Valikko Sulje

Exchange students

Welcome to study psychology in Turku! Congratulations on choosing such a great city for your studies abroad!

This page should contain briefly the main things you need to know about studying psychology in Turku and the about our student organization Fobia.

What every new student should know?

First things first! To get all the information about upcoming events you should contact Emma (ecsain [at] utu [dot] fi), who is responsible for external relations and international affairs in Fobia.

Fobia – the student organisation

What is Fobia ry?
Fobia is the student organization for psychology students in Turku. Fobia has its own student board representing the students and taking care of all different activities. You can contact us if you have any suggestions, problems or questions about your studies or the student life. Just send an e-mail to our member for external relations and international affairs, Emma (ecsain [at] utu [dot] fi): You can also contact any of the board members if you have questions about anything (for example, coming to Fobia’s events). We have also gotten many questions about renting our black and purple overalls – more info is now available down below!

Events and activities

Refreshment, sports and culture: Here are short introductions of some of Fobia’s events. Follow our Instagram, Facebook and the web page for more information!

A tradition making freshmen official members of Fobia by hanging out at a cottage in September. There is a possibility to stay overnight!

”Pikkujoulu” (Pre-Christmas party)
A pre-Christmas party with a theme is organised by Fobia’s freshmen in November or December.

”Jouluvastaanotto” (Christmas reception)
Traditional Christmas pastries and mulled wine are served  in Fobia’s room in mid-December.

”Laskiainen” (Shrovetide)
A big student event with sledging and parties all around the city in mid-February.

”Laskiaisvastaanotto” (Shrovetide reception)
Traditional Shrovetide buns and hot chocolate are served in Fobia’s room in mid-February.

”Syntymäpäivävastaanotto” (Birthday reception)
Birthday cake is served in Fobia’s room at some point in February.

“Vappu” (May Day)
A big student event with ceremonies and picnics all around the city on the last of April and first of May.

A dinner party with food, drink and singing a plenty of drinking songs, organised at least once each semester. The dress code is either semi-formal or according to a theme. 

”Vuosijuhlat” (The Ball)
The annual ball with fancy food, fancy drink, singing a few drinking songs and dance, organised once in every five years, unlike the name suggests. The dress code is formal. This year there will be no ball, unfortunately!

”Baaribileet” (Bar parties)
A huge party with a theme that is organised in a city centre bar. 

”Leffa- tai peli-illat” (Movie and game nights)
A laid back hanging out occasion watching a movie or playing board games usually organised at least once each semester.

”Liikuntatapahtumat” (Sports)
Excursions to Megazone, bowling, wall climbing etc. Follow your e-mail for information about different excursions!

”Kulttuuriexcu” (Culture excursions)
Excursions to museums, theatre, cinema etc. Follow your e-mail for information about different excursions!

Fobia’s own magazine. Feel free to share your experiences about being an exchange student in Fobia or anything else. Planning of the spring issue is just starting, get in touch!

P.S. Did you know that in many of the events students wear overalls. Exhange students can also rent overalls and/or badges for them!

Renting / buying student overalls for exchange students
Did you know that it is possible for exhange students to get their own black and purple overalls?

You can rent student overalls for 10€ and a 55€ deposit. You will get the deposit back once you return the overalls in good condition. If you would like to keep the overalls instead of just renting them, then you can just pay the 65€. You can sew your own patches on rented overalls too! If you are interested, contact our member for international affairs, Emma (ecsain [at] utu [dot ] fi).

Hanging out in the Fobia lounge
Fobia has its own “office” called the Fobia lounge on the second floor of Publicum. That is the best place to meet other psychology students – between the classes and sometimes even during them. 😉 There you can drink coffee or tea and buy snacks. 


Educational affairs
If there are any problems with your courses or teachers you can always contact the student board (fobiahallitus [at] or the person in charge of the educational affairs, Kaisa (kaiiho [at] utu [dot] fi).

The board can also be contacted in case of facing any harassment. You can contact our board members who oversee equality, Meri (metaln [at] utu [dot] fi) or Joona (jbpakk [at] utu [dot] fi) via e-mail.

Archive of exam questions
We keep an archive of exam questions to help students revise for their exams. We appreciate if you give the exam questions for each of your courses to the board by sending the questions to Henna (hsrein [at] utu [dot] fi). You can find previous exam questions from here.

Archive of course feedback
We keep an archive of course feedback to help teachers improve their courses. We appreciate if you give feedback for each of your courses.

We hope you enjoy your time in Turku with Fobia!