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.

Other Master's Programmes (2016-2017)

Master's Programme in Saami Language

The purpose of the subject is to educate versatile and skilled language professionals for the needs of the Saami community. Graduates of Saami Language are employed for instance in teaching and research positions, in Saami media, as experts in translation and language planning, administratorial positions and in the field of language technology.

The Giellagas Institute offers two lines of study in Sámi languages: Inari Saami and North Saami. Saami Language is primarily meant for native speakers of Saami and those who have a native speaker’s command of the Saami language. Students who do not speak Saami as their native language and who do not have a native speaker's command of the language improve their language competence by completing basic and subject studies in Saami as a foreign language (as applicable) when completing their major subject studies in Saami (as a native language).

The study of the Saami language is a field of Humanities that teaches and conducts research in the structure and use of the language, spoken and written language, theoretical and practical language planning, and language variation and development. At the University of Oulu, focal areas are language structure and use.

Basic information

Name of the Degree: 
Master of Arts (MA)
Duration of studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
Language of Instruction: 
North Sámi or Inari Sámi
Graduate Profiles: 
Language Planner
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)29 448 3486
marjatta.jomppanen (at)
+358 (0)29 448 3486
marjatta.jomppanen (at)
Tuition fees for citizens of non EU/EEA member states: 
No tuition fee


Next Application Period: 
December 15th 2015 - January 29th 2016 (15.00 UTC +2)

The language of instruction in the major subject of the master’s programme is Saami. 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.