Turku is an old university town. Queen Christina of Sweden established the third university of the Sweden-Finland kingdom, the Royal Academy of Turku, in 1640.
In the 1820s, three major figures of Finnish language, culture and literature, J.V. Snellman, Elias Lönnrot and J.L. Runeberg, studied at the Royal Academy of Turku.
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.
The multidisciplinary and international University of Turku is an attractive research environment for researchers at different stages of their careers.
A straightforward researcher career path and the advancement of international mobility increase the quality and effectiveness of research. In accordance with our strategy, 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 Career Services provides career counseling and job seeking services to the students:
The housing situation in Turku is relatively good and student appartments are of easy walking, cycling or a bus ride distance from the campus.
It is your responsibility to arrange accommodation for yourself. University of Turku cannot unfortunately guarantee or arrange housing for students and therefore we recommend that you apply housing well in advance, observing the deadlines set by individual housing providers.
In the coronavirus situation libraries are open with limited service hours only for University staff and students with access rights. In accordance with the University’s policies, the University buildings will be kept locked, but staff and students can access the buildings as well as the libraries with electronic tag during opening hours.
You can access the wireless network anywhere on campus. There are two networks: UTU Visitor for Visitors and Eduroam.
Student health care (Finnish Student Health Service, FSHS) is available to all attending Bachelor's and Master's Degree students. The compulsory health care fee must be paid directly to Kela. Doctoral students are not entitled to use the services of FSHS.
The Turku Campus of the University of Turku is located close to the city centre and the Aura river nearby the other higher education institutions, Turku Science Park companies, and the Turku University Hospital. The campus area extends from Turku Cathedral all the way to the Kupittaa railway station.
CampusSport offers sports services for the students and staff of the higher education institutions in Turku.
The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY, Turun yliopiston ylioppilaskunta) is a public corporation completely independent of the University of Turku. The membership fee of the Union is compulsory to all students.
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