Welcome to study in Finland! Please read this information for the new international degree students who are starting the studies in Turku UAS.
Coming from abroad during coronavirus epidemic
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 more about tuition fees, exemption, and scholarship programme
- We don’t offer any scholarships for first year students.
- Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about the tuition fee and exemption from the fee.
Finnish student health service (FSHS) is responsible of student health services. However, FSHS do not cover urgent medical care or secondary health care in hospitals.
Students from other EU or EEA countries must to provide a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when accessing FSHS services. The FSHS will be required by law to ask to see a European Health Insurance Card to identify students who are covered by state-provided health insurance from a country other than Finland. The card must be obtained before coming to Finland. Students from Britain and Northern Ireland may provide a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). Read more on FSHS website.
If you are non-EU/EEA citizen, make sure you have a valid health insurance that covers both accidents and illness. Turku UAS 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. Please read more about the requirements of the insurance on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.
Residence permit and D visa
Non-EU/EEA students need a student residence permit when they stay in Finland more than 3 months.
Start the application process for residence permit immediately when you have received information of admission and paid the tuition fee because the process can take several months. Follow carefully the immigration authorities' instructions and regulations, so that you can receive your permit in good time before your studies begin!
- Read the detailed instructions on the residence permit requirements and procedures on the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) website.
- You can begin the student residence permit application process online at Enterfinland.fi.
- Remember that you must personally visit a Finnish embassy or a consulate as a part of this process.
- Please note that you must attach the payment receipt of the completed tuition fee payment to the residence permit application together with the original admission letter.
- See also a residence permit tutorial video provided by Migri.
Note! We recommend that you apply for the residence permit to be valid 2 weeks before the beginning of studies so you can arrive in Finland and settle before the studies begin.
The Finnish Immigration Service does not probably grant a residence permit for TUAS’ Master School studies, if 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.
Please note that Turku UAS cannot influence the decisions made by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland regarding residence permits.
With a D visa, you can enter Finland immediately after you have been issued with a residence permit. You can apply for a D visa in Enter Finland at the same time as you apply for a residence permit.
In order to receive your residence permit card in Finland, you need to provide a Finnish address. The address can be, for instance, the address of the hotel or other accommodation where you will be staying or you can use Turku UAS address: Joukahaisenkatu 7, 20520 Turku. Your residence permit card will be sent to the nearest DB Schenker collection point.
Read more at https://migri.fi/en/d-visa
Finnish student health service (FSHS) will invite all first-year students to a health examination comprising
- the HealthStart questionnaire and
- if necessary, an appointment with a public health nurse and/or oral health professional.
Instructions for students in other fields than social and health care
FSHS recommends that all the students who have lived or stayed in countries with very high risk of tuberculosis take X-ray examination of the lungs (Thorax) in their home country before arrival to Finland. Statement should be less than 3 months old. Please note, bring only results, not X-ray photographs!
Instructions for students in social and health care
According to the Act of Infectious Diseases, the students of social and health care need to have an adequate protection against specific infectious diseases.
FSHS recommends that all new students take following laboratory tests and X-ray in their home country before the arrival to Finland. The tests may not be older than 6 months and all the results should be written in English.
Laboratory tests / thorax
- S-Hbs-Ag (Hepatitis B serum anti gene)
- S-HCV-Ab (Hepatitis C antibodies)
- S-HIV-Ab (Human immunodeficiency virus)
- S-Cardiolipin-Ab (Lues-antibodies)
- X-ray examination of the lungs (Thorax). Please note, bring only results, not X-ray photographs!
The following vaccinations are obligatory for the student of health care:
- MMR (Mumps=Parotitis, Measles=Morbilli, Rubella=German measles)
We also recommend vaccinations for
You need to bring your Vaccination certificate (in English) included previous vaccination (how many doses, date, month, year).
Read the instructions for social and health care students concerning infectious diseases and vaccinations on FSHS website.
Note, that there are restrictions on entry into Finland during the coronavirus pandemic. Please, check the current situation on the Finnish Border Guard website
Make sure that you bring all medical certificates about vaccinations and tests with you.
For further information, please see the Finnish Student Health Service website.
You need to start looking for an apartment as soon as you have received information about being accepted to Turku UAS.
If you need an apartment in Turku, you can apply for it from the Turku Student Village Foundation. Read more about living and studying in Turku: turku.fi/studyinturku.
If you need an apartment in Salo, please see the brochure: Accommodation in Salo.
Turku UAS does not have accommodation services to offer. Thus, it is the students' responsibility to find an accommodation for the period of their studies.
Moving to Finland
You must make a notification of move to The Digital and Population Data Services Agency if you are moving to Finland permanently or living in a new address takes more than three months. Read more on the Digital and Population Data Services Agency website.
In addition, a foreign citizen living in Finland needs to register in the Population Information System and then he/she receives a personal identity code. The personal identity code is used especially in the activities and information systems of the authorities. Also Turku UAS needs your personal identity code for the student register. Please contact the Student Office as soon as you have it.
Please read the info letter about registration for new international students.
International House Turku supports the integration of immigrants and international newcomers in Turku and the Turku region. Read more about the services on International House Turku website.
Life in Finland
You can find a lot of useful general information and advice on living and studying in Finland and Turku, Finnish culture, the Finnish society, travelling in Finland, and much more at:
Turku Summer School in August 2022
You are welcome to join Turku Summer School in August 2022 when you have an opportunity to meet other students, have fun and get to know Turku!
Submit your application by 19 April 2022.
Events for International Students
There are some virtual events that you can participate already before coming to Finland. Several events are organised for international students in Turku and other cities after coming to Finland.
19 April 2023 at 1 p.m. Finnish time: Study and Work – Start Building your Future in Finland event
This event is targeted for the international students who have received an offer from the Finnish Higher Education Institute regarding the Autumn 2023 start.
In this interactive virtual event, you will hear from international alumni and representatives of Finnish universities about the practicalities of studying and living in Finland. You will also receive valuable information about working in Finland. Additionally, you will hear about the student residence permit process.
This is a fantastic opportunity to ask your questions about life or studying in Finland and to start building your network in Finland. Take your chance to find out what Finland has to offer for you. The event is entirely free of charge.
Please register to the event through this link: Event Management (microsoftcrmportals.com)
You will receive a link to the online platform (Teams) before the event.
Please find more information about the events through the links below.