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Open University

Open University studies are an excellent option if you want to strengthen or update your professional competence, increase your knowledge and skills, or if you are considering applying at a later date for a place on a degree programme.

Open University offers studies for everyone - regardless of age and previous studies. You can study various fields and take as many courses as you like.

Please note that you cannot complete a whole degree programme at the open university. The open university course fee is €15/credit.

Open University studies are mainly targeted for those already living in Finland. It is usually not possible to get a long-term student residence permit to Finland based on Open University courses.

If you are concidering coming to Finland and wish to study at our Open University, you can find useful information about migration to Finland on the Finnish Immigration Service website. Please note that Open University students are not entitled to the same financial or social benefits as degree students.

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Course offering for 2022-2023

Dive into our various course offerings in the 2022–2023 academic year. Many courses have continuous application. The application periods vary, so please check the details in the course information. 

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How to apply

Open university courses for Ukrainian students

Tampere University offers free study opportunities to degree students who arrive in Finland due to the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.

The English-taught courses are aimed at Bachelor’s and Master’s level students whose studies in a Ukrainian higher education institution have been interrupted. Tampere University wants to support students by offering them the possibility to study open university courses without fees until 31 July 2023. 

Please note that studying at the Open University does not lead to a degree. Students are therefore not eligible for student financial aid or any student benefits or discounts.

Application form

More information for students arriving from Ukraine

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Open University Routes

Tampere University offers also alternative ways to apply a place in degree programmes. They are called Open University Routes. In English we have Open University Routes in the field of technology. We have a route for Bachelor's Degree Programme in Science and Engineering and routes for Master's Degree Programmes. After completing the route studies you can apply for degree programmes. Application period for Open university Master's routes 2023-2024 begins on 29 June 2023 and ends 12 July 2023. Application period for Open university Bachelor's route 2023-2024 begins on 31 July 2023 and ends 13 August 2023.

Study guide

Study guide offers you information and guidelines concerning your studies. New student checklist will help to get started with your studies.

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Contact us

Do you need more information about studying in Open University?

Contact us by email open.studies.tau [at]
or by phone +358 294 520 200 (Study Affairs Office)