Åbo Akademi University has four faculties: arts, psychology and theology; education and welfare studies; social sciences, business and economics; and science and engineering. Students have the choice of attending either at the Vasa campus or the Abo campus.


ISEP students will apply for accommodation in local student residences, for a single room in a shared apartment. For Vaasa campus, the Lärkan apartments are recommended, and for Turku campus the Student Village is recommended. Please note that alternative housing choices (single apartment) may come at an additional cost not covered under ISEP benefits.


All ISEP students will receive a meal stipend based on the cost of living for students in Turku/Vaasa, which they can use to purchase groceries and cook meals in shared facilities. The stipend will be disbursed into Finnish bank accounts, which students will need to set up upon arrival. Please note that this can take a few weeks, so students should be prepared with funding for meals and start-up costs during that time until the stipend can be disbursed. Students will be expected to budget for their meals accordingly, and can ask their ISEP Student Services Coordinator for tips, as well as check out ISEP's resources for Budgeting for Study Abroad

Program Website

Course Description

The university's official language of instruction is Swedish. However, a large number of courses are taught in English (approximately 250 annually), and international exchange students are able to complete a full year of studies in English.

Find information on courses in English. By clicking on “Information for accepted students” in the sidebar to the left you will find other useful information for exchange students, such as housing, activities and a "survival guide."

Students are welcome to take courses in various faculties, but cannot mix courses taught at the two campuses. Please pay attention to the campus where courses are offered when selecting.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Gretchen McCarthy 703-504-9980 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Scandinavian Studies

  • Biology:

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Genetics Microbiology and Immunology

  • Business:

    Accounting Business Management Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Management Information Systems Marketing

  • Communication:

    Intercultural Communication Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Education: Recommended!

    Curriculum and Instruction Educational Leadership and Administration Elementary Education Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Secondary Education Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education Special Education Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language

  • Engineering:

    Ceramic Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Metallurgical Engineering Nanotechnology Paper Science and Engineering Polymer/Plastics Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

    English Literature (British and Commonwealth) Rhetoric and Composition Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Swedish Language and Literature

  • History:

    European History History, Other

  • Human Services

    Public Administration

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

    Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law International Business, Trade, and Tax Law International Law

  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Sustainability Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences Recommended!


  • Psychology:

    Behavioral Sciences Developmental and Child Psychology Dispute Resolution Educational Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Human Development and Family Studies Political Science and Government Sociology Work and Family Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Art History

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 78
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Please note which campus you are applying for when completing your ISEP application.

(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Computer Applications Programming Informatics

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

    Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law International Business, Trade, and Tax Law International Law

  • Physical Sciences


  • Social Sciences

    Political Science and Government

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher

Special Application Instructions

Please note which campus you are applying for when completing your ISEP application.

Other Academic Conditions

In addition to the courses offered at Åbo Akademi University, it is also possible to take courses at the University of Turku for ISEP students on the Åbo campus (up to 50% of your course load).

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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