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New Exchange Student: How to register at the University of Turku?

News | 2.8.2019

Registration at the University

Before you can sign up for courses, you will need to register at the International Office and visit one of our IT helpdesks to get your UTU user ID activated. Bring an official ID with you for both!

The International Office is located in the Student Centre Disco, on the University Hill (see the opening hours here). If you have any papers that need to be filled in or signed, bring them with you when you register. The day you register will be the first day of you mobility period in Finland.

When you register, you will receive a Registration Certificate and instructions on how to become a member of the Student Union. Membership of the Student Union is voluntary, but recommended.

Opening hours of the International Office:

5 – 14 August from 12 pm to 2 pm

15 August – 15 September from 10 am to 2 pm

from 16 September onwards from 12 pm to 2 pm

The IT helpdesks are located in Natura, Turku School of Economics, Medisiina and Educarium.

Please see more information here

NB! If you are studying in Pori, please approach for registration procedures.

Obtaining a Finnish Identity Code

Every exchange student must obtain a personal Finnish Identity Code (’henkilötunnus’ in Finnish). The Local Register Office (‘maistraatti’ in Finnish) is responsible for issuing the ID codes. When you obtain a Finnish ID Code, you will be registered as a foreigner in Finland. The code will also be included in your personal information in Nettiopsu.

There are two ways to obtain the code:

Option 1:

Apply for the code during an on-campus pop up session during the following times:

4 September 2019: 10 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 3 pm (students A-K)

5 September 2019: 10 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 3 pm (students L-Z)

If your last name starts with letters from A to K, please come on 4 Sept. If your last name starts with letters from L to Z, please come 5 Sept. If you cannot make it during the day you are supposed to come, come during the other day.

When applying for the code on campus, you will not get the code straightaway but we will notify you when you can pick up the code from the Student Centre Disco.

If you are not in a hurry to get the code e.g. for a Finnish bank account, please come to the pop up session on campus.

Option 2:

Visit the Local Register Office in Turku or Pori during their opening hours (Mon-Fri 9 am – 4.15 pm). They will either give you the code straightaway or mail it to your home address in Turku or Pori. If you get the code directly from the Local Register Office, please email the decision to us at from your UTU email.

If you are in a hurry to get the code e.g. for a bank account, you can apply for it directly in the Local Register Office.

If you are going to study in Pori, you will need to obtain the identity code from the Local Register Office in Pori.

When applying for the Finnish ID Code either on campus or from the Local Register Office directly, fill in the enclosed XTU document (ask your tutor to help you) and bring it with you along with the following documents:

  • your passport
  • your residence permit card if you are a non-EU citizen
  • your UTU registration certificate (you’ll get it when registering to UTU)
  • your rental agreement (your address in Finland)

NB! Non-EU citizens: even though you would have obtained a Finnish Identity Code during your residence permit application process, you will still need to be registered as a foreigner and therefore come either for the registration sessions on campus or visit the Local Register Office.

We will recap & explain all of this during the orientation as well!

More about the Finnish Identity Code and the registration of foreigners

About registering at the Local Register Office

Register Office in Turku

Register Office in Pori


Kind regards,

Lassi Yli-Muilu

International Advisor

International Office

University of Turku

FI-20014 Turku


tel. +358 (0)29 450 3139