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University of Tampere

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Tampere, a city of green parks and clean water, lies on an isthmus between two lakes, on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids. Once a center of industry, textile and paper manufacturing, Tampere is now a hub of the IT industries. The largest inland city in Scandinavia, Tampere offers many cultural attractions, including theater, film, music festivals, and museums, as well as an adventure park consisting of seven attractions: Aquarium, Dolphinarium, Planetarium, Observation Tower, Art Museum and children’s Zoo.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
Chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
Chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: early September to mid-May; Semester 1: early September to late December; Semester 2: January to mid-May.

Fast Facts
Tampere, Finland (pop. 213,344)
Student Enrollment: 15,628
Language of instruction: English, Finnish
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Institute of Biomedical Technology (biotechnology); Schools of Information Sciences (information studies & interactive media, computer science, interactive technology, mathematics, statistics); Management (administrative science, business accounting & marketing, business administration, economics, environmental policy, management & organization theory, municipal policy, private law, public administration, public law, local governance, regional studies, political science, international relations); Education (administration, planning & research, adult education, education, teacher training, pre-school teacher education, youth work); Language, Translation & Literary Studies (Finnish language, Finnish & comparative literature, philology [English, French, German, Nordic/Swedish, Slavonic/Russian], Russian studies, translation & interpreting [English, German, Russian, Swedish]); Medicine (medicine); Health Sciences (nursing science, public health); Communication, Media & Theatre (journalism & mass communication, theatrical arts, speech communication, theatre & drama research; Social Sciences & Humanities (ethnomusicology, history, logopedics, philosophy, psychology, social anthropology, social psychology, social politics, social work, sociology, women’s studies, American studies)

Courses taught in English
Programs offered in English: Master’s degree programs of the Schools of Management, Social Sciences & Humanities, Communication, Media & Theatre, Medicine, Health Sciences and BioMediTech (Biomedical Technology).

Also the following subjects are offered in English: English Philology, Finnish Culture and Society, North American Studies and Russian Studies.

Furthermore, every subject offers some courses specially designed for exchange students.

Academic Notes
Unique in Finland or of national standing are UTA’s programs in American studies, environmental policy, journalism and mass communication, Russian language, Russian studies and social sciences. The university also runs a theater academy that trains professional actors.

The large number and variety of Russian language courses together with the Russian Studies program form an extensive and versatile study module for those who have a special interest in Russian language and culture.

Learning is assessed by exams, essays, and continuous assessment. The dates for major exams vary with the field of study

Students typically enroll in 10-20 hours of class per week. A term runs for 16-18 weeks.

Transcript issued for Semester 1: January
Transcript issued for Semester 2: July
Transcript issued for Full Year: July

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Except for the courses noted above, instruction is in Finnish. It may be possible for students to earn credit for some courses taught in Finnish by completing English reading lists and writing papers in English. The university offers free instruction in Finnish as a foreign language. An intensive pre-placement summer school on Finnish Language and Culture is offered free of charge in August.

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
TOEFL: 90 iBT / 575 PBT /
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes
IELTS: 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5
Other tests accepted: B2 or higher in Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
English as a Foreign Language courses available? Yes, but not included in ISEP benefits.

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Upper-division standing preferred. Graduate students are encouraged. Multilateral applicants please note that preference is given to students from institutions with which this institution does not have Erasmus agreements.

Hints for Researching Courses
See Courses above in Fast Facts.

Housing and Meals
ISEP students are housed in student residence halls with access to shared cooking and laundry facilities. A housing stipend is provided to cover the rent. A montly meal stipend is provided which can be used to prepare or purchase meals. Married student housing can be arranged; any additional costs must be covered by the student.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: US $200-300/month. Finnish students usually budget a minimum of US $800/month for rent, food, local transportation, leisure and other personal expenses.

A mandatory Student Union membership fee (about EUR 50 per semester) is required of all students, including ISEP students. Students are able to register only after payment of the fee. The Student Union membership entitles students to substantial discounts and benefits, please see http://www.tamy.fi/en/ for more information.

Orientation will be held at the beginning of each semester. The program will include introductions to the University of Tampere and life in Finland in general. Students will be shown the University buildings, libraries, recreational facilities, and advisory services. Orientation will also include a guided city tour by bus (free of charge for exchange students). Exact times and locations for the orientation sessions will be provided to the students upon arrival.

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
The Student Union of University of Tampere and the Erasmus Student Network frequently organize social activities and trips for international students. A wide range of sports services is offered in the University sports center.

Tampere, which achieved university status in 1966, is one of the largest universities in Finland. The university does not have a campus as such; classes are offered in Tampere’s downtown area and in Pori, a town on the west coast of Finland, about 75 miles west from Tampere. Also affiliated with the university are the University Library, the Language Center, the Computer Center, and the Finnish Social Science Data Archive. Students at UTA may study at other institutions in and near Tampere, such as Tampere University of Technology. Total enrollment: 15,000 (approx. 1,000 international students).