Program Overview

In this exchange program you will enroll directly in courses taught in English or in Finnish at Tampere University, 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, IT, and journalism. International studies is a particular focus. Tampere University is the second largest university in Finland. There are three campuses: the city centre campus (humanities, social sciences, and languages), the Kauppi campus (biotechnology courses), and the Hervanta campus (information technology courses). Visit the TAU wesbite to learn more about Tampere's multiple campuses.

There are many opportunities and support services available to exchange students, such as academic advising and counseling. Additionally, 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. There is also a great exercise facility, called SportUni that provides high-quality, versatile and equal sports services for university students. Students will receive a student card which entitles both Bachelor’s and Master’s level students to Student Union services and special student benefits. In addition, the student card gets you 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 the hub of the IT industries. The largest inland city in the Nordic countries, Tampere offers many cultural attractions, including theater, film, music festivals and museums, as well as an adventure park consisting of seven attractions: Aquarium, Planetarium, Observation Tower, Art Museum and children’s zoo.

Housing Scholarship
Tampere University may award up to four complete housing scholarships for UO students every year. 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.

Additional requirements

Although there is no Finnish language requirement, students participating on this exchange are strongly encouraged to complete one year of Finnish at the University of Oregon prior to departure.

What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. 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.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

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 Tampere University 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 Tampere University.

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. A full-time student usually takes courses worth 30 ECTS credits per semester. Tampere University does not limit how many credits you may enroll for. You must follow the limits set by the UO.

Summer Program
The Tampere Summer School is free for admitted fall semester University of Oregon exchange students and housing is always covered in August. It takes place the first two weeks of August (right before the start of fall semester). It offers inspiring courses covering a range of academic fields including business and management, computer science, education, mathematics, Finnish, and social sciences. International students from all over the world participate in this program. There are also a variety of excursions and social and cultural activities planned throughout the duration of the program. Some are included in the program fee, others will cost an additional fee (from 10-30 Euros).

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.

More information is available at the Tampere Summer School website.

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

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.

Housing Description

Students do not need to apply for housing once they have been accepted; they will automatically be provided with a housing assignment. Student housing is administered by Tampere Student Housing Foundation (TOAS), please visit their website for more information.

The student residence hall rooms managed by TOAS are all private, single rooms with a private bathroom. Shared kitchens are located on each floor. All students are entitled to a meal subsidy at student restaurants regardless of whether they are members of the Student Union or not.

Housing Scholarship: Tampere University may offer a full housing scholarship for up to two students from the UO per semester.

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 TAU. 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 TAU. This typically includes an online application for TAU, and providing documents such as your transcript, copy of passport, and study plan. 
TAU 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 GEO application for the summer term. All students admitted to fall term may add the summer program if they wish to do so.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20202/1/2020Early AugustMid-December
Academic Year2020-212/1/2020Early AugustLate May
Spring Semester – extended20216/15/2020Early JanuaryLate May

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