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Studying at UAS

Studying at universities of applied sciences is strongly working life oriented.

Teaching at TUAS is based on innovation pedagogy, which links together professional know-how and theoretical research. In addition to lectures, learning at universities of applied sciences revolves extensively around project and teamwork, and includes also independent studying.

Bachelor's degree studies

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Bachelor's degrees at TUAS vary from 210 to 270 ECTS and range from 3.5 up to 4.5 years to complete.

The degrees consist of

  • basic studies
  • professional studies
  • practical training periods
  • written bachelor’s thesis.

In the first year, students complete most of their basic studies, during which they familiarize themselves with the core concepts and competences of one’s field, including language and communication skills and team and project work capacities.

Practical training is an integral part of the studies at TUAS. It can take place either in Finland or abroad. Depending on the programme, the students either find the placement on their own, or are assigned to it. The practical training is be full-time and worth at least 30 ECTS, equivalent to 5 months. 

Master's degree studies

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Master's degrees at TUAS give an in-depth insight into working life.  

To be eligible for Master's programmes at TUAS you must have a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years of relevant work experience.

The duration of the programmes varies between 60-90 ECTS and takes 1,5-2,5 years. The programmes can be completed while working.

ECTS credits and diploma supplement

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Turku University of Applied Sciences uses ECTS credits for measuring the workload of the studies.

ECTS credits are used widely at the European higher education institutions. The system is based on the annual workload of one academic year. The ECTS credits reflect the total quantity of work that each course requires in relation to the total quantity of work required to complete a full year of academic study.

Workload of one study year equals to 60 ECTS credits.

ECTS credits are assigned to course units to describe the amount of work required from a student to complete them. That is, lectures, practical training, seminars, independent work, examinations or other assessments.

Diploma Supplement

With the Degree Certificate all the TUAS graduates receive automatically, free of charge a Diploma Supplement including an English translation of their Transcript of Records. 

The Diploma Supplement is an English-language attachment to the certificate, designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed. The aim of the Diploma Supplement is to improve international transparency and to facilitate the academic and professional recognition of qualifications. It gives also information on the national higher education system and the universities of applied sciences’ position in it. 

The Diploma Supplement was developed by a Joint European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO.

ECTS on European Commission website

Diploma supplement

Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students

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The tuition fee is 9000 EUR per academic year for non-EU/EEA students who start their studies in Bachelor's or Master's degree programmes offered in English in 2017 or after that. 

Scolarship programme in TUAS

By completing 55 ECTS credits per year, the student will be refunded a third of the fee.

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who

  • have started their studies before 2017
  • study in degree programmes taught in Finnish
  • are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse / child)
  • are already residing in Finland on a permanent basis (continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type)
  • are enrolled in Doctoral/PhD level studies and research

For further information on tuition fees in TUAS, please visit the Tuition Fees page.

Study methods

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Universities of Applied Sciences train professionals in response to labour market needs and conduct research and development which supports instruction and promotes regional development in particular.

Studies at TUAS are working life-oriented, combining theoretical studies with professional skills. At the core of our teaching is Innovation Pedagogy, a new approach to learning developed at TUAS. Innovation Pedagogy emphasises the viewpoints of RDI and working life, making our graduates independently minded professionals with excellent international and communication skills. The cornerstones of innovation pedagogy are

  • innovative learning and teaching methods
  • cross-disciplinary learning environment and boundary crossing
  • integrated and extensive research and development activities
  • flexible curricula
  • concentration of acknowledging the importance of entrepreneurship and service production
  • internationalisation in the level of research, development and student engagement.