Studies at University of Oulu 2012-2013

The University of Oulu offers study opportunities with a solid academic foundation ranging from 5-6 year degree programmes and master’s programmes to doctoral training. There are also several possibilities such as open university studies, executive training and continuing education for developing and maintaining skills and competencies.

In addition to a variety of student exchange programmes, international master’s degree programmes in English are offered in six fields of study, making the university an international study environment.

5-6 Year Degree Programmes

Degree Programme in German Language Subject Teacher Education

With the increasing cultural integration of Europe and increasingly close economic relations between its countries, the teaching of German language in Finnish schools is facing up to new challenges. Regarding German language teaching in schools, this indicates that learners must be provided with something more than merely a strong command of language.  Linguistic and non-linguistic skills in both written and spoken language should be taught within a cultural context as comprehensively as possible. In other words, a teacher of German language should be able to present a living image of a contemporary German speaking area (incl. Austria and Switzerland), with a special emphasis on youth culture.

Studies in the programme consist of focus areas, some of which are translation, literature, culture and intercultural communication.  In subject teacher education, another language subject – English, Swedish or French – is commonly chosen as a minor subject. In addition, it is possible to pursue a 25 credit point minor subject package in translation, which is meant for major and minor students of German philology.

Degree studies also include a period of language training, which can be completed, for instance, by working abroad for two months, taking a month-long language course, or studying in a German-speaking country for the duration of an academic term/year.  Students are offered stipends for language courses or studies abroad on a yearly basis. The subject of German philology has partner universities, for instance, in Germany and Austria. Exchange studies completed abroad can be fully included in a degree in German philology, which means that exchange studies advance degree studies as well.   

Subject teacher education also includes pedagogical studies of 60 study credits, which are to be completed during the spring term of the third year of studies and the autumn term of the fourth year.

Juha Sarkkinen

Basic information

Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
German and Finnish
Graduate Profiles: 
German Language Teacher
Communications Director
Marketing Designer
Consular Official
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483427
gerhard.schmitt (at)
+358 (0)294 483233
kari.kaskela (at)


Next Application Period: 
4.3.2013 to 3.4.2013

The degree programme is applied for through the joint application system at Detailed information about admission requirements and applying is only available in Finnish.