University of Turku


Multidisciplinary. International. Research University.

The University of Turku is an active academic community of 25,000 students and employees, which conducts groundbreaking and interdisciplinary research. We engage in the development of Finnish and international education and innovations paving the way for a brighter future.

In addition to Turku, we have campuses in the cities of Rauma and Pori and operations all over Finland – all the way from Lapland to the Archipelago Sea.

The University Of Turku Is Among The Top 1% In The World
QS World University Rankings 2018

Effective research

We conduct research and work towards a better future and well-being.

We promote free, effective and open science. Our research is multidisciplinary and international, aiming towards new, interdisciplinary initiatives.

Our research is profiled through six thematic areas:

  • Biofuture
  • Children, young people and learning
  • Cultural memory and societal change
  • Digital futures
  • Drug development and diagnostics
  • Sea and maritime studies

10 Best reasons to choose UTU

  • UTU is one of the most international universities in Finland.
  • Programmes based on our strengths in research.
  • Excellent career prospects for graduates.
  • Generous scholarships available for talented students.
  • Professors and lecturers that challenge you to learn.
  • Personal support and services throughout your studies.
  • Modern facilities and learning environments.
  • A wide selection of optional and minor studies.
  • Active student life and versatile activities.
  • Compact campus where all is near.

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Mission Statement

The University of Turku is an internationally competitive science university whose operations are based on high-quality, multidisciplinary research.

We promote education and free science and provide higher education that is based on research. The University is part of the international academic community. We collaborate closely with Finnish society and participate actively in the development of our region.

Strategic Goals

Effective research

We solve today's and tomorrow's complicated problems with the help of our basic research. We apply an interdisciplinary approach to our research in order to increase its quality and societal effectiveness. We strengthen the researcher career path, open science and support for research.

Responsible education

We are a multidisciplinary and inspiring higher education institution. Our education is based on the latest scientific knowledge and meets the changing needs of society. We ensure that the study tracks are flexible and straightforward.

A catalyst for social well-being and the economy

We recognise the innovations emerging from our research and our globally competitive education services. We promote an entrepreneurial attitude and the utilisation of research in collaboration with business life.

Community well-being

We are a responsible employer and our operations are built on common values. We are building an encouraging and interactive university, where it is a pleasure to study and work.

Thanks to our outstanding services, compact campus and active student life, international students feel at home and safe from the very beginning of their stay.

Inspiring research careers

The well-being of the entire University community is important to us. We want to support young researchers in their career and offer a research environment and community that inspires them to unique achievements and results.

17 Doctoral Programmes
170 Doctoral Degrees Annually
Innovations from research

The preventive effect of xylitol on teeth decay was first discovered at the Institute of Dentistry of the University of Turku. Each year, over a hundred different innovations and dozens of invention disclosures originate from the research conducted at the University.

Creative, agile and innovative

We develop entrepreneurial attitude and activities in the entire University. We offer a growth platform for startups and spinoffs stemming from top research.

Build your future career with us

The University of Turku is a popular destination for exchange, Master’s degree and doctoral studies. We collaborate with over 400 universities worldwide and offer our students a wide selection of courses and programmes taught in English.

20,000 students from over 100 countries
Annually 650 incoming and
750 outgoing exchange students

95% of International Students Chose Us Due To High-Quality Research

Welcome to the Student City of Turku

The Turku Campus of the University of Turku is located close to the city centre and the Aura river near the other higher education institutions, Turku Science Park companies, and the Turku University Hospital. The campus area extends from Turku Cathedral all the way to the Kupittaa railway station.

All the important services for students, personnel, and visitors alike are found close to the campus. Getting around everywhere is handy either by walking, cycling or by the Föli city buses.

The joint goal of the higher education institutions of Turku and the City of Turku is to be Finland's best student city! Active student life, easy and well-functioning public transport, and affordable housing are Turku's great assets. As many as 99% of the city's students of higher education institutions recommend Turku as a student city to their friends.

Reasonable living costs with many housing options, full-scale public and private services, vivid cultural life and a variety of outdoor recreation possibilities by the surrounding Archipelago Sea guarantee that Turku offers the best quality of life and is a lucrative location for students as well as for skilled professionals.

According to the strategic target set by the City, by 2029 Turku will be the Northern Baltic’s most interesting city, with a strong foundation in both arts and sciences. Turku is building up unique assets – creative manufacturing industry, biotechnology, logistics expertise – through cluster conveniences and synergies.

Welcome to Turku, Finland!



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University of Turku
20014 Turun yliopisto

Turku, Finland


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26100 Rauma, Finland

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