University of Turku
The University of Turku (UTU), founded in 1920, is an inspiring and international academic community of 25,000 students and staff in Southwest Finland. We place within the top 1% of world’s universities, and among domestic Finnish applicants we were the most popular university in Finland in 2022.
The University of Turku offers study and research opportunities in eight faculties and five independent units. Our main campus is located in the historical city centre of Turku, renonwed as the best Student City in Finland. It is also located close to the unique nature and archipelago of Southwest Finland.
We educate future experts who will solve complex scientific questions and social issues and build a sustainable world. Our graduates have excellent collaboration skills, the ability to create work for themselves and others, and expertise that can be applied to different sectors of society. We offer a wide choice of international Master’s degree programmes in English.
Thanks to the outstanding services, compact campus, and active academic society, international students and scholars feel at home from the very beginning of their stay with us at the University of Turku, Finland!
Top reasons to study here
- We are the one of the most international universities in Finland
- Our programmes are based on our strengths in research
- Excellent career prospects for graduates
- Scholarships available for talented students
- Professors and lecturers that challenge you to learn
- Personal support and student services throughout your studies
- Excellent facilities and learning environments
- Wide selection of optional and minor studies in English
- Active student life
- Compact campuses and student city Turku
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about University 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.
The University of Turku was established in 1920. At the time, the University consisted of the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Turku Finnish University Society purchased the Phoenix hotel, built in 1878 right by the Market Square. The University operated from the building for 36 years, even though at first it was meant only as a temporary solution.
Welcome to complete your Master’s degree at the University of Turku, in Finland!
We educate future experts who will solve complex scientific questions and social issues and build a sustainable world.
At UTU, you can study in International Master’s degree programmes taught in English.
The University of Turku is a scientifically strong, multidisciplinary university where new research possibilities are sought especially in disciplinary interfaces and interdisciplinary research. This page features Academicians and Academy Professors as well as flagships of research, Centres of Excellence, and research projects funded by ERC at the University of Turku.
Studies at the University of Turku are an excellent way to start your future career. According to surveys, 95% of the University of Turku alumni feel that they have received high-quality education which corresponds to their career.
Graduates of University of Turku are creative experts equipped with a quality degree and problem-solving skills needed to make an impact on the global world.
In addition to the research-based education, the University provides the UTU students and graduates with personal support to strengthen their skills in career planning and job seeking. We continuously develop our services and connections to business life to help students find a meaningful career. From 2022 onwards all degree students of the University are guaranteed an internship subsidy during their studies.
We will support you throughout your studies – from the application proces to and beyond the graduation. We offer guidance when you start your studies and in career planning and job seeking. And if you feel you are stuck with your studies or need support in other areas of life, the university and our partners in cooperation can help you.
- Support for studies offered by the faculties
- Teacher and student tutors
- Study psychologists
- Early support for students
- Accessibility at the University of Turku
- Free time and well-being
- Career guidance and help in job seeking
- Study councelling at the Open University
- Guidance for immigrants in higher education – SIMHE
The University does not have
dormitories or student apartments.
• Students are responsible for applying for
housing on time and in the correct manner.
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• Offers affordable housing options ranging
from shared apartments to studios and
• Rents start from 250€/month for shared
• Apply for housing 3 months before needing
Living costs in Turku
Turku is an affordable study destination.
• In general students should have minimum 600
• tudent lunches in campus cafeterias are around 3,20 €.
Turku University Library is the largest academic library in Southwest Finland and it is open to all.
The Turku University Library is an expert community that produces the information services required for research, teaching and studying at the university in a competent and effective manner whilst taking into consideration changes in the operational environment as well as anticipating them.
The library is developing its services proactively in order to respond to the changing information requirements of its clients. It offers information resources that internationally represent top quality for the use of the university community as well as versatile premises for various learning needs. Services and facilities are being developed in interaction with clients. The library functions actively as a member of the sector’s national and international networks, and utilizes applied networks-based services in its development work and services.
When you need help using or acquiring IT devices, please turn to the IT Services helpdesk.
You can access the wireless network anywhere on campus. There are two networks: UTU Visitor for Visitors and Eduroam.
All students are recommended to have a valid health insurance during their studies in Turku. Only with proper health insurance can all the costs be covered if you become ill during you stay in Finland.
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 once per term (spring term 31 January and autumn term 30 September) either with Finnish online banking credentials or as a bank transfer. 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.
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.
CampusSport offers sports services for the students and staff of the higher education institutions in Turku.
CampusSport’s facilities are located close to the city center in Turku.
TYY has over a hundred different organisations. There are subject associations, student nations and various other organisations.
All of the organisations are independently registered associations. The status of the organisations at TYY is regulated by the Regulation on sub-organisations and financial support.
TYY offers various services to its organisations. This includes, for example, counselling services, financial support, training and items and space for rent. Hopefully you will find the information you need to questions on organisations on these pages. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact the actors in the student organisation sector.
- The University of Turku is often ranked as the third best university in Finland.
- QS World University Rankings: 295
- THE World University Rankings: 351–400
- THE Impact Ranking: 401-600
- Academic Ranking of World Universities: 401-500
- NTU Ranking: 402
- U.S. News Best Global Universities Ranking: 327
- The Center for World University Rankings: 395
- CWTS Leiden Ranking: 464
University of Turku Ranked Top 401–500th Globally in Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022
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