Welcome to ”Arbis”, the Swedish Adult Education Center of Åbo (Turku)!
At Arbis (Åbo svenska arbetarinstitut) you can study for instance different languages, arts, handicraft, gymnastics, yoga and cooking. We also arrange Swedish courses for foreigners where the teaching language is English. Except for some of the language courses all teaching is done in Swedish. Arbis is managed by the city of Turku and has been running since 1908. All courses and lectures are open to everyone, regardless of municipality and mother tongue.

The spring term 2017 program is available online.
Enrollment begins on Wednesday, Dec 14, at 18.00.

Most courses in spring 2017 start in week 2.
Courses especially for immigrants;  see the Luupppi organization:



The online enrollment for courses in spring 2017 starts on Wednesday, Dec 14th at 18.00.

If you have a Finnish social security number, the fastest and simplest way to enroll is at If you do not have access to a computer or do not have a Finnish social security number, you can register personally at Arbis, Kaskisgatan 5 (fifth floor) as of the date mentioned above. If you have enrolled online, you will immediately receive a sign-up confirmation to the e-mail address you have given. No other documentation is needed in order to participate in the course/the lectures.

For most courses the enrollment deadline is approximately two weeks before the course starts. If the course is already full, you will be put on a waiting list. Arbis will contact you if there will be room for you to participate in the course.


All fees, including lecture fees, are invoiced. We do not handle cash at the office.
During the spring you will be sent a bill to the address given at the registration.

If you have not cancelled your registration within the set time frame (see below), you are bound to pay the course fee. An unpaid course fee will be collected. The course fee will not be returned. The principal can allow a divergent fee to be paid, if the student can provide a certificate of illness that states that the student cannot participate in the course.



If you wish to cancel your enrollment to the course, it can be done free of charge one week (at the latest) before the course is planned to start. The cancellation is done electronically if you have registered online. Otherwise you can cancel your registration to the course by contacting Arbis. If you have failed to cancel your registration within the provided time frame, you will be bound to pay the course fee. Unpaid course fees will be collected.

If you withdraw from the course after it already has started, please cancel by sending an e-mail to:
The course fee will not be returned. The teachers will not receive registrations, cancellations or notifications about withdrawing from courses. Registrations or cancellations that are submitted only to the teacher are not valid.

The students will be noted by text message, e-mail or phone call if the course is cancelled. The decision whether a course is taught, will in general be made one week (at the latest) before the course is planned to start. Arbis reserves the right to make changes in the study program.



Arbis does not insure the students against accidents or injury during the course.
The students will pay for study materials if such are needed.
The Arbis house is equipped with an elevator, disabled toilet on the second floor and shower facilities in the basement. We also have a café called Café Dominic on the first floor, open Mon-Thurs 09.30-19.30 during the terms.