Practical Information for the Postgraduate Students
Survival Guide for international students and scholars
The Survival Guide is a compact and consise booklet of practical information about living in Turku. This guide contains an abundance of information about e.g. working and taxes, residence, health care, shopping, transportation and student organisations.
Information Guide for Students
The Information Guide contains indepth information about academic and administrative matters at the University of Turku. This guide also has information of students' legal rights as well as the University regulations approved by the Board.
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Visa, cost of living and health care in Finland
- Migration to Finland
- More information concerning the visa you'll find from the Finland's Embassy.
- Moving to Finland
Students accepted to degree/ postgraduate studies at a Finnish university will be issued a visa/residence permit after showing that their own funds or a scholarship will cover living expenses in Finland. According to the Directorate of Immigration the needed sum is 6 000 euros before arrival in Finland. This deposit will be at the student?s disposal while studying in Finland. A new deposit is required at the beginning of each new academic year. More information: Finnish Immigration Service.
Please notice that Finland is a very expensive country, the income requirements by Finnish Immigration Service.
More information concerning health care you'll find: http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/students/services/health/visiting.html and Survival Guide, chapter 4 Health
According to the Immigration Department of the Ministry of the Interior, students coming to Finland from non-EU/EEA countries after 1 September 2007 must have valid health insurance. More information: http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/students/health_insurance.html.
Working as a doctor/ dentist/ registered nurse in Finland
- A degree in medicine or in dentistry taken abroad and approved by National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira)
- Adequate written and oral knowledge of Finnish. Ability in Finnish may be shown by a certificate signed by an Assessor on the State Board on Language Examinations. More information in Information Guide.
- For working here you need a valid Finnish work permit. More information: Finnish Immigration Service
- Finding work in Finland: check Ministery of Labour and the local Employment Office.
- Turku Academic Career Services
- Working at University of Turku
Near the university there locate several banks. The basic services are the same in every bank. Practical information you'll find: Survival guide chapter 8 Services
University of Turku doesn't offer accodomation. You could use the services of Student Village Foundation of Turku: http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/students/degree/housing.html
Please notice that when renting a flat from the private housing officies be prepare to pay the security deposit beforehand which is usually a rent of 1 - 2 months. Check Survival Guide, chapter 6 Housing.
- International Meeting Point, Guide for Finnish Way of Living
- Free time activities
- Survival guide, chapter 9 Recreation