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Finnish Language and Guidance Services

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 .

Course supply: 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 a diploma of higher education. 

MOI guidance and counselling services

At MOI, you can ask about the language skills requirements associated with studies and the language certificates that may be required. We also offer support for working on learning tasks, preparing for an exam or writing a thesis in Finnish. 

You will also be able to have either a Finnish or immigrant background mentor. In addition, the MOI service provides assistance in information retrieval and other matters related to studies in the Finnish higher education community. 

You can contact the MOI service by emailing moi@turkuamk.fi. As needed, one or more meetings can be agreed face-to-face or online.

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 with a Finnish or foreign background?

A mentor is someone who can support your progress in your studies or towards working life. You can meet the mentor regularly either face to face or online. With the mentor, you can discuss higher education studies or working life in Finland, your experiences, goals and plans.

The mentors are higher education students who have progressed further in their studies and alumni who have graduated from Turku UAS. The selection of the mentor depends on the stage of your studies.



Contact us

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


MOI on-call duty on Teams:  MOI is on call on Fridays at 9–10 at the same Teams address. The Teams link is available in Messi, on the MOI page (Studying at TUAS, Finnish Language Services for Foreign Students).