Exchanges Outside Europe

The next application round for Destinations Outside Europe for 2020-21 is open October 1-15, 2019.

Infosession about the call for applications is organised on Mon, Sept 30 at 14-15 in lecture room L10 and infostand in Tellus Café on Thur, Oct 10 at 9-10am. See the call for applications for information about the destinations available in this application round.  Read more also on the infosession presentation.

Academic Affairs coordinates exchanges with several bilateral partners, networks and programmes around the world. There are two application calls, one in September and one 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 October 1-15, 2019. Destinations available in the application round are in the United States, Canada, Australia and ISEP Program destinations in the US and other countries. The exchange period is either Autumn 2020 or Spring 2021.  See the call for applications for more detailed information about the application process, infosessions and destinations included in this application round.

The application round for exchange destinations in the China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, South America, FIRST network in Russia and north2north programme destinations in Canada will be organised in January 2020.

Application form is to be filled online at SoleMOVE exchange database.

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 academic motivation, motivation towards exchange, language skills and success in studies. For some destinations, we may also interview students. 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 members from Academic affairs and faculties. 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.

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Last updated: 30.9.2019