University of Oulu



The University of Oulu (Finnish: Oulun yliopisto) is one of the largest universities in Finland, located in the city of Oulu. It was founded on July 8, 1958. The university has around 13,000 students and 2,900 staff. 21 International Master's Programs are offered at the university. The university is often ranked as one of the better universities in Finland and in the top-400 worldwide.

There are two campus areas:

The main campus is located in Linnanmaa, about 5 kilometres (3 mi) north of Oulu city centre. It includes six faculties, four focus institutes, Botanical Gardens and Museum, and university library Pegasus, and Tellus Innovation Arena.

Faculty of Medicine and Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine are located at the Kontinkangas Campus 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) southeast from the city center, Kontinkangas, Oulu. Oulu University Hospital, Medical Research Centre (MRC) and Biocenter Oulu are also located there.



The University of Oulu is divided into eight faculties:

Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (FBMM)

Faculty of Education (FEdu)

  • Oulu University Teacher Training School

Faculty of Humanities (FHum)

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE)

  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Laboratory
  • Microelectronics and Materials Physics Laboratory
  • Mathematics Division
  • Department of Communications Engineering[permanent dead link]
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Information Processing Science
  • Wireless Communications Engineering

Faculty of Science (FSci)

  • Department of Biology
  • Zoology
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Oulanka Research Station
  • Bothnian Bay Research Station
  • Department of Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Electron spectroscopy
  • Theoretical physics
  • Astronomy
  • Geophysics
  • Space physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Medicine (FMed)

  • Institute of Biomedicine
  • Institute of Diagnostics
  • Institute of Dentistry
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
  • Institute of Health Sciences

Faculty of Technology (FTech)

  • Chemical Process Engineering
  • Control Engineering[permanent dead link]
  • Energy and Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental and Chemical Engineering
  • Fibre and Particle Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Machine Design
  • Materials Engineering and Production Technology
  • Mechatronics and Machine Diagnostics
  • Process Metallurgy
  • Structures and Construction Technology
  • Sustainable Chemistry
  • Systems Engineering
  • Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
  • Oulu Mining School (OMS)
  • Oulu School of Architecture (OSA)
  • History of Architecture and Restoration Studies
  • Contemporary Architecture
  • Building Performance and Construction
  • Urban Design and Town Planning

Oulu Business School (OBS)

  • Management & International Business
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Martti Ahtisaari Institute of Global Business and Economics
  • Full-time MBA Programme


International Cooperation

The University of Oulu aims to promote mobility among its students. It takes part in a number of international exchange programmes, such as Erasmus Programme (Europe), Nordplus (Nordic Countries), FIRST (Russia), ISEP and International to International ISEP (USA, South America, Asia), UNC-EP (USA), north2north (USA, Canada, Russia, Nordic Countries), North-South-South (Africa). Besides, the University of Oulu has about 50 bilateral agreements with partner universities around the world.


Student housing

Student Housing Foundation of Northern Finland (Finnish: Pohjois-Suomen opiskelija-asuntosäätiö; PSOAS) is the leading provider of student accommodation in Oulu. The organization offers housing services for people studying in Oulu as economically as possible.

The new international student house, named Aurora, was built next to PSOAS housing office in downtown Oulu. The building was finished during the spring of 2013. The house is supposed to be accommodated both by international degree students and Finnish students. The main purpose of the new building is to support the internationalization of Oulu and give the international students better access to Finnish culture and local people. The premises will also support these efforts: More space is dedicated for casual get-togethers, as there is a lounge space on every floor and a café of high level will be serving both Finnish and foreign customers on the ground floor.

Oulu is considered a great place to study. The International Student Barometer 2019 ranked the University of Oulu first in the world when it comes to internet access and sixth in overall life satisfaction.

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