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Abo Akademi University

Åbo Akademi University offers both undergraduate and graduate studies and extensive research opportunities to some 7000 students on three campuses. Our university is located in Åbo (Turku in Finnish), on the south west coast of Finland and in Vasa (Fi. Vaasa). Leading research in many areas, Åbo Akademi University has an acknowledged position at the forefront of research in such areas as biosciences, computer science, democracy, human rights, material sciences, process chemistry and psychology. The present Åbo Akademi University is a medium-size, multidisciplinary and Swedish-language university, celebrating its establishment in 1918. The first Academy in Åbo was founded in 1640. The re-established University was greatly influenced by the model from the Swedish period and its aim was to strengthen Swedish culture in Finland. In 1918, a group of wealthy persons in Åbo and its surroundings donated funds for the establishment of a Swedish university. It was to be a multidisciplinary seat of learning and thus its first professors were humanists, natural scientists and political scientists. The first students were admitted in January 1919. (Source: the university’s website)

Degree Courses Taught in English: Yes
Online/Distance courses offered: No
Bachelors Course Duration: Semesters (N/A) Years (N/A)
Masters Course Duration: Semesters (4) Years (2)


Proof of knowledge of the English language.

As a student you have the possibility to rent student apartments and -rooms at a reasonable price. In Turku these are offered by Turku Student Village Foundation (TYS)

and the Student Union, and in Vaasa by the Student Housing Foundation (VOAS )

You can also look for an apartment on the private market. It should not be too hard to find a suitable place to live neither in Turku or in Vaasa. Both towns are relatively small so the distances are not a problem – you can easily move from one place to another.

For information on living in halls as well as private accommodation options, please visit the university’s Student Portal pages:

To obtain the residence permit, foreign students have to make a bank deposit of at least € 6000 for each year of studying to cover living costs in Finland. ۬Obtaining a part-time job without Finnish language knowledge is difficult.

For student jobs in Finland, you can visit:۬

For information on student jobs and internships, please visit the university’s Career Service pages:

At the Career Services you can discuss your career and subject choices, but also get help with your job application, CV and interview situations. The Career Services offer information about how to apply for a job in Finland, placements and the Finnish labour market.

For further information please see the Career pages at:


120 credits

The Finnish higher education system consists of two complementary sectors: polytechnics and universities. The mission of universities is to conduct scientific research and provide undergraduate and postgraduate education based on it.

Universities must promote free research and scientific and artistic education, provide higher education based on research, and educate students to serve their country and humanity. In carrying out this mission, universities must interact with the surrounding society and strengthen the impact of research findings and artistic activities on society.

Under the new Universities Act, which was passed by Parliament in June 2009, Finnish universities are independent corporations under public law or foundations under private law (Foundations Act). The universities operate in their new form from 1 January 2010 onwards. Their operations are built on the freedom of education and research and university autonomy.

Universities confer Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and postgraduate licentiate and doctoral degrees.
Universities work in cooperation with the surrounding society and promote the social impact of research findings.

The higher education system, is being developed as an internationally competitive entity capable of responding flexibly to national and regional needs.

(Source: Finland Ministry of Education & Culture)