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Baking Turku is a new stream series for fans of food and Finland
“Baking Turku” – New Live Stream Series for Fans of Finland and Food
The University of Turku launches a series of live streams called “Baking Turku”, in which current university students talk about life in Finland as an international student with all its peculiarities. Join the streams to share experiences in studies and food!
Author Selcen Erten in the University library
Learning Finnish as a foreign language – Can it be easier than you think?
Are you someone who thinks that Finnish is impossibly hard to learn? Are you someone who hesitates to study this beautiful language? Or are you just someone who likes reading about languages? Check out the blog to see the fun aspects and tools which make Finnish an easy language to learn.
Student ambassador is interviewing two student organisation representatives in a podcast studio
University of Turku publishes its first international podcast: Colours of UniTurku
After months of preparation, planning, and recording, “Colours of UniTurku”, a podcast made by the University of Turku’s international student ambassadors, is released. Read more about what the Colours of UniTurku is all about!
Writer Hinako Matsui standing in front of a beautiful lake and smiling
Are you afraid of studying abroad? – How the University of Turku helps you feel confident
Do you want to challenge studying abroad but feel fear? Do you want to get a foreign degree but don't have enough confidence? Are you interested in Finnish student life but feel nervous? Then, this article is for you!
6 Reasons Why You’ll Feel Welcome at the University of Turku
Many international students say that it does not take long before Turku starts feeling safe and familiar, like a second home. Here are the top 6 reasons why international students feel right at home in Turku!
How to Get a Part-time Job as an International Student in Turku?
Is it possible to get a Part-time job as an international student in Turku? Will you be able to manage your studies and working? Find out the experiences of current international students who work alongside their studies.
PhD student Elmira Jahanshah Rad
Inspired by Materials Physics – Interview with Doctoral Researcher Elmira Jahanshah Rad
Elmira Jahanshah Rad is a doctoral researcher in Materials Physics. Read about Elmira's Ph.D. journey from start, struggles, to success.
A lake called Savojärvi at the national park called Kurjenrahka Kansallispuisto.
My Two Years Student Life in Turku: New Experience
The beginning of Zejia Song's stay in Turku seemed to be a sharp turn in every means. From culture, studies, and food to weather and cancer research. But no need to panic, find out why student life in Turku is easy to manage and fun!
5 Reasons to Study Human Neuroscience in Turku
Are you interested in how the brain and mind works? Eman Hassanain outlines why the Human Neuroscience programme is a fit for all Neuroscience enthusiasts from a variety of backgrounds.
Breakfasts in Finland – by UTU Ambassadors
Feast your eyes on what some of our UTU Ambassadors eat each morning!
Experiencing Spring in Turku for the First Time
I had a pretty good idea about what to expect from winter before coming to Finland but I had doubts about spring. Is it going to be too cold still? When exactly will the snow melt? Can I go hiking in peace? Making plans turned out to be trickier than I have expected but here are some reasonable activities a student can do in Turku.
Opportunities for International Students to Participate Actively in Student Life
Are you wondering what kind of activities student life can offer you? Anna Ryzhova has gathered different ways for you to get experience in something you are interested in and improve your skills during your study time!
The PhD Experience: Delving into doctoral studies with Mahdi Moghaddam
One of the current UTUGS candidates, Mahdi Moghaddam, moved to Finland to pursue a PhD in the field of electrochemistry. We sat down with Mahdi to find out what got him interested in his field of research, what is PhD student life at the University of Turku like for him and what kind of things he likes to do when he is not conducting experiments in labs.
Tour with Tolga: Video Series for New International Students in Turku
Watch the video series produced by Tolga Karayel and learn more about course planning and the Peppi Study System, student accommodation, and food and student restaurants in Turku, Finland!
Polychronis Tatsis met a local Finn in the Friendship Programme
The Social Paradox in Finland: Experience in the Friendship Programme
You probably have heard the stereotypes: it can take time to befriend a Finn. But what did Polychronis, a current UTU student, learn after signing up for the Friendship Programme?
Kristaps Kovalonoks has done it all, from being an international student to volunteering and working at the University of Turku
My story: How Strategic Volunteering Paved the Way to a Career at the University of Turku
Interested in building a career in Finland? Learn about how our international alumni Kristaps Kovaļonoks built a career in Finnish higher education at his alma mater through persistent volunteering, networking, and more.
Applying to UTU – Tips From a Current Student
Come study in Finland! Get inside tips on how to apply to the international degree programmes at UTU
Reindeers in Lapland
Feel the True Spirit of Christmas!
You don't know what Christmas is unless you visit Finland! Dive into the Christmas spirit with Olha Nikolaienko's post about Finland as a Christmas destination.
Friends enjoying summer at a Finnish cottage.
Culture Shocks When Coming to Finland – Round II
Originally from UK, Alexander Spicer has experienced quite many cultural shocks in Finland - so many that he needed two posts to share them all with us. Are you ready for round two?
A fully furnished student studio
Furnishing an Apartment in Finland as a Student
Relocating to another country to pursue studies often brings a lot of hassle and unknowns. Here's a few tips on where to turn to when furnishing an apartment in Turku.
Culture Shocks When Coming to Finland – Round I
After moving to Finland, Alexander Spicer has experienced quite a few cultural shocks. Now he provides you with some entertaining insight into the peculiarities in the Finnish culture.
The Coziest City in Finland
Why Turku is the coziest city in Finland? Olha Nikolaienko, Master degree student in Education and Learning, will tell you more about the reasons for that.
River Aura in summer sunset
Destination: Turku – A Quick Guide on What to Expect After Moving
A quick guide of what to expect when moving to Turku and Finland.
View along the riverside and harbor of Turku
Student City of Turku, I Choose You!
Futures Studies student Anna Ryzhova shares why Turku is the best student city providing arguments from previous experience in Finland.
Student wearing a winter hat and a neck warmer pulled up over her nose. Only her eyes are visible.
The International Student’s Guide to Surviving Winter in Finland
A crash course on how to survive - and even enjoy - winter in Finland.
Obada Alzqhool is a doctoral candidate at the University of Turku.
From Master’s Degree studies to a Career in Research – Interview with Doctoral Candidate Obada Alzghool
International doctoral candidate Obada Alzghool answers our questions about his experiences as a researcher at the University of Turku.
Students get inspired by learning at the Feeniks library on the University Hill
7 Stories About Where Inspiration Can Lead You in Higher Education
International students of the University of Turku share their sources of inspiration and their stories: What inspired them to apply to their study programme, what keeps them motivated during their studies, and what has been the greatest learning outcome for them so far?
10 key facts about the Education and Learning Master’s Degree Programme
What is it like to study in the Master's Degree Programme in Education and Learning at the University of Turku? Read my observations as a current student and learn if this programme would be the right one for you!
How to Build Your Own Path in Finland? – The Power of Communities
Moving to a new country is never easy; it requires you to be open to change, keep curious, and be proactive. Here are Kamilla Sultanova's tips for building your own community and career path in Finland!
Top 10 Things to Do in Turku!
Although life on campus at the University of Turku will keep you busy, the wider region has a lot to offer students as well. We encourage you to explore and make the most of your time in this wonderful city! Here are some recommendations to help you get started.