Support and services

Students of the University of Jyväskylä are in good hands. JYU offers excellent support services for international students in cooperation with the Student Union.

Student Life

The operating model that joins the forces of the University of Jyväskylä and its local partners to promote the overall well being of the students and to create optimal conditions for studying is titled Student Life. Further information.

Academic support services

The University Library provides extensive database and other research material resources, as well as training courses for utilising the available resources. The University’s IT Services provides state-of-the-art computer labs and solutions for data processing.


Comfortable student apartments are located within walking distance or a short bus ride away from the campus.

Get to know the University with your tutor and the Finnish way of life with your friendship family, take up new sports or languages, and enjoy cultural events!

Orientation programme

This three- to four-day programme is designed to help new international students settle in and get to know one another, the University and the city of Jyväskylä.

Student tutor (mentor)

Each new international student will be assigned a student tutor. Their task is to acquaint new international students with campus life and the department staff, and to help them with practical study-related questions.

Friendship family programme

International students have the opportunity to learn more about Finnish culture and experience the Finnish way of life outside the campus by spending part of their free time with their Finnish friendship family.

Language courses 

The University Language Centre arranges Finnish language courses for international students both before and during the academic year, ranging from intensive beginner’s courses to advanced levels. A wide variety of other language and communication courses are also available, as is support for learning
through English. The pair/group programme for language learning, Each One Teach One, is a good option for those who want to plan and time their studies independently.

Extensive free time activities

Sports and exercise opportunities at the University of Jyväskylä are almost limitless! They range from wall climbing, spinningm and snowboarding to the more traditional skiing, aerobics, jazz dance and various ball games. For music and culture lovers the University offers many other free time activities, including performances by the University Symphony Orchestra, several choirs and bands, student theatre, and a rock club with stand-up comedy nights and improvisation theatre.

Living costs

The cost of living in Finland is around 700 euros per month.

Further information

For further information e.g. on day-to-day life, check list for new students, arrival service and student life at JYU visit the Study pages.