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 Philology

In the subject of German philology, linguistic and translinguistic (multimodal) texts are taught and researched with regard to how they appear in a comparison between Finnish culture and the cultures in German speaking countries. Both linguistic (literary, non-fictional and professional texts) and translinguistic (for example: businesses, urban planning, public buildings) texts are explored from the perspective of intercultural communication.

Studies in the subject consist of focus areas, some of which are translation, literature, culture and intercultural communication. In addition, it is possible for major and minor students of German philology to pursue a 25 credit point minor subject package in translation.

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. On a yearly basis, students are offered stipends for language courses or studies abroad. 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.

Juha Sarkkinen

Basic information

Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
German Language Teacher
Communications Director
Marketing Designer
Consulate 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 The main language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish. Detailed information about admission requirements and applying is only available in Finnish.