Tampere higher education community promotes the goal-oriented mobility of its research and teaching staff members as a part of their careers, and the aim is also to include in the work plans. You can promote your own internationalisation both in your home country (‘internationalisation at home’) and by going to work abroad for a short or longer period. The higher education community offers many kinds of opportunities for this.

International exchange teachers and staff


TAMK actively maintains collaboration with international partners and networks. At the moment, TAMK has partner agreements with about 350 institutes of higher education all over the world. TAMK aims to build deep and versatile cooperation with these partners while also paying attention to the development trends in RDI operations and education. TAMK is also involved in wide-ranging cooperation based on strategic partnership agreement with two international higher education institutes and one partnership network. The cooperation with these partners is multidisciplinary, and the five-year strategic partner agreement signed with them includes cooperation in the fields of education and RDI operations, as well as comparison of operations and joint development.

A member of TAMK staff can apply for a teacher or personnel exchange programme through a centralised application procedure in August. Details of the start of the application process and its practices are posted on the Intranet. The objectives of international mobility are, firstly, professional development and further education of personnel and the exchange of good practices between colleagues.

The following opportunities will be available in the application process starting in August:

  • Erasmus+ programme (teacher and personnel exchange)
  • project trips
  • conference and seminar trips (these cannot be included in the Erasmus+ programme)
  • planning of cooperation with partners
  • trips outside Europe, ‘Bilateral mobility’ (teacher and personnel exchange programmes with partner schools)
  • Teachers’ short exchange trips made with student groups that can be continuously applied for over the course of the year.

Tampere University

A member of teaching, research or support staff employed by Tampere University can apply for the teacher or personnel exchange programme. This employment does not need to be permanent or full-time.

A teaching visit helps you develop your teaching skills in a new environment, reinforces international competence and allows you to form new contacts and plan research or teaching cooperation. These acquired skills can then be presented in a teaching portfolio, for example.

The members of Tampere University’s personnel have an opportunity to apply for a teaching visit to the University’s European partner universities through the Erasmus+ programme or to a bilateral partner university outside Europe.

Internationalisation at home

Going abroad is not always possible or even necessary. The higher education community in Tampere also offers chances for internationalisation at home. This is supported by the following available opportunities:

  • participation in your organisation’s courses to develop language skills and the ability to study in a multicultural environment
  • studying or teaching in a foreign language (at Tampere Summer School, for example)
  • participation in international and multicultural events, training courses and lectures by visiting lecturers
  • receiving international guests and visiting lecturers
  • participation in mentoring operations or the friend family programme.

Virtual exchange

Virtual exchange fosters intercultural learning opportunities and contributes to developing students’ intercultural competence and employability skills. In virtual exchange, students from different cultural and/or geographical backgrounds are brought together for synchronous online discussions and collaborative tasks with the help of digital technology.

Virtual exchange is usually included in an existing course as a specific component and offered in cooperation with a partner from abroad. Both partners design their courses independently, apart from the joint virtual exchange component, which they design together. These courses are then offered in a blended format, consisting of both (theory/content-based) contact teaching at the home university and interactive virtual sessions with the international counterpart.

If you are interested in offering virtual exchange to your students, see the video and information package for more information and practical tips.

Virtual Exchange Webinar

Additional materials

International TAMK

International Tampere University

More information for staff

International teacher exchange lock

Elsewhere in TLC

Personnel trainings and events

Links checked 9.3.2021