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Information for Exchange Students

The School of Communication, Media and Theatre welcomes approximately 50 international exchange and visiting students each year. Exchange students come mostly from the School’s Erasmus partner universities in Europe, but we also have exchange agreements with other universities. We also have the possibility of accepting a limited number of international visiting students from universities with which there are no exchange agreements.

The Guide for International Exchange and Visiting Students offers a good introduction to studying at the University of Tampere. Other source of information to international students is the Studies –section of the university web pages. Information for admitted exchange students can be found here.


The application deadlines for international exchange and visiting students are:

  • for autumn semester arrivals: 15 May at 3 pm (local time)
  • for spring semester arrivals: 15 October at 3 pm (local time)

All incoming exchange and visiting students must fill in an online application (available during application periods) and send the required enclosures to the UTA by the deadline given in the confirmation e-mail you will receive after submitting the application. Please note that the application is complete and will be processed only after the enclosures have been received at UTA.

For more information on eligibility and the application process, please see the Guide for International Exchange and Visiting Students.

Academic calendar

The academic year at UTA starts in September. It is divided into two semesters each consisting of two periods. The first two periods constitute the Autumn Semester. The Spring Semester, which starts in January, is composed of the third and the fourth period. There is a one week break at the end of the first and the third period, and a Christmas vacation of two weeks after the second period. Summer vacation runs from the end of the fourth period until the start of the new academic year. The four-period system does not apply to the School of Medicine, in which teaching goes by the two-semester system.

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Teaching schedule and choosing courses

The teaching schedule for the academic year is available here. Please note that all courses mentioned in the curricula guide are not available yearly! Not all disciplines offer teaching in English, but book exams or essays might be possible.

Exchange and visiting students get a letter of acceptance from their host school, but they may take course units also in other UTA Schools and in the UTA Language Center. The Language Center offers course units in the Finnish language on beginner's level. Other language courses are primarily for UTA degree students, but exchange students can attend if there is room in the group.

International students in the University of Tampere (both exchange and degree students) can take some courses also from Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences. The cross-institutional studies are offered by the SITR network. The SITR web pages also offer information on the Finnish way of life and happenings in and around Tampere.


For information on student housing, please see

International Advisers of the Unit:

International Coordinator
Ms Anna Vähämäki
Room E227 / Main Building
Tel: 050 318 6639
email: anna.vahamaki (at)

Ms Teija Huikka
Room D102 / Main Building
Tel: 040 510 8223
email: teija.huikka (at)

Journalism and Mass Communication
Mr Ari Heinonen
Room E322 / Main building
Tel: 050 318 5927
email: ari.a.heinonen (at)

Media Culture
Mr Mikko Lehtonen
Room E219 / Main building
email: mikko.s.lehtonen (at)

Media Literacy Education
Ms Sirkku Kotilainen
Room E209 / Main building
Tel: 040 190 9719
email: sirkku.kotilainen (at)

Media Management
Mr Greg Lowe
Room E218 / Main building
email: greg.lowe (at)

Speech Communication
Ms Ilona Siivonen
Room E216 /  Main building
Tel: 050 599 3801
email: ilona.siivonen (at)

Theatre and Drama Research
Ms Hanna Suutela
Room E338 / Main building
Tel: 040 190 1569
email: hanna.suutela (at)

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