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Abo Akademi University - Abo Campus


Program Snapshot

The Åbo campus is the main campus at Åbo Akademi University and offers a variety of academic fields including the Arts, Social and Political Sciences, Natural Sciences and Technology. It is situated within walking distance from the city centre and offers a wide range of student activities for both Finnish and international students. The campus is relatively small which creates a close-knit, familiar atmosphere.

Åbo (Turku in Finnish) is a bilingual city of approximately 180 000 inhabitants situated on the southwest coast of Finland, right at the mouth of the Aura river which cuts through the city. It is the oldest university town in Finland, and was the capital of Finland until 1812. In addition to Åbo Akademi University, there are many other higher education institutions such as the University of Turku and Turku University of Applied Sciences, which means it is a lively student town. The city offers a wide variety of cultural experiences, such as museums and music, dance and theatre events, as well as sports activities.

Åbo/Turku offers great opportunities to explore the rest of Finland, e.g. the archipelago, the capital Helsinki (located 160 km east of Åbo), Lapland (excursions are organised by international student organisations for example) or St. Petersburg (5.5 hours by train).

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
Chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
Chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: September to May; Semester 1: September to late December; Semester 2: January to late May.

Fast Facts
Abo/ Turku, Finland (pop. 177,430)
Student Enrollment: 7941
Language of instruction: English, Swedish, Finnish
University Home Page
Courses in English
ISEP Finland

Åbo Akademi University comprises 4 faculties and 12 departments, offering bachelor, master and doctoral studies: Arts, Psychology and Theology; Education and Welfare Studies; Social Sciences, Business and Economics; Science and Engineering.

Courses taught in English
Åbo Akademi University is the only Swedish-language multidisciplinary university located outside of Sweden. Åbo Akademi University has 4 faculties: Arts, Psychology and Theology; Education and Welfare Studies; Social Sciences, Business and Economics; and Science and Engineering.

Åbo Akademi University offers a wide variety of programmes and courses taught in English. Recommended fields of study, which offer at least 30-60 ECTS taught in English annually, are:
Business Studies/Economic Sciences
Chemical Engineering/Chemistry
English Language and Literature
Information Technologies: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems
Law and Human Rights
Political Sciences
Social Sciences

Other fields of study that offer around 20 ECTS taught in English annually are:
Environmental Studies (interdisciplinary)
Intercultural Communication
Visual Studies
Gender Studies

For more information about courses taught in English, please see: https://www.abo.fi/student/en/courses.

In addition to the courses offered at Åbo Akademi University it is also possible to take courses at the University of Turku.

Academic Notes
The academic year runs from early September to late May. Åbo Akademi University uses a two-term system with four teaching periods (two in each term).
Fall semester: Period 1 - Early September to Late October , Period 2 - Late October to Late December
Spring semester: Period 3 - Early January to Early March, Period 4 - Middle of March to the end of May

Course assessment usually consists of written essays and/or assignments, lecture attendance, and/or a written exam at the end of the course. This can, however, vary greatly between subjects. Please check the course description for individual courses for exact information. Examinations are held throughout the year as some courses only run for a few weeks.

Students are expected to enroll in approximately 6 classes (of 5 ECTS each) per term which averages to 14-16 hours in class per week. The fall semester runs for approximately 16 weeks and the spring semester runs for approximately 21 weeks. Additional time will be spent on assignments outside of class including: self-study, essay writing, written assignments, etc. Some courses run for just one period whereas others run for a full term or even an academic year.

Transcript issued for Semester 1: End of February
Transcript issued for Semester 2: End og August
Transcript issued for Full Yr: End of August

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Courses: Beginner- to intermediate-level Swedish and Finnish available. Prior knowledge of Swedish or Finnish is not required. The number of contact hours per week/course is 4 hours, and the courses run for a whole term.

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes
IELTS: 6.0
Other tests accepted: B2 or higher in Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages
English as a Foreign Language courses available? No

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
I-to-I applicants please note that preference is given to students from institutions with which this institution does not have an Erasmus agreement.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Students must also complete this institution's internal application before final admission to the university can be granted.

Hints for Researching Courses
For more information about courses taught in English, please see: https://www.abo.fi/student/en/courses. By clicking on “Information for accepted students” in the sidebar to the left you will find other useful information for exchange students, such as housing, activities and a "survival guide".

Housing and Meals
ISEP Exchange students receive a housing stipend to pay for single rooms within shared student apartments off campus. The Student Village Foundation of Turku offers several housing options. Please see here for more information. All rooms have bathrooms and access to cooking and laundry facilities. Married student and family housing is available. Students are provided with a monthly stipend for meals.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 250-330 Euros depending on personal spending habits.
Students do not usually need to purchase textbooks, as they are available at the university libraries.

The orientation programme covers registration, the study system, introduction to computers and library resources, tours of the university area and town, Finnish history and society, health care, the student union, student life, registration for language courses, academic advising sessions, etc. Please see Exchange Student Information for details and programme.

Åbo Akademi runs a student tutor system for incoming ISEP students. Students arriving on the official arrival dates, and who have notified the International Office of their time and place of arrival in Åbo preferably two weeks before their arrival, will be met by a tutor at the indicated time and place of arrival in Åbo. Please complete a pick-up request form or e-mail your arrival information prior to arrival. If arriving outside of the official arrival dates, pick-up cannot be guaranteed.

Student Activities
There are a number of student organisations at the university that international students are also welcome to join. Almost every subject/department has its own student organisation, and there are also various sports clubs and organisations for different types of interests. They organise excursions, parties, sports activities, competitions etc. The student union also plans events for their members. Students can also use the gym on campus, take part in different classes like zumba, pilates and salsa, or use the facilities of other gyms in town for a small fee or to a reduced price. The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) organises trips and other events for international students. For example, they organise several trips to Lapland every year, and have also made excursions to the Åland Islands; Stockholm, Sweden; as well as St. Petersburg (and Moscow), Russia.

The international students at Åbo Akademi University will all be assigned a trained student tutor, a Finnish student of the university, who can help with practical matters during the exchange period. The student tutor will meet the exchange students upon arrival and arrange meetings with his/her tutor group regularly. The universities in the Åbo/Turku region also have a joint buddy project, the Friendship programme, which matches Finnish families and individuals with international students.