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Newsletter 2/2021

Happy new year 2021! 
In this newsletter: 

  • Welcome to Turku!
  • COVID19 instructions when arriving to Finland
  • How to activate UTU account?
  • Equal access to student health services for higher education students
  • Corona guidelines
  • Starting Package Storage
  • University Chaplains’ services spring 2021
  • P-klubi welcomes new international students
  • Greetings from Study in Finland!
  • University news

Welcome to Turku!

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!

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COVID19 instructions when arriving to Finland

COVID19 pandemic is still going on when you are arriving to Finland next year. Please follow the instructions given to you at the Helsinki airport. You can travel to Turku/ Pori by using public transport but remember to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer while travelling. Be prepared to bring several masks with you, as you will need them already on the airplane. You can buy masks from any shop when you are in Turku/ Pori.

Be prepared to spend the first 10 days in self-quarantine in Turku. Please find the instructions for quarantine from the link. You can spend the quarantine time at your place here in Turku or in Pori.

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How to activate UTU account?

The International Office contacted the IT Services of UTU and asked how to activate your user ID at UTU. Unfortunately, during Christmas time they have limited opening hours so be prepared that there is a queue waiting for you.

The International Office is sorry for this and asks you to be patient. Unfortunately, we cannot fasten the process to give your user ID earlier.

You will need the UTU user ID in order to access the UTU web systems and to enroll for the courses.

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Equal access to student health services for higher education students

The Act on Student Health Services for Students in Higher Education came into force on 1 January 2021. The aim of the Act is to secure equal access to student health services and services of equal quality for higher education students in the whole country. 

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Corona guidelines

TYY's corona guidelines consist of:

  • Trafficlight model on what instructions are being followed at the moment (red/yeallow/green)
  • An instruction on how to organise and attend in events safely (these must be followed at all times)

TYY's guidelines are based on:

  • Discussion with the health authorities of campus cities
  • The guidelines of the hospital district and regulations of regional state administrative agency

We have categorised different situations with color codes. Currently, the red time guidelines will be followed. 

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Starting Package Storage

The student unions of the universities in Turku (TYY, ÅAS), the student union of the Novia University of Applied Sciences (Novium), and the Turku University of Applied Science (TUAS) run a starting package storage where exchange students can borrow a package with household items which they then return before they leave Turku.

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University Chaplains’ services spring 2021

The University Chaplains offer low-threshold counselling free of charge to all members of the Turku University community (students, personnel, doctoral candidates etc.) Counselling can support you when you think that it could be beneficial to have a discussion with someone who is bound by professional confidentiality and is not a member of your study or work community. Counselling can also be the support you need while you are waiting for other professional help. There is no requirement for you to be Christian nor to be religious at all. What will be discussed is what you need to talk about. Spirituality and religion will only be discussed if that is what you would like. 

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P-klubi welcomes new international students

P-klubi is an association for students who are studying Contemporary History and Political Science here at the University of Turku. P-klubi arranges different activities for its members but is also a link between the Department of Contemporary History & Political Science and the students. P-klubi arranges different types of nightlife activities, sports events, trips domestically and internationally. We are one of the most active Students organizations within Uni Turku! If you are interested to come and participate in P-klubis activities, you want to purchase our Navy blue overalls or perhaps you just want to be added to our mailing list, please contact us!

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Greetings from Study in Finland!

We hope you’ve had a nice start for 2021! Would you be interested to be featured in a forthcoming “Student Stories” section of our official website and social media channels which will assist prospective international students to know what it’s like to live and study in Finland? Video interviews will be organized via Teams on the first week of February and written excerpts of the interview will be published in the coming months. In addition to the interview, chosen students to be interviewed should later submit a quality selfie photo with a good background. More information will follow once the students to be interviewed are selected. So, if you are interested, send us a message ( by 25 January 2021. 

University news:

► Student: Respond to Survey on Studies and Well-being

Turning entrepreneurship competence into credits – new web tool for higher education students and teachers

► University Board on 14 Dec 2020: University Board Approved Operational Plan and Budget Plan for 2021

► Culture Campus Turku to Become a New Platform for Developing Culture Sector Activities

►  Apply for Career Services' Internship Subsidy 2021

►  Border and Migration Studies Online – Database for Border- and Migration Studies

► See all events from TYY's events calendar

When attending to an event remember the hygiene instructions and safe distances. Wear a facemask if needed. Never attend to an event if you are sick.

The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY)
Ylioppilastalo A, Rehtorinpellonkatu 4 B, 20500 TURKU
+358 44 796 1067

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