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Studying at Turku UAS Open Studies

Turku University of Applied Sciences offers Open Studies courses open for everyone regardless of education and age.

Please read through the instructions on this page before enrolling on courses and beginning your studies!

Separate instructions will not be sent to enrolled students. Students must check course information and schedules in Study Search by using the course code. The course code can be found from the automatic confirmation e-mail sent after filling in the enrolment form.

Who are Open Studies for?

Open Studies are targeted at those who

  • wish to improve their know-how to meet the requirements of working life
  • plan on applying to a higher education institution
  • wish to gain general knowledge on topics of their own interest

Open Studies are not full-time and do not lead to a degree – it is therefore not possible to get a long-term student residence permit based on Open Studies. For further information, please visit the Finnish Immigration Services website on Studying in Finland.

TUAS degree students cannot take courses offered via Open Studies.

What Can You Study at Open Studies?

  • Individual Courses (avg. 5 ECTS/course) – attend courses alongside degree students; EUR 15/ECTS
  • Open Studies Path – Complete 35 credits to become eligible to apply for a degree study right in a Bachelor's degree programme, or 10/15 credits for a Master's degree programme; EUR 200/semester 
  • Higher Education Diplomas (60 ECTS) – Non-degree diploma, duration 1-2 years, functions as an introduction to a specific field; EUR 400/academic year (NB! Diplomas only available in Finnish)

Please note that studies require attendance in Turku, Finland. Attendance via e.g. Skype is not possible. See course details to learn more about attendance requirements. Online courses are offered through CampusOnline.

Please note that most of the individual courses offered are conducted only in Finnish. In order to enroll on these courses you must be able to communicate in Finnish.

Exemption from charges for the unemployed and furloughed

Turku University of Applied Sciences has decided to exempt all unemployed or furloughed students from Open Studies study fees during spring and fall semester 2021. To ensure equal treatment, the exemption from charges concerns all studies completed in the spring or fall semester, i.e. path studies, higher education diploma studies and individual courses. To be exempted from the Open studies fee you must be unemployed or furloughed at the time of applying or enrolling.

Study fees already paid will not be reimbursed, and the exemption from charges does not apply if a student becomes unemployed or fulroughed after enrolling or after the deadline for submitting the attachments.

Attachments entitling to the exemption from charges

Unemployment or furloughment is demonstrated with a TE Office’s E-services’ certificate on the validity of job search. The certificate entitling to the exemption from charges must include the code 02, 03, 06, 07 or 08. The certificate on the validity of job search must be downloaded from TE Office’s E-services max. 7 days prior to delivery to Open UAS. Furlough can also be demonstrated by a furlough certificate signed by the employer, if the student has not registered as a client of TE Office. The furlough certificate must demonstrate that the furlough is full-time. The certificate on the validity of the job search must be submitted with the enrolment form in connection with enrolment or to the Studyinfo application form during the application period.

Students must submit the certificate according to the instructions above to obtain the exemption from charges. Open Studies will not ask for a new certificate or further clarification from those who have submitted an incorrect or inadequate attachment. Attachments submitted after the enrolment or application period, decisions made by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland on an unemployment benefit, labour policy statements by the TE Office, certificates on the validity of job search with codes 01 or 04 or certificates by foreign employment and economic development offices do not entitle to exemption from charges. Those with part-time, seasonal, or temporary employment are considered as employed and are not entitled to the exemption from charges, unless the certificate on the validity of the job search contains one of the codes mentioned in the terms above.

 

Enrolment

To enrol on individual Open Studies courses, please check out our  Course Selection page (page available only in Finnish). By clicking the name of a course on the course selection page, you will find a link for more information such as implementation details ("tutustu") and a link for enrolling to the course ("ilmoittaudu").

Enrolment is only possible for courses listed in the course selection. You cannot arrange to attend a course with the teacher, nor can you apply for any course in the Study Guide.

Courses available through Open Studies are degree programme courses with a limited number of places for Open Studies students. Not all courses available to degree students are offered for Open Studies students. Acceptance to some courses may require previously gained knowledge – please see course descriptions for these requirements. Apart from Master level courses, you do not need a previous degree or a diploma to enroll.. If you enroll on a Master level course, please fill in your former degree on the enrolment form.

Benefits for Open Studies students

Open Studies students cannot receive student aid granted by the government, nor may they receive student discounts. However, unemployed students (over 25 years old) may apply for unemployment benefit for their studies. Open Studies will provide you with the necessary transcripts and sign TE Services forms upon request. More information: Independent study supported by unemployment benefit .

In addition, for those in working life, The Education Fund supports employees by granting them financial assistance (Adult Education Allowance). More information: the education fund

Course grading

Course grading at Turku University of Applied Sciences is based on oral and written examinations, exercises, and other performances. ECTS grading is comparable to the TUAS grading system.

ECTS grading uses the scale F– A, Turku UAS grades on a scale from 0–5.
The grades are as follows:

A                          excellent            5

B                          good                  4

C                          good                  3

D                          satisfactory        2

E                          satisfactory        1

pass                     H

F/FX                    fail                       0

European Credit System and Recognition of Open Studies courses in higher education

After the completion of your open studies, you will receive a transcript of records (with ECTS and grades). Turku UAS uses ECTS credits measuring workload in courses.

One ECTS credit is equal to 27 hours of student work. 60 ECTS credits are equal to one academic year of study. Open studies courses may be accredited to you future higher education degree in Finland.

TUAS Alumni right to study free of charge

Right to study

TUAS Alumni, i.e. those who have completed a degree at Turku University of Applied Sciences have the right to complete Open Studies free of charge from 1 January 2021.

  • The right to study concerns those who have graduated with a UAS Bachelor’s or Master’s degree after 1 January 2019.
  • Alumni who have graduated before 1 January 2019 can apply for and enrol on Open Studies, but the right to study free of charge does not concern them.

The right to study free of charge is valid for four semesters after the graduation semester, and the ongoing semester during which the student has graduated. The right to study cannot be postponed and used later.

The right to study free of charge only concerns the course selection of Open Studies and Higher Education Diplomas (conducted only in Finnish). The right to study does not concern path studies or courses aimed at students in secondary education. Please see instructions on enrolment for the studies and applying in the section “Instructions for applying and enrolling”. You can become an alumnus by registering on the Alumni Relations website. Registering is free of charge. By registering as an alumnus, you will receive current information on the alumni activities of Turku UAS.

Instructions for applying and enrolling for TUAS Alumni

The free right to study for graduates of Turku University of Applied Sciences concerns Open Studies courses and Higher Education Diplomas.

  • In connection with your enrolment or application, we will check that you have graduated from Turku UAS after 1 January 2019.
  • Please note that the right to study free of charge does not mean that you are automatically admitted to the studies. The enrolment quotas of the courses and the admission criteria for the Higher Education Diplomas also concern TUAS alumni.

Enrolment on individual courses

Please follow the instructions given in the section 'Enrolment'. On the enrolment form, please check the option for TUAS Alumni enrolment.

Enrolment on Open Studies course is only permitted through the Open Studies website.

Applying for Higher Education Diploma studies

For more information on Higher Education Diploma studies available, as well as application periods, please see the Higher Education Diploma website (in Finnish). Application takes place on Studyinfo during the application period. To avoid the study fee, please enter that you have completed a degree at Turku University of Applied Sciences after 1 January 2019 on the application form.

Instructions for students enrolled on individual Open Studies courses

Students who have enrolled for Open Studies courses are obligated to check the course information and teaching dates and times in the Study search

Each course has its own code which consists of a numbers and/or letters, and with the code, you can search for specific information on the course in Study search. The course code is found in the automatic confirmation of your enrolment. In Study search, feed the code in the window " Search for studies" at the top of the page and perform the search. A list of codes will open. Some of the courses might have similar names. Based on the course name and specific code, select the course you have enrolled for.

In the Study search you will find information on the campus, the specific location and dates and times of teaching, and the course extent. The enrolment period on the page applies to degree students only. The price of the course is formed according to the extent, which is indicated on the page.

In addition to Study search, please familiarise yourself with the other instructions on this page.

Study fee and Invoicing

Study fees

The study fee for individual Open Studies courses is 15 €/ECTS.

In addition to the study fee there may be course specific material costs.

For path studies, the study fee is  200€/semester, and the duration is two semesters. The full cost of path studies is therefore 400€, with each semester paid for separately. Please contact Open UAS if you wish to pay for a semester in two instalments of 100€.

Invoicing and payment instructions

Study fees for individual Open Studies courses are paid when enrolling. All enrolled students will receive a payment link by e-mail.

Path studies tuition fee is paid through en e-form, which requires a Finnish bank account. The link to e-form is sent to the TUAS student e-mail address. If you are a path student and do not have Finnish bank account, please contact us for a paper version of the invoice.

In case you have lost your invoice, please contact  Sarastia customer service . Please note that they can only send you a copy of the invoice! For all other issues related to your invoice, please contact Open UAS. Sarastia cannot reimburse, void or change any details of your invoice.

Course cancellation policy

Enrolment on individual Open Studies courses is binding once you have paid the study fee. Study fees will not be reimbursed even if you do not attend the course.

If you fall ill prior to or during the course, we will waive your course fee if 

  • your illness lasts so long that the successful completion of the course is no longer possible (the teacher will decide if that's the case) and
  • you have a doctor's note that states the length of your sick leave

Rejection for the studies from TE-office does not entitle the student for a refund or exemption from study fees.

Study fees will be refunded if the course is fully cancelled. Changes in the implementation or duration of the course do not entitle you for a refund. Path students are not refunded their tuition fees if separate courses are cancelled.

 

Transcript of Records

  • You can request a transcript of records by contacting avoinamk(at)turkuamk.fi. We will automatically send a transcript of records to those who have completed separate evening and online courses through Open Studies, once the teacher has recorded the grades in the student records.
  • Information on completed courses is recorded in the student records of Turku University of Applied Sciences.

Information about the grading system can be found above from the general Open UAS instructions.

 

User ID and password

User account

Open Studies students need a user ID to use the information systems related to the studies. Students activate their user IDs at the address https://id.turkuamk.fi themselves. You log in the service with your online banking codes or mobile ID. If you encounter problems with activating the user ID, please contact servicedesk[at]turkuamk.fi.

With the user ID, you log in to e.g.

  • the online learning environment Optima and Itslearning
  • students’ mobile app Tuudo
  • TUAS’ intranet Messi
  • shared computers and email

Forgotten password

  • Forgotten passwords can be reset in ID TUAS service
  • Finnish bank credentials or mobile certificate are required resetting the password. If you do not have acces to Finnish online banking services, please contact servicedesk[at]turkuamk.fi for help with resetting your password.

Lukkarikone – timetable for studies

You can find the course timetables in Lukkarikone . In Lukkarikone, you can search and feed one or several courses in the Study Basket and view the compiled course timetable.

User instructions for Lukkarikone

Feed a course code or several in the Search field under STUDY IMPLEMENTATIONS. Add the course in the STUDY BASKET by clicking on the blue button. Once you have searched and added all the courses you need, click on the “View schedule” button in the STUDY BASKET. You can save the schedule if you have TUAS’ user ID. If the classroom field is empty, the course is implemented online or the room has not been booked yet. The schedule can also change before the start of the course or during it.

IT Systems and Support

ServiceDesk - IT Support System

If you encounter a problem that hinders your studying, you have questions regarding IT-services or you want to give feedback, check instructions on Service Desk and e-mail to servicedesk@turkuamk.fi.

TUAS Email Account for Students

Turku University of Applied Sciences offers students the organization’s e-mail address at Microsoft Office 365 service: firstname.lastname ( at ) edu.turkuamk.fi

Office 365 services include OneDrive, a personal storage for saving, sharing and jointly editing files; Skype for Business, IM and online meeting services and Yammer, a joint discussion forum for TUAS’ staff and students.

TUAS systems

Itslearning

Courses include online studying between the contact teaching. In the autumn 2020 TUAS transfers online studying to a new online learning environment Itslearning. The teacher of the course will inform students if Itslearning or the former learning environment Optima is used used.

After activating your TUAS account, you can log into Itslearning https://turkuamk.itslearning.com/

If you can not find the course you have enrolled to in the online learning environment, please contact your teacher.

Optima

In some courses the a former online learning environment Optima might be used. You can log in Optima with your personal user ID.

If your Optima workspace is empty, please contact the teacher of the course. In other problem situations related to Optima, you can contact the Optima administration by email at optima[at]turkuamk.fi.

Messi

With your user ID, you can log in TUAS’ intranet Messi, where you will find useful information on the studies and current news. Messi is not utilized for the actual completion of courses.

Tuudo

Tuudo combines the student services in one app: course timetables, completed courses, student cafeterias and campus maps. Downloading the app does not require activation of Turku UAS’ user IDs. The app is available in the Google Play store and App Store.