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Name and address

University of Tampere

Visiting address:

Kalevantie 4, Tampere, Finland.

Mailing address:

FI-33014 University of Tampere, Finland.

General contact information:

Tel. +358 (0)3 355 111

Fax +358 (0)3 213 4473


For more university contact information on schools, independent institutes and other units, please browse the alphabetical list at the Contacts website.

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The main campus of the University of Tampere is located right in the city centre, just a 10 minute walk away from the railway station. More information on location of the university campuses, facilities, parking possibilities, campus maps, university webcams and other relevant information can be found on the Locations website.

For arrival information and budget accomodation, please see the Arrival in Tampere website, updated by the International Office.

Academic calendar

The academic year at the University of Tampere is divided into two semesters consisting of two periods each. There is 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 Medicine, in which teaching is organised according to the two-semester system.

Please visit the Academic Calendar website for detailed information (enrolment period, semester dates, public holidays etc).

Academic authorities

For more information on the administration, please see the Organization Chart website. On the Administration website you will find contact information of Rectors of the University of Tampere. Deans of Schools can be found on the Contacts website.

General description of the institution

The University of Tampere was originally founded in 1925 in Helsinki as a Civic College (Kansalaiskorkeakoulu), and from 1930 onwards it was known as the School of Social Sciences (Yhteiskunnallinen korkeakoulu). In 1960, the institution relocated to Tampere, and in 1966 it was officially named as the University of Tampere.

Nowadays the University of Tampere is one of the most popular public universities in Finland. Every year around ten thousand people apply to study at the University of Tampere; only approximately one in ten secures a place to study. Freedom of choice in minor subjects is one of the University's strengths and serves to increase its popularity among applicants.

Finnish universities are independent corporations under public law (Universities Act 558/2009 pdf.gif and Universities Act 559/2009 pdf.gif), which grants universities autonomy of education and research. The universities are financed primarily from public funds. In addition to the national legislation, there are institutional regulations governing the degrees and evaluation of studies. At the University of Tampere, the degree programmes and study modules are regulated by the General Regulations Governing Degrees, and the studies taken at the University are evaluated according to the Regulations for Evaluation of Studies viewable at the Study Related Legislation website.

For more information about the university, please see the About the University website. For student and degree statistics, please see the Key Facts website. For the University Strategy for 2010-15, please see the Let's Shape the Future website.

Erasmus code: SF TAMPERE01.

List of programmes offered

The University of Tampere offers studies leading to the following degrees:

  • lower university degrees (first cycle)
    • Bachelor's Degree (in Finnish: kandidaatti),
  • higher university degrees (second cycle)
    • Master's Degree (in Finnish: maisteri),
    • in Medicine, Licentiate's Degree (in Finnish: lisensiaatti),
  • scientific and artistic postgraduate degrees (third cycle)
    • Licentiate's Degree,
    • Doctor's Degree (in Finnish: tohtori),
  • in addition, professional postgraduate studies are given in Medicine.

The majority of the degree programmes at the University of Tampere are instructed in Finnish. A list containing both the Finnish and English degree programmes offered at the University of Tampere can be viewed on the Degree Programmes website. For more information on all degree programmes instructed in English, please see the Degree Programmes Taught in English website. More information on the degree system can be found on the Degree Structure and the System of Study website.

The objectives, structure and content of degree programmes are described in the respective curricula, which appear in the Curricula Guides published by the appropriate schools.

General admission requirements

You can apply to Finnish universities via Joint Application or Separate Admission. The joint application is aimed for persons who meet the eligibility for university studies. The joint application takes place in University of Tampere only once a year. Separate admissions are aimed for specific target groups. Separate admissions are e.g. Master's degree programmes, international admissions and admissions for applicants that apply on the basis of studies conducted at the Open University.

International students may be admitted to courses and programmes taught in English or, if they have sufficient knowledge of Finnish, to courses and programmes taught in Finnish. Only applications received by application deadline will be considered. Application is considered as completed after all the required documents and enclosures are submitted. You will be notified about acceptance by post with an official Letter of Acceptance.

Admission requirements for degree programmes taught in Finnish

If you want to apply for a degree programme or course taught in Finnish, you need to meet the general eligibility criteria, programme-specific admission requirements and also have sufficient knowledge of Finnish. The admission criteria are based on the Universities Act 558/2009 pdf.gif, National Matriculation Examination Act 672/2005 pdf.gif, General Upper Secondary Schools Act 629/1998 pdf.gif and the Degree Regulations of the University of Tampere.

For more information on eligibility and application process, please see - APPLY TO UNIVERSITY. For more information in Finnish, please see the Opiskelumahdollisuudet website.

Admission requirements for degree programmes taught in English

For the degree programmes taught in English, the University of Tampere receives the preprocessed application documents from the University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. If you are accepted at the University of Tampere, a Letter of Acceptance will be sent to you in mid-May at the latest. Unsuccessful applicants will also receive notification. Names of successful applicants who have given permission to announce their names online can be viewed on the Admission Results website.

For more information, please see the Degree Programmes Taught in English website.

Admission requirements for international exchange/visiting students

The decisions on acceptance of international exchange and visiting students are made by the school, which coordinates the study programme. International exchange/visiting students are usually accepted in the framework of bilateral agreements between University of Tampere and partner universities. The selection process takes approximately one month after the school has received the enclosures. Please note that your application will be processed only after the school has received all the required enclosures.

For more information, please see the Guide for International Exchange and Visiting Students website.

Admission requirements for Doctoral studies

University of Tampere Doctoral School has been established to guide, maintain and develop doctoral training at the University of Tampere. The Doctoral School coordinates the doctoral programmes of the University and is responsible for planning and arranging joint doctoral studies available to students across disciplines.

For more information on admission, funding and doctoral programmes available, please see the University of Tampere Doctoral School website.

General arrangements for the recognition of prior learning

Degree students can apply for the inclusion (sisällyttäminen) or substitution (korvaaminen) of their prior higher education studies carried out in another university (either in Finland or abroad). The decision to include or substitute previous studies is based on the content, level and scope of the studies. Please contact the study coordinator(s) of your school for further information. See also General Regulations Governing Degrees:

Credit Transfer

Section 24

The schools’ management boards lay down detailed rules for awarding credit for courses completed at other Finnish and foreign institutions of higher education or other institutions, unless otherwise stipulated elsewhere.  Students may be required to supplement such courses with other courses at the University.

Moreover, students may count towards their degree or substitute for courses included in the degree programme knowledge and skills demonstrated in some other manner, as determined by the learning objectives set in the relevant curriculum.

Section 25

Language, communication and methodological courses taken as a part of a previously earned university degree may count towards a Bachelor's degree at the University of Tampere if the content of these courses is equivalent to what is required for the degree programme in question.

Language, communication and methodological courses taken as a part of a previously earned university degree may count towards a Master's degree at the University of Tampere if the content of these courses is equivalent to what is required for the degree programme in question, unless otherwise stipulated by the management board of the school in question.

Compulsory courses completed as a part of a previously earned university degree may be incorporated into undergraduate or graduate degrees earned at the University of Tampere if the content of these courses is equivalent to what is required for the degree programme in question.  

Theses or doctoral dissertations previously accepted towards a degree may not be counted towards a second degree.

General registration procedures

The registration procedures for both Finnish students and international students selected by the University of Tampere to study degree programmes at the university are coordinated by the Registrar's Office. However, international students and exchange students should always begin the registration process at the International Office.

The students must provide the documents required for registration and proceed with their registration according to the dates defined for their programmes. The required registration documents are announced in the Letter of Acceptance. Usually students are required the following documents at the Registrar's Office: Letter of Acceptance, completed registration form, receipt of the paid Student Union Membership fee, passport (or EU identity card) and a passport photo for a student ID card.

In addition, degree and non-degree students must present the confirmation of the validity of their academic documents. To get the confirmation, they must present the original documents of their educational background at the relevant School Office. The non-degree category does not include exchange/visiting students.

All students are required to pay the Student Union membership fee in order to proceed with the registration. After payment, the receipt has to be presented at the Registrar's Office. If a student does not enrol by the deadline given, he/she may lose his/her right to study. International exchange/visiting students are usually accepted in the framework of bilateral agreements between University of Tampere and partner universities.

For more information about the enrolment rules and detailed enrolment instructions, please see the Enrolment and Right to Study website. More information about the study related fees can be found on the Payments with Regard to Studies at the University of Tampere website.

ECTS credit allocation

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System has been adopted in the University of Tampere. Consequently, there are no more credit conversions from the ECTS system to the national Finnish system or vice versa, as the credit system used is the ECTS system. In the ECTS system, one (1) Finnish credit (opintopiste) equals one (1) ECTS credit. 60 Finnish credits (thus 60 ECTS credits) represent the full work load of one academic year. The average input of 1600 working hours needed for studies of one academic year corresponds to 60 credits. One credit thus represents 26,7 hours of student workload. The credit system is based on a full student workload and is not limited to contact hours only. The working hours include lectures, practical work, seminars, exercises, independent study, written examinations, and research.

The official Transcript of Records contains an explanation of one Finnish credit equalling one ECTS credit and can be issued both in Finnish and English. For more information about the ECTS credits, please see the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System website.

ECTS institutional coordinator

Mr. Sami Hautakangas, Head of Information Systems

Tel. 050-4627 387


Arrangements for academic guidance

A number of academic advisers can offer assistance with study-related issues related to a specific programme, course literature and Personal Study Plan (HOPS*). A list of school-based academic advisers can be found at the Study Affairs website.

International Advisers can assist all international students before enrolling or during their study period at the University of Tampere. In the framework of Erasmus Programme, all schools have Erasmus /International Student Exchange coordinators who are the contact persons for the incoming and outgoing Erasmus students concerning Erasmus mobility, Learning Agreements and other matters.

In addition, a student tutor is assigned to all students, including exchange and visiting students as well as international degree student at Master's and Bachelor's level. For more information, please see the Student Tutors website.

The Student Advising Office (located in the main building) can assist students who are studying or planning to study in Finnish degree programmes and are in need of guidance, counselling and information before enrolling or during their study period at the University of Tampere. The Student Advising Office can be consulted on a variety of issues and questions related to admission, eligibility, learning aids and exams.

* In all the degree programmes, students draw a personal study plan, HOPS, with a mentor at the beginning of their studies. Recommended year for the completion of a course unit is usually given in the curricula guides in order to facilitate students in planning their studies. The student updates her/his personal study plan throughout her/his studies. The study plan supports students to plan on how to proceed in her/his studies, and to develop and grow into an academic professional. Furthermore, the study plans assist the degree programmes, Schools and the University gain important feedback from students and to direct means of study guidance and counseling, and to develop their services. The personal study plans are drawn up and maintained within the web tool NettiOpsu.


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