Preparing for the coronavirus at Turku University of Applied Sciences
Operational instructions valid until 15 August 2021
Update 12 May
Our operations and instructions follow the recommendations of Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health given 23.10.2020.
In all activieies Turku University of Applied Sciences, the aim is to minimize all close contacts. The group size is limited to max. 10 people. The limitations on group sizes concern both students ans staff.
When it is necessery to come on campus, the prerequisite for on-campus operations is responsible cooperation. It means that people come to the campuses only when they are completely healthy and that everyone takes care of good hand and coughing hygiene (THL.fi).
Implemention of teaching
Despite the exceptional circumstances, the teaching continues in full extent and is implemented according to the planned timetables. Teaching is carried out as distance learning when possible and sensible in terms of functionality. This enables the number of those simultaneously operating on the campuses and ensuring a safer operational environment for the students and staff.
Coming from abroad
Finentry digital service makes arrival to Finland easier and manages the Covid-19 testing that might be required for entry. Go to the service here
The arriving exchange students shall comply with the quarantine instructions provided by the authorities before arriving to any of the campuses.
As for travel restrictions from your specific home country, please check updated national guidelines on our government and Finnish Border guard webpages:
Once you have been accepted as an exchange student to Turku UAS, 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
Turku Health Care cervices 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.
- Doctor’s statement of health
- Result of Thorax X-ray. Statement has to be less than 3 months old. Results must be normal. Do not send X-ray images.
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 Turku UAS:
Infection Disease Control/
Turun tartuntatautien valvonta
Luolavuorentie 2, rakennus 1C, 2.krs
Insurance and student health care
For all exchange students your local health station in Turku/Salo is the primary provider of health care services of accidents and illness Turku health stations
EU nationals and citizens of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein who possess a European health care card, and citizens of Quebec:
- Request for the European Health Insurance card from your home country and take the card with you to Finland
We strongly recommend travel health insurance for all incoming exchange students.
Students from other countries:
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).
- Turku UAS 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.
- Turku UAS 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
Instructions related to Covid-19
Arriving in Finland
When you arrive in Finland, you must self-isolate for 14 days.
You can shorten the duration of self-isolation by getting tested voluntarily twice.
If you have a certificate proving a negative test result that you received less than 72 hours ago, get tested again 72 hours after your arrival in Finland at the earliest. If you test negative again, you can end self-isolation.
If you don’t have a certificate proving a negative test result that you received less than 72 hours ago, we recommend self-isolation regardless of how long you will stay in Finland. You can shorten the duration of self-isolation by getting tested immediately when you arrive in Finland. Then get tested again 72 hours after the first test at the earliest. If you test negative both times, you can end self-isolation.
While you are waiting for your test results, you must self-isolate at home or the place where you are lodging.
Getting tested in Turku
Call the coronavirus helpline, tel. +358 2 266 2714 for instructions
(open Mon–Fri from 8 am to 3 pm)
Residence permit and visa
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.
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.
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 migri.fi
Remember to apply for the Finnish Personal Identity Code together with the residence permit. More information here.
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 .
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 Turku UAS 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 Turku UAS 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 Turku UAS (study certificate, username and password for computer systems and meal subsidy card).
Each Turku UAS 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 are Turku UAS 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 Turku UAS 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]turkuamk.fi).
Your student tutor will also keep you informed about any free time activities with other Turku UAS 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 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 (Turku UAS) 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
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 on IT Services page . Your degree programme recommends acquiring at least basic/high-quality basic/an efficient device.
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.
Living in Turku (e.g. living costs)
- You home university has nominated you as an exchange student to Turku UAS
- You have applied to Turku UAS through Mobility Online and uploaded all the required application documents
- Turku UAS 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)
- If these housing options are full, check other possibilities at www.tuas.fi/accommodation
- 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 necessary Health Documents (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