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 Nordic Philology

Studying Nordic Philology at the University of Oulu translates to a variety of courses in the Swedish language and culture, taught in Swedish. In addition to Swedish studies our selection of courses includes introductory courses in the Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic languages.

Studies in Nordic Philology cover core topics in the subject: oral and written communication, language structure and development, literature and culture and translation and text analysis. As studies progress the student broadens his skills in Nordic Philology. An immersive language training period in a Scandinavian language environment is also included in the studies.

Every year around 20 new students of Nordic Philology are selected through an entry exam. In addition to this, we accept around 10 new minor subject students per year. Because of our relatively low yearly intake of students, our lectures are usually attended by around 40 students at the most, so the term “mass lectures” does not really apply to us. Teachers and students get acquainted with each other at an early stage, and this helps to create an atmosphere of easy communication. On many courses, the students are divided into smaller practice groups, in which they receive individual feedback and guidance. According to the feedback we receive from our students, studying Nordic Philology at the University of Oulu is both fun and welcoming.

Several career paths are open to students of Nordic Philology, depending on what courses you take and what minor subjects you choose to study. Many students become language teachers or work as a language experts in business or in public administration.

Kati Leinonen

Basic information

Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Business Communications Professional
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483403
paula.rossi (at)
+358 (0)294 483416
kirsi.lepisto (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.