Turku is continuously investing in support services for immigrants. International House Turku -service concept helps customers in different languages, especially with questions concerning job opportunities and education.

International House Turku

International House Turku services can be found at Monitori in Market Square

  • Mon to Wed from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Thu from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Fri from 9 am to 3 pm

See the language selection and service times

Facebook page: @internationalhouseturku

The service center Monitori in Kauppatori offers advice in different languages on everything ranging from everyday activities to setting up a business or helping with legal matters. The services are part of the new International House Turku service consept.

International House Turku also employs customer advisors Jonathon Murphy and Hero Palani.

— My job is to help clients with issues such as job searching, residence permits, networking, or learning Finnish. Often we also draw up a personal plan for settling in. Clients have appreciated the opportunity to talk to someone who has been through the same experiences, says Jonathon Murphy, who provides advisory services in English.

Help may also be needed with issues that require the skills of a social worker.

— I offer guidance on social issues, especially on social benefits and how to combine them with getting a job or starting a course of study. The target group is not only foreign-language speakers but also returnees who are unfamiliar with the system after years of living abroad, for example, says Hero Palani. The target group is not only foreign-language speakers but also returnees who are unfamiliar with the system after years of living abroad, for example, says Hero Palani.

International House Turku services are free of charge and open to all. The services are available with and without an appointment. The easiest way to get started is to come to Monitori, where the Welcome Desk will help to identify your needs.

The article was published in Finnish on Turkuposti 1/2022.

Text and Picture: Ville Heirola

International House Turku

International House Turku brings together counseling and guidance services promoting and supporting the integration of immigrants and international newcomers in Turku and the Turku region. The services are offered in many languages, across multiple channels and they are easily accessible. The website will open in early spring 2022. 

Services:

  • Welcome Desk 
  • Multilingual advice and guidance services
  • Soft landing plan
  • Integration plan
  • Law Advisor
  • Social guidance
  • Business Advisor
  • Study Advisor for Secondary Education
  • Study Advisor for University of Applied Sciences
  • Guidance for higher education with SIMHE (Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland)

Other groups and courses:

  • Finnish Language groups
  • Skills mapping (you need some Finnish skills to enter this short course)

Read more from the blog post International House Turku In Monitori . This article was original published on 31 December, 2021, on the City of Turku’s blog section. You can read the original in Finnish by clicking here.