New Student's Guide
Congratulations for your new study place and welcome to study in Turku UAS!
On this page you'll find basic information that you will need both before starting the studies and at the beginning of the studies. More detailed information about studies and student services you'll get during your first days of studies.
Remember also to read the degree programme specific instructions for starting the studies on the Starting the studies page.
Turku University of Applied Sciences (Turku UAS) is an inspiring community of 10,000 members – an innovative and multidisciplinary higher education institution, which creates international competitiveness and well-being for Southwest Finland. Our community comprises of around 9000 students and 700 staff members. We offer education in four different fields, in over 70 degree programmes. Our three campuses are located in Turku and Salo. Welcome to study with us!
Confirming the study place and starting the studies
Read the instructions on how to confirm your study place, register for the academic year and submit the required documents the General Instructions page.
You can find the starting dates of the studies, information on the campuses and instructions for activating the user ID and using your own laptop on Starting the Studies page.
Living and studying in Turku
If you need an apartment in Turku, you need to start looking for accommodation as soon as you have received information about being accepted to Turku UAS. 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. However, fill in the application at the earliest 3 months before the apartment is needed.
Turku is the city of 40,000 students and six higher education institutions. Read more about living and studying in Turku: turku.fi/studyinturku.
In the beginning of academic year there will be a Study in Turku fair where the new students will be introduced to the services and hobby opportunities of the City of Turku, local companies and associations, and student organizations.
Living and studying in Salo
Turku UAS campus in Salo is located in the Salo IoT Campus.
Please read about housing and leisure time on the city of Salo website.
See also accommodation in Salo brochure for the housing options. Remember to contact the accommodation providers well in advance, to ensure that you have a room in Salo when the studies start.
The notification of autumn 2022 joint application results is sent to all applicants on 25 November 2022 by email from My Studyinfo service. The electronic letter of results of the joint application is the official letter of acceptance. Before you receive a letter of acceptance, you can prove, for housing application for example, your place of study by either:
- an email notification from My Studyinfo informing you that your place is available, or
- a screenshot of the My Studyinfo view showing that you have accepted your study place.
After 1 January 2023 you can upload an official study certificate and transcript of records yourself from the Peppi system. You can find the documents in Peppi student's desktop by selecting "Orders" in the navigation bar.
- Select the document that you want to order.
- Select the language and order.
- After ordering, you can find and upload the document on the Documents page.
If for some reason you do not receive a study certificate as a self-service from Peppi, you can also order a study certificate by e-mail from the Student Office once your studies have started. Please note that student certificates for public transport student discounts are available the first day of the studies at the earliest.
If you need a confirmation from Turku UAS, for example on a TE Office form, please fill in your own information to form and send it to the Student Office. Write in the email that you are a new student and the degree programme to which you have been accepted to.
If you are eligible to student financial aid from Kela, you can make the application as soon as you have confirmed the study place bindingly. In addition, you can apply for general housing allowance when you have signed the rental agreement. Read more about the financial aid for student on Kela's website.
Adult education allowance can be granted to employees and entrepreneurs who have at least eight years of employment history in Finland. Read more about the adult education allowance on the website of Employment Fund.
Obligatory student healthcare fee
Students who study for a bachelor’s or a master’s level degree are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS) and must pay a student healthcare fee to Kela. No bill will be sent on the healthcare fee, and thus you have to pay the fee on your own initiative.
Student Health Service (YTHS) is responsible of student health services. However, FSHS do not cover urgent medical care or secondary health care in hospitals.
Students from EU-countries should have the EU-card (the European health insurance card) from your local social security office. The EU-card gives you access to medically necessary healthcare during your stay in Finland under the same conditions and at the same cost as people insured in Finland. For students from non-EU-countries, it is necessary to have an insurance that covers both accidents and illness.
Read more about the services of YTHS.
Student Union TUO
The student union of the Turku University of Applied Sciences – TUO is the student’s home in Turku UAS, the one organization that takes care of your interest as a student. Student union is a group of students from all faculties which creates a better university environment day.
Student Union is here to help you if you have any questions or problems concerning your studies. TUO organizes different kind of events during the year from which one example is TUO's legendary freshman party KNB that wishes all new students welcome to Turku University of Applied Sciences! All of our activity and events are done by students in TUO-community. TUO-community is available for everyone. Join in TUO-community here!
The identifier of TUO’s membership is the student card. With it, you get discounts on public transportation (VR, Matkahuolto, Föli) and Kela’s meal subsidy – and also countless discounts in different businesses all around Turku and Finland. TUO is religiously and politically neutral and independent from trade unions.
More info: https://opiskelijakunta.net/en/
The higher education institutions in Turku provide together a wide range of sport opportunities to their students.
By paying the CampusSport sports fee, you get to access the following services:
– Five different gyms
– Almost 100 hours instructed sports classes weekly
– Over 30 hours ball sports shifts weekly
Prices for academic year 2022–2023
The right to use the CampusSport services can be bought either for the academic year, for a semester or for the summer.
Academic year: students 75 EUR, staff 99 EUR
Semester (autumn or spring): students 49 EUR, staff 62 EUR
30 days (valid from the time of purchase): students 20 EUR, staff 25 EUR
A value added tax of 10% is included in the sports fee.
The right to use the sport services can be bought at the online store of CampusSport. Turku UAS user ID and password are required. It is not possible to pay the sports fee by cash or card at the sports facilities.
Read more about CampusSport!
Students get student discounts by using a digital student card. The student card can be found in the Tuudo application. Members of the Turku University of Applied Sciences Student Union TUO receive an electronic student card in the Pivo application.
You can buy a student-priced lunch in student restaurants by presenting your Kela meal subsidy card. The meal subsidy card can be used with your electronic student card. If you need a paper Kela meal subsidy card, you can pick it up at the service point of Student Office. A valid identity document is required to get the Kela meal subsidy card.
You can also get a student discount on public transport tickets from companies such as Matkahuolto, VR and Föli. You can get the discount with your electronic student card.
If necessary, you can obtain paper applications for student discounts on public transport from the service point of Student Office, but not before the first day of your studies.
Recognition of studies and competence
You can apply for the recognition of skills acquired earlier or elsewhere (AHOT) if the skills correspond to the objectives and content of the learning plan. Such competence may have been acquired through university studies, other studies, working life, leisure time or hobbies, for example.
Recognition as part of the degree is essentially related to the student’s ISP. The starting point is reviewing competence in relation to the competence objectives of the higher education degree.
When applying for recognition, you must prove the level, extent and content of the studies or competence with a certificate and other reliable documents (e.g. course descriptions), for example. Recognition of competence takes place through competence demonstration.
Students apply for recognition of prior studies (except for JOO studies or studies completed through Campus Online) with Peppi’s AHOT function. Before filling in an application, it is important to understand what substitution and inclusion mean.
Before filling in the application, you must always consult your degree programme’s guidance staff to ensure the application is completed correctly. If the competence has been acquired elsewhere than in studies (e.g. work experience), its recognition is applied for directly from the teacher. Even in this case, it is a good idea to first have a conversation with the tutor teacher or Study Counsellor so that you know who you are contacting.
The decision on the recognition of prior studies is made by the Head of Education and Research or a person appointed by them. A student who is dissatisfied with a decision on the recognition of prior studies may request rectification in writing from the decision maker and then from the Examining Board within 14 days of becoming aware of the decision.
Recognition of competence takes place through competence demonstration, which is agreed with the teacher responsible for the course or the Head of Education and Research or a person appointed by them.
A student who is dissatisfied with the assessment of the recognition of competence may request for rectification from the teacher who has made the assessment and then from the Examining Board within 14 days of becoming aware of the decision.
More information on recognition of studies and competence will be told in group initiation sessions. You can find more comprehensive instructions in Messi.
Planning the studies and guidance
At the beginning of studies you create yourself an Individual Study Plan (ISP) based on the curriculum. Your studies include a lot of compulsory studies but in your ISP you can also include specialization studies and elective studies according to your own interests. Your tutor teacher will help you in creating the ISP.
Information on accreditation of previous studies and competence is given in the beginning of your studies. You can also ask more about accreditation from your tutor teacher.
The tutor teacher will familiarize you with the studies and study environment and will support you througout your studies. The tutor teacher will provide information on the planning of studies, current issues and support measures related to the studies.
The peer tutor is a student who has started his/her studies earlier and will help you during the first year of studies. Peer tutors know their way around the campus and Turku UAS and they know where to look for more information.
With the study councellor you can disscuss the progress of your studies and possible problems or perhaps your career plans, especially if you have significant problems in your studies: problems with reading, returning to the studies after being absent, crisis situations in life, problems related to your study group and/or mental/physical adversities.
The study advisers working in the Student Office can advise you for example about the right to study, study records and graduation. You can also get study related documents from the Student Office.
The department of Learning environment services is responsible for IT services and systems at Turku University of Applied Sciences. Services provided include:
- Service Desk
- E-mail and other Office 365 services
- Wireless network
Read more about IT Services in the website.
Library and Information Services
Messi - TUAS intranet
Messi is the intranet of Turku UAS and it contains all important information on issues related to studying. You can login to Messi with the Turku UAS network user ID when you have activated it. You are expected to follow especially the front page of Messi regularly every week because the important news for students are mainly announced there.
You can find information in Messi for example on: