University of Oulu
At the University of Oulu, we produce new science-based solutions, and train future pioneers to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world. We are located close to the Arctic region, humanity’s new frontier.
We promote learning and carry out research that pushes the boundaries of the known. We are committed to promoting the UN’s goals of sustainable development with our research and education.
Our university’s global impact is based on scientific breakthroughs, new technology and world-class innovations. Our 60,000 alumni are participating in society as well-educated citizens and employees around the world.
Top reasons to study at the University of Oulu:
- Our degree programmes are inspiring and student-centered, and they encourage you to achieve your full academic potential.
- Safe study environment and city - Oulu offers space and nature close by. Oulu was voted as the safest place to study in an international student barometer.
- Many innovations that have changed the world have their roots in Oulu. Three billion people around the world use daily technology developed in Oulu.
Scholarships & funding
The University of Oulu International Scholarship Scheme provides scholarships to academically talented international students studying for a Bachelor's or Master’s degree at the University of Oulu. For more information, please visit the university website.
Why study at University of Oulu
- We are a well-ranked science university. For example, in THE World University Rankings, University of Oulu is among the 301–350 top universities.
- Our degree programmes are inspiring and studentcentered, and encourage you to achieve your full potential.
- Safe study environment and city - Oulu was voted as the safest place to study in an international student barometer.
- Many innovations that have changed the world have their roots in Oulu. About three billion people around the world use daily technology developed in Oulu.
- Belonging to the academic community is made easy at us due to the non-hierarchical relationship between students and teachers.
University of Oulu is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad
Awards & Accreditations
Oulu business school
Student services & facilities
Student wellbeing is valued at the University of Oulu. That is why we offer recreational zones for relaxing, as well as engaging study environments all over the campus. Student and career counselors as well as study psychologists are available to students, who seek guidance and support during their studies. Oulu’s start-up scene is deeply connected with the career supporting organisations and mentoring programmes of the university. Find more information on student services on the University of Oulu website.
The main campus building in Linnanmaa is a large complex, where all parts are connected. It hosts the faculties of Technology, Science, Humanities, Education, and Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Oulu Business School and Oulu School of Architecture, as well as major lecture halls, restaurants, and other services.
The campus is located five kilometres to the north of the center of Oulu. The campus has residential buildings for thousands of students, as well as a chapel and sports hall.
The Kontinkangas campus in Oulu consists of the faculties of Medicine, and Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, as well as the Oulu University Hospital.
Student life at the University of Oulu is active. Both on campus and off-campus, they have the chance to participate in inexpensive clubs and organisations, and many different types of leisure time and sports activities. Becoming active in one of our student interest associations is a great way to make friends. Or join our Kummi Family programme, which connects international students with local families.
In Oulu nature is always at your fingertips. Skiing and jogging tracks are never far away, and the bicycle network is vast - the city has more than 600 km of roads for bicycle traffic. Winter biking is also popular, and Oulu has been ranked as the best winter biking city in the world. Oulu is located just a two-hour drive from the Arctic Circle and the Finnish Lapland. Northern lights can be spotted in wintertime in Oulu, and the four seasons make a distinction to leisure activities to enjoy from.
Oulu also offers many indoor activities and sports facilities to choose from. The city has also a rich cultural life. Theatres, museums, and exhibitions offer an abundance of events throughout the year. There are musical events ranging from classical concerts to rock festivals and club gigs.
Oulu offers space and nature close by for relaxing and keeping distance, if needed. In fact, Oulu was voted as the safest place to study out of 150 universities in an international student barometer—meaning that it is easy for international students to adjust to living and studying in Oulu, the fifth biggest city in Finland.
The local student housing foundation PSOAS offers a wide range of accommodation possibilities, from shared apartments to studios, around the city area. No matter where you live in Oulu, services ranging from supermarkets to libraries and sport facilities are close to your home. PSOAS is ranked by students as one of the leading housing providers in the world.
Average rating 4.5Based on 2 reviews.
I am motivated and supported by my study environment. Studies here are based on practical learning techniques which allow you to reflect on what you have learned. For some studies, we have daily learning diaries as assignments, and those combine your daily life with the theories. Overall all the lectures are supportive and friendly.
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