Student Exchange

In general, all degree students of the University of Oulu can apply for a student exchange. There are several programmes and hundreds of universities to choose from.

Interested in Student Exchange?

Why to go on exchange?

Going for an exchange is one of the best ways to gain international experience. The University of Oulu offers excellent opportunities to study at high-quality universities around the world. In addition, going on an exchange is easy: help and support is available at all stages of the exchange, and entrants receive a grant.

As an exchange student, you participate in the teaching and student life of the host university on a par with the locals and live in a student apartment. Studies completed abroad will be included in your degree in Oulu.


The duration of the exchange study is usually 2-12 months, depending on the exchange program, i.e. one semester or a full academic year.

When you start planning your exchange, international master's degree students should bare in mind that the duration of their degree is two years and graduating on time is important. Their study plan contains a set of precisely defined courses, which are required for graduation. This sets more specific requirements for planning the exchange period. Before applying for an exchange, it is essential to discuss your study progress and your study plan with your master's degree programme coordinator.


There are several different exchange programs to choose from and hundreds of different universities. You can go on exchange in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Oceania.

Instructions for Students Going on Exchange

Questions about student exchange?

  • You can find your faculty-level international coordinator's contact details here.

  • International Mobility Services' Virtual Office Hour serves on Wednesdays at 14 - 15 in Zoom. Come and ask about student exchange or any other international topic! Join us online via this link. In summer 2024, the virtual office will close after the 26.6. session, and serves again as of 7.8.2024.