Develop yourself

Two men have climbed up and are standing against the facade of a pink building. They are clinging to each other and parts of the facade for support. A text over a doorway on the facade says “Oulun yliopisto” (University of Oulu).

What would be a more fun place to study than Oulu? This youthful city offers education on many levels – with a fair dose of excellent extracurricular student activities.

Oulu is the most rapidly growing urban area in Arctic Europe! Here, if anywhere, you will find friends to develop yourself with: The Oulu region has 250 000 residents and 120 nationalities. We are also relatively young on a European scale, for our average age is only 38 years. As many as one third of the people in Oulu have an academic degree, so we can call ourselves quite a smart bunch and still be modest about it. Do not hesitate to join us and find your personal path in Oulu.

Vocational basic education

Vocational basic education is arranged in vocational schools and as apprenticeship training. See a collection of the local options on the City of Oulu pages (opens in a new tab).

Educational Consortium OSAO (opens in a new tab)

PSK Adult Education Centre (opens in a new tab)

Oulu Conservatoire (opens in a new tab) (in Finnish)

Luovi Vocational College (opens in a new tab)

Finnish Diakonia College (opens in a new tab)

Oulu College of Services (opens in a new tab) (in Finnish)

Universities

The University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences are among the biggest universities in Finland. There is also a third university in Oulu, Diak Diaconia University of Applied Sciences. In all, these three universities offer more than 60 fields of study. See all the options in Oulu at the City of Oulu website (opens in a new tab).

Oulun University of Applied Sciences (opens in a new tab)

University of Oulu (opens in a new tab)

Diak Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (opens in a new tab)

Hiukkavaara

Are you a group of teachers, principals or other education professionals?

Are you interested in in-service training in Oulu or online? Do you want to combine school visits, discussions and lectures to learn about Finnish school system and about teaching sustainability, digitalization, entrepreneurship, STEAM or other themes? Educational and Cultural Services (City of Oulu) is a provider of high-quality education in Finland. Early education and care, primary, secondary and upper secondary education and education for adults are organized in our services. Whether you have a group of professionals or a group of children or youth, we have something for you.

A man in a checkered shirt in front of a colorful wall.

Are you a SoC-specialist? Apply for a position at Nokia

Apply for a position at Nokia or a Master’s degree programme at the University of Oulu. Apply for a scholarship to get 70 % of your tuition fee paid by the University of Oulu. All the students who complete the System on Chip (SoC) development studies under one of the programmes will be invited to an interview at Nokia.

Yellow signposts leading to lecture halls.

How to find suitable education and how to apply for it?

Research and development

A lot is invested on research and development in Oulu, in fact the most per capita between Finnish cities. The positive increase in the amount of product development investments means that new companies and jobs are being created and that a significant part of Finnish product development is done in Oulu. Oulu is paving the way for the future particularly in the fields of ICT, health technology and cleantech.

Learn more about research at the University of Oulu
Research at the University of Oulu (opens in a new tab)

Learn more about research at Oulu University of Applied Sciences
RDI at Oulu University of Applied Sciences (opens in a new tab)

Learn about smart solutions in Oulu at Smart City Oulu website
Smart City Oulu (opens in a new tab)