Åbo (Turku in Finnish) is Finland’s oldest university town with traditions dating back to 1640. It is regarded as the best student city in Finland with more than 35,000 students and offers a safe and exciting environment for students to enjoy a vibrant student life. With an international atmosphere and memorable student traditions, studying in Åbo is often described as being an entirely unique experience with many international students picking up skills in both Swedish and Finnish during their stay. The Åbo campus lies in the heart of the old part of the city, next door to the University of Turku. As the Åbo campus hosts the majority of the university’s students and researchers, the two universities have a well-established cooperation within various areas of research and continue to collaborate in creating research of the highest quality.
In 2011 Åbo was awarded the European Capital of Culture together with Tallinn in Estonia. Åbo is a city of history, art and culture with many museums, theatres and other cultural activities all at your doorstep. With excellent transport links and the famous archipelago lying just outside the city, Åbo has many enticing features for students looking to make use of their free time. The city is located 160 kilometres west of Helsinki (the capital of Finland) and also contains a port where cruises to Stockholm and The Åland Islands are easily accessed.