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Open studies

Open University of Applied Sciences (Open Studies)

Studies at the Open University of Applied Sciences are open to everyone, regardless of age or educational background.

TUAS Open University of Applied Sciences offers courses or modules from the degree programmes in Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS). There are two different ways to study:

Path studies:
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Separately arranged courses:

The courses are studied together with TUAS degree students and studying usually takes place in the daytime.

One course at the Open University of Applied Sciences usually lasts from three to four months, but studying is not full-time and does not lead to a degree or vocational qualification. If a person wishes to study a degree at TUAS, he/she must apply to become a degree student. More information about degree studies available at www.tuas.fi/admissions

Courses

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Registration and Study Fees

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Online Registeration for individual courses

For individual courses you may fill the enrolment sheet here. The application deadline is two (2) weeks before the course begins. Binding registrations are made by filling in the registration form.

In case you need instructions for registering, you can contact the office of TUAS Open University of Applied Sciences by calling +358 44 907 2056, +358 50 5985 515 or sending email to avoinamk[at]turkuamk.fi.

Available places will be filled in the order of registration. After the application deadline has passed, you can ask for possible available places from the Open University of Applied Sciences office.

Before the course begins, participants will receive an information letter by email including details on how the course is arranged. If there are not enough participants, the course will be cancelled. The participants will be notified of the cancellation by letter.

Fees

TUAS Open University of Applied Sciences has a course fee of EUR 15 / ECTS  (e.g. a 5 ECTS course will cost EUR 75, etc.).

You can also choose a tuition fee of EUR 200 per semester. If you choose the tuition fee, you cannot change it after the payment has been made. Study benefits are not granted for studies at the Open University of Applied Sciences.

Terms of cancellation: If you have to cancel your participation in the course, it must be done at the latest one week before the course begins. If the cancellation is made after that, we will have to charge EUR 50 as office costs. If the cancellation is done after the course has started, we will charge the complete study fee. You can cancel your participation by sending an email to avoinamk@turkuamk.fi. You must inform the office of TUAS Open University of Applied Sciences of the cancellation, not the teacher.

Studying and Evaluation

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Completion of courses

In order to participate in the courses and be assessed, the student must register according to the set guidelines. The way in which the course is implemented is agreed upon at the beginning of each course. If the course includes an examination, it is carried out on a set date, usually at the end of the course.

Evaluation

Studies at Turku University of Applied Sciences are evaluated on the basis of oral and written examinations, exercises, and other performances. Accepted studies are graded on a scale of excellent (5), good (4–3), and satisfactory (2–1), or pass/fail.

Turku University of Applied Sciences has a record of credits where the credits are registered.

Certificate and transcript of records

After a student of the Open University of Applied Sciences has completed a course, he/she will receive a written document of the course. Students who have studied in the separately arranged courses will receive a certificate automatically. Students who have studied courses together with degree students will receive a transcript of records. Students who have studied courses together with degree students can ask for a transcript of records from the Student Offices

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If you would only like to know your grades, please contact the office of TUAS Open University of Applied Sciences.

IT Services

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User ID and password

Students of the Open University of Applied Sciences can get their user name and password for the computer network of Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) from the office of TUAS Open University of Applied Sciences at Joukahaisenkatu 3 A, 2nd floor, 20520 Turku. Please note that you need to have an identification card with you.

Password expiration: You need to change your password before it expires, as signing in to the Optima web learning environment or the SparkNet wireless network requires an up-to-date, current password. It is possible to change an outdated password by signing in to the Windows network. Windows then requires that you change your password immediately.

You may change your Windows network password by using your Internet browser to click on this link (in case your password has not yet expired).

If you have forgotten your password, you need to contact the Open University of Applied Sciences office.

Online studies

At TUAS, web instruction and studies in a virtual environment are applied for in different ways. Usually a web learning environment such as Discendum Optima is used in web instruction. Students log in to the Optima environment using their user ID and password.

In case the teacher uses the Optima environment during a course, students need to have access to the workspace in Optima. In some cases you need to ask for the name of the workspace from the teacher and then contact the Open University of Applied Sciences office in order to access Optima.

Access control token

As the IT classrooms of TUAS are usually locked, the student needs an access control token in order to access the facilities. Access control tokens are personal. Whenever there is evidence of abuse, the access rights will either be limited for a prescribed time or fully revoked. Facilities must be vacated at the latest by the time announced on the bulletin board of the unit. In case a token is lost, the porter (vahtimestari) of the facilities must be immediately notified.

In case you need an access control token, please contact the Open University of Applied Sciences office. The token must be returned to the student office once you have finished your studies at TUAS. In case the token is not returned, you will be sent an invoice for 50 euros.

Help Desk

TUAS has a Help Desk service in questions relating to IT. Users can receive support for IT equipment and software within the facilities of TUAS. The support also covers the University of Applied Sciences' IT systems and applications, such as usernames, printing services, centralised virus protection, the wireless local area network Sparknet, etc. The support does not cover users’ own personal computers and applications!

You can contact the Help Desk system by email at helpdesk[at]turkuamk.fi. The email should always state the name of the sender, contact information (email address and/or telephone number), urgency/priority, the object of the request, the University of Applied Sciences unit (the location specified in more detail) and a clear description of the problem.

Other services

Students of the Open University of Applied Sciences do not have access to the WinhaWille student register or the SoleOps system. All registrations for courses, changes of address, requests about course results, etc., are handled through the office of TUAS Open University of Applied Sciences.

Students of the Open University of Applied Sciences can also receive a TUAS email address.

International Students

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Available to everyone

Studies at the Open University of Applied Sciences are open to everyone, regardless of age or educational background. The Open University of Applied Sciences offers courses or modules from the degree programmes of Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS). One course at the Open University of Applied Sciences usually lasts from three to four months but studying is not full-time and does not lead to a degree or vocational qualification. Note also, that the studies often contain contact lessions and require attendance in Turku Finland

Turku University of Applied Sciences does not provide student accommodation for students of Open Studies. You will need to arrange your accommodation independently.

Contact information:

avoinamk[at]turkuamk.fi

Contact Information

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The office of TUAS Open University of Applied Sciences is situated in Turku, at Joukahaisenkatu 3 A (ICT Building, 2nd floor).

Contact persons

Elina Karaus, Planner
Anne Lämsä, Planner

You can contact us by email at avoinamk[at]turkuamk.fi.