In general, all degree students of the University of Oulu can apply for a student exchange. This means that they can study a part of their degree in a partner university abroad. There are several programmes and hundreds of universities to choose from. The length of a student exchange is usually 1 or 2 semesters.
In a nutshell, European exchange programmes (ERASMUS and NORDPLUS) are coordinated by the Faculties. Each Faculty or School, and even some degree programmes, have an International Coordinator who is there to help students with exchange matters. Their contact information can be found here.
The International Services coordinate exchange destinations outside Europe (Bilateral agreements, ISEP Program, FIRST exchanges to Russia and north2north exchanges). Some Faculties have their own bilateral agreements outside Europe and they are coordinated by the Faculty International Coordinator. Please note that application periods and deadlines of Erasmus/Nordplus are different from the non-European ones.
Students can get selected only once in each programme (destinations outside Europe, Nordplus, FIRST, north2north), except in Erasmus, which allows students to go on exchange both on their Bachelor and Master level, up to total of 12 months (including Erasmus placements).
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 in 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.
All students going on exchange receive a grant, the sum of which depends on the destination and the exchange programme. The sums for Travel Grants can be found here.
Student Exchange Help Desk is available through e-mail at international.office(at)oulu.fi