Exchange Programmes and Networks

The University of Tampere 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. The University of Tampere 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 the University of Tampere, 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 exchange locations in the 2017–2018 academic year:

Université Laval
École Polytechnique de Montréal
Université de Sherbrooke
Université du Québec à Montréal
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Université du Québec à Rimouski
Université du Québec en Outaouais
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
École nationale d'administration publique
École de technologie supérieure
Bishop's University

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 the University of Tampere

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)

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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 the University of Tampere: Laura Lalu

ISEP (United States of America, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa)

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. The University of Tampere 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 the University of Tampere 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, Latin America, Southern Africa, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, for example. You cannot apply to European locations through the ISEP programme as a wealth of positions is available through the Erasmus+ exchange programme.

Applying

You cannot apply for the ISEP directly. Instead, applications must be submitted through the University of Tampere Centre for International Education. 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 the University of Tampere takes place in October–November, and only those approved from this round are eligible to apply for ISEP exchange through the ISEP Central Office, which coordinates the programme.

The first round of applications is arranged through the exchange application system of the University of Tampere. 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 Centre for International Education.

The students named by the University of Tampere for ISEP exchange prepare the actual application for the ISEP programme via ISEP’s own electronic application form. The University of Tampere 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.

Language proficiency requirements

English-speaking ISEP locations

American ISEP universities require students to complete the TOEFL language test, while Canadian ISEP universities require either the TOELF 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 the University of Tampere. In other words, you do not need to register for language tests during the ISEP application round arranged by the University of Tampere.

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 the University of Tampere – 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 ($425, which ISEP collects from the University of Tampere 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, the University of Tampere 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 2017–2018 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 ($77/month/year 2016–2017)
  • Visa (United States of America approx. $340)
  • TOEFL test $245 (2016)
  • Travel costs

Funding the ISEP exchange

The University of Tampere awards a travel grant to students going for ISEP exchange. In the 2017–2018 academic year, the travel grant is as follows:

  • €1,000 for an exchange period in North America or Asia
  • €1,300 for an exchange period in South America or Africa

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.

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 .

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.

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

University’s Nordplus contact person: Leena Uski

north2north (United States of America, Canada)

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 2015–2016, the Finnish member institutions of the University of the Arctic received 3–4 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 (information for the 2015–2016 academic year is listed here): if the exchange lasts 3–4 months, the grant is €1,000; if the exchange lasts 5–12 months, the grant is €1,500. The travel grant to the nearby area (Murmansk, Nordic countries) is €500 and to other locations (North America) €1,000. 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 the University of Tampere north2north contact person Sari Hyttinen, 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.
 
More information on the north2north programme is available on the OPH website.