The University of Tampere is one of the largest and most competitive universities in Finland. The city of Tampere itself takes pride in its lively cultural life, beautiful natural surroundings, and is also a major centre for new technology.
The University maintains a close relationship with the city, its trade and industry and cultural circles, as well as with society at large. Historically speaking, the University started as a School of Social Sciences. This original profile is strongly reflected also in the modern curriculum of the University in which social and communication sciences combine with other disciplines.
To prepare students for a successful working life, the University offers a flexible degree system in most fields, with a main subject and a free choice of minor subjects in the degree. The University has been acknowledged for its teaching and research achievements in different fields both nationally and internationally. The recent recognitions include the European Research Council Grant for mitochondrial research.
There are many options for international students to choose from a wide variety of course units taught in English and a number of Master's Degree programmes. Departments participate actively in curriculum development projects with their partner universities. The joint degree projects also include the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programmes in higher education policies and theatre and drama research.
The exchange programmes, e.g. ERASMUS, FIRST, ISEP and NORDPLUS, and active international contacts with some 30 bilateral partner universities offer many possibilities for incoming students from all corners of the world. Currently we welcome about 500 incoming students annually and send abroad some 400 Finnish students.