The River Aura in autumn colours (picture credit: Seilo Ristimäki)

Welcome to Pre-EAIE Partner Day!

Would you like to visit your partner universities in Turku/Åbo, Southwest of Finland, a day prior to the EAIE 2019 Conference in Helsinki?

University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Novia University of Applied Sciences warmly welcome colleagues and representatives of partner universities worldwide to participate in Pre-EAIE Partner Day 2019 in Turku/Åbo on Monday 23 September 2019!

We would like to offer you a day constisting of:

  • Getting to know your partner institutions in Finland's oldest city Turku.

  • A short guided bus tour of the campus to see where your students study and live.

  • Networking with your colleagues and explore the beautiful autumn foliage on our campuses.

  • You will be able to meet with students and staff.

  • A trip to the nearby picturesque seaside town of Naantali, where you can fresh up by walking along the narrow streets of this charming medieval town or just enjoy the beautiful surroundings in the company of international and Finnish colleagues.

  • Dinner in Naantali.

  • Free bus transportation (approximately 2 hours) to the EAIE conference on Tuesday 24 September 2019 in the morning.


Please contact your partner university and see the preliminary programme below!

The registration for Pre-EAIE Partner Day 2019 in Turku/Åbo is closed.


Monday 23 September 2019

08.45 Depature from Hotel Seaport, after this the bus will pick up the guests at Hotel Seurahuone (at 8.50). NB! If you are staying at another hotel than Seaport or Seurahuone, please join the bus at Hotel Seurahuone.
There will be short guided bus tour of the campus to see where your students study and live.

09.00 Departure from Hotel Caribia. There will be short guided bus tour of the campus to see where your students study and live.

10.00 Visitor and Innovation Centre Joki and presentations of the local HEIs.

12.00-13.30 Lunch at Restaurant Taito (student-run restaurant, lunch offered by the organisers)

Partners of the University of Turku: Please be at the meeting point at 11.45 with all your belongings.

Partners of the other universities: Please be at the meeting point at 12.00 with all your belongings.

14.00- 16.00 Getting to know your host university:

  • Campus walking tour: Spend a couple of hours exploring the highlights of the beautiful campuses. Talk to students and departmental coordinator/staff. Learn more about your host institution.
  • Other optional programme.

13.30: Campus visits of the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University and Novia University of Applied Sciences start outside restaurant Taito.

13.45: Campus visits of the Turku University of Applied Sciences start outside restaurant Taito.

Evening program in the picturesque seaside town Naantali

17.15 Bus 1: Departure from Turku Cathedral

17.30  Bus 1: Departure from Hotel Seurahuone

17.40 Bus 1: Departure from Hotel Seaport

17.40 Bus 2: Departure from Hotel Caribia (NB: Only for guests staying at Hotel Caribia)

18.15-19.00 Walking tour in Naantali

19 - Dinner in Naantali, offered by the organisers

If you arrive to Naantali by own means, please come to the dinner restaurant Merisali (address Nunnakatu 1, 21100 Naantali) at 19 o`clock at the latest.

Transportation back to hotels in Turku:

The first bus back to Turku will leave around 21.15, the second bus around 21.45, both serving the guests of the Hotels Caribia, Seurahuone and Seaport.

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Bus to Helsinki Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre (Only for pre-registered participants, please remember to bring your ticket to the driver; the ticket will be handed out at registration).

Two busses will leave to Helsinki in the morning starting at 6.15 and at 8.40 (please check the schedule below). The trip to Helsinki will take about 2 hours. Please remember to be on time!

Bus 1: 06.15 Departure from Hotel Seaport, 06.20 Departure from Hotel Seurahuone 6.30 Departure from Hotel Caribia

Bus 2: 08.40 Departure from Hotel Seaport, 08.50 Departure from Hotel Seurahuone, 09.00 Departure from Hotel Caribia




The Spa Hotel Caribia, Hotel Seaport and Solo Sokos Hotel Seurahuone

1) The Spa Hotel Caribia still has a few rooms available for the time period! (information updated 19.7.2019)

Please use the code "Pre EAIE 2019" for booking the room.

Hotel breakfast, spa and gym are included in the price. If case of pre-order, Harmony spa treatments -15 % of the normal prices. The smoke sauna experience offered on Sun 22 Sept and Mon 23 Sept between 5 pm and 8 pm.


A standard room for one person (18 m2): 98 EUR  / night
A standard room for two persons (18 m2): 108 EUR / night


2) Second option for a quota is  Hotel Seaport in the harbour and the promotion code for the hotel reservation is PRE-EAIE. You are able to get the discount by reserving the room by phone: +358 2 283 3000, by email: or by making the reservation through their online reservation system: Please make the reservation as soon as possible since the discount code is valid only until the 31st of August.


A standard double room for one person or two persons: 149 EUR/night

Hotel breakfast is included in the price.


3) Third option is Solo Sokos Hotel Seurahuone, the promotion code for the hotel reservation is EAIE. You are able to get the discount by reserving the room by phone: +358 20 1234 600 or by email:


A single room for one person: 129 EUR/night

A twin room for two persons: 149 EUR/night

Hotel breakfast is included in the price.


4) There are several other hotels in Turku and you can find them on Visit Turku pages.





Student Testimonials

Read and see what students have to say about studying and living in Turku!

TUAS students in Turku

During the Christmas holiday we talked to the other students of our course, who went abroad for an exchange, and they can't say that everything went as planned. They faced lots of problems with the university and the housing situation and other obstacles along the way, that made Vica, Mike and me realize that we made the right decision when applying for Novia as our exchange year.

Karin, Double Degree student from Hochschule Landshut, Germany

I have been really impressed with my Master’s programme at UTU so far. I can take a wide range of courses as part of my degree, and the regular seminars mean that I have plenty of time to discuss the topics with my tutors and classmates. Student life in Finland is similar to the UK - just a bit colder! It’s still all about making friends, exploring new ideas and getting involved in the campus community.

Jonathon, MA student from the United Kingdom

I chose to come study in Finland, and particularly UniTurku, because of my interest in learning about my Finnish heritage as well as the fact that UniTurku provides highly specialized programs that teach many differing aspects of subjects, and that, unlike many other Asian Studies programs in Europe, the one at UniTurku is a social sciences program and not the traditional classical literature, providing a more multidisciplinary perspective and increased hire-ability after graduation! Though the majority of the year is spent studying rigorously, at UniTurku my peers and I have found comforts in outdoorsy activities, like hiking in Ruissalo and sledding at Impivaaranpuisto, and indoors playing board games while drinking Finnish coffee and the occasional hot chocolate with pastries! 

Milla, MSSc student from the United States

I am currently a first-year student of the International Master's Degree Programme (MDP) in Finnish and Other Finno-Ugric Languages at University of Turku (UTU) in Finland. Since this is the only international MPD provided by UTU where the main language of instruction is Finnish, it is challenging to maintain the status of an international student. However, studying at UTU serves as a unique opportunity to improve my language skills, establish international contacts and expand my knowledge in different fields in a way that I just cannot do in my home country. Moreover, I have the privilege to represent UTU as a Student Ambassador and I am also actively involved in the activities carried out by the international student organization ESN Uni Turku. From my experience, UTU warmly welcomes all the international students by having friendly student tutors, experienced study advisors, helpful international coordinators and a professional teaching staff. Even student organizations are always there to help students settle in Turku and have a successful start of their studies!

Kristaps, MA student from Latvia

As Innovation is increasingly recognized as a vitally important social and economic phenomenon worthy of serious research study, University of Turku is one of the pioneers teaching and training students in Global Innovation Management. The program engages me in theoretical and practical insights of management, entrepreneurship and innovation fields globally, which is significantly important to my career path. It’s my pleasant experience to study at University of Turku. 

Huy, MSc student from Vietnam

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