University of Oulu

University of Oulu is an exchange destination for Utrecht University students of the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences in Oulu, Finland.

Student experiences

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General information for exchange students

Course information

Application procedure

Academic calendar

Semester I: September – mid December
Semester II: January – mid May

Areas of study open to exchange students

Sociology and Cultural studies / Education

Language of instruction


Housing assistance

Information about student accommodation


Normal study load per term:
In Grades: 1-5, 3 or above=pass
In credits: 1 semester = 30 ECTS

Cost of living

Globally the Finnish price level is rather high compared to average, exchange students usually spend between 600-900 euros per month. Cost of student housing is between 270-400 € per month. Listed below are some examples of prices in products (prices in 2019):

Lunch on campus for students: 2,60 €
Bus-ticket for 30-day period for students: 42 €, single ticket 3,30 €
Milk: 0,55-1 €/ litre
Train ticket to Helsinki: 27-60 €
Water: free since you can drink from the tap!
Pizza (eating out): 6-9 €
Movie ticket: 7,50-15 €

Number of places available

4 places per year. 2 for Sociology and Cultural studies and 2 for Education

Please be aware of the corona regulations in the country/host university you are applying for. For example, in some countries or at some universities you can only apply when you are fully vaccinated. Make sure you are aware of this.