Blog Posts

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. Depending on the country, students...
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.
Student ambassador Yukie from Japan decided to start studying again, after several years in the working life.
When is it too late to start studying again?
About one year has passed since I submitted my application to one of the International Master’s Degree Programmes here at the University of Turku in Finland. I had been working for several years and made a career for myself, but one day I knew that I had to do something for myself, follow a dream of mine. I remember the feeling I had one year ago, when I clicked submit on my application.
社会人になってからの留学
About one year has passed since I submitted my application to one of the International Master’s Degree Programmes here at the University of Turku in Finland. I had been working for several years and made a career for myself, but one day I knew that I had to do something for myself, follow a dream of mine. I remember the feeling I had one year ago, when I clicked submit on my application.
Interested in exchange studies at the University of Turku?
Anastasiya Mun and Victoriya Ignatova, students of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU, spent the spring term of 2019 at the University of Turku as exchange students. Read their stories if you are curious to find out more what the life of international students in Turku is like - scroll down for information in Russian
Laura and her first aurora experience
A Colombian in Finnish Wonderland –The story of how Laura became a tutor for international students–
4 February 2020, by Mária Kubincová Laura Moreno from Colombia first wanted to pursue a PhD, but later decided to...
Tutoring in a nutshell and why should you get involved!
January 21, 2020, by Kristaps Kovaļonoks and Mária Kubincová As tutors, it is our job to help new incoming students...
When plans change – How 2 years in Turku turned into 7 (and counting…)
January 10, 2020, by Kristaps Kovaļonoks and Mária Kubincová Kalypso Filippou is originally from Cyprus and has spent the past...
Dua bersaudara mengejar mimpi di Finlandia
This time you get the story of siblings Ali and Alaa Benkherouf in Bahasa. Original article in English (Siblings pursuing...
Nonmanut Pongsakdi, Education and Learning
Nonmanut Pongsakdi about her time in Finland as an international student and researcher
I am Nonmanut Pongsakdi from Thailand. I am an alumna from the Master’s Degree Programme in Education at the University...
Siblings Ali and Alaa during the interview
Siblings pursuing their academic careers at the University of Turku
12 December 2019, by Andriana Putri and Maria Kubincova Siblings Ali and Alaa Benkherouf from Algeria have decided to pursue...
What is the Student Union? Interview with Satu Nurmi, International Affairs Specialist
One of the most important institutions for all students at the University of Turku is the Student Union, or TYY...
Student mental health and well-being
23 November 2019 by Megha Goswami This blog post focuses on mental health and well-being for international students but isn’t...
Reza Abasi, studying in the Master´s Degree Programme specialisation track Cyber Security
Specialisation Track in Cyber Security Trains Important Experts for Future Society
Reza Abasi tells about his experiences on studying in the specialisation track of Cyber Security of the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology.
Job hunting in FInland
Job Hunting and Working in Finland
09 October 2019 by Megha Goswami One of the main concerns of international students in Finland and elsewhere is finding...
Attending EU Careers Ambassadors conference in Brussels, Belgium
04 October 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks I was recently fortunate enough to attend EU Careers Ambassadors conference in Brussels, the...
The University’s International Master’s Degrees Offer Expertise for Many Different Paths
The University’s International Master’s Degrees Offer Expertise for Many Different Paths
01 October 2019 The University of Turku has 26 different Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English. They cover a broad...
Black Swans to the rescue for new-students at UTU - valuable tips!
Back to Black
20 September 2019 by Jonathon Murphy The new term has started and the university campus has come back to life....
Guests from Rīga Stradiņš University Student Union, Latvia.
Guests from Latvia
11 September 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks Now that the new academic year has begun, life at UTU campus is busier...
Projet Aces-work experience andstudent life
A great way to get work experience while studying in Turku, Finland – an international student’s perspective.
09 September 2019 by Ameya Foujdar As an international student from India, choosing Finland as a destination for my higher education...