Program Overview

In this exchange program you will enroll directly in courses taught in English or in Finnish at the University of Tampere (UTA), Finland. This program offers a variety of formats for study (short courses, intensive courses, and reading examinations) in most fields of the social sciences, selected fields of the humanities, business, and journalism. International studies is a particular focus. The active student union organizes excellent housing, provides many student organizations, and plans numerous group trips to Petersburg, the Arctic Circle, Finnish saunas, Tallinn, and more. The University of Tampere is one of the largest universities in Finland. The campus is on the edge of downtown and within easy walking distance of most amenities.

Academic advising and counseling is available for all exchange students. At the University of Tampere, a student tutor is assigned to all international Bachelor and Master students. Your tutor is a fellow student who has volunteered to help you during your first weeks. Unipoli Sport provides high-quality, versatile and equal sports services for university students and personnel in the Tampere region

The UTA student card entitles Bachelor’s and Master’s level students to Student Union services and special student benefits. By showing your student card you are entitled to student health care services in every Finnish Student Health Service, FSHS unit in Finland. In addition, you get significant discounts on trains, long distance bus fares, and in a number of museums, theatres, concerts and shops.

Tampere, a city of green parks and clean water, lies on an isthmus between two lakes, on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids. Once a center of industry, textile and paper manufacturing, Tampere is now a hub of the IT industries. The largest inland city in Scandinavia, Tampere offers many cultural attractions, including theater, film, music festivals and museums, as well as an adventure park consisting of seven attractions: Aquarium, Dolphinarium, Planetarium, Observation Tower, Art Museum and children’s Zoo.

 

Summer Program
Tampere runs a summer program in the month of August. This program is open to all accepted exchange students for the fall semester. The program offers Finish language courses and multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses taught in English.

Housing Scholarship – UTA awards four complete housing scholarships for UO students. Each scholarship is valid for one semester. There is no extra application process. Nominated students will receive the scholarship automatically. Students enrolling for the academic year may be offered a housing scholarship for two semesters.

Note: UTA is merging with Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) and Tampere University of Technology (TUT). Exchange students are able to attend courses at the other two institutions while enrolled at UTA. Visit the Unipoli website for more information.

What is an Exchange?

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Academic Details

The academic year is organized in four teaching periods, divided in two semesters. Classes generally meet 2-3 times a week for 7-8 weeks if the course lasts for one period or 15 weeks per semester if the course lasts for the full semester. The official language of instruction at the University of Tampere is Finnish, but many courses are available in English and independent study in English is fairly easily arranged. In addition to the programs of the faculties, the University Language Centre offers Finnish language courses taught in English. These courses range from the 'survival' to the advanced level. Courses in medicine are not open for exchange students. 

The International School of Social Sciences offers graduate-level courses in English. 
If you are a Scandinavian studies major or minor who plans to use Finnish as your Scandinavian language, you must complete two years of Finnish studies at the University of Oregon and take third-year Finnish at UTA. 
 
Tampere uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) which is a workload-based system for measuring and comparing study results. Most courses at Tampere offer 5 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are transferred to the UO at the rate of 1 ECTS credit = 0.75 quarter credits.  
The grading scales used at the University of Tampere are ECTS compatible. Completed course units, study modules and theses included in a Bachelor’s or Master's degree are assessed on a pass/fail basis (in Finnish HYV/HYL). A passed course may also be awarded a grade. Grades are given on a five-point scale.  A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, and E=1.To be awarded a pass grade (PASS or 1), you must demonstrate skills that enable you to continue on your program in accordance with the curriculum. The average grade of the units included in the study module form the overall grade of the module. 
A full-time student usually takes courses worth 30 ECTS credits per semester. UTA does not limit how many credits you may enroll for. You must follow the limits set by the UO. 

Summer program 
If you have no background in Finnish language, you have the option to add an early course on Finnish language and culture, arranged specially for new international students. The course runs throughout August and includes language lessons and cultural lectures (in English) given by Finnish professors, as well as social activities and excursions. There is no tuition charged for the course, though you will incur an additional month of living costs in Tampere. (However, housing contracts begin in August in any event.) You will receive three UO credits for the early course. The credits may be applied to the UO sequence in Finnish. 

Note: You should consult with your UO academic advisor before submitting your course enrollment to the University of Tampere.  

Housing Description

UTA does not have dormitories. Student housing is administered by Tampere Student Housing Foundation TOAS, please see http://toas.fi/en/ and http://toas.fi/en/apartments/ 
The student residence hall rooms managed by TOAS are usually single occupancy with a private bath or one shared with one to three other students. Shared kitchens are located on each floor.  
All students are entitled to a meal subsidy at student restaurants regardless whether they are members of Student Union or not. It is recommended that you apply for housing as soon as you receive your acceptance letter.  

Housing scholarship: UTA offers full housing scholarship for two students from the UO per semester.  

Additional requirements

You are strongly encouraged to complete one year of Finnish at the University of Oregon before joining this program.

Application process

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. First, you will complete the GEO application process and interview. Selection for this program is based on a review of your online written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After your initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to UTA. Nominations are made in March for the fall semester and in September for the spring semester of the following year. 

Next, you will need to complete a secondary application for the host university. After being nominated by GEO, students will receive instructions regarding the secondary exchange application for UTA. This typically includes an online application for UTA, and providing documents such as your transcript, copy of passport, and study plan. 
UTA makes the final decision regarding acceptance into the program. The acceptance letter will also include information about registering for classes. 

Summer
There is no separate application for the summer term. All students admitted to fall term may add the summer program if they wish to do so.

Note: Course registration is not required for lectures. You enroll by attending the first meeting of each lecture course.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival Date
Academic Year2018-20192/1/2018Early SeptemberLate May
Fall Semester20182/1/2018Early SeptemberMid-December
Spring Semester20192/1/2018Early JanuaryLate May

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.