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Page updated 27.4.2023

Guidance and studies for immigrants

Turku UAS wants to provide an equal study environment and the opportunity for active participation in the higher education community also for students with a foreign background. For students with a foreign background, we provide services which support the progress to higher education studies, the development of Finnish language skills during the studies and seamless studies in the Finnish higher education community. 

On this page, we have compiled the language and guidance services provided by Turku UAS for immigrants and foreign students.

Language and guidance services


Preparatory programme for higher education studies

The preparatory programme is aimed at immigrants, whose goal is to study at a higher education institution in Finland. The applicant shall be eligible to apply and possess at least skill level B1 in the Finnish language.


Immigrants’ preparatory programme for higher education studies in Social Services and Health Care

Immigrants’ preparatory programme for higher education studies in Engineering and Business

Degree students at universities of applied sciences and Open Studies students can also participate in the Finnish language studies included in the education. Enrolment for the Finnish language studies takes place at CampusOnline .

Finnish as a second language

At Turku UAS, you can study Finnish as a second language at different language skill levels (A1–C1). Read more about the language skill levels in Finnish or English .

Finnish as a Second Language, or S2 studies, are offered to all students of Turku UAS regardless of the field of study and whether you are completing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, path studies or another study module of Open Studies. 

Some of the Finnish courses are open to everybody also outside Turku UAS. Students of Open Studies and degree students of other Universities of Applied Sciences can find the course selection and register for Finnish language studies at Open Studies or at campusonline.fi .

  • More information about Finnish language studies: moi@turkuamk.fi

MOI guidance and counselling services

MOI service helps when planning and applying for studies. The service offers support also during the studies.

If you are interested in higher education studies, MOI service advises e.g. on:

  • study options and career planning
  • recognition of previous studies
  • applying for studies and selection processes
  • language requirements and Finnish language studies
  • study-related fees and financial aid for studies

If you are already a student at Turku UAS, MOI offers guidance e.g. on issues such as:

  • learning assignments, thesis, preparation for an exam, etc.
  • Finnish language studies
  • practical matters related to studies (e.g. course enrollments, information search, use of information systems)
  • scholarship programme for degree students from outside the EU/EEA

You can ask for advice or book a tutoring appointment: moi@turkuamk.fi

The appointment can take place at Turku UAS campus, International House Turku premises or online.

Study opportunities

Networks for a career in Finland – studies for highly educated immigrants | 35 cr

The study programme enables highly educated immigrants to develop their skills without having to obtain a new degree. Additionally, the programme supports students in networking through career guidance, mentoring, and internship included in the training.


Sun flowers in a field

Business studies for those receiving temporary protection | 35 - 45 ECTS credits

The training offers you the possibility to complete 35–45 ECTS of core competence studies in business administration. The studies are intended for those receiving temporary protection in Finland. Now you have the chance to join us for the autumn semester!


Networks and support available!


Would you like to hear the experiences of those with a foreign background on studies and working life in Finland?

Turku UAS organizes theme-specific expert talks, where higher education students with a foreign background, alumni graduated from Turku UAS and other actors in working life recount their experiences of the study and working life in Finland.

Join us for networking and hearing good tips and success stories! We will inform about the expert talks on this website and in Turku UAS’ other channels of communication.

Would you like to have a mentor to support your studies and transition to work?

Turku UAS regularly organizes mentoring programmes for its students. Mentoring can support the progress of studies or moving into working life. For example, you can discuss about your strengths, professional field and networking with a mentor. The mentors are the alumni of Turku UAS.

For more information, visit Messi or ask the alumni relations coordinator: alumni@turkuamk.fi.



International House Turku

Check out the services of International House Turku!

International House Turku offers a wide range of services for foreign language speakers in Turku. There are services related to living, working, entrepreneurship and Finnish language studies.

Read more and, if necessary, check out the multilingual guidance services:
International House Turku

Contact us

Contact us and ask more. We will be glad to help!