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Bachelor of Culture and Arts, Fine Arts

International Students

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

As for travel restrictions from your specific home country, please check the updated national guidelines on our government and Finnish Border guard webpages:

Restrictions during the coronavirus epidemic

The instructions of the Finnish Border Guard to passengers regarding entry to Finland

Read also the updating information about preparing for the coronavirus at Turku University of Applied Sciences

Tuition fee

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.


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

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!  

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.

Health documents

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:

  • Pertussis
  • MMR (Mumps=Parotitis, Measles=Morbilli, Rubella=German measles)
  • Hepatitis-B
  • Chickenpox

We also recommend vaccinations for

  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria

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 accommodation as soon as you have received information about being accepted to Turku UAS.

If you need an apartment in Turku, you can apply for an apartment 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.

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.

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:

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. 

Please find information about the events through the links below.