University of Oulu

301–350 th
World University Rankings 2021
201–300 th
Impact Rankings 2020
56 th
Impact Rankings: Decent work and economic growth 2020
Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, 90570 Oulu, Finland

About University of Oulu

Science with Arctic attitude

University of Oulu is situated close to the Arctic region, humanity’s new frontier. The demanding conditions of the far north have always forced people to be inventive and resourceful, and many innovations that have changed the world have their roots here.

At the University of Oulu, we promote learning and carry out research that pushes the boundaries of the known. We produce new scientific information and science-based solutions, and train future pioneers to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world. We are committed to promoting the UN’s goals of sustainable development with our research and education. Our 60,000 alumni are participating in society as well-educated citizens and employees around the world.

Among top 3 % of world´s universities

Founded in 1958, University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland and one of the northernmost universities in the world, with 8 faculties, 13,500 students, and nearly 3000 employees. We are ranked in the top three per cent of all the 17,000 universities in the world. We build a more sustainable, healthier, and more intelligent world with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. Our multidisciplinary combination of science, technology and business provides an excellent basis for influential research.

Grow to your full academic potential

University of Oulu offers 21 Master’s programmes (2 years) and two Bachelor´s and Master´s programmes (3 + 2 years) taught in English in engineering, ICT, architecture, business and economics, education, mining, health sciences, and natural sciences. Read more about the programmes

There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA students. Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students vary according to degree programmes. The University of Oulu provides scholarships for academically talented international students. The scholarship is aimed at students studying for a bachelor´s or master’s degree at the University of Oulu. The scholarships will be granted in the form of a tuition fee waiver covering 50%, 75% or 100% of the full tuition fee.

PhD student positions are offered within the University of Oulu Graduate School under four programmes: Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme, Human Sciences Doctoral Programme, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Doctoral Programme and Technology and Natural Sciences Doctoral Programme.

Pioneers in creating and understanding our digital future

We educate competent graduates capable of creating successful, lifelong careers in the dynamic work market. Our degree programmes are inspiring and student-centered, and they encourage each student to achieve their full academic potential. Read student stories.

We take on science with an Arctic attitude. It means perseverance, ingenuity, and cooperation. With this attitude, the University of Oulu has become an expert in technology, health, culture, environment, and Arctic conditions. This has created a culture where anything is possible. As a fact, many innovations that have changed the world have their roots here in Oulu, a region recognized as a world-class R&D hub. For example, 2.6 billion people around the world use daily technology developed in Oulu, and several generations of wireless communications technology have been created here. We are the home for world's first 6G research and innovation center, 6G Flagship.

Safe study environment and city

Under the turbulent times we are living, it is important to notice that Finland remains a safe location for studying. Oulu offers space and nature close by for relaxing and keeping distance, if needed. In fact, Oulu was voted as the safest place to study out of 150 universities in an international student barometer—meaning that it is easy for international students to adjust to living and studying in Oulu, the fifth biggest city in Finland.

Explore rankings data for University of Oulu

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Key statistics

  • 9,822
    Number of FTE Students
    (1)
  • 53 : 47
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
    (1)
  • 7%
    Percentage of International Students
    (1)
  • 26.6
    No. of students per staff
    (1)
Based on data collected for the (1) 2021 World University Rankings

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