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Studying at Turku UAS Open Studies

Turku University of Applied Sciences offers Open Studies courses that are individual, fee-charging courses open for everyone regardless of education and age.

Please read through instructions on this page about studying in Open UAS before enrolling to the courses and beginning the studies.

Separate instructions will not be sent to students who have enrolled for the courses for autumn semester 2020. Student must check the course's information and schedule in Study Search by using the course code. Course code can be found from the automatic confirmation sent after filling in the enrolment form.

For who are Open UAS studies targeted to?

Open Studies are targeted at those

  • who wish to improve the know-how required in working life
  • plan on applying to a higher education institution
  • who wish to improve general knowledge on topics according to 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 website of the

TUAS degree students cannot take courses offered via Open Studies.

What Can You Study at Open Studies?

  • Individual Courses (avg. 5 ECTS/course) – a student attends courses alongside degree students during daytime; also available evening and online courses; EUR 15/ECTS
  • Open Studies Path Once you have completed 55 ECTS credits as path studies or as individual courses, you can apply for a study place in a Bachelor’s degree programme, or after having completed 10/15 credits in 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! In Finnish only)

Please note that studies require attendance in Turku, Finland. Attending is not posible via Skype. See the course details to learn more about the 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 enrol to these courses you must be able to communicate in Finnish orally and verbally.

Exemption from charges for the unemployed and those laid off

Turku University of Applied Sciences has decided on the exemption from Open Studies charges for the unemployed and those laid off for the spring term of 2021. Due to equal treatment, the exemption from charges concerns all studies completed in the spring term, starting after 1 January, i.e. path studies, studies towards the diploma of higher education and individual courses. The unemployed and those laid off full-time are entitled to the exemption from charges. The student shall be unemployed or laid off at the time of the application or enrolment.

The fees for the spring term 2021 will not be reimbursed or the exemption from the charges does not apply if the student loses their job or is laid off after the deadline of submitting the attachments.

Attachments entitling to the exemption from charges

The unemployment or lay-off is demonstrated with the 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, 05 or 06. If the code is 07 or 08, the applicant must in addition submit a written statement by a TE Office official on the validity of the applicant’s job search at the time of the application or enrolment. The certificate on the validity of job search shall be downloaded from TE Office’s E-services max. 7 days prior. The lay-off can also be demonstrated by a lay-off certificate signed by the employer if the student has not registered as a client of TE Office. The lay-off certificate must demonstrate that the lay-off is full-time. The certificate on the validity of the job search and if necessary, the further clarification on the unemployment or lay-off certificate shall be submitted with the enrolment form in connection with the enrolment or to the Studyinfo application form during the application period.

The student has the obligation to submit the certificate according to the instructions 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 the 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.

Those who have started their studies before the spring term of 2021 must submit a copy of the certificate on the unemployment or lay-off to the Open Studies office (avoinamk[at]turkuamk.fi) as soon as possible, by 31 December at the latest. Copies of certificates submitted later, or attachments submitted earlier for an exemption from charges in autumn 2020, do not entitle to the exemption from charges.



For individual courses, you may fill in the online enrolment sheet. In order to select the courses, check our  Course Selection page (page available only in Finnish). By clicking the name of the course, you can find a link to all the details such as the implementation details ("tutustu") and a link for enrolling to the course ("ilmoittaudu").

Enrolment is possible only for courses listed in the course selection. Attendance to courses can not be compromised with the teacher nor can you attend to courses found straight from TUAS Study Guide.

Open Studies students assist the same courses as the degree students so therefore there is a limited number of places for the Open Studies students. All the courses available to degree students are not offered for Open UAS students. Acceptance to some courses may require previously gained knowledge, but these requirements you find in the course descriptions. Apart from Master level courses, you do not need a previous degree or a diploma for the enrolment. If you enrol to a Master level course, please fill in your former degree in the enrolment sheet.

Instructions for applying and enrolling

The free right to study for graduates of Turku University of Applied Sciences concerns Open Studies courses and the diplomas of higher education.

· 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 does not mean that you are automatically admitted to the studies. The enrolment quotas of the courses and the admission criteria for the diplomas of higher education also concern those who study with the alumni right to study.

Enrolment on individual courses

The individual Open Studies courses are listed on the course selection page. The course selection is updated twice a year, in early December and in June. The information on the course and the enrolment form can be accessed by selecting the name of the course in the course selection. In the payment information of the enrolment form, please enter your alumni right to study, to avoid being invoiced for the studies. Get to know the instructions for those enrolled on a course at the latest after you have submitted the enrolment.

Enrolment on the courses takes place only through the Open Studies website. Students do not have the right to enrol on the courses directly in Peppi. Possible enrolments made through Peppi are deleted and the student must stop attending the course in question.

Enrolment on studies for a diploma of higher education

The diplomas of higher education and the application periods can be found on the page for the diplomas of higher education. Application for the studies is valid in Studyinfo during the application period of each diploma of higher education. In the application form, please enter that you have completed a degree at Turku University of Applied Sciences after 1 January 2019, to avoid the tuition fee.

Benefits for Open Studies student

Open Studies students cannot receive student aid granted by the government, nor may 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.

Alumni study right

Right to study

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 is valid for four semesters after the graduation semester, and the ongoing semester during which the student has graduated. Those who have graduated before 2021 do not have the right to study during the ongoing semester. The right to study cannot be postponed to be used later.

The right to study free of charge only concerns the course selection of Open Studies and the diplomas of higher education (conducted only in Finnish). The right to study does not concern path studies or courses aimed at students in secondary education. Get to know the 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 activities’ 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 separate courses

Students who have enrolled for Open Studies courses have the duty to check the course information and teaching dates and times in the Study search themselves. Any separate confirmation message containing instructions will not be sent.

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 the 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 the 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 formes according to the extent, which is indicated on the page.

In addition to Study search, please get to know the other instructions on this page.

Study fee and Invoicing

Study fees

Separate courses' two alternative study fee options are:

  • 15€/credit
  • Tuition fee 200€ which allows to complete unlimited amount of credits per semester (autumn or spring)

In addition to study fee there might be some expenses on the course material. These expenses will be specified.

Tuition fee of the path studies in 200€/semester and the duration is two semesters. The full cost of path studies is therefore 400€ and the semesters are paid separately. Tuition fee of the semester can be paid in two installments. Please contact Open UAS office if you wish to pay in instalments.


Invoices are sent by post in February, May and September or October.

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 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! All other matters and issues related to your invoice you should address to the Open Studies e-mail address. Sarastia cannot reimburse, void or change any details of your invoice.

Course cancellation policy

In case you choose to cancel your enrolment for a course, you must fill in the cancellation  form , We do NOT accept cancellations by informing a teacher, student services, or any other member of our staff.

Cancellation Fees 
The free cancellation must be submitted no later than one week (7 days) before the start of the course. For cancellations made after that, we will charge EUR 50€ per course as an organising fee. If the cancellation is made after the course has started, the full study fee will be charged. A negative decision from TE Services does not justify cancellation of the payment.

Cancellation due to illness
If you fall ill prior or during the course, we will waive your course fee if 
a) 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
b) 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 refund or exemption of the course fee.

The course fee will be refunded if the course is fully cancelled. Changes in the implementation or duration do not entitle for a refund. Path students are not refunded the tuition fee is separate courses are cancelled.


Transcript of Records

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 of Open Studies, once the teacher has recorded the grades in the student records.
  • The information on the 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 You can retrieve your user ID also in person from the service point of the Student Office. Please bring your ID card with you.

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

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

Forgotten password

  • Forgotten password can be reseted in ID TUAS service
  • Finnish bank credentials or mobile certificate are required resetting the password

Timetable of the studies

Course timetables

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


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.


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.


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 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.