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Studies and Training Abroad

 

Enticed by Europe? Curious about Korea? Ready to take the world?

introkuva_en_versio.PNGAs a student at Oulu UAS, you have excellent opportunities to gain international experience and complete part of your degree at our international partner universities or companies abroad. Hundreds of Oulu UAS students head out to study and train all over the globe every year. Exchange can mean study- or training exchange abroad. Exchange may include either training or studies or even both (by certain rules).

The feedback and experiences from previous students confirm the fact that exchange opportunities are valuable ones and worth utilizing:

 

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You can read more exchange stories in the Oamk Fly Further - blog and the exchange destination database

You can also see and sense our students experiences by looking at some fabulous pics in Instagram by hashtag #oamkabroad 

  • Studying Abroad – Exchange Programmes and Opportunities

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    Oulu UAS offers exchange destinations based on exchange agreements and programmes. Usually the exchanges base on bilateral agreements between Oamk and foreign partner institutions or different exchange programmes.

    Erasmus+

    Oamk is a part of an Erasmus+ programme through which you can apply for study or training exchange to another EU- or EEA-country. Erasmus+ exchange means studying in Oamk’s partner institution. Erasmus+ entitles you 12 months in each education level of studying or training or both in the member countries mentioned above.

     

    University of the Arctic north2north - programme

    Through this programme, you can apply for study exchange in Northern areas (Nordic countries, Russia, Canada and USA/Alaska). The programme is very specific and it also has an own application deadline, so please read through the programme pages:

    https://education.uarctic.org/mobility/about-north2north/

     

    Bilateral agreement outside Europe  

    This means cooperation between Oamk and higher education institutions outside Europe. Oamk has these institutions for example in Korea, China, and Japan.

    You can find more information on the institutions from the destination database. In case you get to study into these partner institutions, you don’t have to pay the tuition fee.

     

    Freemover i.e. self-acquired study exchange  

    You can also arrange your own exchange to an institution which is not Oamk’s partner school or participate in some exchange programme subject to a charge, such as Asia Exchange. These are called freemover exchanges. These also include other Finnish higher education institutions’ exchange programmes, which we promote in case they are offered.

     

    Double degrees

    Students in particular programmes can apply for double degree offered by one of our partner institutions. Please have a look at more information from the Double Degrees - section below. 

    Where to Start?

    Think about your motives for your exchange. Do you possible want to study in a different cultural environment? Have you thought about a Double Degree? Are you interested in studies from a special field or area, which Oamk doesn’t offer any courses? Are you passionate about Northern peripheries and cultures and want to deepen your knowledge on that? You must clarify to yourself, why and where you would like to go, because it helps you to map out your possibilities.

    Think also about the timing of your exchange together with your Head of the Degree programme or other person in charge. Please remember that the actual study time is accroding to the academic calendars of the host institutions. What you have to consider is whether you want to stay at the host country/institution for 1 semester or the whole academic year. You also have to bear in mind that the times vary according to the institutions: in some places for example there is no possibility to stay for the whole year.

    From the exchange destination portal you can see the destinations where you are able to apply. There is a video instructions how to use the portal in the ”Other materials” in case you need help in using the portal.

    At the same time, please have a careful look at the studies offered by the host institution, so that they would match the best to your degree. The best source to look at the studies are the www-pages of the host institutions. In the portal, you can find links directed to these pages (called Website for studies for Exchange Students).

    Plan your studies beforehand and with your Head of the Degree Programme.

    In case you apply to study to a foreign higher education institution, with which Oamk hasn’t got a student mobility agreement, you are applying as a Freemover.

    Here are some tips show to proceed in a Freemover exchange:

    • Find the contact information of the local international services by a search words such as international services/ international office/incoming exchange students.
    • When you inquire the exchange possibilities, please let the institution know that you are a degree student in Oulu University of Applied Sciences and that Oamk doesn’t have a mobility agreement with that institution, i.e. ask them do they accept Freemover - students.
    • If they do offer you a Freemover- possibility, please find out how and when you can apply, what are the costs/tuition fees of the studies etc. In some institutions Freemover -exchange is possible against a fee.
    • You have to discuss with your Head of the Degree programme also about the Freemover -exchange and get a recommendation to your plan from him/her.

    International Services will help you in practical matters in order to fulfill your dreams. When you plan your studies abroad, you get help from your Head of the Degree Programme.

    Preconditions for Study Exchange

    You can apply for study exchange when...

    (*) This means that you have discussed with your Head of the Degree Programme or other person in your study department responsible on exchange studies

    In a suitable study exchange the following requirements will be met:

    • The exchange lasts at least/minimum of three months (90 days), except the short-term exchanges. The duration will be calculated according to exact calendar days.
    • Every exchange requires a recommendation from the department, even though you would have been abroad already

    -Partner institutions have their own academic calendars, which students need to follow. You cannot decide yourself the length of your exchange due to the academic calendars of the host institutions.

    -All the other requirements of the host institution are being met such as language requirements, minimum of 2 years of prior studies (Double Degrees) or such

  • Double Degrees

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    Oulu UAS has double degree agreements with international partner universities that allow the students of some degree programmes to complete another bachelor's degree in addition to their Oulu UAS bachelor's degree. All double degree programmes are taught in English.

     

    In a double degree programme, your first and second year of studies are at Oulu UAS and the third year you study in a partner university, returning to Oulu UAS to complete your degree. As you graduate after completing your studies (210–240 credits) you can have degrees and diplomas from both universities, depending on your degree programme.

     

    Oulu UAS offers the following double degree options:

     

    European Double Degree in Information Technology EDDIT, ICT Studies/Students

     

    Our ICT students can complete a double degree (the EDDIT Programme: European Double Degree in Information Technology) at one of our partner universities, either Hochschule Darmstadt in Germany or the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland.

    The students who go to Germany for their double degree will graduate from Oulu UAS as a Bachelor of Engineering and receive the German Bachelor of Science for the same studies. Those who studied in Ireland will graduate from Oulu UAS as a Bachelor of Engineering and receive the Irish Bachelor of Science, Ordinary Level for the same studies.

    You can find out more at EDDIT and from Susanna Kujanpää 

     

    ICT Double Degree, Business Information Systems/Students (TIK/BIT)

     

    Students in the information technology (TIK) and business information technology (BIT) degree programmes may apply for a double degree studies at Hochschule Neu-Ulm after two years of study. The programme's duration is one school year and 60 credits.

    The students who go to Neu-Ulm for their double degree will graduate from Oulu UAS as a Bachelor of Business Administration and receive the German Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) for the same studies.

     

    You can find out more at Double degree HNU and from Ilkka Mikkonen 

     

    Business Double Degree, Business Studies/Students (LIK/DIB) 

     

    Neu-Ulm

    Students in the business (LIK) and international business (DIB) degree programmes may undertake a double degree at Hochschule Neu-Ulm in Germany. The programme requires minimum for the German studies of 75 credits. The programme consists of 60 credits of studies and 15 credits of Bachelor's thesis. A student can study in Germany for one year to gain the 60 credits and continue there to finish the Thesis, or return after one year (60 credits) and complete the Thesis back at Oamk. 

     

    Fontys

    Students in the Degree Programme in International Business (DIB) may undertake a double degree at Fontys UAS in the Netherlands. This Double Degree Programme is a 4-year programme of 240 ECTS credits in which students spend one year at the partner institution. For Oulu UAS students the programme consists of 210 ECTS credits required for the Bachelor degree in International Business at Oulu UAS in combination with the credits obtained from the Business Double Degree Programme (minimum 60 ECTS) during the 4th study year at Fontys UAS.

    Thus, the total minimum is 240 ECTS is required to be eligible for a Double Degree (Bachelor Degrees from Fontys UAS and Oulu UAS). The fourth study year (semesters 7 and 8; in total 60 ECTS) will be spent at Fontys UAS in accordance with a separate curriculum (to reach 240 ECTS – Bachelor Degree’s ECTS requirement at Fontys UAS).

    Application requirements regarding students from Oulu UAS: Minimum three academic years of undergraduate studies in the field of International Business or a minimum of 150 ECTS (or equivalent studies recognized by Oulu UAS) and an application interview.

    You can find out more about Business Double Degrees from Jyrki Holappa

     

    Double Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mech.Eng Studies/Students

     

    Students in Mechanical Engineering may apply for a double degree studies at Hochschule Ulm after two years of study.

     

    The programme's duration is one school year and 60 credits. Autumn semester consists of studies at Hochschule Ulm and spring semester includes 100 days practical training in a german company or in a company abroad. 

     

    The students who complete the double degree year succesfully will graduate from Oulu UAS as a Bachelor of Engineering and receive the German  Bachelor of Engineering degree (BEng) in Industrial Engineering for the same studies.

    You can find out more from Elina Bergroth 

     

  • Short-term Studies and Summer Schools Abroad

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    The recommended duration is three months for study exchange and two months for practical training abroad. These are partly based on the requirements of various exchange programmes and also the fact that a period of several months is needed to provide the best and most diverse experience possible. 

    However, you may also apply for a grant for shorter periods with separate justification.

     

    Short exchange periods

     

    Study exchanges and practical training shorter than the recommended minimum may also receive a grant, but special rules apply; for example, these can be justified if the student is employed full-time or would find longer periods challenging for family reasons. A shorter duration must always have separate justification from the student and the approval of their department. International Services decides whether the support is granted. Please note! The grant sums will be published by the end of January 2020. 

     

    During the short exchange period, you are insured within Oamk’s insurance

     

    If you are planning a short-term exchange, please contact International Services for more information.

  • Exchange Possibilities in Oamk Master’s Programmes

    Students in Master’s programmes have equal possibilities to apply for a study exchange than other degree students. There are few partner institutions, where Master’s level studies are offered within the mobility agreement. With those partner institutions, where Master’s studies are not separately agreed, must be contacted case by case and inquire the possibilities.

    For more information, please see the Application times and applying, study exchange – part. Read additionally the Preconditions for study exchange and the Study exchange destinations where you get a lot of useful information on the general principles and requirements of study exchange.

  • Exchange Destinations

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    Oulu UAS offers exchange destinations based on exchange agreements and programmes. You can find them categorised by study field and drawn on a map in the Oulu UAS exchange destination database for exchange students. There are video instructions also available, in case you need help in using the destination database. The instructions can be found under the ”Other material”, on the right column.

    The partner universities of Oulu UAS are mainly study destinations, but some universities do offer practical training opportunities (particularly in the field of social services and healthcare). The opportunities offered by our partner universities are described further in their database entries. 

     

    Freemover Studies/ Independent Arrangements                      

    You can arrange your own student exchange if you have something in mind that is not offered by Oulu UAS. For further information, please read the Application times and applying, study exchange - section. Please note! Possbile grants for freemover exhanges will be published by the end of January 2020. 

     

     

  • Application Times and Applying, Study Exchange

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    Applying to all/any exchanges

     

    You must always use the Oamk exchange application portal to submit your application.

     

    You log in to the portal using your Oulu UAS network credentials. The portal will show you the currently active online application form.

     

    An example:

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    You can fill in the application gradually by saving the form and continuing later.

     

    The portal will have detailed instructions for each application and the required appendices and attachments. Please note that the application must be supplemented with several appendices and takes careful preparation – it is not a good idea to apply on the last day.

     

     

  • Grants, Study Exchange

    Erasmus+ (European destinations)

    The host countries are divided into two categories and the grants are determined accordingly. 

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    Your grant amount is determined by the destination and the duration (in days) of your exchange. Only the time you need to be present at the receiving university is counted towards the duration considered for the grant.

    Please note that returning even a day early from your exchange will reduce your Erasmus+ grant. In case you want to prolong your stay, please read the section “Changes in the study or practical training exchange”.

    Please also note that in case you receive some other scholarship/grant for example from your host institution, which is larger or the same amount as Oamk's grant, then you will not receive the latter (i.e. Oamk's grant).

     

    Bilateral destinations outside Europe, freemover destinations and short-term exchanges

    The grant sums will be published by the end of January 2020.

     

    North2north destinations

    In Finland, the north2north grant programme is managed by the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI). Finnish students typically receive between €1,500 and €2,500 per student exchange, depending on the destination and duration.

    The N2N grants are €1,000 (3–5 months) and €1,500 (5–12 months). The student is also provided with a travel grant of €500 for nearby regions (Murmansk and the Nordic countries) and €1,000 for other regions.

    In the compulsory infos for outgoing students, you will get the instructions on how to apply for the grant. You can also have a look at the Orientation material for outgoing students on the right side of this page, under “Other material”.

     

  • Practical Training Abroad

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    You can head abroad for the training as a part of your degree, and you will be entitled to different international training grants depending on your training position and location. You can also do a traineeship when you are about to graduate (within the Rasmus+ programme), please see more from “Training for recent graduate”.

     

    As a rule, students must arrange their practical training abroad independently. Additionally, practical training opportunities are offered by some of the Oamk partner institutions and you can read more about it from the following section “Types of practical trainings abroad”.

    Where to Start?

    Students must arrange their practical training abroad independently. You can search the place from companies or organizations in your study field. Do ask, listen and find out which are good training places matching with your career plans. Think about in which companies have work tasks interesting you and also for which company or employer you would like to work for.

    It is recommended that you are prepared in the searching process with the following steps

    FIND:

    • Google is a great help. Find organisations which pass on training places. Please note that some of these organisations have a fee for their service.

    These are some of the organisations:

    Stage Malta

    Placement UK

    Spain Internship

    • There are open positions in Oiva, please have a look at there
    • Ask around from your training supervisor teacher where other students in your study field have been previously. They may also have suggestions about a suitable place.
    • Utilize the seminars and information sessions about work practices abroad
    • It does take time to find a placement, so please have patient, because the search phase is the most laborious

    APPLY:

    • Take the process as you would apply for a job, not only a placement. Contact politely the places of your interest, attach your CV, Transcript of Records, and a motivation letter in your inquiry email. With your motivation letter you can show your skills, enthusiasm, and knowhow.
    • Make a short, straight to the point applicaiton, which you can modify always according to the companies you are contacting. Avoid making a vague applications but try to really match your application with the company/position.
    • In case you are ready to do an unpaid traineeship, you can mention that you will get grants to support your traineeship. It might be in some cases easier to get a placement with no salary.

    Preconditions for Practical Training Abroad

    The general practical training instructions apply mainly also for practical training abroad.

    In addition, there are several other preconditions for the practical training abroad:

    (*) This means that you have discussed about your traineeship plans with your training supervisor or other person in your study department responsible on practical training

    (**) In self-acquired traineeships you have to have good enough language skills for working. Also the employer may have some language requirements which you have to meet.

    Practical training exchange can be

    • purely training OR
    • mainly training, which may include language studies and one maximum 3-5 credit course, which you need for your training

    In case you do more studies during your practical training, which are not directly related to your traineeship, the exchange is then a so called “combined exchange”, where the study exchange rules and regulations apply.

  • Types of Practical Trainings Abroad

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    In some degree programmes (especially in social and health care) training can be executed in a placement organized by Oamk’s partner institution. These possibilities are however limited, and must be always separately agreed and planned, thus always contact international Services to find out about the possibilities before applying.

    For these traineeships, application is also limited, and runs at the same time than student exchange main application period 15.1 – 28.2.

    2. Self-acquired training within the Erasmus+ programme or outside Europe

    The most common way to get an internship is to find the place independently. Please have a look at the previous section ”Where to start”, where you will find help and tips in searching and applying.  

    In case you get a practical training place from European Union, EEA-countries or Turkey, you may then do your training within the Erasmus+ programme. If your training is outside Europe, then you are entitled to get Oamk’s own training grants.

    Self-acquired practical training is different than the placement organized by our partner institution. In the latter, the partner institution takes care of the assistance and service of the student, but in self-acquired training, the responsibility is with yourself and the company.

     

    3. Short-term training

    The grant sum will be published by the end of January 2020. 

     

    4. Training for recent graduate

     

    You may receive an Erasmus+ training grant for recent graduates from Oulu UAS after you graduate. The grant is comparable to the Erasmus+ practical training grant for students. 

    The Erasmus+ grant for recent graduates has the following requirements:

        • The training agreement has been prepared and signed before you graduate, and the training starts and ends within one year from your graduation.
        • The practical training may last a maximum of 12 months. If you have participated in an Erasmus study or training exchange as a student, those grants will be deducted from the maximum duration.
        • The practical training must last at least two months.
        • The grant may only be paid during a singular Erasmus+ period, which usually begins in June and ends in September the next year.   

    The training grant for recent graduates is primarily intended to further the employment of a student after their graduation, so practical training in fields other than the one you are graduating in is also eligible.

  • Application Times and Applying, Practical Training Abroad

    There is a ground rule that if you apply the training place independently, the application time is ongoing. In case you apply for the partner university organised training, the application time is the same with the main exchange study application time 15.1 – 28.2.

    For training places, you must register by fillinf out the application form in the exchange application portal. 

  • Grants, Practical Training

    The host countries are divided into two categories and the grants are determined accrodingly. 

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    Your grant amount is determined by the destination and the duration (in days) of your exchange. Only the time you need to be present at the receiving university is counted towards the duration considered for the grant. The minimum duration for Erasmus+ training is 60 days (calendar days).

    Please note that returning even a day early from your exchange will reduce your Erasmus+ grant. In case you want to prolong your stay, please read the section “Changes in the study or practical training exchange”.

    There are written instructions on how to apply for the grant on the “Other material” – section.

     

    Destinations outside Europe, and short term traineeships

    The grant sums will be published by the end of January 2020. 

Documents for the Outgoing Students

Prior to the exchange

Erasmus+ studies and training
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Kv/lähtevä opiskelijaErasmus+ Learning Agreement for Studiesfileicon[.doc] Erasmus+ Learning Agreement for Studies  (Erasmus+-opiskelun Learning Agreement/ LA for Erasmus+ studies)
Kv/harjoitteluvaihtoErasmus+ Learning Agreement for Traineeshipsfileicon[.doc] Erasmus+ Learning Agreement for Traineeships  (Erasmus+ -harjoittelun Learning Agreement)
Muu dokumenttiErasmus+ Student Exchange, Additional Support for a Student with Familyfileicon[.doc] Erasmus+ Student Exchange, Additional Support for a Student with Family  (Erasmus+ Additional Support for a Student with Family)
Bilateral and freemover study / short exchange
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Kv/lähtevä opiskelijaLearning Agreementfileicon[.doc] Learning Agreement  (Ei-Erasmus+ vaihtoihin/ For non Erasmus+ exchanges)
Kv-asiatTraining agreementfileicon[.doc] Training agreement  (Kahdenvälisiin sekä itsehankittuihin harjoitteluihin/ For bilateral and self-acquired training)
Bilateral and freemover training
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Kv-asiatTraining agreementfileicon[.doc] Training agreement  (Kahdenvälisiin sekä itsehankittuihin harjoitteluihin/ For bilateral and self-acquired training)

On arrival

Study exchange/ all types
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Kv/lähtevä opiskelijaCertificate of Stayfileicon[.doc] Certificate of Stay  (Todistus vaihdon kestosta / Proof of the exchange period)

After the exchange

Study exchange/ all types
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Kv/lähtevä opiskelijaCertificate of Stayfileicon[.doc] Certificate of Stay  (Todistus vaihdon kestosta / Proof of the exchange period)
Erasmus+ traineeships
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Kv/harjoitteluvaihtoErasmus+ Learning Agreement for Traineeshipsfileicon[.doc] Erasmus+ Learning Agreement for Traineeships  (Erasmus+ -harjoittelun Learning Agreement)
Bilateral and freemover training
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Kv/harjoitteluvaihtoHarjoittelutodistus/ Training Certificatefileicon[.doc] Harjoittelutodistus/ Training Certificate  (Kahdenväliset ja itsehankitut harjoittelut/ Freemover and bilateral training)
Exchange study recognition
Credit conversions

Other materials

Grant application instructions

Summer schools 

CTU - Summer School in Prague

Munich summer schools - electrical & mechanical engineering, business administration & industrial engineering and entrepreneurship

Ljubljana Summer School in Computer Science summerschool_ljubljana

BCU Birmingham City University summer school https://www.bcu.ac.uk/international/summer-school

Luxury and Creative Business Summer School in Paris EDC Paris Summer School

Bifrost University Summer School (Iceland) Bifrost Summer School Iceland

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) Summer School UWS Summer School

 


Erasmus+ programme
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Muu dokumenttiErasmus Policy Statementfileicon[.pdf] Erasmus Policy Statement  (Oamkin Erasmus-politiikkalausunto/-strategia)
Muu dokumenttiOamkin Erasmus+ -peruskirjafileicon[.pdf] Oamkin Erasmus+ -peruskirja  (Oamkin oikeudet ja velvollisuudet, voimassa 2014 - 2020)
OhjeOpiskelijan Erasmus-peruskirjafileicon[.pdf] Opiskelijan Erasmus-peruskirja  (Erasmus-opiskelijan oikeudet ja velvollisuudet)

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