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. The University of Oulu researches people and culture in a changing living environment, as well as opportunities that new technology provides for improving the well-being of people and the environment. The University of Oulu is a multidisciplinary expert in Northerness.

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • At the University of Oulu we promote learning and carry out research that pushes the boundaries of the known.
  • The University’s impact is based on excellence, high ambition and productivity in all our activities.
  • Our strategy is to enhance our significance in international research and secure our role alongside the world leaders in our focus areas.



Founded in 1958, our research and education community is 16 000 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 multiscientific research, innovation and training of experts for demanding professional tasks.


The new 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.


Our strategy is to enhance our significance in international research and secure our role alongside the world leaders in our focus areas. We are building a strong, distinctive scientific profile and plan to further develop our education programs and innovation activities as integral parts of a high impact university.

Our high ambition level and open-minded and collaborative culture create a unique environment for the members of our community to grow and develop their expertise. Our two campuses provide exceptional possibilities for multidisciplinary research and education complemented by a welcoming atmosphere.


The University of Oulu in Northern Finland is an international, multidisciplinary research university with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. More specifically, the University of Oulu encompasses a science university, a technical university and a business school in the same organization.

The Oulu Region is recognized as a world-class R&D hub with R&D input per capita among the highest globally.

The specific measures at the University of Oulu in recruitment have included creating a tenure track program, a junior investigator’s recruitment program and funding of PhD student positions within doctoral programs.


Housing services

Incoming international students have several options on how to arrange housing, either through the local student housing foundation PSOAS or through private markets.

Student housing is easy to get especially for Spring term. If you do not receive student housing you will be notified of this early enough by PSOAS to arrange housing from private markets. Below you will be able to find useful information and links for both options.

PSOAS student housing

PSOAS is the leading provider of student accommodation in Oulu. The organisation operates on a foundation basis which ensures affordable rents for students. Following its mission, PSOAS offers housing services for people studying in Oulu as cheaply as possible.

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

At the FSHS we are experts in student health care.

We mainly offer appointments with public health nurses, physiotherapists and general practitioners and specialists. Specialist consultations that have been found particularly useful for students include those with gynaecologists and dermatologists. A variety of minor procedures can also be performed at our appointments.

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.

Sports facilities

University Sports of Oulu offer academic sport services and other welfare services for students and staff of Oulu University of Applied Sciences, University of Oulu, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences - Oulu Unit, Oulu Vocational College and The staff of Joint Authority for Education Services (KYP). Our programme includes around 90 different disciplines or services. There are three sports coordinators in charge of the programme and a large group of instructors and cooperating partners who make sure things run smoothly.

The Sports Pass is a combined creation of the institutes of higher education in Oulu. Information concerning all services and disciplines can be found on the web pages in the sports calendar.


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.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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