UNIVERSITY OF TURKU (the first Finnish-language University) was founded in 1920 "From a Free People to Free Science"
UNIVERSITY ORGANISATION Board UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS RECTOR Kalervo Väänänen VICE RECTORS Riitta Pyykkö Kalle-Antti Suominen FACULTY OF HUMANI- TIES FACULTY OF MATHE- MATICS AND NATURAL SCIENCES FACULTY OF MEDICINE FACULTY OF LAW FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY OF EDUCA- TION TURKU SCHOOL OF ECONO- MICS UNIVERSITY SERVICES UNIVERSITY COLLEGIUM SPECIAL UNITS
20,000 STUDENTS 15,000 Degree Students, 2,000 Doctorate and Licentiate Students & 3,000 Visiting and Non-Degree Students
Asian Studies Baltic Sea Region Studies Bioinformatics Biomedical Imaging Embedded Computing European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society Food Development Futures Studies Global Information Technology Management Global Innovation Management Information Security and Cryptography INTERNATIONAL MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMMES Law and Information Society Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems Management of Information Technology Molecular Systems Biology Physical Sciences; Astronomy track Finnish and Other Finno-Ugric Languages (in Finnish)
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES Student tutors Orientation week Programme coordinators at faculties Extensive Language Centre services Well equipped libraries & computer services
Academic freedom and responsibility Students are relatively independent and free to make decisions on their studies (timetables, minors, the interest of research) However, students must also take responsibility of the progress of their studies All students have the same basic rights guaranteed by administration: objectivity, lawfulness, equality
Academic freedom and responsibility University students use free education services provided by state → no consumer/employment contract → no insurance provided by the university (exception: practical teaching situation, e.g. lab work, field course)
Academic community University students in Finland are not considered customers but equal members of the academic community. Both the staff and the students have collective aims in many ways. Consequently, it is usually easy to approach the staff (please respect the appointment times). The members of staff think that it is important that students take up issues they find problematic. Students are also an important part of the decision making processes in the university Student organizations and the University's units often have well- established practices for cooperation through which the students influence the development of their study environment.
Demarcation of study right Study time is demarcated since 1.8.2005 Targeted completion time for Bachelor’s degree is three and for Master’s degree two academic years. Students accepted only for a Master's degree have the right to complete the degree two years past the targeted completion time 2 + 2 academic years. Demarcation begins on the academic year when the study place has been accepted The student can register as non-attending for four semesters (= two academic years) which are not included in the study time There are some legislative reasons that can extend the study time, e.g. maternal leave during studentship For more information: http://www.utu.fi/demarcationhttp://www.utu.fi/demarcation
Student services There are versatile student services available to support the students both in academic and social matters The rule of subsidiarity: the most needed services are available close to the students' everyday activities: Coordinator of the Master's Programme Study Advisor of the Faculty Internet and Intranet Pages www.utu.fi/en/studying www.utu.fi/en/studying https://intranet.utu.fi/en/services/students/ https://intranet.utu.fi/en/services/students/
Financing the Studies 1.The State financial aid for students who are not Finnish citizens: Two criteria must be met: 1.living in Finland on a permanent basis (registered in the population register system), and 2.the purpose of the stay must be other than studying (for example work, family ties or return migration) The decision on the status of the student is made by other authorities than university. 2. Working See the university website for details: www.utu.fi/en/studying