University of Oulu

University of Oulu

Top reasons to study here

  • Our mission is to create new knowledge and educate future talents.
  • Sharing knowledge and enabling innovations is important to us.
  • We encourage students and colleagues to think open-mindedly, to do things for the first time and, when needed, to learn from their mistakes.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)



Founded in 1958, the community is 13 000 students and 2900 employees strong, and one of the biggest and the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. The university consists of eight faculties and many specialized research units.


There are 8 faculties in the University of Oulu: Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Technology, Oulu Business School. Oulu Mining School and Oulu School of Architecture combined to the Faculty of Technology.


The University of Oulu produces new knowledge for building a more sustainable, healthier, and more intelligent world. We participate in solving global challenges by combining multidisciplinary approaches, high-quality research, and fruitful collaboration. Our research is top-level in the world on our selected focus areas.


The university of Oulu Career Services is there to help you when you need information about working while studying, finding a job, or working life in general. In addition, when you want to have more information about internships, thesis positions, or how to cooperate with companies in general, please contact the university of Oulu Career Services. 

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Housing services

Students of the University of Oulu have active lives, both on the campus and off-campus. Students have possibilities for inexpensive clubs and organisations, and many different type of leisure time activities. Accomodation can be easily arranged with the student housing foundation PSOAS and several housing options around the Oulu area offer comfortable living near campus.

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 campus offers students and staff free wireless internet access and variety of ICT facilities. The public 5G test network is being built in the Linnanmaa campus and will be available for students soon.

Medical services

The Finnish Student Health Service FSHS is an expert in student healthcare and provides targeted low-threshold services designed to provide long-term health benefits for university students. They offer services for general health, oral health and mental health.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Linnanmaa

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. 

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.

  • Kontinkangas

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

Sports facilities

Physical exercise is a good balance for studying and it supports your wellbeing. University Sports of Oulu (OKKL) offers versatile sports and wellness services to the students and staff of the universities in Oulu (University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Diaconia University of Applied Sciences). The activities consist of more than 50 different sports or exercise services. You gain access to the sports and academic sport services by purchasing the Sports Pass. 

Student clubs

The Student Union of the University of Oulu (OYY) is an organization for students by students. All the degree students of the University of Oulu are our members. Doctoral students and exchange students can apply for our membership.

Student Reviews

Expect the unexpected
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I haven't officially started my program but I have talked to some students they are pretty about the environment and level of education.

Arctic attitude
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Geography is a very strong field (I studied it) in the University of Oulu so it was very good for me. I like that there is only one main campus where are all the faculties (technology, science, humanities, education) except the medicine which is near to the city hospital. I liked the atmosphere in the university because of that, we are all together in the same place. Our...

The regional economic analysis about the relation of the wage and immigration is my main concern. In my last degree i tried to figureout a solution but i failed. That esteem my determination to work on this topic.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have done two masters degree in Economics in two different universitie. In my own country’s University i learned all of the theories and some applications of economic tools. Moreover, in University of Oulu, Finland i experienced with the practical use of economic theories and learned how to make effecient and effective use of the different models. However, my work was...

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