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University of Turku

Welcome to study at the University of Turku, Finland!

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

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

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

More information about the University of Turku can be found on our website utu.fi.

Studying at any Finnish university is based on academic freedom. With freedom comes great responsibility on planning and making progress in your own studies. There is counselling available, but teachers do not automatically follow your progress. In case of any help, please reach out to various information sources, peers, tutors or university personnel.

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

More information can be found on the intranet.utu.fi of the University of Turku. Below, you will find some common practicalities.

You will need a UTU account for everything you do at the University of Turku: reading your emails, accessing course materials, using the 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 to the university. Remember to bring an official ID with you! If you have a Finnish Identity Code and Finnish banking credentials, you can do the activation online. After the activation, you can change your password at idm.utu.fi.

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

You can find course information from the Online Study Guide, which gives course descriptions and overall info about the courses as well as teaching schedules. Ask help from your tutor to find schedules and relevant information.

The recommended workload for one academic year is 60 ECTS. 1 ECTS = 27 hours of work (including lectures, seminars, reading, writing and independent work). Plan your studies wisely and don’t take too many courses as you need time for independent and group work. In addition, remember to enjoy your free time!

Course registration is usually done online in Nettiopsu. In some cases, the registration can be done by attending the first lecture. The instructions on how to register for a course should be given in the course description in the Online Study Guide.

Follow the registration days closely, as some courses (especially language courses) are popular and have small groups, so only the fastest ones to register will be accepted to the course.

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

It is important to attend the first class of every course as all course-related information, instructions, schedules etc. are given at that time. You may also need to verify your attendance in the first meeting, especially in language courses.

Classes follow the practice of an academic quarter. If the class is given at 12-14, it means 12:15-13:45. Exceptions can occur, but teachers will give you information about these.

Exams are generally held at the end of each course if an examination is part of the evaluation. Some faculties follow exam weeks and others may have exams during the teaching periods. You can also take an exam on a ‘general examination day’ in most subjects. You can take an exam three times, even if you have already passed the exam and want to raise your grade.

Please attend the first lectures to get information about the exact exam dates and requirements. Usually you have to register to the exams beforehand in Nettiopsu.

You have to bring your student card or an ID to the exam. Only pencil and other necessities for writing are allowed. The exam supervisor will give further instructions. Be on time and check if the exam will start at i.e. 14:00 or 14:15 (in exams, academic quarter does not always apply).

Electronic exams are taken in an e-exam room using a computer. Many book exams and some lectures can be taken as an e-exam. You can take an e-exam also 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 the Student Centre Disco.

A list of possible exams and instructions for registration is found in Tenttis and Exam.

Turku University Library is located in six different units at the University Campus (Library units and opening hours at Turku University Campus). Most of these library services are free of charge. In addition to books, you can find different kinds of study areas within libraries, some of which are even 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! There are overdue charges for items returned or renewed after the due date. Your borrowing rights may also be suspended if you leave the fines unpaid.

There are different kind of facilities and areas for studying throughout the university and majority of them are situated within libraries. You can check out the specific facilities here.

24/7 study rooms can be used by all customers, when a library is open, and by students and personnel of the University of Turku, 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 chipless student card. The permission to use 24/7 study rooms will be activated once the student has registered into the university.

You can reserve Library group study rooms with your Turku University email. If you do not have a Turku University email account, you can reserve group study rooms by contacting the customer service in each 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 to integrate to 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 on your mobile.

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

Moodle is a virtual learning environment, where most of the courses have their own sites for sharing course material, having discussions, returning course assignments and such. 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 do your course and exam registrations, check your grades and credits, check 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 all the courses offered at different faculties and at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies. Just start looking and find your favourites!

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

The Student Union of the University of Turku TYY is among the oldest student unions in Finland. Founded in 1922, TYY has been taking a stand for students for over 90 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 parties and sports opportunities.

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 a student union, too. Check out the instructions for joining here.

There are 144 sub-organizations (based on studying subjects, interests and hobbies) in the Student Union, so everyone should be able to find just the right one for themselves! Check the list of organizations here. Events organized by TYY and different sub-organizations can be found from Events.

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