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Services for Students

TUAS offers diverse range of high-quality services for students in studying, counselling, well-being and health care.

Study Counsellor

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Study counsellor is an expert in education and counselling and acts as a co-ordinator of counselling in the educational unit, drawing on the expertise of other student services and student counselling offices, when necessary.

Study counsellor supports students in problematic situations relating, for instance, to study grants, discontinuing of studies, transfers and difficulties in studies.

Study counsellor also provides information and guidance for those interested in education at TUAS.

Student Offices

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Each TUAS campus has its own Student Office. The responsibilities of the study secretaries working in the Student Offices include, for instance,

  • maintaining study records;
  • informing students;
  • receiving applications;
  • preparing and providing certificates;
  • distributing user IDs and passwords; and
  • providing other study-related support services.

Study Counselling Psychologist

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Tutor teachers and study counsellors are the primary source of support and guidance in problematic situations at Turku University of Applied Sciences. If you have not been able to find a solution to your problem in discussions with the study counsellors and tutor teachers, special support is available. You can contact Study Counselling Psychologist if you feel you need extra support e.g. with the following matters:

  • how to proceed if you get stuck with your studies 
  • problems related to study skills 
  • motivational problems 
  • coping and stress 
  • returning to studies after a lengthy break 
  • other issues related to learning and the study environment, such as: 
  • anxiety about exams or the thesis 
  • time management and time planning 
  • tension or nervousness 
  • problems with interaction in study situations 
  • difficulties in the writing process

Career Services

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The purpose of career and recruitment services is to support students in all aspects of working life, for example when the student wants to discuss work- and career-related issues, wants to map his/her strengths and weaknesses, searches for a thesis commissioner or a practical training or workplace, or writes a job application or CV.

International Services

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TUAS International Relations Staff is in charge of the international services intended for incoming and outgoing exchange students and trainees. TUAS International Student Services support students’ internationalisation at home by organising international tutoring and Get Finternational courses. In TUAS, a student can participate in international activities in one or more of the following ways:

  • Studying in a foreign institution        
  • Doing the practical training abroad  
  • Tutoring foreign exchange students in Turku        
  • Participating in the activities of the Erasmus Student Network section ESN-IAC 
  • Participating in foreign language education     
  • Giving feedback about and participating in the development of international affairs at TUAS

Library

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TUAS library offers high-quality information resources both at the libraries as well as online, and guides and helps in seeking information. Library has altogether five libraries on campuses situated in Turku (Lemminkäisenkatu, Ruiskatu, Sepänkatu, Linnankatu) and Salo.

Medical Services

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TUAS students in Turku are eligible for the health care services of the City of Turku.

The following health care services to students are free of charge:

  • general practitioner,
  • public health nurse,
  • psychologist,
  • laboratories, and X-rays.
  • There is a fee for dental services.

Students studying in Turku use health services in the Occupational Health Building (Työterveystalo) at Hämeenkatu 10, 3rd floor. You can see a public health nurse without appointment from 8:15 – 11:00 daily, and by appointment at other times.

Seeing a doctor always requires an appointment. You can make one by phoning +358 2 26 61570 from Mon-Thu 8:00 - 15:30 and Fri 8:00-14:00.

Exchange students, please see www.tuas.fi/beforearrival -> Insurance and Student Health Care 

Student Union TUO

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The student union of Turku University of Applied Sciences – TUO is the student’s home in TUAS, the one organization that takes care of your interests as a student. TUO has altogether over 4500 members – we welcome you to join the ranks!

The membership of the student union is optional. TUO belongs to SAMOK, which is the umbrella organization of the student unions of the Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences. TUO is religiously and politically neutral and independent from trade unions.

Protection of student interests

TUO takes care of the interests of its members and functions as a bridge between students, TUAS and the surrounding community. In practice this means giving statements and taking a stand in vital issues concerning study-related matters. It also means forming relations and creating contacts along with choosing student members to operate in various facilities that concern themselves with these vital issues.

Membership benefits

TUO offers numerous membership benefits that one can get with a SAMOK student card. There is e.g. free legal counsel available, among several other services.

With the student card you can also get student discount from train (45-55 %) and bus tickets (50 %). Many shops, theaters, gyms etc. all around Finland have student discounts, so remember to always show your student card! Also at every cafeteria at TUAS you’ll get student discounts from lunch with SAMOK student card.

Visit TUO's website

International Action Club ESN-IAC

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The International Action Club, ESN-IAC, is an association for the international students. It organises different kinds of activities:

  • Sauna evenings
  • Ice-skating
  • Survival weekend
  • Trip to Lapland.

The main goal of ESN-IAC is to help international students familiarise themselves with Finnish culture, nature and people. At the same time, it also gives a chance to Finnish students to get to know other cultures and countries and make a lot of new friends and practise their language skills. 
More information ESN-IAC Facebook page