Campus Åbo

We would like to welcome you to your studies at Novia University of Applied Sciences for the Master of Business Administration education in Service Design!

General information for new students in Novia UAS

Study Start

As all Novia’s English degree programmes, we will offer an option of digital and/or distance studies for students unable to join us on campus in Finland during the autumn semester 2020.

Below you will find information about the first contact days of the studies and the online possibilities:

Monday 31 August 2020
The studies will begin in a joint opening event at Turku University of Applied Sciences meant for all TUAS master students and Novia Service Design master students. Keynote speakers and group working sessions will lead the students to work on the first study course of Future Operating Environments.
Time: 8.30 – 16.00
Place: ICT-City-building (Joukahaisenkatu 3, 20520 Turku). More info at:
Online: This day will not be organized online, but there will be an assignment to compensate the program.

Friday 4 September 2020
This introductory day will provide you with information about the master’s degree programme at Novia UAS, as well as orientate you to the studies, the way of studying, the study environments and different practicalities, meet fellow students and staff etc. The programme for the day will be organised together with TUAS.
Time: 10.00 – 16.00
Place: Novia’s Campus in Turku (Henrikinkatu 7, 20500 Turku). 

Saturday 5 September 2020:
8.30 – 12.00: The course Service Design Thinking begins.
12.45 – 16.15: The course Future Operating Environments continues.
Place: Novia’s Campus in Turku (Henrikinkatu 7, 20500 Turku)

You will find the preliminary schedule for the first academic year 2020 – 2021 here. Please note that during the fall semester 2020 we are going to have contact studies almost every second weekend, Friday and Saturday. During the spring semester 2021 there will be contact studies once a month. Please, familiarize yourself with the Curriculum.

Pre-assignments for the summer

Future Operating Environments
Familiarize yourself with the following materials and be prepared to discuss megatrends on Monday 31 August 2020:

Kiiski Kataja, E. 2016. Megatrends. The future happens now. Helsinki: Sitra.

Megatrend cards:

Service Design Thinking
Read the following article and make notes on different aspects of design thinking, service design and leadership.

Gloppen, J. 2009. Service Design Leadership.

Campus Information

Novia Henriksgatan Janica 6286

novia henriksgatan 086


Student Affairs office

Student affairs offices are located at every campus. The Student Affairs Office at Campus Åbo in Turku can assist you with student services once you have confirmed your study place, please find further information here.


On campus there is an electronic access control system, which means that students must get a so-called HID-key to get into the building. Even some internal doors are equipped with electronic locks. Please observe that it is mandatory for students to have their own HID-key while studying at the campus. The campus door (from the courtyard) is open from Monday to Friday from 7.45 am to 16 pm.

Novia University of Applied Scienses uses the same electronic access control system as Åbo Akademi and the system is run by the staff at Åbo Akademi.

Contact information
Fastighetsservice, Gripen 1 vån,
Tavastgatan 13
Byråsekreterare Petra Lindholm
Phone: 02-215 3286
Open Monday - Friday 9-12 and 13-15

Students buy their key for 25 € (no deposit) through Åbo Akademi webshop: Choose NOVIA FEES under products. Students can get their key the next day (Monday-Friday) by showing ID (address above).

The key works to Henriksgatan 7, Arken, ASA Library and also the Library in Axelia.
There will be no deposit for the key.

The key is returnerd with recepit to Åbo Akademi Fastighetsservice after completeing your studies or when no longer needed. You can also contact Åbo Akademi Fastighetsservice if your key doesn't work, your key is broken, you have lost your key or it has been stolen.

Note that HID-key is personal and should never be lent to someone else. Every time a door is opened with a HID-key, the key holder´s name is registered into the access control system.

Bring Your Own Device, BYOD praxis 

Campus Åbo at Novia University of Applied Sciences is constantly working to improve and modernize the education and educational profile. Since computers have become a common part of our everyday work, all students, who begin their studies onwards, should have their own laptops for their studies. The campus will continue to have computer rooms, especially for the parts of the study work that require heavier software and special equipment.

The equipment should be suitable for the following

  • taking notes
  • writing with word processing programmes and use of presentation software
  • use of ebooks and other interactive material
  • connect to the school’s wireless network
  • use of both video and online-material
  • participate in collaborative writing
  • distribution of electronic documents with teachers and students
  • when necessary, use of specific software if required by the course


  • we recommend laptops
  • for normal usage, 13-14 inch screen. For graphic work, we recommend a 15 inch screen or larger.
  • we also recommend that you acquire a computer with enough capacity for the planned schoolwork (the amount of memory and processing capacity as well as type and size of the hard drive.)
  • we recommend acquiring a computer that has good quality and that can run for a few hours between charges .
  • the recommended operative system is Windows 7 or newer, Mac OS X has limited support.
  • Linux and other operative systems are not supported


Office 365 ProPlus service gives students and staff the opportunity to download the Office suite for free and install it on their own private computer at home. You can install Office to 5 computers (PC or Mac) and 5 mobile devices (tablets and smart phones).

The following programs are included in the Microsoft Office package: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Skype for Business, InfoPath, OneDrive for business

Information about Turku


Novia UAS does not offer student accommodation. Students are expected to arrange their own living before their arrival in Finland/or place of study. Apply for student living as soon as possible after receiving your decision on student admission to ensure that you have a place to stay. The Student Village Foundation of Turku rents apartments for students in Turku.

Lumo: Rental apartments in Turku

Housing Anywhere
The Housing Anywhere platform allows you to choose from rooms listed by local students or verified landlords and securily book accommodation prior to your arrival. As a student/intern at Novia UAS you are entitled to priority access to all accommodation available on Housing Anywhere. Sign up here to receive a Novia VIP profile on Housing 

Useful links

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Contact Details

Elina Vartama
Head of Degree Programme
Phone +358 44 762 3220
Maria Markula

Student Affairs Officer
Phone +358 50 471 4450
Even during vacation, you can reach one of our student affairs officers at this e-mail