Exchange studies at Tampere University of Applied Sciences

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) welcomes exchange students from international partner universities with whom we have a bilateral exchange agreement.

Exchange studies do not lead to a TAMK degree, but will be counted towards the exchange student's degree in his/her home university. Exchange studies may consist of courses, a final thesis and/or project work.

Students applying to TAMK as exchange students must have completed at least one year of study at their home university before the exchange at TAMK starts. Exceptionally, applicants to the Degree Programme in Physiotherapy must have completed at least two years of study, and at least one period of Practical Training in their home university.

Exchange studies take place in Tampere at TAMK's Main Campus, the Mediapolis Campus, the Music Academy Campus or the Proakatemia Campus.

Length of the exchange

The length of a study exchange may be one or two semesters, depending on the terms of the bilateral agreement between TAMK and the partner university concerned:

  • Autumn semester (August - December)
  • Spring semester (January - May)

Exceptionally, in the following Nursing and Health Care programmes, the exchange period may be shorter than one semester, but must be at least 90 days. The exact exchange dates will be given separately.

  • Degree Programme in Biomedical Laboratory Science
  • Degree Programme in Nursing
  • Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
  • Degree Programme in Radiography and Radiotherapy

How to apply

All nominations for student exchanges must come from the international office of the applicant's home institution, so students wishing to participate in an exchange with TAMK must  contact their own International Office first! The partnership between TAMK and the home university must include a valid exchange agreement.

An applicant must first be nominated for the exchange by the home university. The applicant will then receive instructions from TAMK on how to fill in and download the application documents online. The exchange is confirmed after both the home university and TAMK have officially approved the exchange.

The next application period ends on 30 April 2019. The nomination deadline is two weeks before the application deadline.

All applicants must fill in the online application form; paper applications are not accepted.

Detailed instructions for applicants

All students applying to TAMK as Exchange Students or Trainees must follow these two steps:

1) Nomination

Exchange students should first get approval from their home university for their planned exchange.

All applicants must be officially nominated by their home university. The nomination must include the following information for each student:

  • Erasmus code of the sending university
  • Last name
  • Given name(s)
  • Date of birth (dd.mm.yyyy)
  • Gender
  • Email
  • Duration of exchange (mm.yyyy - mm.yyyy)
  • EU subject area at the sending university
  • EU subject area at TAMK

2) Online application

After TAMK has received the nomination from your home university, you will receive further instructions on how to fill in your application and download the required documents online. TAMK uses the SoleMOVE online mobility programme for receiving the applications.

Please note that TAMK does not accept applications sent by post! The application deadline for exchange studies in the Autumn Semester 2019 (August - December) is 30 April 2019.

The nomination deadline is two weeks before the application deadline.

When filling in your application after the nomination, you will need to download the following application documents in English:

  • Your photo
  • Motivation Letter (background, expectations for exchange etc. NB! Nursing/Physiotherapy students should also tell about their previous placements.)
  • CV (free format)
  • Transcript of Records (showing your course grades from your home university, in English)
  • TAMK English Language Skills Form (pdf) (If education in the home university is not given in English. Other equivalent proof of English language competency is also acceptable.)
  • Learning Agreement
  • For applicants to the Degree Programme in Music: also AEC Application Form (.doc), AEC Learning Agreement (.doc), and demo recording

NOTE! Exchange students on the following TAMK degree programmes must also send certain health test results after they have been accepted as exchange students at TAMK:

Biomedical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography and Radiotherapy, and Social Services (training):
Students must send max. 30 days old negative MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) test result at least 1 week before arrival by email. The test swabs must be taken from the nose AND throat (and possible other infected areas). The results should be clearly stated in English!

Biomedical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography and Radiotherapy and Social Services (training): Student who come from Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam, must also send max. 6 months old doctor's statement on an X-Ray Thorax at least 1 week before arrival. The statement should be clearly stated in English!

Hospitality Management
Students taking culinary courses from the Hospitality Management degree programme must send max. 30 days old negative Salmonella test result at least 1 week before arrival by e-mail. The results should be clearly stated in English!

Courses for exchange students

You can choose courses from your field of study and from free-elective courses. The Learning Agreement is preliminary until confirmed with your coordinator at TAMK after your arrival.

Exchange students enroll to courses after they arrive at TAMK. The detailed timetables (with course days, times, names of teachers, classrooms, etc.) and all instructions will be given during the Welcome Week.

  • Welcome Week on 19 - 23 August for the Autumn term 2019

Cross-Campus Studies

As an exchange student at Tampere University of Applied Sciences or Tampere University, you are entitled to seek studies at the study offerings of all campuses. The main principle is that you must take at least 60 % of your courses in the main host university. Contact the international coordinator at TAMK, room B1-53, Main campus for how to apply. Please note that applying the study right at the cross-campus study service does not guarantee that there are places left at the course. Courses available in the spring 2019: https://www10.uta.fi/ristiinopiskelupalvelu/kvtarjonta?uiLang=en

Programmes available for exchange students

TAMK offers exchange studies in seven Bachelor level programmes in English on its Tampere Campuses. Also, there are Finnish Bachelor level degree programmes, which offer some courses / projects / possibilities for practical training or final thesis in English.

See the programmes

Bachelor level programmes in English:

  • Degree Programme in Business Information Systems (Game Design) (Spring Term only)
  • Degree Programme in Construction Engineering (Autumn Term only)
  • Degree Programme in Bioproduct and Process Engineering
  • Degree Programme in Energy and Environmental Engineering 
  • Degree Programme in International Business
  • Degree Programme in Media and Arts
  • Degree Programme in Nursing

Finnish Bachelor level degree programmes, which offer some courses / projects / possibilities for practical training or final thesis in English:

  • Degree Programme in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (Spring Term only)
  • Degree Programme in Business Information Systems
  • Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering
  • Degree Programme in Film and Television
  • Degree Programme in Fine Art
  • Degree Programme in Hospitality Management
  • Degree Programme in ICT Engineering
  • Degree Programme in Laboratory Sciences
  • Degree Programme in Mechanical and Production Engineering
  • Degree Programme in Music
  • Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
  • Degree Programme in Radiography and Radiotherapy (Spring Term only)

Other possibilities

The following Finnish Bachelor level degree programmes do not offer courses in English but it may be possible to do project work or write a final thesis, or participate in some parts of the courses. If exchange students are interested in these programmes, they should contact TAMK International Services for more information.

  • Degree Programme in Vehicle Engineering
  • Degree Programme in Forestry (Autumn Term only)

Additionally, TAMK free-elective studies are open for all students (usually without prerequisites)

If you hope to do exchange studies at TAMK in the form of an independent project or final thesis, TAMK will first need to find a supervising teacher and a topic for you before your exchange application can be  confirmed.  You should then plan your studies directly with your supervising teacher.  Please note - independent project and thesis work for exchange students is not possible on all programmes.

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Academic year 2019 - 2020

TAMK's academic year is divided into two semesters and four periods.

Autumn Semester 2019

  • Period 1: 1 August - 20 October 2019
  • Autumn holiday: week 42
  • Period 2: 21 October - 31 December 2019

Exchange students have different semester dates from the above:

  • Nursing/Physiotherapy Training: 19 August - 15 November 2019
  • All other programmes: 19 August - 19 December 2019

Spring Semester 2020

  • Period 3: 1 January - 1 March 2019
  • Spring holiday: week 9
  • Period 4: 2 March - 31 July 2020

Exchange students have different semester dates from the above:

  • Nursing/Physiotherapy/Radiography and Radiotherapy Training: Exact dates to be confirmed.
  • All other programmes: 3 January - 31 May 2020

Although the Spring Semester officially ends on 31 July, the classroom teaching and exams will be finished around mid-May. The exact ending dates will be determined by teachers.

Finnish language courses

TAMK organizes Finnish language and culture studies. During the semester, incoming exchange students and trainees have a possibility to study Finnish. They can also participate in language courses organized in cooperation with Tampere University: The Cross-Campus study service https://www10.uta.fi/ristiinopiskelupalvelu/kvtarjonta?uiLang=en. Finnish language studies are highly recommended for all incoming participants in mobility programmes, to ensure their smooth integration into Finnish society.

Contact us

If you did not find answers to your questions on these pages, please contact TAMK's Incoming Students Office: incoming.tamk@tuni.fi

Marika Kyllönen
International Coordinator
International Services
+358 50 307 1409

Tarja Kononov
International Coordinator
International Services
+358 40 841 8847