Instructions for New Degree Students accepted in joint application
1. Confirm the study place
You need to confirm the study place by the given deadline (17 July 2020 3:00 pm EEST) or you will lose your study place. Confirming a study place is a binding choice, and you cannot cancel or change your choice later. When you confirm a study place bindingly, all your other study programmes will automatically be cancelled.
In the spring joint application for study programmes offered in English, the results can be published at different times, but no later than by 5 June 2020. As you do not need to set your study options in order of preference in the spring joint application for study programmes offered in English, you can be accepted to several study programmes in the same application.
- NB! You may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term (1.8.-31.12. or 1.1.-31.7.) Read more at Studyinfo.
- Read the instructions on how to confirm a study place in joint application at Studyinfo.fi
2. Register for the academic year
In addition to confirming the study place offered in the spring 2020 first joint application (English conducted degree programmes), you need to register as an attending or non-attending student for the academic year by 17 July 2020 at 3 pm Finnish time. You can register electronically when accepting your study place (a link to service will be activated when you have confirmed the study place). If you have questions about registering, please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that if you are required to pay the tuition fee, registration is not possible before the tuition fee is paid. Instructions for tuition fee payment are sent in a separate email from our Student Services (Opiskelijapalvelut). If you do not pay the tuition fee and register as instructed, you will lose your study entitlement.
Registering as non-attending student: Please note that first year student can register as non-attending only on the following legal grounds:
- completion of military service or civilian service in Finland,
- maternity leave, paternity leave or parental leave or
- if you are unable to begin your studies due to illness or disability.
- Documents that prove the legal grounds for your non-attendance (must be submitted through an
- Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995): Call-up order
- Maternity, paternity or parental leave: Kela's certificate regarding maternity, paternity or parental allowance period or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a medical certificate regarding the pregnancy. Corresponding certificates from the authorities of other countries regarding statutory parental leave.
- The student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury: Sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate. The medical certificate must state which illness or injury the student suffers from, and that this condition prevents the student from beginning the studies. Obstacles caused by the practical arrangements required by the illness or injury: an adequate clarification, e.g. a certificate from the student housing foundation that the student is on the waiting list for an apartment required by his or her injury. The student's own notification is not an adequate clarification.
- A student may also register as absent during the first academic year if he or she has been prevented from starting his or her studies due to an official order related to the covid-19 epidemic or for any other serious reason related to the epidemic.
- Section 29 (4) of the Act applies to registration for the academic year 2020-2021
3. Submit the required documents
The study place is conditional until the UAS has checked the required certificates. TUAS may withdraw the admission, if you have given false information or do not deliver all the required documents by the deadline. Further information: Deadlines for required documents
- If you have not attached the required documents to your application form at Studyinfo during the application period, you must attach/submit them by 17 July 2020.
- Copies of previous degree certificates are not required if you are accepted to our Bachelor's degree programme based on the SAT test results.
- Copies of work certificates are required from those who get admission to Master's degree programmes.
- If you have registered as non-attending student for the academic year, you have to submit the documents proving the legal grounds for the absence through this form: https://turkuamk.e-lomake.fi/lomakkeet/287/lomake.html?rinnakkaislomake=English
Read practical instructions on starting the studies here .
You need to start looking for accommodation as soon as you have received information about being accepted to TUAS. You can apply for an apartment from the Turku Student Village Foundation . Read the instructions carefully, and remember that you have to submit your housing application no less than six weeks before the date you are about to move in.
Living and studying in Turku
Turku is the city of 40,000 students and six higher education institutions.
Read more about living and studying in Turku: turku.fi/studyinturku
If you are required to pay tuition fee, your admission is conditional until you have paid the tuition fee or get exemption from it. You cannot register for the academic year before you have paid the whole tuition fee.
- Read about the tuition fee, scholarship programme and exemption from the tuition fee.
- We don’t offer any scholarships for first year students.
- Contact the Admission Services if you have any questions about the tuition fee and exemption from the fee.
Students who are not citizens of EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and will stay in Finland more than 3 months need to apply for a residence permit through Finnish Migration Services.
Start the application process for residence permit immediately when you have received information of admission because the process can take several months. If you apply for the residence permit in July, it's impossible to get residence permit before the studies start in autumn.
- Read carefully the instructions for applying the residence permit.
- You can also watch a video on how to apply for residence permit on the Finnish Immigration Service website.
- Read also the instructions at Enter Finland website.
Please note that the Finnish Immigration Service does not necessarily grant a residence permit for TUAS’ Master School studies, as there are only two contact lesson days per month. In case the residence permit is not granted, the student may apply for a travel visa for the contact lesson days.
Non-EU/EEA students need a student residence permit. You can begin the student residence permit application online at Enterfinland.fi. Remember that you must personally visit a Finnish embassy or consulate as part of this process. Start your residence permit process as soon as possible, carefully following the immigration authorities' instructions and regulations, so that you can receive your permit in good time before your studies begin!
You can find detailed information and advice on the residence permit requirements and procedures on the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) website.
NB! Missions of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign affairs have interrupted the receiving and processing of residence permit applications on 19 March 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
While abroad, you can still submit your application through the Finnish Immigration Service’s Enter Finland online service. Your application will be accepted for processing once the exceptional arrangements are no longer in effect and you have identified yourself.
Please follow the Finnish Immigration Service’s Corona page for further updates.
Please follow Studyinfo’s COVID-19 information page for further updates.
Step-by-step guide for starting your immigration process during COVID-19 outbreak:
- Prepare for the application by checking you have all the necessary attachments and information before you begin.
- Create your user account in Enter Finland online service
- Fill in the application form for student residence permit carefully and accurately. Also attach all the required documents. This will help the Immigration service when they will process your application later.
- Please follow the bulletins issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on the ministry’s web page. Book a time for identification immediately when the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has announced that the exceptional arrangements are no longer in effect. You can find a list of Finland’s embassies and other missions online.
- Pay and submit your application
- Visit the selected authority to identify yourself
- Follow the processing of your application
Due to prolonged residence permit application process, some degree programmes may offer distance education if you cannot start your studies on time while you wait for your residence permit. You can find out if this is possible by contacting the degree programme contact person or Admission Services.
If you are non-EU/EEA citizen, make sure you have a valid health insurance. TUAS has insurance against injuries during studies, but it does not cover leisure time accidents or eventual illness during your stay. You are also required to have health insurance before applying for a residence permit for studies. You can, for instance, look into the following insurance providers which offer international health insurances for students:
- the French company Assurances Courtages et Services (ACS) (www.acs-ami.com)
- AON Students Insurance, whose parent company is the US company AON Corpo-ration (www.students-insurance.eu)
- the US company International Student Insurance (www.internationalstudentinsurance.com)
- the Swiss insurance company Swisscare – ESI Finland plan (www.swisscare-student.com)
- the Marsh Belgium company’s Marsh Student Insurance Program (www.sipinsurance.eu). Marsh Belgium is a part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies.
If you are EU/EEA citizen, you are entitled to all health care services in Finland if they are covered by health insurance in your own country. Ask for an European Health Insurance Card from your local authorities.
Required Health Documents
Student Health Care Center requires all the students who have lived / stayed in countries with very 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.
- 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.
Please send the documents to the following address by post before your arrival to TUAS:
Student Health Care Center
Hämeenkatu 10, 4th floor
It is strongly recommended that You send the required Health Documents before your arrival.
Student Health Care / Public Health Nurse Anne Viskari
Turku Welfare Division
Please note that Student Health Care is closed on 18 June - 19 July 2020.