have paid it in two universities. This is valid for Autumn semester 2020.
  • Starting in January 2021, students who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) will pay a healthcare fee to Kela.
  • From January 2021 onwards these refunds are no longer available from student unions.

Due dates

  • For autumn semester or whole academic year
    • inform the student centre Disco within the registration period, by 31 August
    • contact the Student Union by 30 September
  • For spring semester
    • inform the student centre Disco within the registration period, by 15 January
    • contact the Student Union by 28 February

If these days are on weekend, then the due date is the next working day. Same due dates are valid for students who want to receive only the Health Care fee (FSHS).

    The Student Union fee for spring 2021 does not incude the fee for FSHS (Health Care)

    The Act on Student Health Services for Students in Higher Education will come into force on 1 January 2021.

    Starting in January 2021, students in universities of applied sciences and academic universities who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS) will pay a healthcare fee to Kela.

    • Students who are liable to pay the fee are students who have registered as attending and who are completing a bachelor's or master's level university degree .
    • Incoming exchange students, students in open university and students in tailor-made, customer-specific training programmes are not entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service, and thus they do not have to pay the healthcare fee. 

    No bill will be sent on the healthcare fee, and thus the student has to pay the fee to Kela on his or her own initiative.

    Kela will begin to collect the healthcare fee in the spring term of 2021.

    User Account for IT Services

    If you have registered with the University of Turku as attending or non-attending, you will receive a personal user account, UTU account. With the University’s user account i.e. UTU account, you can sign in to almost all the University’s data systems. You can access the wireless network, print, and sign in to Windows workstations.

    Please note that all official information will be sent to UTU e-mail only.

    Activating the Account

    • The new account is activated at https://idm.utu.fi. Activation online requires a Finnish ID number and banking credentials.
    • If you do not have Finnish online bank credentials, you can activate your UTU account at any IT helpdesk. The main office of IT Services is located at Educarium (Assistentinkatu 5).
    • If you receive a new study right but you already have a user account there is no need for activation (although you may change your password on the same website).

    Registering as attending or non-attending keeps the account active.

    • You need to have also a valid study right at the University of Turku.
    • If your study right is inactive due to demarcation of study time or passive register, you need to re-activate it in order to access your UTU account. All re-activation matters are managed in the Faculties. 

    For how long is the account valid?

    • After the last registration semester, the user account is valid until 1 October (last registration: spring semester) or 31 January (last registration: autumn semester)
    • After graduation your account will not be shut down immediately, but is valid according to the registration rules mentioned above.

    Importance of the user account

    • The user account is highly important as electronic services are needed for most of the courses. The terms of use of the account must be explicitly followed.

    Changing your name in user account

    • If your name changes, inform the Student Centre Disco about your new name. The changing of the name in the student register is done in the Student Centre.
    • The new name can be changed only after it has been officially registered in Finnish Population Information System. 
    • After the changes the IT Services at UTU can make changes to your UTU account. Please inform IT services helpdesk(at)utu.fi if necessary.

    Please read more information on rules of the IT Services

     

    Personal information and data protection

    Please inform the University of changes in your contact information

    • You can update your address yourself in Nettiopsu.
    • Your contact information has been transferred into Nettiopsu from your application. Please change your contact information in Nettiopsu after your registration has been processed.

    Changes in name or Finnish ID

    • Please inform the Student Centre Disco if you have received a Finnish identity number or Finnish citizenship.
    • Please inform the Student Centre Disco also if your name or Finnish ID has changed.
    • We'll check your information in Finnish Population Information System and enter your personal information in same form to University's Register.
    • After the changes in your name have been made in Student Centre Disco, the IT Services at UTU can make changes to your UTU account. Please inform IT services helpdesk(at)utu.fi if changes are necessary.

    Use of your personal data within and outside University

    • Within the University your personal data is automatically transferred to the University library, to the IT Services (for user account) and to the university's intranet's personnel search. 

    University may release student’s contact information to certain purposes outside University:

    • This information is not used for commercial or marketing purposes.
    • Your name and contact information may be used from the student register system for certain kinds of research related to studies.
    • You may permit or deny entities outside the university to use your personal information for e.g. questionnaires and opinion polls related to studies (e.g. the Student Union, professional organisations). The permission to use a new student's personal data is given on an application form where the information is transferred to the study register. You can make changes on the status of the release of this information in Nettiopsu or by informing the Student Centre Disco by e-mail.

    Please read also Privacy Notice of Processing Personal Data of Students in Education.