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The International Friendship Programme

The International Friendship Programme

International student! Would you like to meet more Finnish people and get in touch with the Finnish way of life during your stay in Turku?

Citizen of the Turku area! Would you like to meet international people, improve your language skills and learn from other cultures without leaving Finland? If your answer is yes, participate in the Friendship Programme!

The Friendship Programme

The Friendship Programme connects international students with locals in the Turku area and offers a chance for mutual cultural exchange and new experiences. For international students arriving in Turku, the academic world naturally becomes a part of their everyday life. However, there might be a lack of contact with locals and daily local life.

Shared activities with a local friend could mean cooking together, going for a walk or to the gym, or e.g. taking a trip to a museum to enjoy some art.

Who can participate?

Every international student (exchange, degree, doctoral) in the higher education institutions in Turku is warmly welcome to apply for the programme. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that everyone can be matched with a friend but we will do our best.

Locals can be almost anyone: families, students, pensioners… anyone living in the Turku area and interested in making international friends.

Apply by 15 September

The application period for the autumn period is now open.

More information and application link.

The Friendship Programme is organised by the city of Turku and the higher education institutions in Turku under the Study in Turku -network.


Programme coordinators Amanda Viitanen & Sanna Suoranta
tel. +358 294503142

At Åbo Akademi University you can also be in contact with Anna-Karin Tötterman at the International Office

Updated 31.8.2022