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Friendship programme

Friendship Programme

Are you interested in getting to know more about the Finnish way of life?
Participate in the Friendship Programme and learn more about the Finnish way of life!


What is the Friendship Programme?

The Friendship Programme is organised by the higher education institutions in Turku. It offers international visitors of the higher education institutions in Turku (students, teachers and researchers) and the local Friends a chance for mutual cultural exchange, unforgettable experiences and improving their language skills. The student tutor helps with study related issues, but with the Friend from the local community it is possible to learn about the culture and everyday life in Finland.

All activities within the Friendship Programme are voluntary, which means that the international visitor and his/her Friend decide on their own how much and in what way they want to spend time together. Also the international visitors can suggest activities.

(Information and application for the Finnish / local participants: www.turkuamk.fi/kansainvalistykotonasi)

Who are the local Friends?

The participants of the programme are ordinary local people of different ages (from students to pensioners). They can have families or live by themselves.

How can I participate?

The Friendship Programme is organised twice a year, once in the autumn and once in the spring term. The programme period is one term.

The Friendship Programme starts with an opening meeting shortly after the application deadline has ended. In the opening meeting the friends meet for the first time and can decide when and what to do together the next time they meet. The friends can meet as much as they want during the term. The programme is reciprocal so the foreign friend can also invite the local friend to do something. 

Application instructions and deadline

Enroll by 23rd of January 2020. Enrolment form

The opening event will take place on the January 31st, 2020, at 18.00 - 20.00, (in the Novia University of Applied Sciences, Henrikinkatu 7, Turku).
All the selected applicants will receive information email about the meeting from the organisers. 

Finnish / local participants: please visit our website in Finnish at www.turkuamk.fi/kansainvalistykotonasi