Page updated 21.6.2017
TUAS staff

Practical information for visitors and international staff

On this page you can find practical information for international visitors and employees.

Accommodation in Turku

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Usually our guests pay for the accommodation themselves. For shorter stays, we recommend one of the hotels in the centre. Hotel Centro has been quite popular among our visitors. More options can be found here, for example:

Booking.com

Airbnb

For longer exchanges, we can recommend Inn 22 or Guesthouse Kupittaa which are quite modest but inexpensive accommodation alternatives. Forenom and Kotimaailma also provide furnished rental apartments, yet they are quite expensive alternatives.

Inn 22

Forenom

Guesthouse Kupittaa

Kotimaailma


If you are going to work at TUAS, you might also want to rent a non-furnished flat. Your contact person at TUAS can help you in finding a flat. Most rental flats in Turku can be found on Vuokraovi webpage.

Rental apartments at Vuokraovi


 
 

 

Visa and residence permit

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If you are staying maximum of 90 days you might need a visa. Check the Finland Foreign Affairs Ministry's webpage for more information and a country specific list for required travelling documents. EU citizens do not need a visa.

If you are staying more than three months you need to apply for a residence permit through Finnish Migration Services .You can also apply for the Finnish Personal Identity Code together with the residence permit. EU citizens need to register a right of residence after three months. 

 

Social security system, health care, insurance and taxation

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If your stay in Finland is considered permanent (over two years) you can apply for covered under the Finnish social security system. You can read more here .

Citizens of other EU/EEA countries or of Switzerland have the right for European Health Insurance Card, which entitles to use municipal health care services for the same prices as Finnish citizens. However, not all doctors and hospitals operate within the reimbursement system, which means that any costs you incur outside the system will have to be paid by yourself. You can order for free this card in your own country before a trip.

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Employees are at insured during their office hours in Pohjola Insurance Ltd. In addition it is highly recommended to have personal travel insurance for leisure time.

Employees with a contract with TUAS also have a right to use occupational health care. Even in the case of employees, the occupational health service is not fully comprehensive; leisure time accidents and emergencies, extensive laboratory tests or other extensive physical examinations or treatment are not included. There are also some private health care clinics in Turku, such as Mehiläinen  and Terveystalo

If you receive salary from TUAS during your stay in Finland, you can check the taxation regulations from Finnish Tax Administration's webpage.

 

 

Travelling to Turku and Salo

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 TUAS has several units in Turku and one in Salo. Find out more about the best ways to travel to Turku and Salo here .
 

You can find directions to all our units in Turku here (liite) The local bus connections are good and frequent. A single ticket costs €3, but if you stay here for a longer time, it might be a good idea to purchase a travel card. Please check for more details on local bus connections here:

Föli  - Turku Region Traffic
 

More detailed information on Salo Campus:

Information on Salo Campus

 

Bank account

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You can open a Finnish bank account when there is a long term contract and regular salary payment. Banks usually ask for a Finnish social security number

Daycare and schools

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If you will stay a longer time at TUAS and have family, you may be interested in childrens'  daycare and schools.

There is an international school  in Turku, where the teaching is in English. It is also possible to apply to a Finnish school, where children can take part in preparatory teaching until their level of Finnish is good enough to join a Finnish class. You can read more on daycare and schools in Turku here .

Read more on education in Finland:

Early childhood education and care in Finland - Ministry of Education and Culture

Basic Education in Finland - Ministry of Education and Culture

Things to do in Turku

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If you stay in Turku for a short time, you are probably interested in shopping, restaurants and sightseeing. You can find our recommendations in the list below.

For those staying here for a longer time, there is also plenty to do. You can buy our Campussport card or hike in the beautiful nature. There is also a lot of activities for children if you bring your family with you. You new colleagues will be happy to give you some tips!

 

Finnish language and culture

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If you stay here for a longer time, you can take part in our Finnish for Foreigners courses together with our international students. You can also participate the Friendship programme , which gives you the possibility to get to know Finns and Finnish culture. You can find useful information on Living in Turku here

If you want to know more about Finland and Finnish Culture, please visit This is Finland  webpage.