Page updated 7.10.2019

New Student's Guide

Congratulations for your new study place and welcome to study in TUAS!

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 group info on the Starting the studies page .

Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) 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 four campuses are located in Turku and Salo. Welcome to study with us!

Confirming the study place and starting the studies

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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.

Student benefits and certificates

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The email notification on student selection from TUAS or joint application result letter that you have received by email from is the official acceptance letter that you can use for example when applying for student housing. You can find the result letter by logging in to the My Studyinfo service of from your email.

You can apply for student financial aid from Kela as soon as you have confirmed the study place. Please read carefully the instructions and eligibility criteria for the student financial aid on Kela's website . Fill in the application in Kela's electronic service .

If you decide not to become a member of the Student Union, you will get a Kela meal subsidy card in the beginning of the studies. You qualify for the meal subsidy at the student restaurant by presenting a valid student card (digital student cards also accepted) or a Kela meal subsidy card. You can also have student certificates for public transport student discounts from the Student Office on the first day of the studies at the earliest.

Student Union TUO

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The student union of the Turku University of Applied Sciences – TUO is the student’s home in TUAS, the one organization that takes care of your interest as a student.

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! The Student Union also has activities that are open for everyone for example Beer Pong club and TUO team.

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 has altogether around 4700 members. TUO is a member of SAMOK ry, which is the umbrella organization of the student unions of the Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences. TUO is religiously and politically neutral and independent from trade unions.

More info and how to join:

Study in Turku

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Turku is the city of 40,000 students and six higher education institutions. Read more about living and studying in Turku:

The higher education institutions in Turku provide together a wide range of sport opportunities to their students. Please visit the CampusSport website for further information.

Planning the studies and guidance

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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 spesialization studies and elective studies according to your own interests. The tutor teacher will help you in creating the ISP. Information on accreditation of previous studies and competence is written in the info letter of your degree programme .

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 TUAS 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.

Messi - TUAS intranet

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Messi is the intranet of TUAS and it contains all important information on issues related to studying. You can login to Messi with the TUAS 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: