Study opportunities for doctoral researchers from other universities (JOO studies)

Based on flexible study rights (JOO) agreement, doctoral researchers studying for a degree in other Finnish universities can be accepted to the courses offered by the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) and doctoral programmes.

  • The flexible study right (JOO) is applied with an application form. An electronic application form is used between the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi, and paper application form between other universities and the University of Turku. 
  • You can find all courses of the UTUGS and doctoral programmes from the study guide (see links to the study guide under 'Courses'). Not all courses are available for doctoral researchers of other universities. 

  • There is a continuous application period.

  • You must be enrolled and registered as an attending student at your Finnish home university in order to apply for flexible study right.

  • When applying for JOO studies, you must obtain the approval of your home university for the studies. When your home university approves your application it also agrees to pay the fee to the University of Turku  in accordance with the JOO agreement (excl. Åbo Akademi which is not charged fee on the basis of an agreement between the universities). 

  • You should submit the paper form to the next handler at your home university. When your home university has approved the application, you should send the scanned application to

  • The next handler of the electronic form (Åbo Akademi) will be selected in the UTUForm system according to the faculty organising the studies. 

  • The faculty/UTUGS will then decide whether to accept the application or not. 

  • The granted study right is recorded in the University of Turku's student and study information system Peppi. You will receive an email from the Student Centre Disco when the study right has been recorded. You will also receive instructions on how to activate your UTU user account. You will need the UTU user account to log in to the Peppi system, where you can e.g. register for courses.

  • Please note that obtaining JOO study right is not the same as registering for a course, you still have to register for the course in Peppi.



Courses of the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS)

The courses are available to all doctoral researchers at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi (with the exception of the English language courses offered by the Centre for Language and Communication Studies and university pedagogy courses, which can only be attended by doctoral researchers at the University of Turku). If possible, doctoral researchers from other universities will also be admitted to the courses. Courses are offered in the following areas:

  • Research ethics
  • Research methods and statistics
  • Research tools and technical skills
  • Scientific writing, publishing and communication
  • Pedagogical skills
  • Entrepreneurship, business, rights and law

Courses of the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS)

Courses of the Doctoral Programmes

Faculties and doctoral programmes also organises some courses that are open to all doctoral researchers. Please check the course information to see if participation is possible. If needed, contact the coordinator of the doctoral programme for more information.

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Technology

Turku School of Economics

Faculty of Social Sciences

Application form for doctoral researchers of Åbo Akademi

Flexible study right is applied for with an electronic form between University of Turku and Åbo Akademi. Use your home university's user account to log into the UTUForm system. 

In the UTUForm system, the electronic application form is passed on from the doctoral researcher to an official at the home university for approval and, if approved, from the home university to the University of Turku. You will receive email notifications on the progress of the application and any request for supplementary information. 

Application form for doctoral researchers of other Finnish universities