University of Oulu

The University of Oulu is an international science university which creates innovation for the future, well-being, and knowledge through multidisciplinary research and education.
Future innovation is about seeking, utilizing and applying new knowledge. The University of Oulu researches people and culture in a changing living environment, as well as opportunities that new technology provides for improving the well-being of people and the environment. The University of Oulu is a multidisciplinary expert in Northerness.

Founded in 1958, our research and education community is 16 000 students and 3000 employees strong, and one of the biggest and the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. The six faculties, the many departments and the specialized research units of the University of Oulu create the foundation for multiscientific research, innovation and training of experts for demanding professional tasks.


The University of Oulu trains experts in demanding national and international tasks. Education is based on latest research knowledge and its applications. The wide multidisciplinary base and training programmes that cross subject boundaries offer students many options for building their own strengths for the job market of the future.
You can study in 46 training programmes in 70 different study fields. For those already employed there are many opportunities for upgrading one’s skills through Open University training, continuing education and complementary study modules of the faculties.

Studying in the University of Oulu is inspiring, communal activity in modern study environment. Over one thousand foreign students, teachers and researchers will guide you to genuine internationality on your home campus.


The University of Oulu conducts scientific basic research in over 70 branches of science. Open-mindedly combining technical sciences, natural sciences and human sciences creates a unique foundation for new multidisciplinary research knowledge, innovation and education.

The research areas of strength include four focus areas and four development areas.
Focus areas:
  • Biosciences and health
  • Information technology
  • Cultural identity and interaction
  • Environment, natural resources and materials;
Development areas
  • Business and economy
  • Steel research
  • Research-based teacher education
  • Mining and mineral field
The research organizations of the focus and development areas are typically multidisciplinary, and they encourage researchers to make new scientific initiatives and discoveries. The University of Oulu conducts research in close cooperation with sector research institutions and corporations. Acting in the international scientific network is the foundation of renewal.