Established in 1918, Abo Akademi (Abo Akademi University) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Turku (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Southwest Finland. Officially accredited/recognized by the Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö, Suomi (English: Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland), Abo Akademi (AAU) is a medium-sized (enrollment range: 8,000-8,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Abo Akademi (AAU) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 98 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. AAU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.