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University of Turku

Welcome to study at University of Turku, Finland!

We are an active academic community of more than 25,000 students and staff members from over 100 different countries.

Besides My Mobile Tutor, our staff, your tutor, and fellow students at UTU are ready to help you with any questions or challenges that you might face.

Be curious, active and get the most of your stay with us in Turku!

More information about University of Turku on our website utu.fi.

Studying at any Finnish university is based on academic freedom. With freedom comes great responsibility of planning and progressing in your studies. Counselling is available, but teachers do not automatically monitor your progress. In case you need help, please reach out to the various information sources, peers, tutors or university personnel.

Faculties have different periods and systems in study-related practices, which can vary even between departments. For this reason, it is wise to attend faculty information sessions, the first lecture of each course and be an active information seeker.

More information on studies and common practicalities on intranet.utu.fi.

You will need an UTU account for different tasks at the University of Turku: reading your emails, accessing course materials, using Intranet, checking your grades, course and exam registration and more.

You can activate your UTU account by visiting one of the university’s IT Helpdesks after you have registered as present to the university. Remember to bring an official ID with you! If you have a Finnish Identity Code and Finnish banking credentials, you can carry out the activation online. After finishing activation, you can change your password at idm.utu.fi.

Exchange students will get separate instructions on registering to UTU and activating their UTU account.

Please become an active user of your UTU-email from day one, as it is the main communication channel used for all study-related issues! Teachers' and other university members’ email addresses are usually in the form firstname.lastname@utu.fi.

You can find course details from the Online Study Guide, which gives course descriptions and overall info about courses, as well as teaching schedules. To find schedules and any other relevant information, ask your tutor for help.

The recommended workload for one academic year is 60 ECTS. 1 ECTS equals 27 hours of work (consisting of lectures, seminars, reading, writing, and independent work). Plan your studies wisely and do not take too many courses at once as you also need time for independent and group work. In addition, remember to enjoy your free time!

Course registration usually takes place online in Nettiopsu. In some cases, the registration happens by attending the first lecture of the course. Instructions on how to register for a course are usually mentioned in the course description section in the Online Study Guide.

Take note of the registration deadlines, as some courses (especially language courses) are very popular and only accept a small number of students at a time due to class sizes.

Usually the lectures are not compulsory to attend but are highly recommended. Seminars, exercises, lab work etc. may be compulsory depending on the course. Language courses usually require at least 80% attendance. In addition, be prepared for group and independent work conducted outside class hours.

It is important to attend the first class of each course, since all course-related information, instructions, schedules etc. are given during the first meeting. You may also need to verify your attendance by being present at the first meeting, especially in language courses.

University of Turku uses the academic quarter. This means that if a class is scheduled for 12-14, for example, it will in truth take place from 12:15-13:45. Exceptions may occur but teachers will provide you with more information.

Exams generally take place at the end of each course if an examination is part of the evaluation. Some faculties use exam weeks and others may already have exams during teaching periods. You can also take an exam on a ‘general examination day’ in most subjects. You can take an exam three times, including retakes for raising your grade.

Please attend the first lecture of each course for detailed information about exact exam dates and requirements. You will usually need to register for exams beforehand in Nettiopsu.

You must bring your student card or an ID to an exam. You may only bring your ID and writing equipment. The exam supervisor will provide further instructions. Be on time and check the start time of the exam (in exams, the academic quarter does not always apply).

Electronic exams are taken in an e-exam room using a computer. Many book exams and some courses can be taken in an e-exam format. You can also take an e-exam during the evenings and weekends if there are available computers. Exam rooms are located in Teutori, Agora, Publicum, and Turku School of Economics. Exam rooms are locked and accessible only with an activated student card, printing tag, or a key card that can be collected from Student Centre Disco.

A list of available exams and instructions for registration can be found at Tenttis and Exam.

Turku University Library has six different units on University Campus (Library units and opening hours at Turku University Campus). Most library services are free of charge. In addition to books, the libraries also provide study roomds for students, some of which are open 24/7.

When using the library, you need a library card. You can get it free of charge by presenting your identity card in any of the library units.

All books, print journals and electronic materials can be found in the Volter database.

Please remember to return your borrowed books on time! Overdue charges apply for items returned or renewed after due date. Your borrowing right may also be suspended if you have any unpaid fines.

There are different facilities and areas for studying throughout the university and a majority of them are situated within libraries. You can view the facilities here.

24/7 study rooms are accessible for all customers during opening hours, and to students and university personnel, when the library is closed. In order to use 24/7 study rooms when the library is closed, you will need a university key tag or a student card with a chip. Permission to use 24/7 study rooms will be activated once the student has registered into the university.

You can reserve group study rooms at the libraries with your University of Turku email. If you do not have a University of Turku email account, you can reserve group study rooms by contacting the customer service in the given library unit. Group study rooms can be booked for a maximum of two hours at a time.

My Mobile Tutor is designed to help you integrate into your new home city and make new friends by offering information, events, and maps. We want to support your stay in Turku, and at the University of Turku and are always with you through the app.

Intranet.utu.fi includes all the important information you need about faculties and departments, courses, services at UTU, news etc.

Moodle is a virtual learning environment, where most courses have their own page for sharing course materials, having discussions, submitting course assignments and so on. Usually you will need a password in order to register for a course page, and it is given in the first lecture or via email.

NettiOpsu is a virtual study register where you can register for courses and exams, check your grades and credits, view and update your contact information, and access the Online Study Guide. In addition, you can create and modify your personal study program (HOPS).

Study Guide is an extensive course information package. You can find information on all courses offered at different faculties and at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies. Just pick your favorites!

Exam is an electronic exam service, which allows you to plan your own exam schedules. The electronic exams are taken on a computer in a designated computer lab. Many book exams and some courses can be taken as e-exams. You can also take an e-exam during evenings and weekends if there are available computers. Exam rooms are located in Teutori, Agora, Publicum, and the Turku School of Economics building.

The Student Union of the University of Turku TYY is one of the oldest student unions in Finland. Founded in 1922, TYY has been taking a stand for students for almost 100 years. There is a student union (ylioppilaskunta) in each Finnish university.

TYY is a public corporation completely independent of the University of Turku. The role of TYY is to represent its members, to advance the position of students in society, and provide them with services ranging from consultations with lawyers to sports and parties.

The membership of a student union is by law compulsory for all Finnish university students - and for those international students who are studying for a Finnish degree. It is possible for the exchange students to join the student union, too. See instructions for joining here.

The Student Union has over 100 sub-organizations (based on study subjects, interests, and hobbies), so everyone can find the right one for them! See the list of organizations here. Events organized by TYY and different sub-organizations are available in Events.

Representatives of TYY are there to help you in case you want to contact them or pay a visit. TYY International Wing is specialized in helping foreign students in their needs.