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 Saami Language

Bures buohkaide/Tiervâ puohháid/Hello everyone!

North Saami has been available as a minor subject at the University of Oulu since 1970 and as a major subject since 1980. Today, the study subject is divided into two separate study paths: North Saami and Inari Saami. As a major subject, North Saami is meant for students with North Saami as their first language or with a good command of the language. Teaching in the subject is entirely in North Saami. North Saami can also be studied as a minor subject by pursuing the basic studies package Saami as a foreign language. The minimum prerequisite for pursuing studies in the Inari Saami package is that the student has passed a basic course in Inari Saami, but the study package is also suitable for students with more advanced skills in the language, as well as for native speakers of the language.

The purpose of the subject of Saami language is to educate versatile and skilled language professionals to provide for the needs of the Saami community. Graduates in Saami language are employed for instance in teaching and research positions, in Saami media, as experts in translation and language planning, administrative positions and in the field of language technology. Some of the students of Saami language train to become teachers of Saami language and literature. These students need to select courses in Saami culture, literature and pedagogical studies for teachers. Otherwise, students may select their minor subjects rather freely according to their personal interests and plans. All master's degree holders who have graduated from the Giellegas Institute have been very successful in finding employment.

Bures boahtin lohkat sámegiela Oulu universitehtii/Tiervâpuâttim luuhâđ sämikielâ Oulu ollâopâttâhân – Welcome to the study of Saami language at the University of Oulu!

Basic information

Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Additional Information Concerning the Language of Instruction: 
Language of Instruction is mainly North Saami or Inari Saami
Graduate Profiles: 
Saami Language Teacher
Language Planner
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)29 448 3486
marjatta.jomppanen (at)
+358 (0)294 483486
marjatta.jomppanen (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 major subject of the programme is Sami. In the minor subjects the main language of instruction 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.