Exchange students

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 student organization Fobia.


What every new student should know

First things first! To get all the information about upcoming events and courses you should join Fobia’s e-mail list. You can do that by sending an e-mail to jomipa [at] saying you’d like to join.


Fobia – the student organisation

What is Fobia ry? It 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 fobiahallitus [at] or ask any of the board members if you have questions about anything!


Events and activities

Refreshment, sports and culture: Here are short introductions of some of Fobia’s events. Follow the e-mail list and the web page for more information!

  • “Kastajaiset”: A tradition making freshmen official members of Fobia by hanging out at a cottage in September. There is a possibility to stay overnight!
  • ”Pikkujoulu”: A pre-Christmas party with a theme is organised by Fobia’s freshmen in November or December.
  • Christmas reception: Traditional Christmas pastries and mulled wine are served  in Fobia’s room in mid-December.
  • ”Laskiainen” or Shrovetide: A big student event with sledging and parties all around the city in mid-February.
  • Shrovetide reception: Traditional Shrovetide buns and hot chocolate are served in Fobia’s room in mid-February.
  • Birthday reception: Birthday cake is served in Fobia’s room at some point in February. This year Fobia’s turning 57!
  • “Vappu” or May Day: A big student event with ceremonies and picnics all around the city on the last of April and first of May.
  • “Sitsit”: 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. This spring semester there will be three dinner parties!
  • ”Vuosijuhlat”: 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!
  • Bar parties: A huge party with a theme is organised in a city centre bar at least once each semester. This spring semester there will be at least one bar party!
  • Movie and game nights: A laid back hanging out occasion watching a movie or playing board games usually organised at least once each semester.
  • Sports: Excursions to Megazone, bowling, wall climbing etc. Follow your e-mail for information about different excursions! Every Thursday at 14.00-15.00 you can also join us playing floor ball and other sports.
  • Culture excursions: Excursions to museums, theatre, cinema etc. Follow your e-mail for information about different excursions!
  • Feedback: 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 buy overalls and/or badges for them! You can see some of our badges here.

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 for free and buy snacks. Opposite to the Fobia lounge you can also find our computer class – feel free to use them!



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 (iahhar [at] The board can also be contacted in case of facing any harassment.

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 dropping them in the box in Fobia’s room.

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 here.

Enjoy your time in Turku and with Fobia!

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