Exchange Studies

Kindly note that it is possible to apply to and pursue studies only from one of the offered programmes, due to timetable constraints. You should choose courses according to your home university's workload requirement and Oamk's recommendation, which is usually 30 ECTS cr per semester. You are also required to stay for the whole mobility period, as long as learning activities last. Below please find the programmes for 2022-23. In March 2023 we will publish the programmes for 2023-24, but we expect only minor changes:

  • Business

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    Welcome to do business with us! 

    The exchange study programme in international business focuses on developing various skills required in the field of innovative international business, providing students the ability to work in an international environment. In addition to numerous exchange students from our partner universities worldwide, you will be working with our degree students of both Finnish and international origins.

    In autumn (1st semester), business students may also pursue interdisciplinary Game LAB, if the programme is suitable and there are sufficient seats.

    All courses listed below are instructed in English.  You can also pursue the following common course along with the regular autumn and spring programme:

    International Business (Autumn 2022)

    International Business (Spring 2023)

    Course Descriptions

    If need be, you may obtain more detailed course descriptions by clicking on the course code in the tables listed above. In addition, you can get more information from the course search website of Oamk by entering the course code and/or name. We advise to search for courses by its basic code (e.g. Y0002EE) or by name (e.g. Finnish Survival Course). In addition, you may also access the search tool, change language to English, and enter the search query according to the field-specific group ID given (e.g. for International Business, autumn = EXK22SBUS) .  A list of the courses offered will appear. All courses listed are instructed in English.

    In case of questions, feel free to turn to incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @).

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  • Engineering

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    Our university offers opportunities to study engineering in many different fields! The available programmes are listed below.  All courses listed are instructed in English. 

    You can also pursue the following common course along with the regular autumn and spring programme (the Finnish Suvival Course is mandatory for double degree students in mechanical engineering):

    Civil Engineering (Autumn)

    Construction Architecture (Autumn)

    Automation Engineering (Autumn)

    Building Services (Spring)

    Electrical Engineering (Spring)

    Energy Technology (Spring)

    Mechanical Engineering (Autumn)

    Double Degree Programme Mechanical Engineering, Ulm (Autumn & Spring)

    Double Degree Programme Mechanical Engineering, Groningen (Autumn & Spring)

    Course descriptions

    If need be, you may obtain more detailed course descriptions by clicking on the course code in the tables listed above. In addition, you can get more information from the course search website of Oamk by entering the course code and/or name. We advise to search for courses by its basic code (e.g. Y0002EE) or by name (e.g. Finnish Survival Course). In addition, you may also access the search tool, change language to English, and enter the search query according to the field-specific group ID given (e.g. for Civil Engineering, autumn = EXT22SRYI) .  A list of the courses offered will appear. All courses listed are instructed in English.

    In case of questions, feel free to turn to incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @).

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  • Health & Social Care

    Our departments in health and social care are offering various exchange study programmes in English. For more information, check the tables below.

    Each programme includes a choice of timetabled regular and online courses and, if applicable, a practical training course with limited seats and scope. All courses offered are instructed in English. N.B.! Only courses from one study programme and that have been matched with timetables can be taken. 

    Please note that practical training cannot be guaranteed in 2022-23 due to Covid-19.  A few practical training seats could be available for exchange students that have obtained the full Covid-19 vaccination coverage with a vaccine or combination of vaccines approved by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). You are welcome to apply, but please plan your exchange including also possible substituting courses from our programmes listed below. You can also study Finnish Survival Course (3 ECTS cr) along with any programme - this course is mandatory, if you intend to pursue practical training. Check more information about practical training at the end of this page.

    Exchange durations in health and social care

    We prefer and recommend full-term exchanges with a workload/scope of approx. 30 ECTS cr per term in order to get the best possible mobility learning experience.

    Autumn 2022

    • Full-term exchange (P1&2) = 25.8. - 23.10. & 24.10. - 23.12., autumn vacation in week 43In autumn it is possible to pursue full-term exchanges only, see the options below!


    Spring 2023

    • Full-term exchange (P3&4) = 4.1. - 12.3 & 13.3. - 26.5., winter vacation in week 10.
      In spring we prefer and recommend full-term exchanges, see the options below!

    Students from health care and nursing, biomedical laboratory science, radiography and radiation therapy, and dental health care may also come for a short-term exchange during the following fixed mobility periods either in the first part or in the second part of the spring term:

    • Mid-term exchange (P3) = 4.1. - 7.4., independent studies in week 10
    • Mid-term exchange (P4) = 24.2. - 26.5., independent studies in week 10

    Students from optometry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social services can only pursue the full-term exchange in spring!

    Nursing (Oulu) P1&2

    Nursing (Oulu) P3&4

    Nursing (Oulu) P3

    Nursing (Oulu) P4

    Nursing (Oulainen) P1&2

    Nursing (Oulainen) P3&4

    Occupational Therapy P1&2

    Occupational Therapy P3&4

    Physiotherapy P1&2

    Physiotherapy P3&4

    Social Services P1&2

    Social Services P3&4

    Biomedical Laboratory Science P1&2

    Biomedical Laboratory Science P3&4

    Biomedical Laboratory Science P3

    Biomedical Laboratory Science P4

    Dental Health Care P1&2

    Dental Health Care P3&4

    Dental Health Care P3

    Dental Health Care P4

    Optometry P1&2

    Optometry P3&4

    Radiography and Radiation Therapy P1&2

    Radiography and Radiation Therapy P3&4

    Radiography and Radiation Therapy P3

    Radiography and Radiation Therapy P4

    Course descriptions

    If need be, you may obtain more detailed course descriptions by clicking on the course code in the tables listed above. In addition, you can get more information from the course search website of Oamk by entering the course code and/or name. We advise to search for courses by its basic code (e.g. Y0002EE) or by name (e.g. Finnish Survival Course). In addition, you may also access the search tool, change language to English, and enter the search query according to the field-specific group ID given (e.g. for Nursing in Oulu, autumn = EXO22SHCN) .  A list of the courses offered will appear. All courses listed are instructed in English.

    In case of questions, feel free to turn to incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @).

    Practical training courses and full traineeships in health and social care in 2022-2023

    Please note that practical training cannot be guaranteed due to Covid-19, and seats are limited in any case across fields of health and social care. In general, our departments in health and social care offer practical training courses for a limited number of applicants and workload/scope (e.g. 6 ECTS cr) within the field-specific programmes and normally during regular terms or special mobility periods only. 

    In this way, you may pursue also other courses supporting your practical training. For example, we offer a Finnish Survival Course (3 ECTS cr) and a number of timetabled online and regular courses during our academic terms.

    If you want to pursue and apply for a full traineeship in health and social care, please check our information in the "Traineeship in Health and Social Care" section. In general, this is only possible for students from universities holding a separate Erasmus+ traineeship mobility agreement in the Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreement.

    Enquiries and nominations about practical training courses or full traineeships should be directed to incoming.students@oamk.fi.

    Practical training courses and full traineeships in health and social care must be applied to via MoveON according to our deadlines, in autumn by 30 April, and for spring by 15 October. Late applications won't be accepted!

    In your application, please choose appropriate fields (see below!) and mention these in your motivation letter in the order of your preference, so we can better look for possible places.

    Admitted trainees in health and social care (apart from optometry) must meet our vaccination requirements. All students admitted in health and social care must have full Covid-19 vaccination coverage with a vaccine or combination of vaccines approved by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). We will email a checklist after admission, and you must then be prepared to show relevant documentation to your practical training provider. All trainees must meet our insurance requirements, also these of third parties, if applicable. In addition, exchange students and trainees pursuing activities involving patients, customers, children or vulnerable adults must meet also safety requirements according to Finnish legislation.

    Nursing (Oulu)

    In your application, please choose three (3) fields and mention these in your motivation letter in the order of your preference, so we can better look for possible places.

    •  Acute Care
    • Intensive Care
    • Mental Health Nursing
    • Pediatric Nursing
    • Surgical Nursing
    • Internal Disease Nursing
    • Home Care
    • Elderly Nursing
    • Obstetric and Gynecological Nursing
    • Outpatient Care
    Nursing (Oulainen)

    In your application, please choose appropriate fields and mention these in your motivation letter in the order of your preference, so we can better look for possible places.

    • Oulaskangas Hospital (accident and emergency department, surgical ward, medical ward (internal and pulmonary diseases), possibly operating theatre
    • Health Care Centre Oulainen (accident and emergency department, possibly inpatient wards)
    • Possibly elderly care homes and rehabilitation units
    Other fields in Oulu

    In your application, please choose the appropriate field and mention your interests and relevant skills in your motivation letter in the order of your preference, so we can better look for possible places.

    • Biomedical Laboratory Science
    • Optometry
    • Radiography and Radiation Therapy
    • Dental Health Care
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Social Services

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  • Information Technology

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    Oulu is well known for its ICT -  technology and innovations. This can also be seen in the field of technology in our education.  As an ICT engineer you are able to design and realize various software solutions and applications. Software development skills and business knowledge are developed in real-world projects. All real-world projects and practical training enable you to network with work life already during your studies. All courses listed below are instructed in English. 

    In autumn (1st semester), ICT students may pursue interdisciplinary Game LAB, if the programme is suitable and there are sufficient seats.

    You can also pursue the following common course along with the regular autumn and spring programmes:

    Business Information Systems (Autumn)

    Business Information Systems (Spring)

    Double Degree Programme in Business Information Systems, Neu-Ulm (Autumn & Spring)

    Master Exchange Programme in Business Information Systems, Neu-Ulm (Spring)

    Web Development (2-year) (Autumn)

    Web Development (2-year) (Spring)

    Web Development (3-year) (Autumn)

    Software Development (3-year) (Autumn)

    Device and Product Design (3-year) (Autumn)

    Double Degree Programme in IT, Dublin (Autumn & Spring)

    Double Degree Programme in IT, Neu-Ulm (Autumn & Spring)

    Course descriptions

    If need be, you may obtain more detailed course descriptions by clicking on the course code in the tables listed above. In addition, you can get more information from the course search website of Oamk by entering the course code and/or name. We advise to search for courses by its basic code (e.g. Y0002EE) or by name (e.g. Finnish Survival Course). In addition, you may also access the search tool, change language to English, and enter the search query according to the field-specific group ID given (e.g. for Business information systems, autumn = EXN22SBIS) .  A list of the courses offered will appear. All courses listed are instructed in English.

    In case of questions, feel free to turn to incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @).

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  • Media and Performing Arts

    Our department of media and performing arts offers exchange studies in English in the field of media, dance and music. 

    N.B.! Only courses from one exchange study programme can be taken due to timetabling constraints. Visual Design Factory and Journalistic LAB are offered in spring (2nd semester) and can only be pursued on the whole (30 ECTS cr) for pedagogical reasons.  In autumn (1st semester), media and possibly also music students may pursue interdisciplinary Game LAB, if the programme is suitable and there are sufficient seats.

    Dance and music students are also encouraged to benefit from a full semester workload in their respective programmes. 

    Our dance programme is directed at students in the fields of ballet, show dance, ballroom dance and folk dance. The programme is educational, so dance pedagogy has a prominent role.

    Our music programme is directed at classical or pop/jazz music pedagogue students. The possibility to acquire education regarding instruments or voice depends on resourcing in our department.

    Applications are only accepted during the regular application period, and intake may be limited depending on the programme.  Attach or link a portfolio and/or recordings to your application. Visual Design Factory requires also an interview. See more on our application website, Step 4: Prepare documents and information.

    You can also pursue the following common course along each of the programmes offered:

    Visual Design Factory (Spring)

    Journalistic LAB (Spring)

    Dance (Autumn)

    Dance (Spring)

    Classical Music (Autumn)

    Classical Music (Spring)

    Pop/Jazz Music (Autumn)

    Pop/Jazz Music (Spring)

    Course Descriptions

    If need be, you may obtain more detailed course descriptions by clicking on the course code in the tables listed above. In addition, you can get more information from the course search website of Oamk by entering the course code and/or name. We advise to search for courses by its basic code (e.g. Y0002EE) or by name (e.g. Finnish Survival Course). In addition, you may also access the search tool, change language to English, and enter the search query according to the field-specific group ID given (e.g. for Visual Design Factory = EXM23KVDF) .  A list of the courses offered will appear. All courses listed are instructed in English.

    In case of questions, feel free to turn to incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @).

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  • Natural Resources

    Student testimony in agriculture and rural industries

    We offer you studies in English in the field of agriculture and rural industries. In Oamk you will meet a modern learning environment, not only on the campus but also hands-on learning experience in Oulu Region. It means group work and individual tasks, which are closely connected to real life and local people. The tasks offer you an opportunity to get a view of farming and other rural livelihoods as well as environmental issues in Finland. You will do cooperation with local stakeholders such as entrepreneurs, companies, private and public organizations, villages etc. 

    You can also pursue the following common course along each of the programmes offered:

    Agriculture & Rural Industries (Autumn)

    Agriculture & Rural Industries (Spring)

    Course descriptions

    If need be, you may obtain more detailed course descriptions by clicking on the course code in the tables listed above. In addition, you can get more information from the course search website of Oamk by entering the course code and/or name. We advise to search for courses by its basic code (e.g. Y0002EE) or by name (e.g. Finnish Survival Course). In addition, you may also access the search tool, change language to English, and enter the search query according to the field-specific group ID given (e.g. for the programme in autumn = EXL22SAGR and in spring = EXL23KAGR) .  A list of the courses offered will appear. All courses listed are instructed in English.

    In case of questions, feel free to turn to incoming.students@oamk.fi.

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  • Professional Teacher Education

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    Our department of professional teacher education offers an exchange programme in English.

    You may pursue professional teacher education exchange studies by building your own personal study programme. You will become acquainted with Finnish education by acting as an assistant teacher at a school (teaching practice course, see below). You will have the opportunity to learn about pedagogical methods, student assessment, implementation of special education & support, the vocational training environment, etc.

    In addition to the above, you can supplement skills with optional teacher studies, as listed below. The extent of the studies to be completed is typically between 6 and 20 ECTS cr.  All courses listed below are instructed in English. Some of the courses are offered in the frame of blended learning or online teaching. N.B.! You can choose courses only from the professional teacher education course list due to timetable constraints.

    Please note that teaching practice cannot be guaranteed due to limited availability of possible placements. You are welcome to apply, but please plan your exchange including also possible substituting courses from our programme. 

    You can also pursue the following common course along with the regular autumn and spring programme:

    Admitted exchange students must meet insurance requirements of Oamk, and trainees also these of third parties. In addition, exhange students and trainees pursuing activities involving children or vulnerable adults must meet also safety requirements according to Finnish legislation.

    Professional Teacher Education (Autumn)

    Professional Teacher Education (Spring)

    Course Descriptions

    If need be, you may obtain more detailed course descriptions by clicking on the course code in the tables listed above. In addition, you can get more information from the course search website of Oamk by entering the course code and/or name. We advise to search for courses by its basic code (e.g. Y0002EE) or by name (e.g. Finnish Survival Course). In addition, you may also access the search tool, change language to English, and enter the search query according to the field-specific group ID given (e.g. for autumn = EXP22SPTE) .  A list of the courses offered will appear. All courses listed are instructed in English.

    In case of questions about the content of studies, feel free to get in touch with Mr Esa Virkkula at esa.virkkula@oamk.fi.

    If you have questions about the application, contact Mr Bastian Fähnrich at incoming.students@oamk.fi

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  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    Our university offers opportunities for interdisciplinary projects in the frame of an exchange for studies or traineeships. Please check what we offer:

    Game LAB (Autumn 2022)

    Game LAB is an English-medium non-degree programme offered by Oamk in autumn 2022 and it is based on former Oamk LABs (*).

    The programme is suitable for 3/4-year Bachelor's and Master's level students of graphic design, ICT/programming, business/marketing, producing, music.

    Game LAB has to be pursued as a whole (30 ECTS cr) due to pedagogical considerations. In autumn 2022, the group ID for the programme and courses will be as follows:

    Autumn 2022 (group ID): EXY22SGLD

    YY00BR00-3028 Concept Creation (Game LAB), 15 ECTS cr
    YY00BR01-3026 Demo Creation (Game LAB), 15 ECTS cr

    In Game LAB, you will deepen your knowledge and skills in game development. At first you will generate and pitch project ideas among students. You will then work on a project in interdisciplinary student teams following a business-driven approach.

    Throughout Game LAB, your student team will be guided and coached by academic/professional staff of Oamk and relevant industry/company representatives. You can pursue Game LAB as a study exchange.

    The focus of the Game LAB projects is nowadays on rapid product development (idea to product in less than 4 months):

    • Projects have a very narrow scope
    • Target platform is mobile / 2D / 3D
    • We have 2-3 test rounds - to validate your product
    • Projects are ended by means of retrospectively looking into the learning outcome and failures of the demo products and team work.

    In a nutshell, we are providing a very quick and harsh dip into the game industry.

    If need be, you may obtain more detailed course descriptions by clicking on the course links above, or from the course search website of Oamk by entering the course code and/or name, We advise to search for courses by its basic code (e.g. Y0002EE) or by name (e.g. Finnish Survival Course). You can also pursue the Finnish Survival Course in addition to the Game LAB courses mentioned above.

    In case of questions, please refer to incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @).

    (*) Oamk LABs was a unique and internationally renown pedagogical model developed and implemented at Oamk 2012-2019. DevLAB and EduLAB have ended or rebranded in autumn 2019. Game LAB focuses nowadays on rapid product development, as outlined above.

    Have a look at videos (short / long version) giving insight into the original Oamk LAB approach through the eyes and words of students. Here is also an article about the Oamk LAB pedagogical model.

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    Human Centered Design, Innovation and Impact (Autumn & Spring)

    Want to learn how to develop human centred products? Interested to understand what is design thinking and LEAN development and how they work in practice? Eager to learn how to observe and study real problems within context? What about brainstorming and conceptualising ideas and developing these further? Keen on working together and implementing the solution idea in an interdisciplinary team? If your answer to these questions is yes, then our workshop in spring is a must to go for you:

    Oamk offers an intensive workshop (dates may be further updated based on the pedagogical implementation in 2022-23):

    • Autumn: YY00CP40-3008 from 28 November - 18 December 2022
    • Spring: YY00CP40-3009 from 2 May - 21 May 2023

    Learning is fully learning by doing. During the workshop a lot of different methods for agile human centred development are explored and used. You will also learn more how to pitch your ideas.

    The workshop is suitable for exchange students from various fields with at least two years of prior studies. The workload is 5 ECTS cr. For more information, please consult the course description.

    If you wish to apply for the course, kindly use YY00CP40 Human Centered Design, Innovation and Impact (5 ECTS cr) in your learning agreement. Please mention your interests in your motivation letter and attach it to MoveON.

    In your MoveON application, you will find the workshop on the course choice page and can add it under the occurrence name "Common Courses Autumn 2022" or "... Spring 2023".

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  • Common Studies

    You are most welcome to participate in the common courses listed below, if they match your programme-specific timeteable. The Finnish Survival Course is usually in the early evening so it does not cause timetable conflicts. When applying, please select the courses you wish to pursue:

    Finnish Survival (Autumn)

    Finnish Survival (Spring)

    Intercultural Competences (Autumn)

    Intercultural Competences (Spring)

    Basic German (Spring)

    Towards Innovations and Entrepreneurship (Autumn)