Interested in being a mentor?

We welcome all new mentors to join the pool of mentors! We especially seek mentors with a background in sciences: biology, geography, mathematics, physics, biochemistry and would also like to see more mentors with a background in humanisites and education. In economics and business administration, mentors from financial and management accounting willing to mentor an international student are in demand. Also mentors with backround in biomedical engineering are warmly welcome to join the pool of mentors.

Mentors are needed from large, middle-sized and small companies, the public sector, NGOs and business owners. We would like you to have some five years of working experience after graduation. Mentors need to be able to meet with the mentee at least 3 times during the 6-month mentoring period. Other than that, all it takes to become a mentor is an interest towards supporting a student and willingness to openly share own experiences. No previous mentoring experience is needed. Face-to-face meetings are beneficial and thus it would be good if the mentor lives in the Oulu area or would be willing to see the student in Oulu at least a couple of times. Meetings via Skype, social media or other methods are possible.

Mentoring often takes a couple of hours per month, depending on how often you will see your mentee. The minimum number of mentor-mentee meetings is 3. The mentee (student) manages the mentoring relationship, sets targets for mentoring and each meeting and plans an agenda the meetings.

The university matches mentors and mentees based on the information both parties give in their application/sign-up forms. The students are interviewed before the matching process. Usually the mentor has a similar educational backgroung (major) as the mentee but sometimes another factor might be more important, for example entrepreneurial experience.

University of Oulu alumni receive information about becoming a mentor in the university newsletter that you can get by joining the University of Oulu Alumni Network.


More information

Riitta Arffman, firstname.lastname (at)
University of Oulu Graduate School: Teemu Pennanen, firstname.lastname (at)