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New international student, welcome to Turku!

News | 27.6.2017

The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY) would like to welcome you to Turku and to the University of Turku. We are happy to have you here and we wish to meet you at the Orientation Course!

Please see more detailed timetables of Orientation Course

How to join the Student Union?

Exchange Students: The membership is voluntary but highly recommended. The International Office will send the Student Union membership invoices via e-mail to all the exchange students during summer. If you have not got your invoice by August, please contact You can pay the Student Union fee already before arriving in your home country if possible, but also in Turku if you have problems with the payment. You can order the student card (Frank) after August 1. The card is sent to your home address here in Finland so remember to make notification of move to the post office. The card costs € 16,10.

In case you choose the mobile App, you can upload it free of charge if you have Android or iOS phone and Finnish id number. There will be more information about Finnish id number in the orientation.

Degree Students: The membership fee is mandatory. You will get the information about membership fee during summer.

Please note that we do not send you confirmation e-mail after receiving your payment. If you have used the correct account number your payment will eventually arrive on our bank account. However, it is always a good idea to have the student union membership fee receipt with you until your student card has arrived.

First steps

  • Please see the University's website for First Days in Turku
  • If you have any questions concerning the Student Union, please contact We are here for you! Also check our FAQ-page for questions concerning the membership, student card, starting package and bank issues. Please note that we are on holiday in July but we will get back to you as soon as we can.
  • After paying the membership fee, you can order the student card after August 1 at Frank-website
  • You will get the University's user account for IT Services and e-mail after registration. 
  • We recommend you to join our mailing list for international students as soon as possible. Through the list, the Student Union keeps you up to date on current issues that concern students, informs you about things that go in the Student Union and in Finland in general and also distributes information about for example the starting package, job offers or internships, language centre, sports opportunities. Since most other mailing lists operate in Finnish, this is the best list to get information that is relevant to students in English. To join the list, click here
  • Remember to like our international Facebook page TYY International

Welcome to Turku!

Upon your arrival TYY will provide you with some useful material that you will hopefully find useful during your stay here in Turku.

TYY Guide for International Students

  • Details on what TYY is and does and how to become a member
  • Information on the student union membership benefits
  • Information on the sub-organisations of the Student Union. Here you will find everything from the faculty and departmental organisations to free time activities. Why not to try something new while staying in Finland?
  • You can also read the guide online here

Check out also subject organisations for each master programme here