The goal of preparatory education is to give immigrant students necessary abilities in order for them to move on to basic education. Preparatory education is given to basic education students who have recently moved to Finland, whose language skills are not proficient enough to study in normal basic education groups. Preparatory education is centralized to few schools. Grades 1-6 preparatory education is given at the Varissuo and Pansio schools and Luostarivuori school's Martti and Kerttuli units.
Finnishcourses.fi course search service is a part of immigrants’ Infopankki. It informs about Finnish and Swedish language courses in Turku, Helsinki and Tampere regions.
The Finnish Courses internet service collects all Finnish courses of all organizers in one place. The site can be utilized by students, teachers and anyone who is interested in the courses.
The service is in three languages: Finnish, English and Russian.
City of Turku Employment Services
The city’s Employment Services Centre provides guidance and counselling for long-term unemployed and youth unemployed. The Employment Services Centre works to help the customers find employment in companies, organizations, or the city. The centre has many initiatives that concentrate on the ability to work and function, and on entrepreneurship.
Integration training for young immigrants
The aim of integration training is that the student will reach functional basic language skills in Finnish. Integration training helps the immigrants to enter working life and get further education. TE Office guides the immigrant to integration training, which is implemented as labour market training, based on an initial assessment.
The Multicultural Council observes matters from an immigrant’s point of view, makes statements about matters related to immigrants and introduces initiatives in close co-operation with other influence groups in Turku.
The other influence groups in Turku are the Children’s Parliament, the Youth Council, the Disability Council, and the Council of Senior Citizens.
The Multicultural Council also promotes co-operation and dialogue between immigrant associations, and encourages immigrants to participate and influence the social decision-making.
Finnish language skills as well as knowledge about Finnish culture and history support social integration to the new home country. Turku City Recreation Division offers versatile opportunities for getting to know the city through culture and physical exercise.
Turku Museum Centre offers immigrants guided tours and workshops through which one can get to know Finnish history, nature, folklore and art. At the same time the central vocabulary of the subject will become familiar.
Throughout its history Turku has been Finland’s gateway to the world. International influences and innovations have come through us and spread to the entire country.
Now the flow of refugees that concerns the whole of Europe also reaches Turku, and cities play a key role in the social integration of immigrants.
It is most important for both Turku as well as the entire Finland that those who will stay permanently in our country can start enjoying normal life – study, work, and social participation – as soon as possible.
Infopankki.fi is a multilingual online information service that offers users a comprehensive information package about Finland. The service is intended for all immigrants and those planning to move to Finland who do not know Finnish.
The website provides information about
From Infotori you can get personal counselling in matters that are important to you, for example:
- financial probelms and social security
- residence permits and citizenships
- legal questions
- going through different documents and filling out forms
Counselling is free of charge. You can get counselling in 12 different languages:
Whether you want a new look, or just a beard trim, hairdressing and barber services students are available on reservation. We provide services for men, women and children.
We are located at the Aninkainen campus, Aninkaistenkatu 7, entry through the Nahkurinkatu entrance.
We are open weekdays throughout the schoolyear
Tel. 02 2633 3135
The old henhouse in Kurala is available for hire. It is a unique place to host your birthday party, a conference, a lecture or a sporting event. You are free to organize your own catering and move the furniture around in the henhouse.
The venues include
- data projector
- mini kitchen
- coffee maker and kettle
Multicultural early childhood education supports the growth of children with immigrant backgrounds into members of two cultures and the Finnish society. Early childhood education supports the integration process of the entire family. Multicultural and multiform early childhood education strengthens the growth of all children in the group to understand parity and respect differences, as the children have the possibility to get to know different cultures, their customs and habits under the guidance of an adult.
Immigrants receive their social services from their local social offices, just like other municipal residents, with the exception of the customers of the Immigrant Office. Customers of the Immigrant Office include the following groups of persons who have moved to Turku from abroad, from reception centres, or from other municipalities:
You should check the validity of your vaccinations six months before your planned trip abroad.
You can get additional information about the vaccinations you need by calling the Vaccination Advice for Tourists help number +358 040 674 8822. The helpline is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 13.00 and 15.00. The helpline is closed during weeks 1, 8, 23–32 and 52, and exceptionally also on April 4th 2017.
If your illness has lasted for over three months or is permanent, you have a right to receive medical supplies in accordance with your medical treatment plan free of charge. As a client of Turku health centre you can pre-order the supplies and reclaim them from the Medical Supplies Distribution pickup point after three weeks.
Both the Medical Supplies Distribution pickup point and nurses’ practice are located in the area of the Mäntymäki hospital. Book an appointment for a nurse if you need guidance in the use of medical supplies.
The Immigrant Office provides health services for a period of up to three years to refugees and asylum seekers who have received a positive residence permit decision. Returnees from Ingria and the migrant spouses of refugees receive information on health care services and a medical check-up by a public health nurse. After this, health care services are provided by local health stations.
The Immigrant Office employs a doctor, four public health nurses, a practical nurse and a psychologist. A public health nurse will invite you for your first visit.
Preparatory education for basic education (VALMO)
Preparatory education for basic education is meant for students who have just moved to Finland and who speak a foreign language. Preparatory education gives students the necessary skills for moving on to basic education. Students will learn Finnish and other skills needed at school.
The teaching is mainly organized as group teaching. There are preparatory education groups in different schools and the child will study in a group an average of one year before moving on to a local school.
As an immigrant you have a right to use the services of municipal health care. If your legal place of residence is Turku, you may use the services of the Turku Welfare Division.
The Welfare Division of the City of Turku organises the municipal basic health care services in Turku and refers to special health care services at need. The services of the Turku Welfare Division are available at health stations, emergency services, child welfare clinics, schools and dental clinics.
Work and Livelihood includes services for unemployed residents of Turku. The aim of the services is to help people find employment and to secure their minimum income.
The services include counselling and guidance in finding employment, as well as rehabilitative work activities. Debt counsellors assist private households or small entrepreneurs with problems related to incurring of debt.