Exchanges Outside Europe

Application round for AY 2017-18 is closed. The orientation material held on April 20, 2017 can be found here.

The next application round for Destinations Outside Europe for 2018-19 is open from Oct 3-17, 2017.

Academic affairs coordinates exchanges with several bilateral partners, networks and programmes around the world. There are two application calls, one in September and another in January. Part of the agreements are multidisciplinary and open to all students who find suitable courses in their course catalogues. Some agreements are restricted to only one Faculty or School and only their students are entitled to apply to those destinations.

The next call for Exchanges Outside Europe is open Oct 3-17, 2017. The destinations are in United States, Canada, Australia and ISEP destinations. The exchanges take place either in the Autumn 2018 or Spring 2019.

In the January call, open during Jan 16-31, 2018 your choices are China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South America, FIRST network in Russia and north2north programme destinations in Canada and the US. The exchanges are for either Autumn 2018 or Spring 2019.

In the list of destinations you can check their websites, application rounds (either September or January), special requirements etc. The list can be found here.

Application form is to be filled online at  You can only log in with your University of Oulu personal student account.

Required attachments that are to be either scanned and/or uploaded in the application. Only Word or pdf formats are accepted:

1. Study Plan: (scanned document) Make a study plan for all your choices. Familiarise yourself with the host university’s study guide(s) on their website. If no study guides are available for the desired exchange period, please finalise your study plan according to ongoing semester. Select approximately five courses for your study plan and list them all in one A4 sheet (name, code and description of the course). Ask your Faculty International Coordinator, study adviser, amanuensis or professor to check, approve and sign your study plan. This person should be someone responsible for giving a statement of recognition of studies abroad.

2. Transcript of Records: (scanned document) You need to get an official Transcript of Records in English from the Student Center which shows the average grades of your studies. Please ask for a Transcript for “international use”. The Transcript is a correct one when your annual average grades are visible. The transcript taken from Oodi is not valid, because it does not show the average grades of your studies. In order to be selected you need an average grade of 3.0 or higher.

3. Upper secondary school certificate or equivalent (scanned document) which shows the student’s grade in English language:

Accepted students should submit a Certificate from the Language Services unless TOEFL or IELTS is required. Accepted ISEP-students should submit TOEFL, IELTS or ISEP Language Proficiency Report depending on the site.

4. Motivation Letter (uploaded document, e.g. Word document) in English. In this letter you tell us your academic and other possible reasons on why you wish to go on exchange. Maximum length: 400 words. You can find a lot of guidelines on how to write a Motivation letter on the internet. Please note that The Motivation Letter is written to the Selection Team in the University of Oulu.

Selection Process:  Selections are done based on general motivation, motivation towards exchange, language skills and success in studies. Possible cancellations in previous Calls for Application may weaken the possibilities in the application process. After the deadline all applications are evaluated and selection is done by a team that consists of members from International Services. All applicants are informed about the selection. When a selected candidate has confirmed his/her selection in SoleMOVE, the application process continues according to host universities’ application process. The final decision is always made by the host university.

When the call opens you can find more detailed instructions here.

The list of all Destinations Outside Europe can be found here.

More information:

Meet us in Tellus International Avenue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10-12

Tytti Haapalehto, tel. 0294 48 4042 (United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, FIRST network in Russia)

Riitta Kataja, tel. 0294 48 4050 (Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Chinese University of Hong Kong, north2north)


Marita Puikkonen (Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, City University of Hong Kong),

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Moscow International Business School, Financial University Moscow,

Last updated: 5.9.2017