Page updated 25.2.2020
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Before Arrival 

Once you have been accepted as an exchange student to TUAS, you can start preparing your study-abroad period.

Below you can find information about things you should take care of before your arrival to Finland. 

Read it through carefully!

Required Health Documents

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Student Health Care Center requires all the students who have lived / stayed in countries with high risk of tuberculosis  for more than 3 months to provide the following health documents.

Documents have to be provided in the country where you are invited to study from.
The documents must be filled in English.

Please send the documents to the following address by post before your arrival to TUAS:
Student Health Care Center
Hämeenkatu 10, 3rd floor
20500 Turku

It is strongly recommended that You send the required Health Documents before your arrival.

More information:
Student Health Care / Public Health Nurse Anne Immonen
Turku Welfare Division
e-mail: anne.immonen(at)
Tel. +358406821024

Insurance and student health care

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Health care

EU nationals and citizens of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein who possess a European health care card, and citizens of Quebec:

  • You have the same benefits as TUAS degree students
  • Request for the European Health Insurance card from your home country and take the card with you to Finland

Student from other countries:

  • You are eligible for health nurses services. For doctors appoitment you need to use a private health care centers. You need to have health care insurance covering your medical expenses as required to achieve the residence permit to Finland (see below).


  • TUAS has taken out an accident insurance for incoming exchange students. The insurance covers accidents occured during student’s course curriculum and direct travel between the university campus and place of accommodation.
  • TUAS strongly recommends all the exchange students to take out a comprehensive insurance (health, travel, accommodation) for their exchange period.

Students from outside EU member states and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland

  • To achieve a residence permit to Finland you need to have a private insurance to cover your medical and pharmaceutical expenses. More information at Finnish Immigration Service MIGRI 

Residence permit and visa

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Students outside of EU and ETA countries need a residence permit or visa to study in Finland. Remember to start the application process immediately after you receive the letter of acceptance.

Finnish Immigration Service's instructions for exchange students

If you are staying maximum of 90 days you might need a visa. Check the Finland Foreign Affairs Ministry's country specific list for required travelling documents.

Residence permit
If you are staying more than three months you need to apply for a residence permit through Finnish Migration Services. You can find the application procedure at
Remember to apply for the Finnish Personal Identity Code together with the residence permit. More information here.

Arrival Information

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Arrival Form
It is very important that we know the exact date and time of your arrival so that your student tutor can meet you when you arrive in Turku. 
NB! You are expected to arrive in Turku on a working day (Mon-Fri) between 8:00 and 22:00. This way your student tutor is most likely to be able to help you with your arrival. Please note that you should inform your arrival time to Turku (airport, bus or train station) or Salo.

Submit information concerning your arrival by filling in the arrival form at least two weeks before your arrival:

Travelling to Turku and Salo
Find out more about the best ways to travel to Turku and Salo at  How to Find Us .


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Orientations are held at the start of the semester. All the orientation days are mandatory for new exchange students. During the orientation you will receive all the necessary information regarding your studies at TUAS as well as some useful tips for your exchange life in Turku / Salo.

General orientation is held by the International Student Services and is aimed for all the TUAS incoming exchange students. The general orientation includes presentations of the practical matters (accommodation, starting package, online systems) as well as student organizations and about the Finnish culture. The exchange students will receive in the general orientation the official documents from TUAS (study certificate, username and password for computer systems and meal subsidy card).

Each TUAS faculty holds their own faculty orientation where the faculty and the courses will be introduced to the exchange students.

See the orientation dates on the right.

Student tutors

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Student tutors are TUAS degree students who are interested in meeting people from different cultures. 

You don't have to apply for a student tutor, all the exchange students who have applied to TUAS by the dead line, will be assigned a tutor.

Your student tutor will meet you when you arrive and help you with practical matters at the beginning of your stay in Finland. She/he will contact you by email before your arrival; please remeber to also check your junk e-mail folder as sometimes messages can be automatically directed there. Please respond to your tutor as soon as possible and always keep her/him informed on your situation. If you for some reason do not hear from your tutor, please contact the International Student Services (exchange.students[a]

Your student tutor will also keep you informed about any free time activities with other TUAS students.

Please note that your student tutor is most likely to be able to help you with your arrival if you arrive during weekdays between 8.00-22.00.

Starting package

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Starting package in Turku

The student unions of the universities in Turku (TYY, ÅAS), the student union of the Novia University of Applied Sciences (Novium), and the Turku University of Applied Science (TUAS) run a starting package storage where exchange students can borrow a package with household items which they then return before they leave Turku.

Using your own laptop in the studies

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Along with e.g. different cloud services, Turku University of Applied Sciences will increasingly require students to have their own laptops during schooldays.

What kind of computer do I need?

Read the general instructions for acquiring a computer here: Using your own laptop in the studies . Your degree programme recommends acquiring at least basic/high-quality basic/an efficient device.

Student Life

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We are sure that you will be pleased with your decision to come to Turku and TUAS. During your curriculum you will learn the latest know-how available on your field of study, and on your leisure time you will be able to join the various activities organised for exchange students.

Services for students  

Living in Turku  (e.g. living costs)

Finternational Stories blog - glimpses of student life at TUAS



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  • You home university has nominated you as an exchange student to TUAS
  • You have applied to TUAS through Mobility Online and uploaded all the required application documents
  • TUAS has accepted your application and sent you the letter of acceptance via email
  • You have applied for accommodation  
    • Students coming to Turku: You have applied housing from the Student Village Foundation (TYS) and from Retrodorm  
  • NON-EU students: You have applied for a residence permit or visa
  • You have taken out a comprehensive insurance (health, travel, accommodation) for your exchange period
  • You have sent the Health Documents to the Student Health Care center (If they are required from you, please see Required Health Documents above for more details)
  • You have filled in the online arrival form (see above "Arrival information")
  • You have been in contact with your student tutor and informed him/her about
    • your arrival (date, time and place)
    • your accommodation and key pick-up
    • if you want to rent a starting package
    • any changes to your original plans