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.

  • There will be a nice dinner in Naantali.

  • Free bus transportation (approximately 2 hours) to the EAIE conference on Tuesday 24 September 2019 in the morning. (at 6.30 and at 9)


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

The registration for Pre-EAIE Partner Day 2019 in Turku/Åbo is now open!

Register here!

The registration will be open until 31 July 2019. As there is a limited number of places, registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. We welcome a maximum of two attendees per institution. There will be an ongoing acceptance process.

Preliminary Programme

Monday 23 September 2019

9.00 Meeting at Hotel Caribia or Hotel Seaport and a 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

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

14.00- 16.00 Getting to know your host university:

  • Campus walking tour: Spend a couple of hours with a student guide exploring the highlights of the beautiful campuses. Talk to students and departmental coordinator/staff. Learn more about the university. Enjoy a coffee at a student dining court.
  • Other optional programme.

17.45 Departure from the Hotel Caribia or Seaport to the picturesque seaside town Naantali

18.15-19.00 Walking tour or other optional programme in Naantali

19 - Dinner in Naantali, offered by the organisers

Transportation back to Hotel Caribia in Turku.

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Buses leave to Helsinki in the morning at 6.30 and at 9. It takes about 2 hours. The bus will pick up guests also from Hotel Seaport and Solo Sokos Hotel Seurahuone in addition to Hotel Caribia.

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

1) The Spa Hotel Caribia is currently fully booked, but they might have some rooms available after mid-July.

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.


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


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

Exchange student experiences from Åbo Akademi University:

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