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Application instructions for student exchange: city centre and Kauppi campuses

University

You may apply for student exchange if you are enrolled at Tampere University and are studying towards a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. The mobility of students studying in doctoral programmes is also possible via several programmes and agreements. The studies you complete during an exchange period should be fully counted towards your degree. You cannot thus graduate during an exchange period. Neither can you embark on an exchange if you have applied for an extension of your studies from your faculty; that time is meant for you to complete your studies at the home university.

Application periods

There are two main rounds of application for exchange periods and Erasmus+ work placement grants (January and September). The main application rounds for student exchange have been divided according to continents. In the additional rounds of application, you may apply for cancelled or unfilled places and other places from the previous round of applications or unused Erasmus+ work placement grants.

  • 1030 September 2019
    • Student exchange in the academic year 2020/21: Japan, India, Latin America, North America, Africa as well as QSEP, ISEP and north2north programmes
    • Erasmus work placement grants for the academic year 2019/20
  • 731 January 2020
    • Student exchange in the academic year 2020/21: Erasmus+, Europe, Asia, Latin and North America, Russia, north2north (Nordic countries, Russia, North America), Africa
    • Erasmus work placement grants for the spring and summer 2020
  • 515 March 2020
    • An additional round of applications for student exchange in the academic year of 2020/21 and Erasmus work placement grants for the academic year of 2020/21.

You may also contact the International Mobility Services to enquire about the availability of Erasmus+ work placement grants outside these application periods.

Application guidelines

The process of applying for student exchange in divided into two phases. First, the International Mobility Services select the students for each exchange (city centre and Kauppi campuses). The selected student will receive further instructions and in most cases will have to submit a new application to the host university. The final decision about admitting an exchange student is always made by the host university. Some bilateral universities and for example ISEP student exchange programme require an official language test (TOEFL or IELTS) from applicants. During the application round at Tampere University you will not have to register for the language test, as the registration will be completed after the first phase (Tampere University's nomination for exchange studies abroad).

Visit the Mobility-Online portal to learn more about exchange destinations and to find the contact details of the coordinators.

Please read the application instructions carefully before you start filling in the application form. Link to the application form will be published here during application rounds.

Study plan and approving the study modules

You have to prepare a study plan for the exchange period already at the application stage. The purpose of drawing up a study plan is to plan in advance what studies you intend to complete during your exchange and how the studies will be counted towards your degree. The websites of partner universities contain study guides and teaching schedules to help you familiarise yourself with the exchange studies offered by the university. When planning your studies, you should consult with your professor and determine whether the courses will be accepted at Tampere University and with the faculty coordinator to confirm that the courses are suitable for your degree.

Admission criteria of exchange studies

You should also have completed studies that support your admission to exchange studies. It is highly recommended that you complete Language Centre's Introduction to Academic English course before leaving your application. In addition, you must have good language skills. You must have a good academic record, and you should have completed at least one or in some cases two years of study by the time you go on exchange. If you are studying in a separate two-year master's programme, a statement from the supervisor of your master's thesis supporting your exchange is required.

Bilateral partner universities and Nordlys, QSEP, north2north and ISEP

In the internal application round at Tampere University, students will be selected

  • according to the requirements of the host university (eg language requirements) following these principles:
    • motivation letter and study plan: the usefulness of the studies at that particular university for the student’s degree and career
    • north2north: priority is given to students who are able to show interest in Arctic research topics (eg by taking Circumpolar Studies courses) or by other appropriate means
    • possibility to take up an exchange at a later date
    • possible previous exchange studies and grants awarded by Tampere University
    • failure to use a previous exchange place
    • completion of studies in the target time: approximately 30 credits/semester
    • grades
    • fields: as far as possible, we aim to send students from all faculties and degree programmes to exchange studies

Erasmus exchange, faculties’ bilateral partner universities and field-specific Nordplus networks

In the internal application at Tampere University, students will be selected

  • according to the field in the Erasmus agreement: priority is given to students in the degree programmes defined by the agreement.
    • If the field has not been defined, students from the faculty are given priority over students from other units
  • according to the requirements of the host university (eg as regards language skills)
  • according to the following principles:
    • motivation letter and study plan: the usefulness of the studies at that particular university for the student’s degree and career
    • completion of studies in the target time: approximately 30 credits/semester
    • grades
    • failure to use a previous exchange place

In addition, check the possible requirements set by your faculty from the mobility coordinators at the international mobility services and/or at the faculty.

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Created:
20-05-2019
Updated:
05-02-2020