Why UTU?

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

The University provides students with innovative problem solving skills and high-standard, multidisciplinary education based on the most up-to-date 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

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

On campus, you can meet students, teachers, and researchers from over 100 different countries. Annually, over 2,500 international students study at the University of Turku. English is widely spoken and you can connect with people through organizations such as the Student Union, or the International Friendship Programme.

University of Turku co-operates in numerous global academic networks, programmes, and projects. Several research projects are performed in collaboration with international partners, and of the annual 5,000 research publications, the majority are published on international forums. In addition to taking part in 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, University of Turku offers three Bachelor’s degree programmes and seventeen 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, course structure, and study contents of each programme have been designed to fulfill the most ambitious standards in a given field of science. The best lecturers have been chosen to challenge your thinking throughout your studies, and to coach you towards your dream career.

After completing your Master’s degree, you can apply for doctoral training in one of seventeen doctoral programmes on offer. All 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

Graduates of 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 strengthening your personal skills in career planning and job seeking. These services include CV clinics, career and networking events, innovation camps, and various 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 the 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 tuition fees. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit 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 at University of Turku, you are learning from the very best in their field! At University of Turku, we offer versatile learning methods and various approaches to discussion and learning. Our teaching methods include – among others – seminars, mobile lectures, simulations, flipped classroom teaching, as well as traditional lectures. Exams can be taken electronically, and teachers use different kinds of digital learning environments for their courses.

Personal support and student services throughout your studies

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

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

Student health care is included in the Student Union membership fee, which is compulsory for 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 campus in restaurants and cafeterias at a special student price of only €2.60 (with student card). Lunch consists of a main course from the menu, a drink, and all-you-can-eat bread and salad buffet.

CampusSport provides versatile sport services around campus and the city.

Excellent facilities and learning environments

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 University of Turku 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 disciplines of the University offer you over 300 courses taught in English. In addition to your degree curriculum, you may also take optional courses in various topics and tailor your studies to fulfill your personal interests and ambitions.

A flexible study right agreement offers you the possibility to take courses from other Finnish universities 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 can improve your skills in various languages through different courses and activities. Finnish for Foreigners courses are available for international students. The Centre for Language and Communication Studies also arranges extracurricular 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 by 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. Various Erasmus Student Network (ESN) societies also organise different 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 University of Turku campuses as “compact”, “cosy”, and having a “homelike atmosphere”.

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

We also have a campus 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.