The academic history of Turku extends all the way back to the 13th century, when people from Turku went to study in the universities of Central Europe. In 1640, the first university of Finland, the Royal Academy of Turku, was established by Christina, Queen of Sweden.The University of Turku was established in 1920 with the aid of donations from 22 040 citizens, and it became the first Finnish university in Finland.The University’s founding years was an era of strong patriotism and Finland took its first steps as an independent country. This spirit can also be sensed in the motto of the University:
The University of Turku is an active and international academic community of more than 25,000 staff and students. Get acquainted with studying, research and life at the campus that never sleeps!
Straightforward researcher career path and the advancement of international mobility increase the quality and effectiveness of research. We are increasing the number of postdoctoral researchers recruited through international application processes, and we are developing the use of the Tenure Track system further in the whole University.
The International Office serves all of those who are on the move - either coming to Turku or going abroad. The job of the International Office is to help students and teachers to be mobile and to give advise and information on different possibilities.
Turku has accommodation options to suit every budget. We have reserved rooms for booking by delegates at the following establishments. All the listed options are located in the Turku city centre.
If you need advice, the whole library staff is at your service. You can chat with us or phone us (libraries, opening hours and contact information)
The University of Turku has operatios all over Finland – from Utsjoki, Lappland to Finnish Archipelago Sea. Education is mainly focused on three campuses: Turku, Pori and Rauma.
University of Turku offers many excercise opportunities together with other institutions of higher education in Turku for students and staff.
The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY, Turun yliopiston ylioppilaskunta) is a public corporation completely independent of the University of Turku. The role of TYY 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