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Before you register

Before you register

Course registration

Registrations for the courses in the Autumn term begins 16.8.2021. Registration to courses in the Spring term from 22.11.2021.

Register for the courses: Fill in the electronic course registration form
If you do not have a Finnish social security number, just fill in your date of birth.

Please make sure to write your e-mail address correctly. An e-mail of confirmation is sent out about 7 days before the course starts (if a course is full adult students have priority to these courses).

The courses are intended for adult students. No previous knowledge of the subject or previous degree or academic studies are required, but a good demand of English is needed.
Please note that studies at the Open University do not give the right to study as a regular student at Åbo Akademi University, nor do it constitute an eligible basis for a visa application.



Those studying within the Open University are charged a study fee of 50 €/term by the Centre for Lifelong Learning. The study fee is sent by mail a few weeks into the course.
On certain courses there is an additional fee for material.

Courses arranged by our partners will have additional fees.

Undergraduates (for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree) and exchange students at Åbo Akademi University do not have to pay the study fee.

The academic year is divided into two terms:

  • Autumn term 1.8–31.12
  • Spring term 1.1–31.7


Cancellation fee

If you cannot attend the course, please cancel your application by emailing the study planning officer or opu@abo.fi. If the cancellation is made later than three weekdays before the course begins, a cancellation fee of € 20.00 will be charged. This applies to all registered students, also undergraduate and exchange students at ÅAU. Force majeure situations (illness etc.) must be confirmed by a doctor’s certificate.
If you cancel your participation to an online course more than 14 days after the course has begun you will be charged the full study fee (50 euros).


Study guidance

Courses are generally arranged as evening and weekend classes or as online courses.

The grading system used at Åbo Akademi University corresponds to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The grading system uses a scale from 5–1 (A-E) where 5 (A) is the highest score while 1 (E) is the lowest pass. Some courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.

A study credit (1 sp) equals an average study output of 25–30 hours, and includes, for example, lectures, oral exercises, written work and literature studies.

For planning of studies or study guidance please contact our study advisor:

Majlen Saarinen
The Centre for Lifelong Learning at Åbo Akademi University
Tehtaankatu 2
20500 Turku
Phone: +358 2 215 4500
E-mail: majlen.saarinen@abo.fi


Supplementary studies for non-degree students (extra students)

You can apply for a right to study as an extra student in order to complete one or a few daytime courses offered at Åbo Akademi University. Click this link for more information.

Updated 9.6.2021