Tampere lies on an isthmus between two lakes, on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids. A city of green parks and clean water, it has little industrial pollution. Once a center of heavy industry, and textile and paper manufacturing, Tampere is now a hub of the IT industries. The largest inland city in Scandinavia, Tampere offers many cultural attractions, theater, film and music festivals as well as museums, an aquarium, a dolphinarium and a planetarium.
Academic year or semester exchanges
ISEP-Exchange for International students. ISEP-Exchange for US students.
Faculties of Economics and Administration (administrative science, business accounting & marketing, business administration, economics, environmental policy, management & organization theory, municipal policy, private law, public administration, public law, local governance, regional studies); Education (administration, planning & research, adult education, education, teacher training, pre-school teacher education, youth work); Humanities (American studies, art history, English, general & Finnish history, Finnish language, Finnish & comparative literature, music anthropology, philology [English, French, German, Nordic/Swedish, Slavonic/Russian], Russian studies, speech communication & voice research, translation & interpreting [English, German, Russian, Swedish]); Information Sciences (information studies, computer science, interactive technology, mathematics, statistics, philosophy); Medicine (nursing science, public health, biotechnology); Social Sciences (international relations, journalism & mass communication, political science, psychology, social anthropology, social policy & social work, sociology & social psychology, women’s studies & gender relations).
COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH
Programs offered in English: Administration and Management in Higher Education, English Philology, History (Nordic Perspective on European History), Hypermedia Laboratory Courses in Digital Media, North American Studies, Russian Studies, the programs of the Department of Computer Sciences, the programs of the International School of Social Sciences (ISSS), and the programs of Tampere School of Public Health. Furthermore, every subject offers some courses specially designed for exchange students.
Unique in Finland or of national standing are Tampere’s programs in American studies, environmental policy, journalism and mass communication, Russian language, Russian studies and social sciences. The university also runs a theater academy that trains professional actors.
The large number and variety of Russian language courses together with the Russian Studies program form an extensive and versatile study block for those who have a special interest in Russian language and culture.
Except for the courses noted above, instruction is in Finnish. It may be possible for students to earn credit for some courses taught in Finnish by completing English reading lists and writing papers in English. The university offers free instruction in Finnish as a foreign language. Intensive pre- and post-placement summer programs in Finnish can also be arranged at additional cost.
I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit the ISEP Language Proficiency Report.
Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.
SPECIAL ACADEMIC CONDITIONS
Upper-division standing preferred. Graduate students are encouraged. Multilateral applicants please note that preference is given to students from institutions with which this institution does not have Erasmus agreements.
ISEP students are housed in student housing. A meal stipend is provided. Married student housing can be arranged; any additional costs must be covered by the student.
Before leaving home, the student should inform the University of Tampere of the exact date and time of arrival (e.g. flight number and destination), and the types of transportation being used. One week’s notice should be given by mail, phone, fax or e-mail. This is necessary if rooms to be ready and to be met on arrival.
The Student Union of University of Tampere and the Erasmus Student Network frequently organize social activities and trips for international students. A wide range of sports services is offered in the University sports center.
Tampere, which achieved university status in 1966, is one of the largest universities in Finland. The university does not have a campus as such; classes are offered in Tampere’s downtown area and in the towns of Hämeenlinna and Pori. Also affiliated with the university are the University Library, the Language Center, the Computer Center, the Center for Peace Research, the Institute for Extension Studies, the Research Institute for Social Sciences, the Institute of Medical Technology, the Tampere School of Public Health, and the Finnish Social Science Data Archive. Students at the university may study at other institutions in and near Tampere, such as Tampere University of Technology. Total enrollment: 15 000 (approx. 1 000 international students).