University of Oregon

University of Tampere Exchange

Program Overview

Enroll directly in courses taught in English or in Finnish at the University of Tampere, 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 program boasts two Housing Scholarships each semester, covering the full housing costs for two UO participants in single rooms provided in student residence halls. 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 Details

Fields of Study

  • Many academic departments at the University of Tampere offer courses taught in English: American/Canadian studies, business (all fields), computer science and interactive technology, economics, English, European studies, Hypermedia Laboratory, information studies, intercultural communication, international studies, journalism and mass communication, philosophy, political science and international relations, psychology, social policy and social work, sociology, and women's studies.
  • Most departments are open to helping you complete independent study work, where appropriate courses are not offered in English.
  • Several languages are offered by the university such as, Czech, Finnish, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
  • 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 Tampere.

Languages of Instruction
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' level to the advanced level.

Early Finnish Course: Fall Semester
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 at the four different Tampere universities. 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.

For further information about courses, please visit the University of Tampere.

Housing Description

The student residence hall rooms are usually single occupancy with a private bath or one shared with one to three other students. Shared kitchens are located on each floor. In addition, you may eat lunch at one of two inexpensive cafeterias on campus. The University of Tampere may provide two full housing scholarships for each semester for students that are accepted into their program. One housing scholarship is worth about $1550 per semester. More details about this scholarship can be provided if requested.

Tampere University offers full housing scholarship for up to two students from UO attending one semester or full a academic year.  

Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, you will later fill out an application for the exchange university.

Graduate Students:
In addition to the process described above and below, you must also complete the Graduate Enrollment in UO-Sponsored Study Abroad Programs form. This form requires that you obtain pre-authorization for your program from your adviser, department head and the Graduate School.

Student Life

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.

Additional Requirements

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

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineExtended DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Academic Year2017-1802/01/2017N/ALate-AugustLate-May
Fall Semester201702/01/2017N/ALate-AugustMid-December
Spring201805/15/2017N/AMid-JanuaryLate-May

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

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.