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Multidisciplinary. International. Research University.
The University of Turku is an active academic community of 25,000 students and employees, which conducts groundbreaking and interdisciplinary research. We engage in the development of Finnish and international education and innovations paving the way for a brighter future.
In addition to Turku, we have campuses in the cities of Rauma and Pori and operations all over Finland – all the way from Lapland to the Archipelago Sea.
The Royal Academy of Turku
The first university to be established in Turku was The Royal Academy of Turku, in 1640, which was transferred to the new Capital, Helsinki, after the Great Fire of Turku in 1827.
Three famous Finns began their studies in Turku in 1822. These were Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Elias Lönnrot, and Johan Ludvig Runeberg who have a statue on University Hill. Another reminder of the Royal Academy is the Old Academy Building near the University's campus.
The University of Turku
The modern University of Turku was founded in 1920. The Finnish intelligentsia wanted a purely Finnish university, the first of its kind in Finland. 22,040 people contributed to the fund-raising campaign. Newly gained independence and the campaign are reflected in the motto of the University about a free people's gift to free science. To honour the memory of these donors, the University has named its specially created liqueur "22 040". Developed by the University's own food chemists, the liqueur does homage to some of the distinctive fruits of the Finnish landscape: the cloudberry, the rowan and the sea buckthorn.
The first premises of the University of Turku were in the centre of the city, by the market square. In the 1950s a new campus was built on Ryssänmäki (fi) (Russian Hill – now known as University Hill). In the 1960s the University started to expand rapidly, a process that still continues.
The University was made a public institution in 1974.
Since 1995 the University of Turku has been a member of Coimbra Group.
In January 2010, Turku School of Economics merged with the University of Turku, forming a seventh faculty of the university.
You are an eligible applicant for Master-level studies if
- you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – typically a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
- your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
- your degree gives eligibility to master level studies in the country where it was issued,
- your degree is in a relevant field in regard to the Master’s degree programme that you are applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements.
Read more: https://www.utu.fi/en/study-at-utu/how-when-to-apply
Of the over 20,000 universities in the world, the University of Turku is among the top one percent.
Dozens of university rankings are compiled all over the world and in most of them, the University of Turku is ranked as one of the best three of universities in Finland.
The methodology often differs between the rankings, but most common evaluation criteria are the number of scientific publications and citations, evaluations by employers, experts and research colleagues, as well as different kinds of key figures in education and internationality.
Welcome to the Student City of Turku
The Turku Campus of the University of Turku is located close to the city center and the Aura river near 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.
All the important services for students, personnel, and visitors alike are found close to the campus. Getting around everywhere is handy either by walking, cycling, or by the Föli city buses.
The joint goal of the higher education institutions of Turku and the City of Turku is to be Finland's best student city! Active student life, easy and well-functioning public transport, and affordable housing are Turku's great assets. As many as 99% of the city's students of higher education institutions recommend Turku as a student city to their friends.
University of Turku is an inspiring, encouraging, and interactive working and learning environment and we are constantly looking for new ways to develop our study environments.
Our IT services on campus are versatile and free to use. All students have access to the University's IT services and wireless networks with no additional cost.
The University of Turku Library offers excellent library services for students and staff, such as extensive databases, e-resources, digital materials, and equipment free of charge.
The Student Village Foundation of Turku (TYS) was founded by the Student Union of Turku University and it specially builds, renovates, maintains and rents apartments for students in the Turku area. TYS has around 7 300 apartment places and 19 housing locations. As these apartments are specially directed to students, the rent prices are affordable for students and you can rent a room starting from 200 € (21 m2). All TYS apartment rents include water, electricity, Internet connection and sauna turns.
With a valid Finnish university student card you have the right to free Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS). The health services provided are general practitioners and specialists, nursing care and physiotherapy as well as x-ray and laboratory work. FSHS also provides assistance in managing yourself during your studies. FSHS mental health services include mental health counselling, psychotherapy and psychiatric care. Dental care is also included to FSHS and fees are from 16€ to max. 30€.
For the special care such as hospital care and some specialist services, students who have Turku as their place of residence have the right to municipal health care.
As the university students you will have an opportunity to offered government-subsidised student lunches for €2.70, which usually includes the main dish, side salad, bread, water and a non-alcoholic drink (e.g. milk or juice). Students are expected to show a valid student card each time to get the student-priced lunch. You can find dozens of student cafeterias around the campus area.
Freely available courses
As a student of the University of Turku you have a right to take any courses provided by the university freely. University of Turku provides high quality education in English language in many fields of study. There is also a great possibility to study various languages in the university language centre. Some limitations may occur with some of the practical courses where the amount of participants is more limited.
50% off the transportation
With the valid student card you will automatically have 50% off all your bus and train tickets in Finland (discount not valid for flight tickets).
One month bus card for the whole Turku area costs 33€ (for student) and it can be used unlimitedly.
10 Best reasons to choose UTU
- UTU is one of the most international universities in Finland.
- Programs based on our strengths in research.
- Excellent career prospects for graduates.
- Generous scholarships are available for talented students.
- Professors and lecturers that challenge you to learn.
- Personal support and services throughout your studies.
- Modern facilities and learning environments.
- A wide selection of optional and minor studies.
- Active student life and versatile activities.
- Compact campus where all is near.
Read more: utu.fi/degrees