Studies at University of Oulu 2016-2017

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 Finnish Language

Did you know that the noun tunturi ‘fell’ is a loanword from Saami language and that it shares its origins with the word tundra? That international word in turn has its roots in Samoyedic languages, from which it has spread via Russian to English and other languages. How about this: did you know that the Finnish language is studied in over a hundred universities all over the world?

Finnish is often considered as a strange and difficult language – but is that true? What is it about Finnish that makes it a truly unique language? And what significance does the language have as a part of the Finnish identity, and what role did language play in the construction of that identity? Do you know how to write fluent texts, analytic reports or concise news yet? If you choose to study Finnish, you will learn the answers to these as well as many other questions. In particular, the degree programme focuses on analyzing Finnish through various linguistic approaches; studying language structures, changes and variations, as well as the applications of language in communication.

Studies of Finnish Language in the Faculty of Humanities are intended for students who either are native speakers of Finnish or have near-native competence in Finnish. The department does not offer language courses in Finnish, but rather the curriculum includes different linguistic approaches to the Finnish language. Students holding a BA degree from a foreign university with Finnish as their major subject can apply to the MA programme.

Kati Leinonen

Basic information

Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Finnish Language Teacher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483471
harri.mantila (at)
+358 (0)294 483471
harri.mantila (at)


Next Application Period: 
March 16th 2016 - April 6th 2016 (15.00 UTC +3)

The degree programme is applied for through the The language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish. Applicants have to both apply in Finnish and be able to study in Finnish. Applicants are asked to prove their Finnish language skills in the admissions process.