Going Abroad Independently
Did you not find what you were looking for? This page lists other options for studying or completing a work placement abroad.
Various organisations offer internship and grant programmes for which you can apply independently. Remember to check the application periods and possible tuition fees carefully.
Begin your preparations at least one year before the desired period abroad. For more information, please contact the organisation in question directly.
Obtaining a Study or a Work Placement Independently
Information on studies and work placements in international organisations can be found e.g. on the Maailmalle website maintained by the Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH) (Finnish and Swedish).
- Grants managed by OPH for university-level studies abroad
- Country-specific grants: grants for postgraduate studies and research, language and summer course grants
- College of Europe programme: Master of European Studies programme
- Nordkurs summer course scholarships: summer courses of language and culture at Nordic universities
- DAAD grants: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) provides exchange positions for students, teachers and researchers. Summer course grants are also available for application.
- British Council’s Funding Your Studies pages
- Fulbright scholarships to the United States: grants for undergraduate studies, postgraduate studies and research, and increasing one’s expertise and professional skill.
- Finnish Foundation New York Metropolitan Chapter: to support Finnish-American academic and cultural studies
- Cultura-foundation: grants are intended for Finns studying Russian language and culture and for developing teaching.
- EU Research and Innovation website: information on European research and grant programmes, e.g. the Marie Curie grant programme
- OPH’s internship programmes: country programmes, IAESTE for the field of technology, Finnish organisations abroad
- NORDJOBB: Nordic internship programme to improve labour mobility and increase knowledge and awareness of Nordic languages and cultures in the North.
Internship Programmes of Student Organisations
- AIESEC: independent international student organisation operating in more than 100 countries
- FiMSIC: Finnish Medical Students’ International Committee takes care of the international relations of medical students
- ELSA: The European Law Students’ Association is the world’s largest international organisation for students of law and young lawyers
- OPH’s Maatieto website (Finnish, Swedish): country-specific guides.
- Representation of foreign states in Finland: the embassy sites can provide information on studies abroad and grants.
- Grant database of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL): grants and scholarships awarded to students.
- European Commission Study in Europe website: information on studying in European countries.
- Summer Schools in Europe: Summer courses organised by universities around Europe.
- Link page on the recruitment pages of international organisations maintained by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
- Check whether or not you are required to have an English language certificate. Language tests are held by IELTS and TOEFL.
You can apply for a travel grant from the University of Tampere for an independently arranged work placement period lasting longer than three months. The university does not provide grants for independently arranged study placements. More information: Head of Financial Aid Office Eini Mäkelä.
Student financial aid can be granted for higher education studies abroad (more information from Kela). Supplementary funding can be obtained from a variety of foundations and associations – for example, see the SYL grant database.