University of Oulu

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2023
Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Oulu, Ostrobothnia Region, 90570, Finland

About University of Oulu

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 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.

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 % 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, 13,800 students, and about 3,700 employees. We are ranked in the top three per cent of all the universities in the world.

Grow to your full academic potential

University of Oulu offers 21 Master’s programmes (2 years) and three 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 our international degree programmes International Programmes | University of Oulu

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 Scholarship Scheme provides tuition fee waivers for academically talented international students studying for a bachelor´s or master’s degree at the University of Oulu. Details regarding admissions can be found at Applying with a non-Finnish qualification | University of Oulu

PhD student positions are offered by the University of Oulu Graduate School under four doctoral programmes: Health and Biosciences, Human Sciences, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and Technology and Natural Sciences. Get to know the doctoral training opportunities at University of Oulu Graduate School | University of Oulu

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 more about student life in Oulu Student Life | University of Oulu

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 technology 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

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.


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Subjects taught at University of Oulu

  • Arts & humanities

    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • Architecture
    • Archaeology
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
  • Engineering & technology

    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • General Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Social sciences

    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Geography
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Accounting & Finance
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Physical sciences

    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Chemistry
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Education

    • Education
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Medicine & Dentistry
    • Other Health
  • Psychology

    • Psychology

Key statistics

  • 10,719
    Number of FTE Students
  • 29%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 20.8
    No. of students per staff
  • 55 : 45
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 8%
    Percentage of International Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings