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Course registration and course fees

Course registration and course fees

Course registration

We are starting to use a new registration and payment system during autumn 2024, because of that the course registration will open gradually.

You can start registering for courses starting in August and September 2024 on 12 August 2024 at 8:00 (CET+1). Check the courses here.

Course Registration

For the courses starting in October, registration opens on 9 September. Link to the registration form will be published here a day before at the latest.

You can find all courses offered in English 2024-2025 on the Courses in English page.

Courses organised by our partners (e.g. the summer universities), have their own registration procedures.

Registration for Open University courses is binding.


From August 1, 2024, Åbo Akademi University will use a pricing system for Open University courses based on the number of credits.

As of August, the pricing is as follows:

– Basic studies (and other introductory studies) 12 euros per credit.

– Intermediate and advanced studies 15 euros per credit.

Our partners (for example Summer Universities, adult education centres or Folk High Schools) charge their own fees in addition to the Open University fee, for the courses they arrange. This fee is charged all participants, also students and personnel at Åbo AkademiA list of our partners can be found here.

Unemployed, asylum seekers and Ukrainian citizens will have the opportunity to participate free of charge, as well as students at the upper secondary level. For more information, please contact opu@abo.fi

Degree students enrolled as present at Åbo Akademi University can also participate free of charge, but pays fees set by our partners and a possible cancellation fee. More information on ÅAU intranet (login required).

How do I pay?

  • Registration for Open University courses is binding and requires payment.
  • For the courses with registration before 9.9.2024, you will receive an invoice in the mail.
  • From 9.9.2024 the new registration and payment system will be up and running, and you pay over the internet when registering.


Registration is mandatory for all courses and the participants are admitted according to order of registration. When the number of course participants is limited, adult learners (i.e. people who are not degree students at ÅAU) are prioritized. The deadline for registration is usually 7-10 days before the starting date of each course.

By registering for an Open University course you commit to following the Åbo Akademi University Code of Conduct. Please make sure you fill in your email address correctly. You will receive information regarding admittance to the course by email approximately one week before the course starts.

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 does it constitute an eligible basis for a visa application.

For questions regarding the course registration data register, please contact opu@abo.fiThe description of the course registration data register in Swedish can be found here.

The Open University reserve the right to change the time of a course and to cancel a course for example due to few registrations.

Study guidance

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

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

We have digital scheduling for guidance sessions. Read more about it here.

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. More information about supplementary studies for non-degree students (extra students).


Updated 19.6.2024