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University of Tampere (Finland)
Tampere, Finland (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
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Spring 2019 09/15/2018
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UTA - University of Tampere
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Language courses offered:
Czech, Finnish, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
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Residence Hall
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Areas of Study:
Accounting, American Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Business Adminstration, Chemistry, Chinese Language & Literature, Communication, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Czech Language & Literature, Development Studies, Economics, Education, English Literature, Environmental Studies/Sustainability, Finnish, French Language & Literature, German Language & Literature, Health & Exercise Science, History, Information Technology, International Studies, Japanese Language & Literature, Journalism, Latin, Law, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Math/Statistics, Molecular Biology, Multicultural Studies, Museum Studies, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Health, Pre-Med, Psychology, Public Health, Russian and East European Studies, Russian Language & Literature, Scandinavian Studies, Sociology, Swedish Language & Literature, Theatre/Drama, Writing
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Creative Project(s), Independent Study, Journalistic Project
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University of Tampere (UTA)

Tampere at Christmas

Overview. The University of Tampere (UTA) program allows Gustavus students to enroll directly in courses taught at this Finnish university. Prior knowledge of the Finnish language is not required. Students may select courses from a broad array of disciplines and may take any courses for which they have the appropriate prerequisites completed. UTA annually welcomes more than 400 exchange and visiting students.

The University of Tampere is one of Finland's biggest and most popular multidisciplinary universities, and it's a great choice to spend a year or a semester abroad. UTA offers a variety of teaching and learning methods (traditional lecture courses, seminars, independent research courses, reading-and-exam courses where you read a book list independently and then take an exam, and several others) and features a modern and versatile infrastructure to support your studies and your stay in Finland. A comprehensive orientation course and a student tutoring system familiarize you with university life as well as the city of Tampere.

Particular fields of study that may interest Gustavus students include: American/Canadian studies, business (all fields), computer science and interactive technology, economics, English, European studies, Hypermedia Laboratory, information studies, intercultural communication, international studies, journalism and mass communication, philosophy, political science and international relations, psychology, social policy and social work, sociology, and women's studies.

Early Finnish Course: Fall Semester.
If you have no background in Finnish language, you have the option to add an early course on Finnish language and culture, arranged specially for new international students at the four different Tampere universities. The course runs throughout August and includes language lessons and cultural lectures (in English) given by Finnish professors, as well as social activities and excursions. There is no tuition charged for the course, though you will incur an additional month of living costs in Tampere plus books for the course. (Note that the fall housing contracts begin in August in any event, so the extra living costs would be meals and personal expenses only.) The course is credit-bearing and will be part of your total fall semester course load at Gustavus.

Use Finnish to complete your Gustavus language requirement.
Students who take multiple Finnish courses may complete the Gustavus foreign-language requirement while studying at Tampere. Be sure to discuss your plans with the Registrar while completing the course approval form (given to you after CICE acceptance for the program).

Re-purposed old brick factory  Student biking in square

  • This program allows for direct enrollment alongside Finnish and other international students in a broad array of courses offered at the host university.
  • The university calendar includes two semesters, with two "periods" in each semester. Some courses meet for one period only, and some for the whole semesters. Still others are entirely irregular and may meet intensively for one week, or at irregular intervals.
  • Most departments are open to helping you complete independent study work, where appropriate courses are not offered in English.
  • Several languages are offered by the university, such as Czech, Finnish, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
  • For those without prior knowledge of Finnish, a 'survival' Finnish course is offered and is strongly recommended.
  • Finland uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), in which 30 ECTS credits is a full-time semester. Gustavus students should take 30 ECTS credits per semester of participation.
  • Participants will enjoy life in a true college town in a post-industrial setting that offers an interesting backdrop to your studies.
  • Opt-in trips are offered to places such as Finnish Samiland (to experience Sami culture, reindeer-drawn sleigh rides, etc.) and Tallinn, Estonia (for sightseeing and shopping). In addition, most semesters there is a trip to St. Petersburg, and organized tours are the best way for Americans to visit Russia easily.
  • Finland is one of the world's leading countries in education and boasts a very egalitarian and progressive society.
  • Participants will live in a single study/bedroom in a student residence, with shared kitchens, lounges, and extras like saunas.
  • Opportunities for engagement abound, including a variety of students clubs and societies, student and local city informal sports leagues, and local-area clubs such as a documentary film club.
Winter nighttime in Tampere Beautiful cathedral in Tampere

Location. Tampere (TAHM-peh-reh), located about two hours by train or a 40-minute flight north of Helsinki, is Finland's third largest city, with around 225,000 people (about half the size of Minneapolis, without St. Paul or any of the suburbs). It is located in Finland's "Thousand Lakes Region" (an area sure to feel like a home-away-from-home for a lot of Minnesotans) between two lakes: Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi. From the historic Pispala hilltop neighborhood (see photo at bottom of this e-brochure), there is an excellent view across the lake to Nokia, where the once-dominant mobile phone company of the same name began. Tampere was once the center of Finnish factory-era industry – a bit like a Manchester for England or a Pittsburgh for the US. Now it's a post-industrial city that is benefiting from the presence of high-tech industries and four universities. Tampere grew up around the Tammerkoski channel and rapids that connect the two lakes – a source of hydro-electric power that made it a perfect setting for nineteenth-century factories. Now many of those old brick factories have been re-purposed as shopping malls, hotels, and university buildings. The city was also host to Lenin during an era in which Finland was controlled by Russia, and there is a museum in his former apartment. The city is lively with an amusement park, many music venues, a thriving arts and film scene, many local eateries, and other attractions conducive to a positive student experience.

Academic calendar.
The University of Tampere has two semesters, each further divided into two periods. There is also an early Finnish language and culture course offered for early fall arrivals.
  • Early Finnish course (optional): August
  • Fall Semester
    • Period I: Late August to third week October (orientation begins in August week 4)
    • Period II: Third week October to mid-December
  • Spring Semester
    • Period III: Second week January to third week March (orientation may begin first week of January)
    • Period IV: Early March to late May
Accommodation. The student residence hall rooms are usually single occupancy with a private bath or one shared with one to three other students. Shared kitchens are located on each floor. In addition, you may eat lunch (and breakfast) at one of two inexpensive cafeterias on campus. Residence halls are located in various parts of the city and within easy walking, biking, or commuting distance from the campus.

Program costs. Although not officially an exchange program, the Tampere program works like an exchange. Participating students pay full tuition and fees at Gustavus, and then pay only room and board, books, specific course fees (like a film or field trip charge for a particular course), and personal expenses in Finland. You do not have to pay Gustavus room and board during the semester(s) of study there, which makes this a very affordable program overall.

Application deadline. There are two application cycles with the following internal deadlines at Gustavus:
  • Fall semester or full academic year: March 1
  • Spring semester: September 15
However, applications for this and all semester programs are accepted on a space-available and rolling basis, so interested students are encouraged to apply early!

Entry visas. Most students will need a Finnish residence permit for the study period. You will apply directly through the Finnish Consulate, using your letter of acceptance from the University of Tampere. All students are encouraged to apply for or renew passports as soon as they know that they plan to participate. Passports must be valid for at least six months after your RETURN airfare date back to the U.S.

More info. Students with specific questions are encouraged to seek advising or to send quick questions by email to the program coordinator (check the advising page linked here to find the current coordinator).

Pispala historic area winter

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