Why UTU?

The University of Turku is an active international research university and an active academic community of 25,000 students and employees from over 100 different countries. As one of the leading universities in Finland, the University of Turku offers study and research opportunities in seven faculties.

The University’s provides students with innovative problem solving skills and high-standard, multidisciplinary education based on the latest research.

Thanks to the outstanding services, compact campus, and active academic community, international students and scholars feel at home from the very beginning of their stay.

Welcome to the campus that never sleeps!

10 best reasons to choose UTU

We are the one of the most international universities in Finland

The University of Turku is the one of the most international universities in Finland and ranked among the top 1% of the universities in the world.

On campus, you can meet students, teachers and researchers from over a 100 different countries. There are annually over 2,500 international students studying at the University of Turku. English is spoken everywhere and you can find friends through the Student Union or the International Friendship Programme.

The University of Turku co-operates in numerous global academic networks, programmes, and projects. Several research projects are made in collaboration with international partners and of the annual 5,000 research publications, the majority are published in international forums. As well as being part of some of the oldest and most prestigious networks, such as the Coimbra Group, we actively create new connections in ground-breaking areas.

> International university networks

Our programmes are based on our strenghts in research

Currently, the University of Turku offers 2 Bachelor’s degree programmes and 17 international Master’s degree programmes taught in English. The MDP in Finnish and Finno-Ugric languages is taught in Finnish. > Learn more about our programmes

All our programmes are carefully planned – the curriculum, structure, and study contents of each programme have been designed to fulfil the most ambitious standards in a specific field of science. The best lecturers have been picked to challenge you through your studies and to coach you to your dream career.

After completing your Master’s degree, you can apply for doctoral training in one of the 17 doctoral programmes. All the doctoral candidates belong to the University of Turku Graduate school (UTUGS), which provides systematic and high-quality doctoral training on academic topics as well as on transferable skills and career planning. The University also offers funded doctoral candidate positions that can be applied for annually.

Excellent career prospects for graduates

The graduates of the University of Turku are creative and innovative experts who are not content  with ready-made solutions and thinking models.

Support services and projects are also available for strenghtening your personal skills in career planning and job seeking. These services include CV clinics, career and networking events, innovation camps, and projects.

According to surveys, 95% of the University of Turku alumni feel that they have received high-quality education which corresponds to their career.

Scholarships available for talented students

Degree students from outside EU and EEA countries or Switzerland are subject to tuition fees. Fees do not apply to exchange or doctoral students, regardless of their citizenship.

The University offers a generous scholarship programme for students who are subject to the tuition fees. The scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and they are awarded to both Bachelor's and Master's level students.

> Read more about our scholarships

Professors and lecturers that challenge you to learn

As a student of the University of Turku, you will be taught by the very best in the field! At the University of Turku, we offer versatile learning methods and various approaches to discussion and learning. Our teaching methods include, for example, seminars, mobile lectures, simulations, flipped classroom as well as traditional lectures. Exams can be carried out electronically and teachers use different kinds of digital learning environments on their courses.

Personal support and student services throughout your studies

The University of Turku is known for its excellent services. Our staff  – both the academic and supportive staff – repeatedly gain the best possible evaluations in different student satisfaction surveys.

The UTU tutors are Finnish or international students who help you to get a smooth start in your studies and student life in Finland and Turku.

Student health care is included in the Student Union membership fee, which is compulsory to all students. Therefore, all students and members of the Student Union are entitled to the services offered by the Finnish Student Health Service on weekdays.

Student lunch is served around the campus in restaurants and cafeterias at the special student price of €2.60 (with student card). The lunch consists of one main course from the menu, a drink, and all-you-can-eat bread and salad buffets.

CampusSport in Turku provides versatile sport services around the campus and the city.

Excellent facilities and learning environments

The University of Turku is an inspiring, encouraging, and interactive working and learning environment and we are constantly looking for new ways to develop our study environments.

Our IT services on campus are versatile and free to use. All students have access to the University's IT services and wireless networks with no additional cost.

The Turku University Library offers excellent library services for students and staff, such as extensive databases, e-resources, digital materials, and equipment free of charge.

Student housing can be applied from the Turku Student Village Foundation. Read more about the housing options in Turku.

Wide selection of optional and minor studies in English

The over 130 discplines of the University offer you over 300 courses taught in English. Besides your own degree curriculum, you can take many optional courses and tailor your study plan to fulfil your personal interests and ambitions.

A flexible study rights agreement offers you the possibility to take courses from another Finnish university free of charge. In general, these studies include courses that are not offered at the student’s home university in Finland and need to be approved by the student’s Finnish home university.

At the Centre for Language and Communication Studies, you have various possibilities to improve your language skills with different courses and activities. The Finnish for Foreigners courses are available for international students. The Centre also arranges extra-curricular activities such as language circles and tandem language exchanges.

Active student life

Both the Student Union of the University of Turku and the City of Turku offer you a versatile selection of free time activities from culture and sports to outdoor recreation.

The role of the Student Union is to represent its members, to advance the position of students in society, and provide them with services ranging from consultations with lawyers to parties and sports opportunities.

The Student Union is also an umbrella organisation for many student associations. One of the best ways to meet other students and get involved in student life is joining these associations.

International Students of Turku Universities ISTU ry is an organisation for international degree students in Turku. ISTU provides opportunities for both Master’s degree students and doctoral candidates to meet each other and enjoy social activities. The Erasmus Students Network (ESN) societies also organise many free time activities and fun events for newcomers.

> The Student Union of the University of Turku

> International Students Turku Universities - ISTU ry

> Erasmus Students Network (ESN)

Compact campuses and student city Turku

International students describe the campuses of the University of Turku as “compact”, “cosy”, and having a “homelike atmosphere”.

The Turku Campus is located right next to the city centre and the Aura River. All the services are near and you can easily get from one place to another by foot or bike.

We also have campuses in the cities of Rauma and Pori.

99% of students in Turku recommend the city to their friends according to the Study in Turku Survey.