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University of Oulu

University of Oulu

Science with Arctic attitude

Welcome to a new latitude! Would you like to study under the Northern lights?

University of Oulu is one of the northernmost science universities in the world, located in the city of Oulu, Finland. Oulu is the European Capital of Culture 2026 and known as a global technology hub. Besides of being urban, Oulu is also a perfect match for nature lovers. Northern lights can be spotted in wintertime in Oulu, and the four seasons make a distinction to leisure activities to enjoy from.

In Oulu nature is always at your fingertips. Skiing and jogging tracks are never far away, and the city has more than 900 km of roads built for pedestrian and 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 Finnish Lapland. You might also like to visit Sweden or Norway for more outdoor activities.

A well-ranked Nordic university

Depending on the ranking, University of Oulu holds the position of top 300-500 universities in the world, standing within the global top 3%.

University of Oulu offers a unique study experience for over 13,000 students in eight faculties. Our teachers are easy to reach in a low hierarchy style. Your fellow students assist you in getting in the science community and 40 student organizations offer extra-curricular activities throughout the academic year.

A welcoming student community in Oulu

All new students receive a kummi student, a fellow senior student, who gives personal assistance in the first months of your study in practical matters and getting to know the campus and its people.

Satisfaction with studies at the University of Oulu is 10% higher than the European average. International students are particularly pleased with the housing arrangements and living in a clean and safe country where nature is close by.

Versatile support for your studies and future career

Student wellbeing is valued at the University of Oulu. Student and career counselors as well as study psychologists are available to students. Oulu has an active start-up scene, and the local companies visit the campuses for recruitment events. University of Oulu runs a mentoring programme for pairing students with alumni.

Two lively campuses with excellent study premises

The main campus in Linnanmaa is the home to the Faculties of Education, Humanities, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Science, and Technology as well as Oulu Business School. Linnanmaa campus is known for its colourful architecture.

Kontinkangas Welfare Campus consists of the Faculties of Medicine and Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine and the University Hospital of Oulu.

Both campuses offer a well-equipped library, engaging study environments for both group work and self-studying as well as restaurants and cafes with affordable prices for students.

University of Oulu International Scholarship Scheme

Scholarships are available to academically talented international students studying for a bachelor’s or master’s degree at the University of Oulu.

Read more about the scholarship scheme