Program Overview

Note: As of January 1, 2019, the University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences will form a new institution, which will be called Tampere University. UO students will benefit from expanded course offerings at the new institution.

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 provides many student organizations and plans numerous group trips to St. 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, Planetarium, Observation Tower, Art Museum and children’s zoo.

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.

Additional requirements

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

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 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.  

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 

The Tampere Summer School is totally free for admitted University of Oregon exchange students and housing is always covered in August. There is a chance to meet around 400 international students, receive academic credits, and attend several social events and free-time activities. Some events are free of charge for Summer School students, some are offered at an extra cost.

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 about the Tampere Summer School is available here.

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 this site and this site.
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.  


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. 

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.

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

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Academic Year
Arrival Date
Early August
Departure Date
Late May
Fall Semester
Arrival Date
Early August
Departure Date
Spring Semester
Arrival Date
Early January
Departure Date
Late 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.