University of Turku

University of Turku

University of Turku (UTU), in Finland, is an international research university. We provide students with innovative problem solving skills and high-standard education based on our strenghts in research. Over 2,500 international students study at UTU every year, and 97 % of them feel that UTU and Turku are good places to be. Learn more about student life by following #utuambassador on social media!

Top reasons to study here

  • We promote entrepreneurial attitude and utilisation of research in collaboration with business life.
  • We recognise the innovations emerging from research and our globally competitive education services.
  • We are a responsible employer and our operations are built on common values.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Education & Training (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)



Turku is an old university town. Queen Christina of Sweden established the third university of the Sweden-Finland kingdom, the Royal Academy of Turku, in 1640.

In the 1820s, three major figures of Finnish language, culture and literature, J.V. Snellman, Elias Lönnrot and J.L. Runeberg, studied at the Royal Academy of Turku.   


University of Turku is an active international research university and a vibrant academic community of 25,000 students and employees from over 100 different countries. As one of the leading universities in Finland, University of Turku offers study and research opportunities in seven faculties.

The University provides students with innovative problem solving skills and high-standard, multidisciplinary education based on the most up-to-date research. 

Thanks to the outstanding services, compact campus, and active academic community, international students and scholars feel at home from the very beginning of their stay.


The multidisciplinary and international University of Turku is an attractive research environment for researchers at different stages of their careers.

A straightforward researcher career path and the advancement of  international mobility increase the quality and effectiveness of research. In accordance with our strategy, we are increasing the number of postdoctoral researchers recruited through international application processes, and we are developing the use of the Tenure Track system further in the whole University. 


The Career Services provides career counseling and job seeking services to the students:

  • personal career guidance
  • information on job seeking and working in Finland
  • open vacancies
  • internship in Finland
  • internship abroad 
  • thesis as a commision
  • CV clinics and other events

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

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University Ranking

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Student services

  • Programme coordinators are usually the first contact point for international students. They can help you with most questions concerning your studies.
  • Study Advisors of the faculties help you with study and admission related issues
  • Head of Academic and Student Affairs knows the best the study affairs of the faculty. S/he can provide information on e.g. student admission and study plans.
  • International Officers take care of student exchange programmes and grants and can help you if you want to go on exchange. Career services are in charge of internships abroad.
  • Teachers have usually specific appointment times when students can visit them. 

Housing services

The housing situation in Turku is relatively good and student appartments are of easy walking, cycling or a bus ride distance from the campus.

It is your responsibility to arrange accommodation for yourself. University of Turku cannot unfortunately guarantee or arrange housing for students and therefore we recommend that you apply housing well in advance, observing the deadlines set by individual housing providers.

Library services

In the coronavirus situation libraries are open with limited service hours only for University staff and students with access rights. In accordance with the University’s policies, the University buildings will be kept locked, but staff and students can access the buildings as well as the libraries with electronic tag during opening hours. 

ICT services

You can access the wireless network anywhere on campus. There are two networks: UTU Visitor for Visitors and  Eduroam.

Medical services

Student health care (Finnish Student Health Service, FSHS) is available to all attending Bachelor's and Master's Degree students. The compulsory health care fee must be paid directly to Kela. Doctoral students are not entitled to use the services of FSHS. 

Student Life

Campus life

The Turku Campus of the University of Turku is located close to the city centre and the Aura river nearby the other higher education institutions, Turku Science Park companies, and the Turku University Hospital. The campus area extends from Turku Cathedral all the way to the Kupittaa railway station. 

Sports facilities

CampusSport offers sports services for the students and staff of the higher education institutions in Turku. 

Student clubs

The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY, Turun yliopiston ylioppilaskunta) is a public corporation completely independent of the University of Turku. The membership fee of the Union is compulsory to all students. 

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Well organized, have many facilities, great university to pursue master and phd

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I studied at the university of Turku for approximately one year as part of a double master program. Unfortunately, I was not able to travel to Finland due to Covid-19 restrictions but I still think that UTU deserves appreciation and a good review. My courses at UTU were really interesting and interactive, despite virtual formats, and I was able to gain so much knowledge...

Satisfied experience
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

University has good facilities to help students, which are easy to access. Courses are flexible and interesting.

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