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University of Oulu

4.6 out of 5 (102 ratings / 50 reviews) Oulu, Finland
The University of Oulu is an international science university which creates innovation for the future, well-being, and knowledge through multidisciplinary research and education. Future innovation is about seeking, utilizing and applying new knowledge. 



Founded in 1958, our research and education community is 15 000 students and 3000 employees strong,and one of the biggest and the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland.The ten faculties, the many departments and the specialized research units of the University of Oulu create the foundation for multidisciplinary research, innovation and training of experts for demanding professional tasks.


The structure of 10 faculties reflects the University of Oulu’s profile in research, education and societal roles. The faculties are:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine BMM
  • Education EDU
  • Humanities HUM
  • Information Technology and Electrical Engineering ITEE
  • Medicine MED
  • Oulu Business School OBS
  • Oulu Mining School OMS
  • Oulu School of Architecture OSA
  • Science SCI
  • Technology TECH


At the University of Oulu we promote learning and carry out research that pushes the boundaries of the known. We use our full potential to contribute to solving some of the greatest global challenges, including sustainable resource use, responsible business, human wellbeing and lifelong health, intelligent systems and services development, and harnessing environmental risks.

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University Ranking

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Student services

UniOulu takes care of individuals. We support your academic challenges with a functioning infrastructure and easy access assistance. At your department you will have a personal academic contact who can be addressed casually by their first name and who will help you with making your individual study plan. A well prepared study plan is a valuable tool to make progress in your study path. You get to meet your kummi, first student colleague, online even before arriving. Kummis are senior students of the University of Oulu trained to help you in the beginning to get accustomed to daily life in Oulu.

Housing services

The local student housing foundation PSOAS offers a wide range of accommodation possibilities, from shared apartments to studios, around the city area. No matter where you live in Oulu, services ranging from supermarkets to libraries and sport facilities are close to your home. PSOAS is ranked by students as one of the leading housing providers in the world.

Library services

Oulu University Library is a scientific library, the task of which is to provide library and information services for the researchers, teachers and students of the University of Oulu.

ICT services

University of Oulu campus offers students and staff free wireless internet access and a variety of different ICT facilities. Computer labs and classrooms provide students with Windows, Linux and Macintosh workstations equipped with latest software and programmes. ICT facilities and services are designed to help you achieve best results in your studies and research.

Medical services

Student health services for all Bachelor and Master level students are located at the Linnanmaa campus. Health services include medical, mental, and dental treatment. Most services are free of charge while some incur a nominal fee.

Student Life

Campus life


The main campus building in Linnanmaa is a large complex, where all parts are connected. From the north end to the south end runs Väylä, the interior street. On the street are the faculties of Technology, Science, Humanities, Education, and Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and Oulu Business School, as well as the major lecture halls, restaurants, and other services.

The campus is located five kilometres to the north of the center of Oulu. The campus has residential buildings for thousands of students, as well as a chapel and sports hall.


The Kontinkangas campus in Oulu consists of the faculties of Medicine, and Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, as well as Oulu University Hospital.

Sports facilities

Oulu has it all for a sports enthusiast. We have excellent facilities nearby campus and loads of clubs and teams for students of all abilities to join. Oulu's Institutes of Higher Education offer sport services and other welfare services especially for students.

Different outdoor and indoor sports and leisure possibilities both in summer and winter are almost limitless. Oulu is surrounded with water and peaceful nature to go swimming, cycling, hiking, skiing or just to enjoy some fresh air. There is also a wide range of sport and exercise areas in Oulu.

Student clubs

Student Union of the University of Oulu - OYY provides services to and supervises the interests of all basic degree students in the University of Oulu. All the actions are based on the premise of a good life for students. All students in the University of Oulu belong to the Student Union of the University of Oulu - OYY. By paying the Student Union membership fee you get a student card and many benefits to go with it.


Oulu Business School is accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the premier accreditation body for business schools worldwide. In order to achieve accreditation, a school must fulfill rigorous quality criteria that focus on different aspects: strategic management, the quality of the schools faculty.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It is located in Oulu (Finland) and has a quite high world rank (top 300) among thousands of universities all over the world. Ex-president of Finland and the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 Martti Ahtisaari graduate the University of Oulu. Also, this university is one of the best places to make research since possessing huge data in hundreds of fields. Academic...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

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Amazing exchange in Finland
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I made my exchange at the University of Oulu in Finland. I choosed this university because Finland have a really good education system. At the end of my exchange I have to say it was totally a good decision. I had an amazing time with around 100 other exchange students and also a lot of Finnish students. I learned a lot about the Finnish culture and education system and...