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Page updated 10.9.2019

New exchange students

On Tuesday the 27th of August, Turku University of Applied Sciences welcomed new exchange students. This semester 208 of them will begin their new journey in Finland.

Exchange students are warmly welcome to TUAS. Every year, over 300 students choose TUAS as their exchange destination. No wonder why – on every campus TUAS offers a variety of courses taught in English in which exchange students and Finns can study together.

The beginning of journey

During the orientation day, the new exchange students could register in the main lobby of ICT City. They heard a welcoming speech from Dr. Vesa Taatila, the Rector and President of TUAS, and a lecture about practical matters from Ms. Hanna Peussa, International Relations Officer. The morning session ended with group work together with the international student tutors. After lunch, the exchange students found out more about libraries and sports in Turku, and how we recycle in Finland.

The numbers

Every autumn semester, TUAS welcomes a little more than 200 exchange students. When it comes to students from Europe, most of them come via the Erasmus+ program. Most of the exchange students come from France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. Aside of that TUAS also receives students from outside of Europe. This year we can meet people from Thailand, Russia, Canada, Brazil, Japan, South Korea and China.

Why Finland?

“I was always interested in the Nordic countries”, says Kevin, a 22-year-old student from Germany.  “I´ve been hearing about the great Finnish education for several years so I wanted to see it for myself. So far it´s been very good – everyone is very helpful and nice.”

“Finland was one of the places on my bucket list. I always wanted to visit it, and now I had the opportunity. I am really hoping to meet new people, and travel as much as I can. I am really curious about lessons and courses also. Let´s see what Finland has to offer!” says Claudia from Spain.


Text: Agnieszka Olenska, trainee at Communications Services