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Newsletter 4/2021

In this newsletter: 

  • Degree Programme Student: Remember to pay the student healthcare fee!
  • Try CampusSport’s online classes with an affordable online pass
  • Welcome to Turku!
  • COVID19 instructions when arriving to Finland
  • How to activate UTU account?
  • Corona guidelines
  • Red light stage in force on all campuses – safe distance increased to 2 metres
  • Latest update in COVID19 pandemic in Finland
  • Starting Package Storage
  • Apply as TYY’s representative for SYL’s Advisory Board for Development Cooperation
  • University news

Degree Programme Student: Remember to pay the student healthcare fee!

The fee is payable by a higher education degree students who have registered as attending.​ The due date for payments of the healthcare fee for higher education students is 31 January 2021. Students who fail to pay the fee by the due date are automatically charged a EUR 5 late fee.

In 2021, the student healthcare fee in higher education is EUR 35.80 per term. It can be paid via Kela's e-service or as a bank transfer. Instructions for paying the healthcare fee are available on Kela’s website.

On 14 January 2021, Kela sent a letter with information about the healthcare fee to students confirmed to have registered as attending for the spring term 2021. The letter can now also be accessed via Kela’s e-service.

Students who registered as attending this January may not have received the letter. Also, in some cases, the letter may have gone out to students who are not liable for the fee. This can include students who graduated in autumn term 2020, but whose graduation was not notified to Kela before the letter was sent.

Students have been able to pay the fee since 30 November 2020 either through their bank or on Kela’s e-service. A total of 156 000 students have to date paid the fee.

Learn more

► Student healthcare fee in higher education

► How to pay the student healthcare fee in higher education

► FAQ about the student healthcare fee

Try CampusSport’s online classes with an affordable online pass

CampusSport’s functions in the sports facilities are temporarily shut down at least until 7 Feb 2021. Therefore, we offer online classes and now you can try the classes for the following two weeks with an affordable online pass. The pass is valid 25 Jan – 7 Feb 2021. With the pass you get to watch the online classes that are streamed to a closed Facebook group. The pass costs 15 euros for students and 20 euros for the staff members and postgraduate students. In addition to the online pass, sports fee for the entire spring 2021 (48/61 euros) is also available at CampusSport’s online store. If you pay the spring fee, you get to watch the online classes and when we are able to use our facilities again, you will get to use the gyms, instructed classes and ball sports shifts.

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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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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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Red light stage in force on all campuses – safe distance increased to 2 metres

The traffic light model for the coronavirus situation defines the level of safety measures at the University of Turku. At the moment, the red light stage of the traffic light model is in force on all the University’s campuses.

The management of the University of Turku decided on 27 January 2021 that all the University’s campuses, also Rauma and Pori, stay on the red light stage of the traffic light model for the coronavirus situation. This means, among other things, that the use of the University’s facilities is restricted. Work and studies are conducted mainly remotely. Masks are always used in all the University's facilities. The minimum safe distance to other people is now 2 metres instead of the earlier 1.5 metres.

The University’s traffic light model for the coronavirus situation can be changed to the yellow light stage once the Hospital District of Southwest Finland moves from the community transmission phase to the acceleration phase. The safety measures and related instructions at the Rauma and Pori campuses can be reviewed separately if necessary.

At the University of Turku, remote teaching and studying will continue throughout the spring semester (3rd and 4th period) in accordance with the earlier policy.  Contact teaching that is not possible to teach at distance can be organised in small groups while taking into account the restrictions on the number of participants.

► University’s traffic light model for coronavirus situation
► Information on Coronavirus

Please send any further inquiries and questions primarily by email to

Latest update in COVID19 pandemic in Finland

Please notice – when you are in Finland you are obliged to follow the COVID19 instructions given by the Government of Finlandcity of Turku and UTU.

If you are planning a trip to Tallinn please postpone the trip until March – April. Due to COVID19 pandemic Finland decided to tighten internal and external border traffic. This is valid till the end of February. How to cross the border, please check

Hopefully you all stay healthy. If you are having a party during the weekend remember max 10 persons/ party.

Enjoy the winter and go sleddingskating or skiing.

Although COVID 19 pandemic is doing its best to ruin your exchange experience but hopefully you’ll enjoy your time at UTU and find something fun to do but taking into account the restriction

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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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Apply as TYY’s representative for SYL’s Advisory Board for Development Cooperation

Are you inspired by global development and promoting education internationally? Are you concerned about climate change? Are you a persistent communicator, good at forming networks, or know a lot about funding? Do you want to put some of your knowledge to the use of the rest of the world?

We are looking for people with lots of ideas who are committed and motivated to join the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation (KENKKU) of SYL. The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) represents 15 member organisations and 135,000 university students. The development cooperation advisory board advises SYL’s executive board on development cooperation and administers SYL’s development cooperation projects together with the Development Policy Adviser.

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University news:

► Join the First EC2U Mini Forum

► The University Strengthens Its Sustainable Development Operations

► General Rules and Regulations Promote Safety and Comfort in the University Community

► New SPSS and Amos licenses are now available

► University Board on 15 Jan 2021: Board Decided on Further Development of University Central Services


► 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.

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