When should I arrive?
The Academic Year is officially divided into two semesters: 1 August - 31 December and 1 January - 31 July. Teaching periods run (in most faculties) from the last week of August to 31 December and 1 January to 31 May. During the summertime, teaching is normally not available.
Accepted students are expected to be present at the Orientation Course, which is arranged at the beginning of each semester (in August and in January). The Orientation Course helps you to adjust to the Finnish student life and to living in Turku.
Teaching normally starts right after the orientation. One exception is the Faculty of Medicine where studies start at the beginning of August.
Please note that arrival during weekends and holidays is not recommended, because the Housing Offices will be closed.
Your student tutor will meet you upon arrival if you have agreed on it with her/him.
How can I get there?
There are several international flights arriving directly to Turku Airport. The airport is 8 kilometres from the city centre, which can be reached by taxi (approximately €20) or by local bus number 1 (€2.50). If your arrival time to Turku Airport is after the last bus and there is no taxi to be found, you can order one by using the service phone which is located near the exit on the arrivals level of the terminal.
It is also quite convenient to arrive in Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. There are long distance bus connections leaving approximately every hour from the airport to Turku. The traveling time between Helsinki-Vantaa airport and the Turku bus station is about two and a half hours. It costs around €50.
The national long distance bus service Matkahuolto departs from local bus stations all throughout Finland. The final stop in Turku for long distance buses is at the Turku Bus Station (linja-autoasema) which is located at the city centre.
You can search for timetables for the busses from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Turku by entering:
Place of departure: Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
Destination: Turku bus station
Please note that in some of the routes, there is a change of bus in Espoo during the trip from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Turku. The bus personnel will inform you about the change and the transfer bus will be waiting for the passengers. Your luggage will be transferred by the bus personnel. If you have any doubts about the transfer, you can always ask the bus personnel to help.
The national train company VR departs from the local railway stations all throughout Finland. There are two railway stations in Turku: The main railway station (rautatieasema) which is at the city centre at Ratapihankatu 37 and the Kupittaa railway station which is about 1.5 kilometres from the city centre and 0.5 kilometres from the university campus. Only the trains coming from the direction of Helsinki stop at Kupittaa
There are two cruise lines which have regular connections between Stockholm and Turku:
The Port of Turku (Turun Satama) is approximately two kilometres from the city centre and can be reached by local bus number 1.
Arrival during public holidays and weekends
You should avoid arriving during public holidays and weekends because the university, housing offices as well as most businesses and shops will be closed.
You should also be aware that the lease on student apartments always starts on the first weekday (never on a weekend day) of the month and you normally cannot get the keys for your apartment before that.
Will I receive a Certificate of Enrolment?
The University of Turku will automatically provide you with this certificate upon registration. Registration should be done immediately after arrival in Turku.
Letter of Confirmation stating the final dates of your exchange period will be provided only if you personally visit the International Office before leaving. Especially Erasmus students need this certificate with exact dates of the exchange period!