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Exchange Programmes and Networks

Tampere University (city centre and Kauppi campuses) participates in various exchange programmes and networks, through which you can apply for exchange all over the world. The following lists such programmes and networks:

BCI (Canada)

BCI (Bureau de Coopération Interuniversitaire) is an organisation that represents the universities in the Canadian French-speaking province of Québec. It has made a student exchange agreement with more than 500 universities located in more than 20 countries. Tampere University has a bilateral student exchange agreement with BCI, which involves ten French-speaking universities and one English-speaking university. Several applications to BCI universities can be submitted from Tampere University, but the applications are more likely to be rejected than in the usual bilateral exchange arrangements.

The BCI exchange period usually lasts either one or two semesters. You do not need to pay tuition for the school, but you will have to cover any housing and living costs as well as any possible additional costs related to the exchange. For example, the host university may charge you for health insurance, language courses, excursions, laboratory visits and administrative services.

Applicants for BCI exchange are required to have a good level of proficiency in the language spoken at the host university, which must be demonstrated in the application phase in accordance with the requirements of the host university.

BCI contact person: Igor Tanskanen

BCI exchange locations in the 2018–2019 academic year

Erasmus+ (EU and EEC countries, Macedonia and Turkey)

The Erasmus+ programme is a European Union programme for education, youth and sport. It is used to support cooperation and mobility between European institutions of higher education. For students, the Erasmus+ programme provides an opportunity to participate in student exchange at foreign institutions of higher education and intern at companies or organisations involved in the programme. For educational institutions, the Erasmus+ programme is an opportunity to cooperate with international partner schools.

Through the programme, staff members of institutions of higher education can participate in teacher or other exchange at a foreign partner school. Other staff members can also complete exchange periods at foreign companies. More information on Erasmus teacher and staff exchange can be found on the university intranet.

Contact person for staff exchange: Coordinator of International Education Laura Lalu.

More information on the Erasmus programme

Fulbright scholarships for postgraduate students and researchers

Research periods in the United States jointly funded by the Fulbright Center and Tampere University

ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow grant for doctoral students for dissertation research in the United States for a period of 6–12 months (for Finnish citizens only)

ASLA-Fulbright Research Grant for Junior Scholar grant for at least four months of research in the United States for scholars who have completed their doctorate no more than four years ago (for Finnish citizens only)

ASLA-Fulbright Research Grant for Senior Scholar grant for scholars who have completed their doctorate at least four years ago (for Finnish citizens only)

Fulbright Finland awards travel grants for short-term visits to American universities.

Master’s degree and doctoral students of Finnish language and literature are eligible to apply for the Fulbright Finnish Language and Culture Teaching Assistant Program. The programme involves assisting in the education of Finnish language and culture at an American university for one academic year. During the programme, you will also have the opportunity to complete doctoral level courses or research.

Fulbright Finland also funds scholarships for studies in the United States during bachelor’s and master’s degree studies.

Fulbright contact person at Tampere University: Laura Lalu

ISEP (North America, Africa etc.)

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is an esteemed international student exchange programme established in 1979, which has its central office in Arlington, Virginia. The ISEP network includes more than 300 universities from more than 50 countries on different continents. Tampere University has been involved in the ISEP programme since 1982. The ISEP exchange arrangements are based on reciprocity between the member universities.

ISEP programme website

ISEP exchange is available to degree students of all disciplines who have studied at Tampere University for at least one academic year. Currently, you can apply for ISEP exchange for one semester only. During your exchange period, you can study any discipline available at the universities participating in the programme, with the exception of clinical medicine. In addition to the United States, the ISEP programme can be used to apply for exchange in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Africa, for example. You cannot apply to European locations through the ISEP programme as a wealth of positions is available through the Erasmus+ exchange programme. In some case you may apply to Latin America and Asia as well.


You cannot apply for the ISEP directly. Instead, applications must be submitted through the International Mobility Services of Tampere University. The application period for ISEP exchange takes place once a year in October–November, at the same time as the “Application I” period.

Applying for the ISEP programme is a two-phase process. The first round of applications at Tampere University takes place in October–November, and only those approved from this round are eligible to apply for ISEP exchange through the ISEP Global Office, which coordinates the programme.

The first round of applications is arranged through the exchange application system (Mobility-Online) of Tampere University. Please note: the ISEP programme is a single application target! For more detailed instructions, please see the application announcement. The application must include a study plan for at least two separate universities. The university will make the decisions on the students named for ISEP exchange during November, and all applicants will be notified of the results by e-mail by the end of month. The selections are made by the university’s director of study services by proposal of the International Mobility Services.

The students named by Tampere University for ISEP exchange prepare the actual application for the ISEP programme via ISEP’s own electronic application form. The Tampere University ISEP coordinator will provide application instructions to those selected for the exchange programme. In the application, the candidate must list his/her preferred locations (the recommended number is no less than 4 and no more than 10) from among the universities available during the application round in question. The available universities will be published on the ISEP website before the autumn and spring application periods.

The ISEP Office will place the applicants to one of their preferred locations. The final approval decision will be made by the receiving university.

Due to its nature, the ISEP programme is best suited to applicants who are fine with multiple target locations. The ISEP finds a position for 95 % of students who apply for the United States, 95 % of whom are approved by the target universities. Please note! The ISEP programme includes highly sought-after locations to which admission can be extremely difficult (please see Chances of Placement in the ISEP portal).

Language proficiency requirements

English-speaking ISEP locations

The English-speaking ISEP universities require students to complete the TOEFL language test, while Canadian ISEP universities require either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Depending on the field of study, GRE and GMAT tests may also be requested. In addition to this, some Asian ISEP universities require the completion of an official language test. Language proficiency can be demonstrated through either a TOEFL or IELTS test. The requisite minimum scores are listed in each university’s description on the ISEP website. The applicants must register for the TOEFL test immediately once the student selections have been determined by Tampere University. In other words, you do not need to register for language tests during the ISEP application round arranged by Tampere University.

Upon registering for the TOEFL language test, the student must request that the test result be sent to ISEP by entering the ISEP code 9250 in the registration form. Exchange applicants should take the tests well in advance, immediately after Christmas at the latest. The application for the ISEP exchange period beginning in the autumn ends on 15 February. The test result should also be sent to Tampere University – the university’s code is 9871. More information on TOEFL.

In Latin America, ISEP students take part in normal education with local students. Although language education may be offered, the applicants are expected to be proficient in Spanish. Language proficiency can be demonstrated with an extract from the study register, a certificate appended to the application and/or personal clarification.

Costs of the ISEP programme

  • ISEP advance payment 345 € ($475, which ISEP collects from Tampere University for each application sent by it). The student must pay the ISEP advance payment before the submission of the application to the ISEP organisation coordinating the exchange. The payment will be reimbursed to the student in the ISEP programme fee. If the ISEP organisation is unable to place the student anywhere, the advance payment will be returned to him/her. The advance payment will also be refunded if the student cancels his/her application due to an illness or other acceptable reason preventing studies abroad. If the cancellation is attributable to any other reason, Tampere University will retain the advance payment.
  • ISEP programme fee: Before departure to the exchange location, the applicant must also pay the ISEP programme fee, which covers housing and meal costs during the exchange period. In the 2019–2020 academic year, the ISEP fee is 2,900 € per semester. Housing and meals will be free of charge during the exchange. Once the advance payment has been reimbursed, the student is left with a payment of 2,555 €.
  • Mandatory ISEP health insurance ($ 90 / month / year 2019-20)
  • Visa (United States of America approx. $ 340)
  • TOEFL test $ 250 (2019)
  • Travel costs

Funding the ISEP exchange

Tampere University awards a travel grant to students going for ISEP exchange. In the 2019–2020 academic year, the travel grant is as follows:

  • 2,000 € for an exchange period (one semester) in North America / Australia / New Zealand.

Admitted exchange students can apply for student financial aid with Kela for the duration of the exchange. ISEP students are exempt from tuition fees for the target universities. For more funding options please read the Finnish version of the website or contact university's ISEP contact person.

ISEP Direct – programme involving a tuition fee

In addition to the ISEP programme described above, you can also apply for the ISEP Direct programme, which requires the exchange student to pay a fee to cover tuition and, in most universities, housing and meals. The ISEP Direct programme includes universities in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, China, Costa Rica and Ghana, among other countries. The tuition fees are $6,000–15,000, depending on the country (the lowest rate in Australia is approx. $15,000). More detailed information is available on the website of the ISEP Direct programme.

University's ISEP contact person: Igor Tanskanen

Nordplus and Nordlys (Nordic countries)

Nordplus is a programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers, which supports mobility, projects and networks. The Nordplus exchange positions are available to undergraduate students who have studied for at least one year. The Nordlys network can be used for exchange applications if your own degree programme does not have a field-specific network. You should also apply through the Nordlys network if you would like to study your minor subject during your exchange period.

Nordplus programme website

You can receive a grant for a semester or academic year of Nordplus exchange. The grant is roughly €200 for each month of exchange. Grant recipients are usually also provided with a travel grant: €660 for Iceland and €330 for other Nordic countries. Admission for exchange does not always guarantee a Nordplus grant. The coordinator is informed about the grants 2–4 months before the beginning of the exchange. Students selected for Nordplus exchange can also apply for an accessibility grant if they suffer from a mental or physical illness or disability that will cause additional costs during the exchange. The accessibility grant can be applied for through the university’s Nordplus contact person Mira Kauppinen.

From the academic year 2019 - 2020 onwards, the students selected for Nordlys exchange will receive their grants from the Erasmus+ Programme. The grant amounts will change accordingly. All Erasmus / Nordlys students will receive further information and advice well before the beginning of their exchange period. 

Practical information for students going for exchange abroad on the Haloo Pohjola website

University's Erasmus+ contact person: Heidi Fordell

University's Nordplus and Nordlys contact person: Mira Kauppinen

north2north (North America, Nordic countries etc.)

The north2north programme is the University of the Arctic’s internal student mobility programme. The University of the Arctic is a network including universities, institutions of higher education and other institutions located in Northern areas of the globe. The goal of the north2north programme is to leverage student exchange to support the reciprocal awareness of the Northern spirit and high-quality education in Northern areas.
The north2north programme supports student mobility in the Nordic countries, Russia and North America. The application locations are confirmed in March–April. The north2north programme provides students with the opportunity to study at other member universities in the Arctic region in order to gain first-hand knowledge of the various parts of the Nordic regions and share their experiences with other students. The north2north programme is closely connected to the cooperation between the teachers and researchers of various universities. One important goal of this cooperation is to support and maintain the student mobility programme. The north2north exchange students study for 3–12 months at one other institution of higher education in the Arctic region, improving their awareness of topical questions and problems in the Nordic area and the local people.
The transnational north2north programme is coordinated by the International Coordination Office (ICO), which operates in Alta. The Finnish educational institutions that participate in the programme can apply for financial support for their students each year through a national grant programme, which, in Finland, is coordinated by the Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH). Programme grants and/or travel grants can be applied for by students participating in the north2north programme. Decisions on grants awarded in Finland are made by OPH by the end of March. In the academic year 2018–2019, the Finnish member institutions of the University of the Arctic received 2–3 grants for their students, on average. The amount of the grant is determined based on the length of the exchange and the country of destination, please see Funding Studies Abroad for details. Those selected for the programme can also apply for the accessibility grant.
If you are interested in learning about Nordic areas first-hand, please contact Tampere University's north2north contact person Igor Tanskanen who can provide you with more information on this mobility programme. Your exchange studies must be related to aspects of the North or the Arctic region, and to be eligible, you must be at least a second-year undergraduate student. First priority is given to students who have completed Circumpolar Studies online courses.
More information on the north2north programme is available on the OPH and UArctic websites.