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Study Abroad Office

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172260
400 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-2260


Heather Dolan - Study Abroad Program Assistant

Tel: (406) 994-7151


Anna Greenberg - Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7151
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Susan Welker - Study Abroad Manager

Tel: (406) 994-5719
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Alyson Roberts - CCIS Advisor and Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7044
Fax: (406) 994-1619



Oulu, Finland Study Abroad Program
University of Oulu
Country: Finland
Location: Oulu
Language: Finnish, Swedish, and English
Level(s): Undergraduate and Graduate
Subjects: Several majors; See Academic Program Section
Length: Academic year or semester
Cost: MSU Tuition plus room and board in the host country
Deadline: March 1 for following fall; October 1 for spring; Some exceptions may apply

Program Overview

Founded in 1958, the University of Oulu is a young and rapidly growing institution. Today, the University of Oulu is the second largest university in the country. The main campus is located about four miles north of the city center, on the Linnanmaa campus. The resident student body of the university is approximately 11,000 students, with 250 international students.

The city of Oulu has a population of approximately 112,000 and serves as the cultural, commercial and administrative center of central and northern Finland. The city is located at approximately 65 degrees north latitude, just below the arctic circle.

Academic Program

Areas of study at the University of Oulu include Education, the study of Modern Languages, Humanities, Medicine, the College of Engineering including: Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Sciences and Process Engineering, Natural, Physical and Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Economics. The University also has many specialized inter-disciplinary fields of study including: Northern Cultures Studies, Northern Nature and Environmental Studies and Scandinavian Studies.

Some courses of study in the Earth, Life, and Environmental Studies may include field seminars and excursions to field research stations throughout Finland.

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in the Finnish, Swedish, and English languages. Click here for information on which courses are instructed in which language. Courses for studying Finnish as a second language are available for international students.


Students who have completed one full academic year of university level work at MSU with a 3.0 GPA by the time they begin studies in Oulu are eligible.


Academic Credit

Credit will be awarded at MSU for all courses taken and passed at the University of Oulu. The student´s academic adviser at MSU, in consultation with the Office of International Programs, will determine how these credits will apply to degree course requirements. However, successful study at Oulu satisfies MSU's Multicultural/Global core curriculum requirement. Students are urged to work closely with the their adviser and the office prior to departure to plan a course of studies which will maintain steady progress toward their degree.


The city of Oulu is situated on the Gulf of Bothnia, at the mouth of the Oulu River in north-central Finland. The city was founded in 1605 by King Charles IX of Sweden. Oulu offers a unique combination of natural beauty and cultural events. There are many theater groups, choirs, orchestras and dance groups within Oulu. The city also hosts a number of fine arts festivals throughout the year. Surrounding the city is the spectacular northern boreal forest of northern Scandinavia. The "Everyman's Right" idea allows anyone access to all lands in Finland, for hiking, berry picking, swimming in lakes, or other pursuits on public and private lands. But, the law also requires that you respect the privacy of private landowners and not vandalize or litter the landscape.

The Oulu region offers a number of leisure and sporting opportunities in which to participate. The city has a system of well-maintained bicycle and pedestrian paths to enjoy. Summer activities include hiking, biking, soccer and many other outdoor excursions. Winter activities include alpine and Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing and ice skating. There are a number of indoor facilities that allow for year-round sporting pursuits.

The northern Scandinavian area is known for its spectacular winter nights, filled with the "Northern Lights" and summer nights in which the sun never sets. Oulu is connected to the rest of Finland and Scandinavia by extensive bus, rail and air transportation systems, which make travel easy.

Cost and Included Benefits

Students who receive exchange placements at the University of Oulu will pay tuition at MSU in the same amount as if studying in Bozeman. Students who are not awarded an exchange placement at Oulu will need to pay the "study abroad" fee to attend Oulu. (Visit the International Opportunities Resource Center for more information about this fee.) Each student is responsible for his/her room and board in Oulu as well as trans-Atlantic travel expenses. Remember to plan for extra expenses such as internal travel and personal spending money as well as for unexpected changes in the exchange rate.

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available for study abroad at Oulu. Additional costs for study at Oulu (e.g. travel to and from the study site) may be used in calculating student's financial aid package. Students are responsible to apply to the Office of Financial Aid.


Applications are available in the Office of International Programs at 400 Culbertson Hall. Non-MSU students may contact Anna Greenberg (, to request application information.


Applications are due in the Office of International Programs on March 1 to study in Finland the following fall. Applications are due October 1 in order to begin studies at Oulu in the spring.


Additional Information

Anna Greenberg
Study Abroad Advisor
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall
Phone: 994-7151

For further information on the University of Oulu, contact:
Ms. Anja Malaska
Coordinator of International Programs
Office of International Relations
P.O. Box 400FIN-90571 OULU, FINLAND
tel: +358-(0)8-553 4043

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