University of Turku
  • No. Students: 12270
  • Frgn. Students: 570
  • No. Staff: 1894
  • Study mode: 16 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English
  • Phone:
  • +358294505000
  • Fax:
  • +358294505040
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The University of Turku is an international research university and an active academic community of more than 25,000 students and employees. It was founded as the first Finnish-language university in the country in 1920. The university campus is located in the historical city centre of Turku - close to the unique nature and archipelago of Southwest Finland. As one of the leading universities in Finland, the University of Turku offers study and research opportunities in seven faculties and twelve special units and interdisciplinary centres. The University’s cross-cutting research is based on strong academic competence. Molecular biosciences form the widest area of strength in research. Other acknowledged areas of research research are cardiovascular and metabolic research, ecological studies, learning and education research, future studies and research on institutional design and social mechanisms. The University’s aim and ambition is to provide students with innovative problem solving skills and a high-standard, multidisciplinary education based on the latest research. A strong focus is placed on making research careers attractive and predictable. The University of Turku Graduate School coordinates PhD training and Doctoral Programmes, and the University hosts two Research Collegia which offer post-doctoral career opportunities. 

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 have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally 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 is in the same field as the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying for or closely related to it.

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.

​In the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, the University of Turku was placed among the top in nine different subjects. The University of Turku ranked 24th in Nursing and 43rd in Dentistry in the international ranking. The University also ranked among the top 200 in three other subjects.

University of Turku rankings in the QS World University Rankings by Subject:

• Nursing 24
• Dentistry 43
• Education, 151–200
• Law, 151–200
• Medicine, 151–200
• Biological Sciences, 201–250 
• Economics and Econometrics, 201–250
• Modern Languages, 201–250
• Physics & Astronomy, 301–350.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject evaluated the success of 4,226 universities in 42 subject areas. The ranking is based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. 

Learning Finnish

Adult Education Centre of the City of Turku
The Adult Education Centre of the City of Turku offers Finnish language courses from beginner's to advanced levels.

Luuppi - The Loupe
Language teaching in Luuppi is arranged so that students can advance from the beginner´s level to the intermediate level and further on to the advanced level courses. Luuppi also organises The National Certificates of Language Proficiency (Yleinen kielitutkinto) in Finnish, Swedish and English in the basic and intermediate level.

The Summer University of Turku
The Summer University of Turku organises Finnish language courses for foreigners throughout the year enabling students to study the whole year without a pause. The course selection includes courses suitable for beginners as well as for more advanced students.

Turun iltalukio - Upper Secondary School for Adults
Turun iltalukio offers Upper Secondary Education for Adults. Finnish for Foreiger's courses are targeted for those who are not offered these language courses by any otehr organisation.

Friendship Programme
Are you interested in getting to know more about the Finnish way of life? The Friendship Programme is organised by the higher education institutions in Turku.

Science Café
Science Cafes are English-language science-oriented public discussion events organized by UTU theoretical phycisists. The talks are designed to be suitable for audiences of any background. Each Cafe event is based around an expert of a particular field explaining the subject of their research or an interesting phenomenon in an engaging and thought-provoking, yet easily understandable way.

Expat Turku Network
The Network welcomes all foreigners with a higher education degree living in Turku and willing to integrate among the Turku community.  Afterworks will be organised every first Tuesday of each month and various activities will be organised such as company visits, cultural events, leisure activities, etc. In addition, extra activities will be organised either in collaboration with other organisations or by the Network at different times. The Expat Turku Network partners are the Universities in Turku, the World Trade Center Turku and the Turku Chamber of Commerce.

Turun kansainvälinen klubi - Turku International Club 
Turku International Club is a meeting place for people from different backgrounds. The Club gives an opportunity for intercultural interaction and communication as well as learning from each other. The informal get-togethers are open for everyone.
The gatherings offer a forum to practice your Finnish, to meet and get to know new people and friends. The Club gives an opportunity to organize different kinds of multicultural events, trips to surrounding neighborhoods as well as smaller gatherings. The activities are organized according to the participants’ wishes and interests. What would you like to do? You are warmly welcome to join the club!

Student accommodation

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.

Student healthcare

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.

Student lunches

As the university students you will have an opportunity to offered government-subsidised student lunches for €2.60, 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.

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Study programs at University of Turku :
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  • Tuition Fee:
  • International students: $ 11.3k / 1 year
  • Ranking:
  • 146 StudyQA
  • Duration:
  • 2 years
    University of Turku logo
    • Tuition Fee:
    • International students: $ 11.3k / 1 year
    • Ranking:
    • 123 StudyQA
    • Duration:
    • 2 years
      University of Turku logo
      • Tuition Fee:
      • International students: $ 11.3k / 1 year
      • Ranking:
      • 178 StudyQA
      • Duration:
      • 2 years
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        • Tuition Fee:
        • International students: $ 15.9k / 1 year
        • Ranking:
        • 139 StudyQA
        • Duration:
        • 2 years