Living in Oulu

You can acquaint yourself with your future study city by means of the information provided below. Welcome to Oulu!

  • Accommodation

    Student Housing (PSOAS)

    Last updated: 14 May 2024

    What kind of student housing is offered? Where is it located?

    Housing for incoming exchange students in Oamk is provided by the Northern Finland Student Housing Foundation PSOAS in the Routa dormitory (Tutkijantie 2, 90570 Oulu).

    The dormitory is located close to Oamk's Linnanmaa campus. From the dormitory it is possible to commute to Oamk's Kontinkangas campus in Oulu by bicycle or bus (30 min). You can apply for a shared or studio apartment directly to PSOAS. Oamk has agreed with PSOAS on a quota of approx. 118 apartments.

    Apartments are furnished, common kitchen areas and social facilities have been co-designed by students. Find out more about the Routa dormitory's facilities, apartments, equipment and neighbourhood.


    How much does student housing cost?

    PSOAS charges a service fee (135 EUR, not refundable) and requires a deposit fee (refundable, EUR depending on the type of apartment).

    PSOAS charges the rent always in full calendar months, see more details at PSOAS' website:

    • 264.87 - 430.08 EUR/month in a shared apartment
    • 376.54 - 546.13 EUR/month in a studio apartment

    In addition, PSOAS charges also 15 EUR/month for the electricity.

    • The rent rates mentioned apply to Oamk's incoming exchange students.
    • The rent includes guaranteed housing in a furnished apartment within Oamk's quota, bedclothes and washing service, and wifi etc.
    • Find out more about the Routa dormitory's facilities, apartments, equipment and neighbourhood.


    How long is the rental agreement?

    If you are coming to Oamk for the autumn term or the academic year, the rental agreement can only be made for one of the following time periods:

    • 1.8. - 31.12.
    • 1.8. - 31.5.

    If you are coming to Oamk for the spring term, the rental agreement can only be made for the following time period, apart from exceptions mentioned below:

    • 1.1. (moving in 3.1.) - 31.5.

    Exceptions for tenancy agreements:

    1. Trainees pursuing their traineeship full-time during/outside of Oamk's official term dates, usually Erasmus+ trainees who will be enrolled to Oamk, but are staying at and are supervised by third parties yet also mentored by Oamk's staff.
    2. Health and social care students only (!) from partner universities with short-term (3-month) Erasmus+ inter-institutional or bilateral agreements (excepts students in optometry, physiotherapy and social services).
      Mobility period 3 = 4.1. - 5.4.2024, Tenancy period 1.1. (arrival and moving in 3.1.) - 30.4.2024
      Mobility period 4 = 23.2. - 24.5.2024, Tenancy period (arrival and moving in 22.2.) 22.2. - 31.5.2024
    3. In some cases and only (!) if the room quota at PSOAS' dormitory has been reached, e.g. for August, PSOAS may offer alternative rental agreements and tenancy periods, e.g. 1.9. - 31.12., or 1.9. - 31.5.


    How to apply for student housing?

    Apply to PSOAS for housing by the following steps:

    1. Apply to PSOAS via the application form below by the following deadlines:

    • autumn term (1st semester) / academic year: 30 April
    • spring term (2nd semester): 15 October

    2. Fill in the application form to PSOAS. Please remember to select:

    • "Foreign student" and then
    • "Exchange Student in Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk)"

    as your place of study in order to be included in Oamk's quota. In your application, you will give general information about yourself and the rental period. You may also mention your wishes about the apartment, but you will be able to apply for a specific apartment in the next step, the homerun.

    Provide an email address (gmail or hotmail etc.) that you are using frequently to make sure that you receive messages from PSOAS. Check also your spam folder!

    3. Take part in PSOAS’s homerun for apartments. In the homerun, you will choose an apartment of your choice. The homerun for tenancies of Oamk’s exchange students will be arranged as follows:

    • autumn term (1st semester) / academic year: Wed, 5 - Thu, 6 June 2024 as of 10 am
    • spring term (2nd semester): Thu, 21 November 2024 (to be confirmed)

    PSOAS provides the homerun dates approx. one month before the homerun on its website, https://www.psoas.fi/en/homerun/.

    For the homerun, you need the application number from PSOAS. You should find this number in the email that you received after having applied to PSOAS.

    For more information, please contact PSOAS directly.

    4. After the homerun, PSOAS will offer you the apartment of your choice (or an alternative) by email. Keep checking your email for the offer from PSOAS and your spam folder, especially when using gmail or hotmail,

    5. Once you have received PSOAS apartment offer, please confirm it at your earliest convenience by email. To confirm, also pay the deposit fee (refundable, EUR depending on type of apartment) and service fee (120 EUR, not refundable) You'll have one (1) or two (2) weeks to confirm your apartment and pay the fees.

    If you need to extend the payment schedule, please contact PSOAS directly.

    6. Sign your rental agreement electronically as informed by PSOAS.


    How and when to move in/out?

    If you come to Oamk for regular terms and during arrival services' days and times, you will get your key from our tutor welcome committee. If you arrive at exceptional days and times, you must visit PSOAS’s Housing Office to get your key.

    When arriving and moving in, please also download PSOAS's info sheet for the Routa dormitory. During your stay, make use of PSOAS's housing guide and consult the orientation material provided by PSOAS.

    Before leaving at the end of your tenancy, check PSOAS's guide for moving out.

    If you are planning to prolong your rental agreement with PSOAS, please notify PSOAS and also consult incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @) at least a couple of months before, as usually your exchange would need to be extended as well.

    Other Housing Options

    Last updated: 4 March 2024

    When looking for alternatives to PSOAS (Routa dormitory, furnished apartments according to Oamk's quota, see "Housing via PSOAS") and long-term accommodation (furnished or unfurnished), please thoroughly check the advertisements on the private housing market, considering also general living costs for students. We suggest not to make any long-term rental agreement on the private housing market without having seen the property and checked the rental agreement beforehand at the location. We recommend to first travel to Finland to stay for a short-term stay at a hotel / hostel / airbnb apartment, and then look for long-term accommodation (perhaps also together with other exchange students) in Oulu.

    Long-term housing

    Portals for private individuals offering housing rentals:

    Short-term housing:


  • Communication

    Postal services and customs

    Registering your postal address in Oulu at Posti:

    To make sure that incoming mail or any consignment is properly delivered to you, we recommend to inform the postal services (Posti) about your temporary address in Finland:

    1) Go to Posti’s closest postal outlet as soon as possible after your arrival.

    2) Ask for the “Notification of change of address” paper form.
    You will get the paper form, instructions to fill it in, and a return envelope.

    3) Fill in the paper form as instructed and in block letters – here is an example.
    Eventually, sign the paper form, put it in the envelope and seal it properly.

    4) Drop the envelope in the closest letter box or return it directly to the closest postal outlet.

    Postal outlet offering all services nearby PSOAS' Routa dormitory:

    K-Supermarket Kaijonharju
    Sammonkatu 16, 90570 Oulu
    Open Mon-Fri 7-23, Sat 8-23, Sun 9-23

    Postal outlet offering all services in the Oulu City Centre, Raksila area:

    K-Citymarket Raksila
    Tehtaankatu 5, 90130 Oulu
    Open Mon-Sat 8-22, Sun 10-21

    Informing Posti about your temporary address in Finland will ensure that mail is delivered correctly to your post locker in your place of accommodation. At PSOAS' Routa dormitory, the post lockers are located on the ground floor of the Facility building.


    Receiving and sending letters

    Incoming letters and small items will be usually delivered directly to your post locker at your place of accommodation. Your room or a separate key opens this locker. If you receive an item that does not fit into the post locker the delivery service staff will drop in a notice of arrival against which you can collect the shipment from a specific postal service point.

    If you receive a letter that is addressed to another person (possible previous tenant), cross out the addressee and write on the envelope, "undeliverable, addressee not known at this address / lähetys ei voitu toimittaa, vaastaanottaja ei tavoitettavissa tässä osoitteessa", and return it to the closest postal service point or postbox.

    For outgoing mail the nearest (orange) letter box at PSOAS' Routa dormitory is on Teknologiantie 1. There's a letter box available also in front of the Prisma in Linnanmaa and the Citymarket in Raksila. Stamps are readily available in most kiosks and supermarkets.


    Customs clearance in Finland

    Receiving and sending gift items from outside of the EU:

    Please note that if you receive a gift sent as a parcel from your relative or friend from outside of the EU, you need to undergo customs clearance for gifts. Please consult the instructions by the Finnish Customs for receiving a gift and declaring a gift. You can use Posti's clearance services, as exchange students normally do not have electronic means of identification (such as online banking credentials). It is also possible to visit a customs office (possibly only by appointment) to declare your gift.

    For sending gifts abroad by mail, see the Finnish Customs advice.

    If need be, contact the Finnish Customs and Posti.


    Ordering and receiving commercial items from outside of the EU:

    Please note that to receive a commercial item, parcel or consignment that you have ordered from outside of the EU, you must make a clearance via the Finnish Customs. Follow the instructions on how to declare parcels. As foreign exchange students normally do not have electronic means of identification (such as online banking credentials), you may use Posti's clearance service, if the parcel will be eventually delivered by Posti. See also alternatives given by the Finnish Customs. If need be, contact the Finnish Customs and Posti.

    Phone

    Traditional landline phones hardly exist anymore, so it is necessary to have a mobile phone in order to make phone calls. Many shops sell new and used mobile phones in the city centre. Department stores and markets sell them as well, so you can easily buy a mobile phone if you do not have one yet. Mobile phones cost from 50 euros up to 900 euros, depending on the model.

    After you have a mobile phone, you have to get a SIM card for it in order to make phone calls or send text messages. The easiest way is to buy a prepaid card. A prepaid card contains a certain amount of talk time and/or text messages, and you pay it before you use it. Phone operators such as DNA, Elisa and Telia offer prepaid cards. There are many shops and kiosks offering prepaid cards, so it might be useful to compare the prices in order to purchase the most affordable one. Students usually purchase their prepaid SIM cards from R-kioski.

    Internet

    Internet connection in your place of accommodation is being provided in student housing facilities offered by PSOAS. If you are staying at a different apartment, you may need to take care of making a contract with an internet provider such as DNA, Elisa and Telia.

    On our Oamk campuses, you can use internet for free via WiFi networks:

    1. KK (=Oamk’s own network, login with your user credentials),
    2. Eduroam and
    3. panOULU.

    Always use KK when possible. That is the easiest option: You don’t need a VPN connection when you are already inside the Oamk’s own network. See more at https://it.oamk.fi/4747?lang=en

    Email & Social Media

    Feel free to use your own private email service. For your studies, we recommend to use your Oamk student email. More information at https://ict.oulu.fi/1833/?lang=en

    Netiquette and Oamk's ethical guidelines apply for using social media.

  • Financial Matters

    Financing your exchange

    Please make sure to gain sufficient funds for your exchange and save up money for living expenses, insurance and additional trips and events before coming to Oamk.

    Contact your home university about possible grants such as for Erasmus+ etc. You may check for additional scholarships from foundations or associations in your home country.

    In addition, consult your family etc. when planning the budget for your exchange at Oamk. Bank loans can be an option, if need be - please check for these in your home country.

    It is possible also to look for a job here in Oulu besides your studies, but there are limited possibilities due to Finnish language requirement. Please consult our section "Working in Finland" for more information.

    Opening a bank account

    If need be, you may open a bank account in Finland, if you have a Finnish personal identity code. Opening a bank account is free of charge. Please note that for ensuring services in English, in most cases, you must book a time with the customer service beforehand, usually by calling the service in charge.

    At least the following banks serve international customers:

    In order to open a bank account, you need to have your national ID card or passport and a enrolment certificate from Oamk with you when going to the bank for the first time. In addition, make sure that you reserve enough time when going to the bank.

    When you open a bank account, you will get a debit card, which you can use for withdrawing money from ATMs (pankkiautomaatti/Otto). Feel free to search for the closest Otto ATM in Oulu.

    To receive an internet banking account, you must have a regular income and a Finnish personal identity code. It is easy to pay bills and follow your bank balance with an internet banking account. If you are not eligible for online banking, you need to pay your bills by other means, see "Paying bills".


    Currency & money transfer

    Sending/receiving money is best to arrange via your internet bank account in your home country.

    Below please find also money transfer services in Finland / Oulu which are, however, subject of a fee:

    Paying bills

    We recommend to use your internet banking in your home country for paying invoiced bills here in Finland. In shops etc. you may use either cash or your credit/debit card for your purchases.

    If you need to make payments and cannot use your internet banking via your home country, feel free to use the R-kioski (via Collector Bank AB) direct bank transfer services by which you can pay to a Finnish bank account. This is subject to a service fee and may require a Finnish personal identity code. See the information at https://www.r-kioski.fi/palvelut/maksaminen/ (in Finnish only).

    Taxation

    If you are working in Finland and are receiving a salary, then your income may be subject to taxation. If this were, the case, read up more in our section on taxation in "Working in Finland"

  • Finnish Language and Culture

    Finnish language

    Last updated: 7 May 2024

    The Finnish language belongs to the Finno-Ugric language family. It is spoken by the majority of the population in Finland. The other official language in the country is Swedish. Additionally, Sámi languages serve as official languages in certain parts of Lapland.

    Phonetically, Finnish is straightforward, consisting of 8 vowels and 13 consonants. However, it features a rich system of word inflections. Various dialects exist, which can be more challenging to understand compared to standard spoken language.

    Learning Finnish is crucial for successful integration into Finnish culture. Basic survival Finnish skills (everyday phrases) are essential. Without proficiency in Finnish, finding employment in Finland can be very difficult, as only a few companies use English as their official language.

    Our university offers a course called “Finnish Language 1: Survive!” (3 ECTS cr) for all exchange students each term. Additionally, our Language Centre provides more advanced Finnish language courses. Visit our exchange study website, and you’ll find the course implementations currently under “Common Studies”.

    If you cannot participate in our university’s Finnish language courses, consider the self-study course “Finnish for Foreigners 1” (5 ECTS cr) which is offered by Campus Online and taught by Metropolia UAS. Please contact us before reaching out to Campus Online or Metropolia UAS.

    In addition, explore the University of Helsinki’s non-credit course “A Taste of Finnish” for online resources to aid your self-study.

    For nursing exchange students, we recommend checking out “Suomea hoitajille / Finnish for nurses” and “Opi hoitoalan suomea / Learn nursing Finnish” prior to your mobility.

    The City of Oulu’s Villa Victor Multicultural Centre offers non-credit Finnish language courses for self-study during your exchange.

    For other online, non-credit Finnish language courses, visit the “Finnish courses” portal. If you find a suitable course, please contact us before approaching the course provider.

    Feel free to reach out to us at incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @) if you have any questions!

    Finnish culture

    Finland promotes equality in all forms. According to the constitutional law in Finland, people are equal regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, religious views, political views and sexual orientation. In Finland, people are expected to be treated with respect. This applies to the university environment as well.

    Finns are punctual and mostly on time. When making an appointment, you should be on time, and rather five minutes early than five minutes late. Students are expected to join the lectures on time. When a lecture starts at 9 am, it starts at 9 am sharp, and you are expected to be in the classroom before that.

    Finns tend to follow rules and laws. One good example are the traffic lights. When the red light is on, Finns wait until it changes to green even if there is no one even near the crossroads. Another good example are the rules and laws set by the government. People follow them very carefully without challenging the authority, and for instance pay taxes dutifully.

    Finns make fun of themselves and each other in an ironic way. Finns tend to self-depreciate at times, but it does not need to be taken too seriously.

    Nature is important in the Finnish culture, and the outdoors are kept clean. People respect nature, and littering is not acceptable. However, anyone can pick berries and mushrooms from forests and swim in lakes and rivers freely.

    Weather and climate

    In Finland we enjoy a climate with four distinct seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring. Summers are warm and bright, winters cold and dark. The temperature during the summer can rise up to +35 degrees Celsius, and during the winter it can drop down to -35 degrees Celsius.

    The summer lasts for three months (June, July and August), and usually July or August is the warmest month. The autumn starts in late August and lasts until late October when the winter season begins. Snow usually falls at the end of October or the beginning of November. The coldest months are usually January and February. The spring starts in March or April when the snow starts to melt.

    In midsummer, the sun does not set, and in mid-winter the sun does barely rise or not at all. The weather changes constantly during the four seasons. There are no rainy seasons in Finland. It rains throughout the year, and the rain can start very suddenly. However, it usually rains more in the autumn than during other seasons. Cold and dark winters can be a bit depressing, and in midsummer it can be a little difficult to sleep because of the brightness.

    As Oulu is located on the northwest coast near the sea, it is often quite windy. Strong winds increase the effect of cold. When it is -5 degrees Celsius and the wind blows 10 m/s, it feels like -22 degrees Celsius. -20 degrees Celsius is very cold. It is impossible to survive without proper winter clothing in such a cold weather. Be prepared and dress for success:

  • Health Care

    General information

    Last updated: 16 August 17.52. Further updates are possible.

    What kind of health care is available for exchange students?

    You can use public and private health care services in Finland depending on the urgency of the case, your exchange student status and other relevant matters. In the public health care system, you will always receive emergency and urgent medical care. You can receive non-urgent medical care in public health care if required and possible. Under certain conditions, health care services can also be procured from private companies.

    Make sure to obtain sufficient insurance coverage before your exchange. Be prepared to share all relevant medical and insurance information to the health care provider when seeking medical care in Finland. If you come for double degree studies, then you (only!) are entitled to use the Finnish student health care services, see the information and conditions below.

    • EU, EEA, Swiss & Nordic Citizens: You are entitled to use urgent services by the public health care based on your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If you have obtained an additional private insurance, as recommended, you can also use the services of private health care providers.
    • UK Citizens: You are entitled to use the urgent services by the public health care based on your Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). If you have obtained an additional private insurance, as recommended, you can also use the services of private health care providers.
    • Third Country Citzens: You should generally turn to private health care providers and use your private insurance, as required for entering Finland for the purpose of your exchange. The fees of private health care providers are also considerably lower than in public health care, and you can easily reimburse the costs from your private insurance company.
    • Double Degree Students: If you are pursuing a double degree at Oamk, then you (only!) are entitled and should primarily use the services of FSHS (Finnish Student Health Care) for urgent and non-urgent care. As a conditon, you should maintain a European/Global Health Insurance Card (EHIC or UK GHIC) and have informed Kela about it accordingly. If you have no EHIC/GHIC, you must have paid the fee/term to Kela to be able to use FSHS services. In addition, you must also be enrolled as present at Oamk to be eligible for FSHS services. In case FSHS services are not available, you can also use the public health care in certain cases. You can also use private health care services depending on your insurance coverage.

    Rescue & Emergency services may be required in case of a severe accident and major injury requiring immediate attention from public rescue or medical emergency services. Please see the section “Rescue & Emergency services”.

    Urgent services may be required in case of an acute illness of the body or mind. An acute illness is, for example, a minor injury, treatment of a small wound, symptoms of the respiratory system such as influenza or Covid-19. Please see the section “Urgent services”. Urgent services are available in the public and/or private health care.

    Non-urgent services are possibly required concerning health advice, wound care, suture removal and vaccinations. In addition, follow-up medical appointments, treatment of chronic diseases or medical certificates are usually offered as a non-urgent service. These services are available in the public and/or private health care and depend mostly on your insurance coverage.

    You can also get medical help and advice from the public and/or private health care for dental and mental health care in emergency, urgent or non-urgent cases.

    In Oulu and Oulainen, the wellbeing services county “Pohde” is organising public health care services as well as rescue and social services. Pohde operates health care centres (“terveyskeskus” or “hyvinvointikeskus”) with acute receptions for urgent medical care during weekdays – see more below, “Urgent services”.

    Pohde also maintains emergency clinics at hospitals in Northern Ostrobothnia for urgent as well as emergency services in the evenings, at night, during weekends and public holidays – see more below, “Rescue & Emergency services” and “Urgent services”.

    In Oulu and Oulainen, private health care services are available during workdays and partly also in the evenings and during weekends – see more below, “Urgent services”.


    How much does health care cost for regularexchange students?

    Fees usually apply both in public and private health care for walk-in and on-call hours and appointments for a doctor or nurse, as well as medical certificates, laboratory tests etc. Always check the current fees and payment methods directly from the health care provider.

    A penalty fee will be usually charged if you do not use, nor cancel a reserved appointment.

    For more information on patient fees and payment methods in the public health care of the Pohde Wellbeing Services County, please contact invoicing#pohde.fi (korvaa # -> @). Double degree students should consult Kela's information and can turn to FSHS for questions on fees and payments, if applicable.


    What should I bring along when using healthcare services?

    • Your passport / ID card
    • Your Enrolment Certificate from Oamk or your student card from OSAKO (this is not required for students taking part in a blended mobility)
    • Your Insurance Documents such as an Insurance Certificate or Insurance Card (if you have private insurance) and/or your European Health and Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). Make sure the staff of the health care provider makes a copy of your card! Mention that you are an exchange student and not a degree student of Oamk, if applicable.
    • Your Finnish Personal Identity Code (PIC), if available (not relevant for students taking part in a blended mobility and for students staying less than 3 months respectively 90 days.)
    • Some money (cash/credit or debit card, or app) to pay for fees, if applicable.
    • Refreshments and water, if applicable.
    • Mobile phone (and charger) and book etc., if applicable
    • Medical documentation, if applicable
    • Safety equipment (face mask due to Covid-19), if applicable

    Rescue & Emergency services

    Last updated: 8 August 17.45. Further updates are possible.

    Call 112, in case of an emergency and immediate urgent request for

    • medical care
    • police
    • fire rescue

    For more information, please consult the FAQ on the website of the Emergency Response Centre Agency in Finland.

    If possible, please install also the 112 Suomi application on your mobile phone. The app is designed so that you can easily reach the emergency response centre agency and enable location services.



    You can also notify our staff working with incoming students about an emergency situation that has already occurred. Call +358 20 61 10299 (24 h). The number given is for notifications only.

    Urgent services (acute illness)

    Last updated: 17 August 14.02. Further updates are possible.

    In Oulu

    Urgent services may be required in case of an acute illness of the body or mind. An acute illness is, for example, a minor injury, small wound, symptoms of the respiratory system such as influenza or Covid-19 etc. If you fall suddenly ill and are in need of urgent health care services, proceed as follows:

    During weekdays and service hours:

    Turn to the closest public health care centre (“terveyskeskus” or “hyvinvointikeskus”) in the area of your residence. If you are residing at PSOAS’ Routa student dormitory in the Linnanmaa area, please use the services of the Tuira health care centre:

    • Address:
      • Tuira Health Care Centre, Acute Reception
      • Kangastie 12, 90500 Oulu
    • Service hours:
      • Mon–Thu 8-16, at the latest by 15
      • Fri 8–15, at the latest by 14
    • Contact:
      • Go to the health care centre normally without calling in advance or without an appointment. If need be, call beforehand, see the numbers and advice below! Otherwise, go directly to the centre well before the end of the service hours.
      • Take along required documents and be prepared to share your needs and medical information, see the list provided in the section "General information".
      • When entering the centre, take a waiting number from the hall or info desk and take a seat.
      • You will be referred to a nurse in due course of time. A doctor will join the reception if necessary.
      • For calling the centre, see the numbers:
        Customers, surname initials AA-JU (team 1) +358 8 669 2031
        Customers, surname initials JY-LÅ (team 2) + 358 8 669 2032
        Customers, surname initials LÄ-RE (team 3) +358 8 669 2033
        Customers, surname initials RI-ÖÖ (team 4) +358 8 669 2034

        When you call the team in charge in your case, you may need to queue for a little while and hold the line. At first there is a brief automatic welcome message in Finnish and English, and then about a 20 second announcement in Finnish. You are then asked in English, "If you need services in English, press 5". Please do so on your phone and follow the instructions in English. You may then either reach someone directly and/or can leave a call back request. When contacting, mention that you are an exchange student at Oamk and not a degree student.
    • Documentation:
      • If you need a medical certificate or document, or in case you get a referral, make sure you can get it in English. Medical prescriptions are usually electronic, but this may not work for exchange students, so please ask for a hard copy.
    • Fees:
      • Always check the current fees and payment methods when walking in during service hours or calling in advance. A penalty fee of 51,40 EUR will be charged if you do not use, nor cancel a reserved appointment. Fees in public health care are usually due some time after the service. You will receive the invoice by postal mail. If need be, leave the current and your home address with the nurse/doctor at the info desk of the health care centre. For more information on patient fees and payment methods in the public health care of the Pohde Wellbeing Services County, please contact invoicing#pohde.fi (korvaa # -> @).
      • EU citizens: a health care centre fee of 20.90 EUR will be charged for the three first visits to a doctor within a calendar year. Appointments with nurses are free of charge.
      • Non-EU citizens: a health care centre fee of 203 EUR will be charged for each visit to a doctor, and to a nurse 76.37 EUR, within a calendar year. N.B.! For Non-EU citizens visits to a doctor or nurse are generally more affordable in the private health centres, see links below.

    In the evenings, at night, during weekends and public holidays:

    Turn to the Oulu Region Joint Emergency Clinic (“Oulun seudun yhteispäivystys”):

    • Address:
    • Service hours:
      • 24 h, for emergency and urgent care outside of service hours of health care centres
    • Contact:
      • Please always call first the Medical Helpline, 116 117 (24 h).
        The Medical Helpline staff conducts an initial assessment of the need for care over the phone and provides instructions if necessary. Follow the instructions.
      • If you are admitted to the emergency clinic, we recommend to go to the emergency clinic with a fellow student for possible assistance, if applicable. Please follow safety guidelines in place due to Covid-19.
      • Take along required documents and be prepared to share your needs and medical information, see the list provided in the section "General information".
      • When entering the emergency clinic (entrance A1) you will have to register first. You can call staff at the info desk for help. Enter the main waiting area, if advised.
      • Take a seat, if possible, and wait to be called in for an assessment and/or treatment. You may be referred to other waiting areas of the emergency clinic. Follow the guidelines of the medical staff and markers on the floor. In the waiting areas, you usally find vendors for snacks. Tab water is provided for free. There are also electric sockets to charge your mobile phone.
    • Documentation:
      • If you need a medical certificate or document, or in case you get a referral, make sure you can get it in English. Medical prescriptions are usually electronic, but this may not work for exchange students, so please ask for a hard copy.
    • Fees:
      • Always check the current fees and payment methods when visiting the emergency clinic. Fees in public health care are usually due some time after the service. You will receive the invoice by postal mail. If need be, leave the current and your home address at the info desk of the emergency clinic. For more information on patient fees and payments in the public health care of the Pohde Wellbeing Services County, please contact invoicing#pohde.fi (korvaa # -> @).
      • During on-call hours an emergency fee of EUR 41.70 per clinic visit will be charged. If the illness requires a consultation with a doctor, an outpatient fee of 20.90 EUR (during 8-20) and 41.70 EUR (during 20-8) will be charged. Fees may be different for EU and Non-EU citizens - check the current fees with the emergency clinic reception. Traveller's insurances usually cover costs incurred at public health care facilities (except penalty fees).

    Private health care:

    There is also a number of private health care providers in Oulu serving during weekdays and at different times in the evening and partly on weekends. Please check the opening hours and conditions for services offered directly with the private health care provider, see links below. The customer/patient is liable for all the costs, and you normally have to pay the fees right after the treatment at the info desk of the private health care provider. If you have a traveller's insurance, the insurance usually covers the expenses for private medical care depending on the insurance plan and conditions. Please check the terms of your insurance and immediately apply for reimbursment of your costs after the appointment. Take along the same documents as required in the public healh care, and be prepared to share your medical information.



    In Oulainen

    During weekdays and service hours:

    Turn to the Oulainen health care centre:

    • Address:
    • Service hours:
      • Mon–Fri 8-16, at the latest by 15.00
    • Contact:
      • Go to the health care centre, normally without calling in advance or without an appointment. If need be, call beforehand, +358 84 793 401. Otherwise, go directly to the centre well before the end of the service hours.
      • Take along required documents and be prepared to share your needs and medical information, see the list provided in the section "General information".
      • When entering the centre, take a waiting number from the hall or info desk and take a seat.
      • You will be referred to a nurse in due course of time. A doctor will join the reception if necessary.
    • Documentation:
      • If you need a medical certificate or document, or in case you get a referral, make sure you can get it in English. Medical prescriptions are usually electronic, but this may not work for exchange students, so please ask for a hard copy.
    • Fees:
      • Always check the current fees and payment methods when walking in during service hours or calling in advance. A penalty fee of 51,40 EUR will be charged if you do not use, nor cancel a reserved appointment. Fees in public health care are usually due some time after the service. You will receive the invoive by postal mail. If need be, leave the current and your home address with the nurse/doctor at the info desk of the health care centre. For more information on patient fees and payments in the public health care of the Pohde Wellbeing Services County, please contact invoicing#pohde.fi (korvaa # -> @).
      • EU citizens: a health care centre fee of 20.90 EUR will be charged for the three first visits to a doctor within a calendar year. Appointments with nurses are free of charge.
      • Non-EU citizens: a health care centre fee of 203 EUR will be charged for each visit to a doctor, and to a nurse 76.37 EUR, within a calendar year. N.B.! For Non-EU citizens visits to a doctor or nurse are generally more affordable in the private health centres, see links below.

    In the evenings, at night, during weekends and public holidays:

    • Turn to the Oulaskangas Joint Emergency Clinic (“Oulaskankaan yhteispäivystys”):
    • Address:
    • Service hours:
      • 24 h, for emergency and urgent care outside of service hours of the health care centre
      • Entrance B1 between 8.00 and 22.00
      • Entrance B2 between 22.00 and 8.00
    • Contact:
      • Please always call first the Medical Helpline, 116 117 (24 h).
        The Medical Helpline staff conducts an initial assessment of the need for care over the phone and provides instructions if necessary. Follow the instructions.
      • If you are admitted to the emergency clinic, we recommend to go to the emergency clinic with a fellow student for possible assistance, if applicable. Please follow safety guidelines in place due to Covid-19.
      • Take along required documents and be prepared to share your needs and medical information, see the list provided in the section "General information"
      • When entering the emergency clinic you will have to register first. You can call staff at the info desk for help. Enter the main waiting area, if advised.
      • Take a seat, if possible, and wait to be called in for an assessment and/or treatment. You may be referred to other waiting areas of the emergency clinic. Follow the guidelines of the medical staff. In the waiting areas, you usally find vendors for snacks. Tab water is provided for free. There are also electric sockets to charge your mobile phone.
    • Documentation:
      • If you need a medical certificate or document, or in case you get a referral, make sure you can get it in English. Medical prescriptions are usually electronic, but this may not work for exchange students, so please ask for a hard copy.
    • Fees:
      • Always check the current fees when visiting the emergency clinic. Fees in public health care are usually due some time after the service. You will receive the invoive by postal mail. If need be, leave the current and your home address at the info desk of the emergency clinic. For more information on patient fees and payments in the public health care of the Pohde Wellbeing Services County, please contact invoicing#pohde.fi (korvaa # -> @).
      • The fee on weekdays 16.00 – 20.00 is 20.90 EUR, at other times 41.70 EUR per visit. Fees may be different for EU and Non-EU citizens - check the current fees with the emergency clinic reception. Traveller's insurances usually cover costs incurred at public health care facilities (except penalty fees).

    Private health care:

    There is also a private medical clinic in Oulainen. In the private sector the customer/patient is liable for all the costs, and you normally have to pay the fees right after the treatment at the info desk of the private health care provider. If you have a traveller's insurance, the insurance usually covers the expenses for private medical care depending on the insurance plan and conditions. Please check the terms of your insurance and immediately apply for reimbursment of your costs after the appointment. Take along the same documents as required in the public healh care, and be prepared to share your medical information.

    Private medical clinic in Oulainen: Medika

    Mental health

    Last updated: 13 September 12.30. Further updates are possible.

    Exchange students are entitled to public mental health care basically only in urgent or acute cases. Treatment and psychological assessment in public health care centres, emergency or psychatric clinics will be charged according to the common fees in public health care.

    Double degree students (only!) are entitled to use mental health services of FSHS (Finnish Student Health Care), if they have paid the fee/term, or emailed Kela the EHIC/GHIC, and are enrolled at Oamk.

    Anyone can also seek counselling for study-related matters from the study psychologists of Oamk. In addition, you can use counselling offered by mental health and student organisations and the church’s student chaplaincy. Below please find relevant links, further contacts and resources.

    In Oulu

    During weekdays and service hours:

    Urgent public mental health care is available as follows:

    • Tuira Health Care Centre, Acute Reception, Kangastie 12, 90500 Oulu

    Please follow the procedure as described in the section “Urgent care”. A referral to the Oulu University Hospital, Psychiatric Clinic, can be provided by a primary care doctor at the health care centre.

    • Oulu University Hospital, Psychiatric Clinic, Peltolantie 13, Ward 1A/B, 90230 Oulu. Appointments and information at +358 8 315 6707. Serves during day-time, Mon-Fri 8-15. The clinic is associated with the Oulu University Hospital and basically a referral is required from the health care centre.
    • The Oulu Crisis Centre can assist and support exchange students in acute crisis situations. You can contact the centre at tel. +358 44 3690 500 on Mon-Fri 9-14, Kirkkokatu 19 A 10 (3rd floor). The services of the Crisis Centre are free of charge.

    In the evening, at night and during weekends and public holidays:

    Turn to the Oulu Region Joint Emergency Clinic (“Oulun seudun yhteispäivystys”):

    • Please follow the procedure as described in the section “Urgent care”. A referral to the Oulu University Hospital, Psychiatric Clinic, can be provided by a primary care doctor at the joint emergency clinic.
    • Oulu University Hospital, Psychiatric Clinic, Peltolantie 13, Ward 1A/B, 90230 Oulu. Appointments and information at +358 8 315 6707. Serves during day-time, Mon-Fri 8-15. The clinic is associated with the Oulu University Hospital and basically a referral is required from the joint emergency clinlic.

    There is also a number of private health care providers in Oulu offering mental health care services. Please see the links and information in the section “Urgent services”, and below:


    In Oulainen

    During weekdays and service hours:

    Urgent public mental health care is available as follows:

    • Oulainen Health Care Centre, Acute Reception, Reservikomppaniankatu 7-9, 86300 Oulainen. Please follow the procedure as described in the section “Urgent care”. A referral to relevant mental health care services can be provided by a primary care doctor at the health care centre.
    • Tuuma Mental Health Care Unit, +358 44 479 3470, Mon-Fri, 8.15-9.30 and 13-14
    • Oulainen Mental Health Care Unit, +358 44 479 3475, Mon-Fri 8-9 and 11.30-12.

    In the evening, at night and during weekends and public holidays:

    Turn to the Oulaskangas Joint Emergency Clinic (“Oulaskankaan yhteispäivystys”):

    • Please follow the procedure as described in the section “Urgent care”. A referral to relevant mental health care services can be provided by a primary care doctor at the joint emergency clinic.

    There may be also private health care providers in Oulainen offering mental health care services. Please see the link, e.g. Terveystalo, and information in the section “Urgent services”.


    Links, further contacts and resources

    Feel free to consult staff and university chaplains of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church. You can meet the church’s staff on campus during certain times or upon appointment for a chat over a cup of coffee/tea (check Oiva announcements) or contact them separately.

    You can also always contact the international coordinators at Oamk for further information and advice.

    We also would encourage you to use the following material and resources. It is good to address problems, prevent and solve these - better sooner than later:

    Useful resources by Oamk:

    Useful material by The Finnish Association for Mental Health (posters):

    There is also great stuff by Nyyti Association for Student Mental Health:

    Resources provided by the study psychologist:

    Dental health

    Last updated: 17 August 12.20. Further updates are possible.

    Exchange students are entitled to public dental health care basically only in urgent or acute cases. Treatment in public dental clinics will be charged according to the health care centre fees.

    Double degree students (only!) are entitled to use dental health services of FSHS (Finnish Student Health Care), if they have paid the fee/term, or emailed Kela the EHIC/GHIC, and are enrolled at Oamk.


    In Oulu

    During weekdays and service hours:

    Urgent public dental care is available by an appointment at the local dental clinics. Please contact +358 8 6692030. The line is open Mon-Thu 8-16, Fri 8-16. When contacting, mention that you are an exchange student at Oamk and not a degree student.

    • Address: Kangastie 12, 90500 Oulu
    • Service hours: Mon-Thu 7.45-15.30, Fri 7.45-15

    In the evening, at night and during weekends and public holidays:

    Call the emergency dental clinic, before going there. You can reach it by calling the Medical Helpline 116 117 and/or +358 564 3226 (24/7) and/or +358 44 703 6426 (Sat-Sun 10-15).

    • Address: Dentopolis, Aapistie 3, 90220 Oulu
    • Service hours:
      • Weekends and public holidays 10-15.
      • Weekdays from 16 onwards.
    Take along required documents and be prepared to share your needs and medical information, see the list provided in the section "General information".

    There are also many private dental clinics in Oulu:


    In Oulainen

    During weekdays and service hours:

    Urgent public dental care is available by an appointment at the local dental clinic. In Oulainen, you can contact the public on-call-duty dentist Mon-Fri 8-16, Tel. +358 44 479 3454 for further advice. When contacting, mention that you are an exchange student at Oamk and not a degree student.

    In the evening, at night and during weekends and public holidays:

    Call the emergency dental clinic, before going there. You can reach it by calling the Medical Helpline 116 117 and/or +358 564 3226 (24/7) and/or +358 44 703 6426 (Sat-Sun 10-15).

    • Address: Dentopolis, Aapistie 3, 90220 Oulu
    • Service hours:
      • Weekends and public holidays 10-15.
      • Weekdays from 16 onwards.

    Take along required documents and be prepared to share your needs and medical information, see the list provided in the section "General information".

    There are also a private dental clinics in Oulainen:


    Medicines

    Last updated: 17 August 14.20. Further updates are possible.

    Medicines are sold at pharmacies ("apteekki"), which are usually open Mon-Fri 9-18 and Sat 9-14. Some pharmacies serve also at other times, see below. Please notice that in Finland chemists and drugstores sell only cosmetics.

    If you need a prescribed medicine or have a medication plan, please contact the closest public health care centre for advice. If you have a private traveller's or health insurance, you can also seek advice from private health care providers. See our section on "Health care" > "Urgent Care" and "Insurance".

    In Oulu:

    • Linnanmaan Apteekki, in the precinct of the Prisma nearby PSOAS Routa dormitory, Kauppalinnankuja 1-3, 90570 Oulu
      Mon-Fri 8-20, Sat 9-17, Sun11-17
    • Yliopiston Apteekki, Isokatu 27, 90100 Oulu
      Mon-Fri 7-23, Sat-Sun 8-23
    • Rotuaarin Apteekki in the pedestrian precinct Rotuaari
      Mon-Fri 8.30-20, Sat 10-18 and Sun 11-18.


    In Oulainen, Oulaisten Apteekki, Rautatienkatu 5, is open Mon-Fri 9-20, Sat 9-15.

    Chronic Diseases, Special Needs & Accessibility

    Chronic Diseases

    If you need treatment and medication of a chronic disease during your exchange at Oamk, please mention this in your application already.

    You must organise the treatment and manage medication yourself, and should contact contact the public or private health care in Oulu or Oulainen well in advance before your exchange to Oamk.

    Please check beforehand relevant information provided by the Finnish Contact Point for Cross-Border Health Care, and contact them for questions in your case:

    If you are a EU citizen, check also the European Commission's information on planned medical treatment.

    If need be, do not hesitate to reach out to us at incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @).


    Special Needs & Accessibility

    If you have a special need of any kind, please mention this already in your exchange application to Oamk. In addition, please contact us at incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @) and possibly also your international academic coordinator of your exchange study programme, and agree on possible support measures and for the details of services available. You can follow up on these then in the beginning of your studies/traineeship e.g. during the orientation days or kickoff meeting.

    All the premises of Oamk are accessible with a wheelchair and special toilets are available for disabled persons. Special arrangements for exams have to be agreed separately with the staff, either with the international academic coordinator of your exchange study programme or directly with a teacher/supervisor of a traineeship/project work/art production. There are also computer services for disabled persons. Feel free to obtain more detailed information on accessibility in your studies.

    We also recommend to contact the Student Housing Foundation in Northern Finland (PSOAS) before your exchange. PSOAS offers accommodation for you in the Routa dormitory, which is located only 300 m from our Linnanmaa campus.

    Vaccination

    Last updated: 14 September 13.45

    General recommendations (see for case-specific requirements further below)

    There are usually no vaccination requirements for Finland, but it is good to check possible recommendations for your own health. Oamk and/or The Pohde Wellbeing Services County of North Ostrobothnia recommends the following vaccinations for all exchange students:

      • Polio vaccine
      • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine
      • DT (diphtheria and tetanus) or DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine
      • Influenza vaccine
      • Covid-19 vaccine is recommended for all students and escpecially for students pursuing practical training or a traineeship in certain health and social care fields. N.B.! In Finland, the wellbeing services counties such as Pohde in North Ostrobothnia are responsible to arrange vaccinations free of charge for permanent residents. Also, people residing temporarily in Finland can obtain vaccination free of charge. Exchange students staying longer than 3 months can get a suitable vaccination or follow-up vaccination for free depending on the schedule and order of priority for different vaccination groups. Check whether you are eligible for vaccination and making an appointment from your local public health care centre. You'll find the phone number in the section "Urgent services". If you are from a Third Country you will be charged a 76.37 EUR fee for an appointment with a nurse (vaccination is free of charge). The fee is also charged if you are from a EU or Nordic country and if you do not have a certificate of entitlement to medical care with you (European Health Insurance Card EHIC issued by another country, an official identity card or a passport).
        Kindly note that it is not possible to book an appointment online for exchange students, but you should enquire about and book a vaccination appointment by phone. In your enquiry, be ready to share your insurance status, citizenship and duration of stay. If applicable, mention also a possible previous Covid-19 vaccination, infection/recovery and provide other relevant information to the health care service staff. When making the vaccination appointment or at the latest when getting vaccinated, ask how to get a certificate, as exchange students cannot access the My Kanta national health system. Normally you can get the vaccination certificate from your local public health care centre. For the vaccination, take along your passport/ID card, enrolment certificate from Oamk (also PDF version), EHIC/GHIC and/or insurance card, and any medical documentation you may have regarding Covid-19. See also THL's information on Covid-19 vaccinations.


    Special requirements for health and social care students pursuing practical training

    If you intend to pursue practical training in health and social care (apart from optometry) at Oamk or a third party (hospital etc.) as an exchange student, you must have specific vaccinations or, if applicable, proof of having suffered a certain disease. Radiography and radiation therapy students pursuing practical training must also have certain certificates and data sheets in English, see in detail at the checklist. Also, certain tests may be required for practical training, if applicable. The required vaccinations and tests are based on the Finnish Communicable Diseases Act (1227/2016, especially §48, in Finnish or Swedish). They have been set in place to protect yourself as well as patients and clients in health and social care. The practical training provider is not required to accept a student who does not meet the requirements. Make sure to get the required vaccinations and possible tests in your home country, that is, before your arrival in Finland. Please use our checklist for this purpose – it is for your own use only! Do not email the checklist but be prepared to show relevant documentation to your practical training provider. Normally, an oral statement is sufficient, but some tests may require you to bring a report or statement from a health care official in your home country. The practical training provider eventually advises how to give sufficient proof, and is thereby bound by the Finnish law on communicable diseases, occupational health and safety, as well as data protection and privacy. In case of questions, feel free to turn to incoming.students@oamk.fi. We will then get you in touch with the academic staff in charge of vaccinations on the part of Oamk.


    Special recommendations for professional teacher education students pursuing teaching practice

    If you intend to pursue a teaching practice at Oamk or a third party (school etc.) as an exchange student, we recommend the vaccinations listed in the section "General recommendations". We recommend these to protect yourselves and others in the educational setting you are working in. Make sure to get the recommended vaccinations as you see fit, and in your home country, that is, before your arrival in Finland. You do not need to give proof of your vaccinations, but you can share about these orally at the place of your teaching practice, if need be. In case of questions, feel free to turn to incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @).


    Special requirements for students meeting any of the following tuberculosis (TB) risk criteria

    You need to provide relevant TB examination documentation after admission to Oamk to your practical training or teaching practice provider or (if you are not coming for practical training or a teaching practice) to the local public health care, in case you:

      • Were born in a high-risk country (see below)
      • Have lived for 12 months or more in a high-risk country (see below)
      • Have worked in health care for 3 months or more in a high-risk country (see below)
      • Have taken care of a tuberculosis patient without a proper facemask
      • Have been in close contact with a patient with tuberculosis
      • Please consult beforehand if you suffer from persistent cough (more than 3 weeks)
      • High-risk countries for TB: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Kongo, Djibouti, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Hongkong, Indonesia, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kirgizia, Kiribati, Kongo, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan,Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tuvalu, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


    Sources and further information:

    Covid-19

    Last updated: 15 August 16.25. Further updates are possible.

    The symptoms of a Covid-19 infection are similar to influenza and stomach flu or infections of the respiratory system. Symptoms include, for example, fever, cough, headache, nausea, diarrhea, unusual fatigue, muscle pain, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of smell or taste.

    The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is continually updating Covid-19 information and guidelines on a nationa level. The most central message is that Covid-19 is one virus among others, so you can go to studies and campuses once you are fit. If you get sick, stay at home until the symptoms have clearly decreased and the fever is gone.

    Maintain generally a good hand, coughing and sneezing hygiene regarding all possible infections.

    If you need to enquire about Covid-19 treatment, or medical certificates, please contact your local public health care centre. You'll find the phone number in the section "Urgent services".

    In Finland, testing for Covid-19 without having symptoms is not common. "Fit to travel" certificates are currently available in Finland only in the private health care, and at your own cost.

    Our university recommends to get vaccinated. Pohde provides vaccination against Covid-19 also for exchange students. Check the information on the procedure and your eligibility at u.oamk.fi/healthcare > Vaccination.


    Further links and information for all students:

    Substance abuse

    Our university has devised a substance abuse policy

    • to promote students’ capacity for studying and well-being,
    • to prevent harm from substance use by increasing, for example, intoxicant-related discussion in our study community
    • encourage students to talk about their worries, and
    • give procedures for interfering in a student’s substance abuse problem and referral for treatment.

    The policy also applies to exchange students, where applicable. If you have questions, please contact incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @) for guidance and advice.

    See also further information in the section "Mental health" and "Further links".

  • Insurance

    Last updated: 24 November 2023 at 09.04

    All exchange students must obtain at least the following insurance coverage before leaving for Finland. Please obtain a suitable insurance in time and make sure that the insurance is valid for your entire stay and travel to and from Finland:

    Insurance coverage

      • Health care costs incurred for an illness or accident of the insured
        • Third Country citizens: required, minimum coverage
          • 120 000 EUR if your are coming in the frame of a residence permit for studies or by means of a mobility notification (stays longer than 90 days/3 months), or
          • 30 000 EUR if you are coming by means of a visa (usually stays less than 90 days/3 months depending on visa requirements).
          • N.B.! Always check the health insurance requirements from the offical authorities in charge of issuing residence permits or approving mobility notifications (Finnish Immigration Service, Migri) or visa (Finnish missions abroad/in your home country). See more at u.oamk.fi/visaresidencepermit
        • EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, UK citizens:
          European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) required. As a holder of the aforementioned insurance card, you are entitled to receive medically necessary treatment in public health care for the same client fee as a Finnish resident during your temporary stay in Finland. Oamk requires you to also obtain an additional private insurance which provides supplementary coverage for costs arising from illness, medical treatment, accidents and other situations. A private insurance covers also costs of repatriation, medical evacuation and mortal remains of the insured etc. – these are not covered by EHIC or GHIC (!).
        • All students: check the conditions of your insurance also for possible coverage of vaccination, tests and certificates, and treatment, e.g. for Covid-19, as well as for flexible or refundable travel tickets in case of illness at the time of your journey
      • Repatriation, medical evacuation and mortal remains of the insured: required
      • Personal property/luggage/household effects of the insured: required
      • Civil or personal liability insurance covering costs for e.g. personal injury or material damage caused by the insured to a third party.
        • Students admitted to exchange studies: required
        • Students admitted to supervised practical training or a traineeship: required, see also the section at the end of this page.

    Insurance companies

     

    Finnish insurance companies do not grant insurance to foreigners whose stay in Finland cannot be considered to be permanent. Oamk lists the following international, reliable and solvent insurance companies providing insurances for exchange students.

     

    Please purchase any insurance that meets Oamk's criteria and suits your needs and situation. Please check the coverage based on the company’s insurance policy and documents. Check the terms thoroughly directly with the insurance company.

     

    Consult also your home university and family/own insurance company whether they provide any insurance coverage for your exchange in Finland.

     

    Students admitted to supervised practical training or equivalent educational activities at Oamk (e.g. in an educational school or department, laboratory in Oamk's premises) or at a third party (e.g. in a company, organisation, association, school, hospital etc.):

     

    According to Finnish law (Tort Liability Act, ‘vahingonkorvauslaki’), a person who deliberately or negligently causes injury or damage to another person, is liable for the resulting damages. For this reason, you must have your own personal liability insurance, as any other exchange student.  In case of a damage caused to a third party, Oamk’s or the traineeship provider’s own liability insurance (‘vastuuvakuutus’) may also apply. This will be evaluated by the insurance companies on a case-by-case basis. Students admitted to supervised practical training in health care (e.g. hospitals) are covered according to the the statutory injury treatment insurance ('potilasvahinkovakuutus') of the practical training provider (e.g. hospitals).

  • Living Expenses

    Exchange students are exempt from paying for tuition (there may be exceptions to this general rule especially regarding the visiting / free mover students). Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. Living costs in Oulu and Finland are quite on par with those of the most capital regions in Europe.

    As a general rule Oamk cannot, unfortunately, support exchange students financially. Usually the grants are paid by students' home institutions and therefore you should consult the international office of your own university for details on financial support for studies abroad.

    Costs for international students are estimated to be: 

    Travel (use green travel opportunities such as bus/train, if possible): 600 - 1000 EUR
    Accommodation: 350 - 500 EUR/month
    Lunch at student canteens (subsidised): min. approx. 2 - 4 EUR/day
    Self catering: 85 - 200 EUR/month
    Other expenses: 85 - 200 EUR
    Insurance: approx. 25 EUR/month
    Residence permit or visa (for Third Country students only and depending on the duration of stay): 350 EUR
    EU registration (for EU, Liechtenstein and Swiss citizens only and if stay lasts more than 3 months): 54 EUR

    It has been estimated that an average exchange student spends 700 - 1000 euro a month.

    Students who are members of the student union and have paid the membership fee are entitled to various discounts for transportation costs and student meals.

    Third Country citizens must provide proof of adequate funds to cover your costs during your stay in Finland when applying for the residence permit to the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri). This income requirement is for a student min. 560 EUR/month. This can be considered as the absolute minimum sum of money with which you can support yourself in Finland.

  • Shopping

    Finland is a relatively expensive country regarding food, clothes and other utensils. Below you will find information on different kind of stores and shops: what kind of goods they sell and what the price level is in general. Note! During public holidays, many shops are either closed or working on a different schedule. You can take a look at the shop’s website in order to check whether or not it is open.

    Food products (names and prices)

    Milk (maito), 1 litre = 1 euro

    Bread (leipä) = 1 – 4 euros

    Potatoes (peruna), 1 kilogram = 70 cents

    Butter (voi), 500 grams = 1.50 – 3 euros

    Cheese (juusto), 500 grams = 5 euros

    Eggs (muna), 12 eggs = 1 euros

    Bananas (banaani), 1 kilogram = 1 – 2.50 euros

    Tomatoes (tomaatti), 1 kilogram = 80 cents – 4 euros

    Cucumber (kurkku) (1 piece) = 80 cents – 2.50 euros

    Wheat flour (vehnäjauho), 1 kilogram = 80 cents – 1.50 euros

    Juice (mehu), 1 litre = 70 cents – 2.50 euros

    Minced meat (jauheliha), 400 grams = 2 – 4.50 euros

    Fish (kala), 500 grams = 7 - 10 euros

    Coffee (kahvi), 500 grams = 4 - 7 euros

    Tea (tee) = 3 - 4 euros

    On average, a student spends about 150 - 200 EUR per month on food.

    Grocery and general stores

    You will find the following grocery stores in the Linnanmaa district or close to it. Distances from the Routa dormitory:

    • Prisma in Linnanmaa (500 m)
    • K-Supermarket, Tokmanni & Sale in Kaijonharju (2 km)
    • K-Citymarket in Rusko (4 km).

    Please check our information on ordering food or groceries online and delivery to your place of residence. For example, PSOAS Routa dormitory, Tutkijantie 2, 90570 Oulu.

    Consult the information and video tutorials below for detailed instructions. Remember to create first a K-Tunnus account.

    Also, come up with a shared shopping list in English, and then translate it into Finnish. We suggest that one person places the online shopping order for the home delivery.

    If need be, ask your peer tutor(s) to assist remotely via Zoom or Teams when placing your order. Make sure to leave a note in the system before ordering, and be around at the time and place of delivery.

    Groceries
    Supermarket Notes
    K-Ruoka
    (Citymarket Rusko or K-Supermarket in Kaijonharju
    Video recording from hands-on session (autumn 2020)

    Video tutorials in English:

    1. Registering your email and account
    This can be done also in English at https://www.k-tunnus.fi/ (Switch to English in the upper left corner of the website, and then click "Log in" in the upper right corner, and choose "Create K-Tunnus")
    2. Adding products to your shopping bag and choosing the way and time of delivery (12,90 EUR)
    3. Paying with credit card upon delivery
    Prisma Linnanmaa: Delivery not possible without a Finnish phone number
    Help from people *not* in quarantine / tutor etc. 1. Write up a list in whatsapp or a shared document for e.g. Linnanmaa Prisma
    2. Agree on payment and delivery following safety guidelines
    Food delivery (meals)
    Portal/App Notes
    Foodora Order prepared food online. Payment with credit card.
    Wolt Order prepared food online. Payment with credit card.

    Ruokaboksi
    Order ingredients and recipe, cook by yourself.
    Restaurants
    close to Linnanmaa
    Notes
    Baabel Free delivery over 20 euros
    Xiao Long Order 4 get free delivery
    Amigo Order 3 get free delivery


    Raksila markets (Sale, Prisma, and Citymarket) are located in Raksila district. These markets are usually open on weekdays from 8 am to 9 pm, on Saturdays from 8 am to 9 pm, and on Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm. Sale is open 24/7. These markets sell groceries, kitchen utilities, clothes, and so on. There is also a pharmacy, a second-hand shop and Alko in the same building as Sale. Prices in these markets are average level.

    Lidl is an internationally operating German grocery shop chain. It is known as an affordable shop selling groceries and some other daily goods like kitchen utensils. Lidl stores are open on weekdays from 8 am to 9 pm, on Saturdays from 8 am to 9 pm, and on Sundays from 11 pm to 7 pm. There are four Lidl in Oulu, and you can find them in the following districts:

    Lidl city centre, Isokatu 51, Lidl Tuira, Tuirantie 14, Lidl Hiironen, Ruukinkuja 1, Lidl Haapalehto, Karttatie 2, Lidl Karjasilta, Paljetie 12.

    Our department of natural resources also arranges a local food market called "Likis!" every once in a while. See more at https://www.facebook.com/LikisOulu/.


    The general stores listed below sell all sorts of goods (clothes, kitchen utensils, sport equipment, tools, and so on), except groceries, for a relatively affordable price.

    • Halpa-Halli, Nuottasaarentie 5
    • Kärkkäinen, Alasintie 12
    • Tokmanni (sells also groceries), Sammonkatu 5 and Jukolankuja 1–3 and Kansipojantie 1

    Clothing

    Most of the grocery and general stores sell clothes as well, but if you want to buy fashion, you should head to the city centre. Most fashion and design shops are located in the heart of the city. You will easily find all the shops selling fashion and brands if you head to Rotuaari Pedestrian Street and Valkea Mall.

    Our students also maintain a shop termed "Kurestore" downtown Oulu - you will find there many Finnish and local brands.

    Second-hand & Computer stores

    Second-hand stores sell all kinds of second-hand goods, clothes, furniture, kitchen utensils and so on at reasonable prices. There are many second-hand shops in Oulu. By buying second-hand goods, you can save nature and money.

    A list of all second-hand shops and their locations: kirpputorihaku.com > Valitse kaupunki (select town) > Oulu www.kirpputorihaku.com/kirpputori/oulu


    Stores selling second-hand laptops and computers

    The following shops sell second-hand laptops and computers and some other computer devices at relatively cheap prices.


    Ethnic stores

    More and more ehtnic stores pop up in Oulu

    • T.T. Asian Market: Asian groceries
    • Maustekauppa Amira: spices and small nibbles
    • Aasia Ruoka, Hallituskatu 28
    • Naza Market, Merikoskenkatu 5
    • Asia Market, oposite to railway station

    Sports stores

    You will find sports equipment in general or special sports stores:

    • Intersport Oulu Joutsensilta, Paljekuja 5
    • Top-Sport, Ritaharjuntie 49
    • Budget Sport, Kempeleentie 4
    • XXL, Alasintie 8
    • Stadium Oulu City, Kauppurienkatu 9

    Bicycles

    The easiest way to move around and commute in Oulu is by bike.

    • PSOAS Bicycles (for free use, Routa dormitory)
    • Cykkeli Bicycles in Toppila Center (second-hand bicycles and maintenance social enterprise)
    • Kestävän Kehityksen Keskus (second-hand bicycles centre of sustainable development)
    • Pyörä-Suvala: new and second-hand bikes, Lekatie 2
    • Jussin Pyöräpiste: new and second-hand bikes, Valtatie 49
    • Oulun Special Bike: new and second-hand bikes, Saaristonkatu 31
    • Suomen Polkupyörätukku Oy: new and second-hand bikes, Taka-Lyötyn aukio 4
    • Oulun Urheiluvälinen divari: second-hand bikes, Valtatie 57
    • Urheilu-Ulappa: new and second-hand bikes, Ratamotie 56

    Importing or receiving goods

    If you import or receive goods from outside of Finland, remember to check the customs rules. Some goods are taxable and some tax-free.

    From the Customs’ website you can find information on importing different kind of goods into Finland (such as household goods, motor vehicles), and about the tax treatment.

    For more information

    Finnish customs: tulli.fi tulli.fi/en/frontpage

  • Travelling

    Last updated: 15 August 2023 at 17.00

    You have made a good choice in coming to Oamk. Even if it may seem as a distant location from home, it can be reached fairly easily by many means of transportation.

    Please see the travel conenctions below. In addition, follow the steps outlined at u.oamk.fi/arrival.

    N.B.! All prices, services and service hours described hereafter are presented as directive and can fluctuate or change. Prices have been checked last in March 2023.

    By airplane to Oulu

    Finland and Oulu can be easily reached by air; several airlines fly regularly to the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, the main airport of Finland.

    Oulu Airport is the second busiest airport in Finland with numerous daily connections from/to Helsinki. Finnair and Norwegian Air Shuttle have several daily flight connections between Helsinki and Oulu. On normal weekdays there are up to 15 return flight connections between Helsinki and Oulu.

    There are also seasonal services from/to Alicante, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Information about the Oulu Airport and other airports in Finland and travel connections to and from the airports is available on the website of the Finnish airport operator Finavia.

    The Finnish airport operator Finavia’s website provides a handy tool for searching flight connections to/from Finnish airports: Search flight connections.

    Kindly note that it is not possible to stay overnight at the Oulu Airport, as the terminal is closed between 2 am and 4 am.

    Connections from the Oulu airport

    Oulu Airport – Oulu
    Oulu Airport is located in Oulunsalo ca 14 km southwest of the centre of Oulu. You can travel to the centre of Oulu by a local bus or by a taxi.

    There is a regular local bus connection on the bus lines 8 and 9 from the Oulu Airport terminal to the centre of Oulu. Journey time is about 30 min. Oulu Airport is located in the local transport zone B. A single bus ticket from the airport to the city centre costs 5.80 EUR (double price at night between 11 pm and 4.30 am).

    Buses to the centre run on weekday peak hours approximately every 15-30 minutes, in weekday evenings every 40 minutes and at other times once in an hour. The last bus leaves from Oulu Airport Sunday-Friday at 01:20 and on Saturdays at 01:45. See the timetable. Both bus lines 8 and 9 also pass by Välkkylä residence halls (on line 8 Välkkylä is before downtown and on line 9 after the downtown). The bus stop at the airport is some 50 m to the right from the terminal exit.

    If you have a lot of luggage you may also consider taking a taxi, see our section on "Local transportation in Oulu". A taxi to downtown Oulu costs about 35 EUR depending on the journey, number of passengers and time of the day. There is a taxi rank right outside the terminal building. Taxi fares are not regulated, so please check the price before boarding a taxi (the price list has to be visible both in the rear side windows and inside the cars).


    Further information elsewhere on the internet:

    By train to Oulu or Oulainen

    There are numerous daily trains from Helsinki to Oulu. The journey time is usually ca 6-8 hours (9-10 hours on the overnight trains). To take a train to Oulu you should first go from Helsinki Airport to Tikkurila or Helsinki Central Railway Station. Most train connections to Oulu depart from Helsinki Central Railway Station. Only a few night trains depart from Pasila Car Carrier Station (and not from Helsinki Central Railway Station - and not from Pasila Railway Station, either). All long haul trains to Oulu call also at Tikkurila station in Vantaa which is the closest long distance railway station from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Some trains will also call at Oulainen (100 km south of Oulu) if you are going to our Oulainen department.

    You can take the train from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and change the train either in Tikkurila, Pasila or Helsinki Central Railway Station to a train bound for Oulu.

    For train timetables and fares, please see the VR website or call to VR’s English phone service, tel. 0600 41 900 (from abroad +358 600 41 900).

    Oulu Railway Station

    The Oulu Railway Station is in the centre of the city. From the Railway Station it is about 500 m to downtown. There is an underpass connecting the railway station side to the bus station side of the tracks. You can take a Citybus directly from the railway station to downtown Oulu.

    Further information elsewhere on the internet:
    - VR – Finnish Railways: www.vr.fi

    Once you are in Oulu and are enrolled to our university (not before your exchange!), you can get a discount for the Finnish Railways (VR) with OSAKO's student card or (if applicable) another accepted student card. If you have been to Oulu before and have obtained a valid ISIC card with a VR logo (!), you can also purchase a ticket with a student account. Please note, however, that an ISIC card from your home country is not accepted anymore by VR. Also, the former temporary certificate is not anymore accepted by VR Finnish Railways as of 1 January 2023.

    By bus to Oulu

    There are 4-6 daily bus connections on the long-haul buses from Helsinki to Oulu. Notice, however, that on the buses the travel time is remarkably longer and the fares are often higher than on the railways. For more information on long-haul bus connections in Finland, please see the Matkahuolto website. A normal-priced one-way ticket on an express bus from Helsinki to Oulu costs around 75 EUR (journey time ca 9-13 hours) but discounted fares may be available. If you want to travel by bus, check the Helsinki-Oulu bus timetables. Some bus services have also a connecting bus service to/from Helsinki Airport (change of buses at Kerava Rest Area). There are also discounted fares often available.

    Onnibus low-cost bus operator has daily services between Helsinki and Oulu. The travel time is 9 – 10 hours. For further information, please see the Onnibus website. Tickets are the cheapest when bought online in advance on their own website (Matkahuolto website includes also the timetables of Onnibus services but online ticket sales for these services is possbile only on the Onnibus's own website).

    Student discount

    As of autumn 2017 there is no general student discount on the long haul buses anymore. Some bus companies still offer a student discount, however, but you cannot get one on your first trip in Finland as you will have to first register yourself with a Finnish educational institution and acquire a valid Finnish student card entitling you to the possible discount. However, many bus companies and bus lines have online and advance fares that are often a lot cheaper than the earlier discounted tickets for students.

    Oulu Bus Station

    Oulu Bus Station is in Raksila on the opposite side of the railways from the Oulu Railway Station. From the bus station you can take a local bus, taxi or walk to downtown. Walking distance will be some 800 m.

    Further information elsewhere on the internet:

    By car to Oulu

    If you want to come to Oulu by your own car, please keep in mind that the distances within Finland (and to Finland) are vast. Furthermore you (and your car) should also be prepared for winter conditions. The drive from the most commonly used ferry ports Helsinki and Turku to Oulu is ca 600 km and will take about 8 – 10 hours depending on the number and duration of breaks you take during the journey. For planning purposes you can generally count 80 km/h as your average speed when driving in Finland. Traffic runs smoothly and Central European scale traffic jams do not exist in Finland.

    Usage of winter tyres is compulsory in Finland from December to February and always when the road weather conditions require them. Finnish cars are typically also equipped with electric engine-block heaters or fuel operated parking heaters (‘Webasto’). This will enable easy start of cars in cold circumstances and reduce engine wear and fuel consumption.

    You should also acquaint yourself with the special limitation for the import and taxation of motor vehicles in Finland. A vehicle used in Finland must also be covered by a traffic/motor liability insurance valid in Finland.

    Temporary tax-free use of cars in Finland
    If you move to Finland temporarily for studying at an educational institution, you can use your car without having to pay car tax. The general time limit is six months. The vehicle must be covered by a motor liability insurance valid in Finland. The following conditions are to be met for tax -free use:

    • The vehicle is registered outside Finland, and the registration is valid.
    • The vehicle is allowed to be used for not longer than six months, continuously or interruptedly, during a period of twelve months.
    • The use of the vehicle is not connected with purchasing the vehicle for use in Finland.

    If you intend to stay in Finland for more than six months, you should contact the Finnish Customs for details about the right to use the car. The six-month time limit is not applied if you stay in Finland exclusively for studies but you have inform the customs office/tax authorities of this before the expiry of the six-month tax-free period, and also account your studies to the tax authorities for each study term. Customs offices give guidance in making the application for an extension of the prescribed six months’ time limit. The application for extension must be submitted before the expiry of the six-month period.

    If you have moved to Finland from abroad and reside in Finland as a permanent resident, you should register the car you brought as removal goods, and pay car tax before you can use it in traffic in Finland. Please note that the vehicle must always be covered by a motor liability insurance valid in Finland. It is possible to use the car for 30 days before the car tax has been paid. This requires that a commissioning notification for the car is made to Finnish customs. If you bring a car from outside the EEA area, you will also need a transfer permit before you can use it. Transfer permits are granted by Customs and Vehicle Inspection Stations.

    Further information on car taxation and importing a motor vehicle is available on the website of the Finnish Customs.

    Driving License
    Driving licenses issued in another EU or EEA country and interim driving licenses issued in the Nordic countries entitle the holder to drive motor vehicles in Finland equivalent to those indicated on the non-Finnish license. The driver must be at least 18 years old. The right to drive is valid regardless of whether the person is in Finland as a tourist or residing permanently.

    A person residing permanently in a country that has signed the Geneva or Vienna Road Traffic Convention and who holds a national or international driving licence or an official Finnish or Swedish translation of a national driving licence is entitled to drive motor vehicles equivalent to those indicated on the non-Finnish licence provided that the person fulfils the Finnish age requirement to drive such vehicles. The afore-mentioned driving licence is valid in Finland for two years from the start of the holder's period of permanent residence in Finland provided that the licence is valid and no other reason exists for the termination of its validity.

    Further information on foreign driving licenses and on exchanging them to Finnish ones is available from the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom).

    Driving a car in Finland
    In Finland vehicles drive on the right. At crossroads, unless otherwise signposted, vehicles coming from the right have priority. Turning right when the traffic light is red is also prohibited. General speed limit in the built-up areas is 50 km/h and elsewhere 80 km/h unless otherwise indicated by appropriate traffic signs. The maximum speed limit on roads is 100 km/h, except on some motorways in summer time 120 km/h. For winter time the maximum speed limits on many roads are lowered to 80 km/h (and 100 km/h on motorways).

    In autumn and early spring, you should watch out for elks when driving in rural areas. These animals are big and especially active at dusk and dawn, and a collision with an elk have usually serious consequences from wrecking the car and severe injuries up to deadly accidents. In the reindeer herding area (in Northern and Northeastern parts of Finland) you should also be alert for occasional reindeer herds as they are roaming wild in the nature throughout the year.

    Winter tyres (with or without studs) are compulsory from the beginning of December to the end of February. Studded tyres may be used on Finnish roads from 1 November until 20 April or whenever the road weather conditions require them. Winter tyres are compulsory also for cars and vans registered abroad when they are driven in Finland during winter. In Oulu people use winter tyres usually from late October to late April, but annual variations in road weather conditions can be vast.

    Usage of headlights is always compulsory, no matter if it is summer or winter, day or night. If an oncoming car flashes its headlights to you it usually means that there is an accident, elk or reindeer on the road ahead, you do not have your headlights on, or you have forgotten to switch the high beams off and they are causing glare to the driver of the oncoming vehicle.

    Seat belts both in front and rear seats of the car must be used by all people in the car. The fuel types readily available at most petrol stations in Finland are unleaded petrol (95 E10 and 98 E5) and diesel (winter/summer quality depending on the season). Further information on road transport fuels in Finland.

    The law regarding the blood-alcohol level for drivers is strictly followed in Finland. The law allows a level of less than 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood (0.5‰), or 0.22 mg per a litre of exhaled air. Driving under the influence of drugs is also regarded as an offence. Offenders are subject to heavy fines, jail up to 6 months plus withdrawal or suspension of their driving license from 1 month to 5 years. For aggravated drinking driving offence (= 1.2 mg of alcohol in 100 ml (1.2‰) of blood or 0.53 mg in a litre of exhaled air) also a prison sentence from 1 month to 2 years is possible. Routine breath testing without a probable cause is permitted for the police and it is also often practiced on the roads and also in towns.

    Fines for speeding are rather high in Finland. The minimum fine for speeding is 140 EUR and is issued when you are caught for speeding under 15 km/h in an area where the speed limit is at least 60 km/h. If the speed limit is lower than 60 km/h the lowest fine for speeding is 170 EUR. If you are speeding at least 20 km/h the amount of fines will be based on your income with the minimum fine of 200 EUR. Police may control your speed with a radar or with traffic cameras that can be either installed in poles on the road side or in so-called camera vehicles without police signs (i.e. they look like an ordinary civilian vehicle).

    If you have a car accident or witness one in Finland you can call for help by dialling 112 (general emergency response centre number). This number can be called free of charge from all telephones without any prefixes. Through the Emergency Response Centre you can reach the assistance of the police, rescue services, ambulance, social services and other necessary authorities.

    If your car breaks down while you are on the road in Finland, you can turn to the Road Service Centre of the Automobile and Touring Club of Finland by dialling 0200-8080 (1.95€/min + lnc, also queueing is charged for). The services you order from the Road Service Centre (e.g. towing, delivery of fuel etc.) are subject to a charge.

    Buying a car in Finland

    Buying a car is usually not affordable, and used cars also require to thoroughly check the car, and inform yourself about your rights and obligations when purchasing and operating a car. Feel free to consult relevant information from Traficom.

    Further information on driving and road safety in Finland elsewhere on the internet:

    Local transportation in Oulu (Bicycle, Bus, Taxi)

    Last updated: 5 January 2024

    For new arrivals, transportation by taxi or bus is recommended from the airport or train station to the place of accommodation (Routa dormitory), see u.oamk.fi/arrival


    By bicycle and on foot

    It is worth to explore Oulu on foot and by bicycle - commute in an environmental-friendly and healthy way.

    Overview of bicycle routes:


    By bus (will be further updated in January, as the City of Oulu is currently in the process of publishing new pages in English)

    Feel free to use the public bus transportation. Please plan your travels within Oulu by means of the route planner.

    Bus stops usually have individual names depending on locations, but you may also find the closest one based on the street address.

    Overview of bus routes for arriving and departing:

    Detailed bus routes for arriving and departing:

    Other bus routes:

    • Oulu City Centre > North of Oulu
      Take any bus depending on your northward destination from the city centre (Kaupungintalo P)
    • Oulu City Centre > South of Oulu
      Take any bus depending on your southward destination from the city centre (Kaupungintalo E)
    • Linnanmaa Campus (Oamk E) > Kontinkangas Campus (Professorintie E) e.g. with bus no. 58
    • Kontinkangas Campus (Professorintie P) > Linnanmaa Campus (Oamk P) e.g with bus no. 58

    Kindly consult information on tickets and fares. The price for a single ticket depends on the zones within which your are commuting and varies between 3.30 EUR and 5.80 EUR. At night (11 pm - 4.30 am) a double fare is charged for single tickets. Exchange students are entitled to get a 30-day seasonal ticket, see discount groups. For a student discount seasonal ticket, visit Oulu 10 Service Point and take along your ID card/passport and enrolment certificate from Oamk.

    Oulu10 Service Point, Torikatu 10, 90100 Oulu:
    Mon-Thu 10-17 & Fri 10-16



    By taxi

    Menevä Taxi

    To order a Menevä Taxi sercice in Oulu, please dial +358 800 02120. You can also use their app or website.

    OTAXI
    To order an Otaxi service in Oulu, please dial +358 600 30081. OTAXI cars are metered and can be recognised from the yellow top part of the vehicle.

    FIXUTAXI
    To order a Fixutaxi service in Oulu, please dieal +358 100 6060, or order it through their app when the service will give you a fixed fee for the ride. FixuTaxis are metered unless ordered through the app with a fixed fee. FixuTaxi cars are white with yellow arrows and a FixuTaxi logo on the sides.

    Valopilkku app


  • Visa and Residence Permit

    Depending on your citizenship and duration of exchange at Oamk, you need to handle immigration matters and apply for specific permits, immediately after admission and if required in your case. Hereafter please find a table and below further information on visa and residence permits.

    Citizenship
    Duration
    Permit
    Timing
    Application

    Third Country
    UK: Check the visa info and Brexit info for UK citizens for stays as of 1 January 2021

    Less than 3 months Visa (only if applicable!) Before arrival Visa application
    (via local embassy) https://finlandvisa.fi

    Third Country
    UK: Check the registration and residence permit info  and Brexit info for stays as of 1 January 2021

    More than 3 months Residence permit Before arrival Residence permit application
    (via Finnish Immigration Service, e-service) See also Migri's info for exchange students, guide and videos.
    Third Country
    (if you have a valid residence permit in another EU country for the time of your exchange in Finland, and have been admitted to Oamk in the frame of an EU or bilateral exchange programme) 
    More than 3 months Mobility notification Before arrival Mobility notification
    (via Finnish Immigration Service) See also Migri's info for exchange students, guide and videos.

    EU/EEA Country, incl. Switzerland,

    Not anymore UK as of 1 January 2021: Check the registration and residence permit info  and Brexit info.  

    More than 3 months (*) Right to reside After arrival Right to reside application
    (via Finnish Immigration Service)
    Nordic Country More than 3 months (*) No permit required, but registration, if applicable After arrival Registration at Local Register Office (Inter-Nordic Agreement)
    (*) Students from EU/EEA and Nordic countries staying less than 3 months do not need a permit before arrival.

    Visa

    If you (third country citizen) have been admitted for an exchange lasting less than three months (90 days) , then find out whether you need a visa or not and check the information from the Finnish diplomatic mission in your home country or closeby. A visa is a short-term permit to enter and stay in the territory of Finland and Schengen area for a maximum of three months (90 days). Students from most European and North American countries do not need a visa.

    If you need a visa, you should apply for it via the local Finnish diplomatic mission in your home country or at another authorised mission before entering Finland. For more information, please check the visa website of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UM) and country lists as well as https://finlandvisa.fi.

    Residence permit

    If you (third country citizen) have been admitted for an exchange lasting more than three months (90 days), then you are required to obtain a residence permit for studies before entering Finland. Check the information from the Finnish diplomatic mission in your home country or closeby, and then proceed as mentioned hereafter.

    You should submit your residence permit application electronically via the EnterFinland service of the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) immediately after you have received Oamk's admission email and acceptance letter, see also Migri's info for exchange students, guide and videos. You must attach also Oamk's acceptance letter and admission email to your residence permit application!

    N.B.! When applying for a residence permit for the first time, please also indicate that you wish to obtain a Finnish personal identity code at the same time.

    In case you have been admitted to extend your exchange at Oamk, please turn to Migri to also extend your residence permit. You must also provide Oamk's extension acceptance letter and admission email when extending your residence permit.

    Mobility notification

    If you (third country citizen) are currently residing in an EU/EEA country and are maintaining there a valid residence permit for studies covering also the time of your stay at Oamk, and the exchange is arranged in the frame of a mobility agreement and programme between partner universities, it is sufficient to inform the Finnish Immigration Service by means of a mobility notification. More detailed instructions, processing fee and requirements at https://migri.fi/en/mobility-notification-to-finland. You must provide also Oamk's acceptance letter and admission email and other relevant documentation to your mobility notification! See also Migri's info for exchange students, guide and videos..

  • Registration and Personal Identity Code

    Last updated: 19 December at 11.40.

    If your exchange studies or your traineeship at Oamk lasts at least or longer than 3 months or 90 days, then you must follow instructions regarding registration. In addition, you need to obtain a Finnish personal identity code (PIC) after your arrival. See the drop-down menus below for more specific instructions depending on your citizenship and duration of stay.

    The PIC is required e.g. for registering your mobility and study data, and it may be of help for you when dealing with authorities and service providers. The PIC includes your date of birth in the form DDMMYY, a punctuation mark defining the century of birth (-, or A), personal identification numbers and possibly also an alphabetic letter. For example, the PIC of a person born on 24 December 1999 might look like 241299-9733.

    Students from EU Countries, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, or San Marino

    You must obtain your Finnish personal identity code (PIC) as soon as possible after your arrival, if you are staying in Finland at least or more than 3 months or 90 days, regardless of possible interruptions of your stay by travelling abroad. In addition, you should register your EU right of residence, if you are staying in Finland without a break for over 3 months or 90 days. In this case, you must take care of the EU registration before your stay has lasted over 3 months or 90 days. Keep the receipt or tickets of your journey, in case you need to prove later that you travelled abroad during your stay.

    1. Start filling in your Arrival Form to Oamk
    • Log in to Oamk’s arrival form with your MoveON user credentials – not (!) with your Oamk user credentials.
    • Start filling in relevant parts such as emergency contacts, your address, etc. – as far as you can.
    • Do not (!) yet submit the form at this stage, as you first need to obtain your PIC! Continue as follows to step 2.
    2. Register your “PersonalDetails of a Foreign Student” with the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (DVV)
    • Access DVV’s website for international students.
    • Register your personal details by requesting and filling in the form C.
    • Provide all required information and attachments, such as your personal data, contact details, and attachments.
    • The required attachments are only
      a) valid passport or EU citizens alternatively your ID card (both sides) and
      b) Oamk’s enrolment/study certificate from your info folder or the pdf you received separately. Oamk’s acceptance letter is not (!) sufficient for DVV.
    • Submit the form at your earliest convenience to DVV
    • After you have submitted form, DVV must meet you in person in order to prove your identity. Read the detailed instructions from the confirmation email that you will receive from DVV after having submitted the form.
    • Continue as follows, step 3.1 or 3.2 depending on your situation:

    3.1 In case you start your exchange at Oamk at the beginning of the term:

    • Visit DVV’s pop-up point on Linnanmaa campus during walk-in hours:
      Friday, 5 January, 9-16, room TH107 (N.B.! Prioritise the orientation programme and study info sessions, though) or
      Monday, 8 January, 9-16, room TH107
    • Bring along
      a) your valid passport or EU citizens alternatively, your official ID card, and
      b) your enrolment certificate from Oamk, i.e. the printed version from your info folder.
    • Make sure that you have filled and submitted DVV’s registration form C in advance. See step 2.
    • DVV will inform you how long it takes to receive your PIC. Most likely, DVV will email it to you in a confidential email. Check your email every once in a while – also your spam folder!
    • Proceed to step 4

    3.2 In case you start your exchange at Oamk at another time during the term:

    3.2.1 Make an appointment to DVV in Oulu

    • Access DVV’s appointment system at https://dvv.fi/ajanvaraus > EN
    • Reserve or book your appointment following the instructions. Choose as service “Registration of a foreigner’s personal data”. Find the available times – they may be months ahead due to congestions in the DVV services. If possible, one (1) student should make a reservation for altogether three (3) students at a time. Enter all the students names in the “Message” field in DVV’s booking system.
    • N.B.! If you wish to change or cancel your reservation, please contact +358 295 536 320 during service hours (Mon 9-15, Tue-Fri 9-12) or international#dvv.fi (korvaa # -> @).


    3.2.2 Visit DVV in Oulu in person at the time of your appointment

    • Go to the service point, Isokatu 4, 90100 Oulu, 2nd floor
      Service hours: Mon - Fri 9.00 - 16.15 (by appointment only!)
    • Bring along
      a) your valid passport or EU citizens alternatively, your official ID card, and
      b) your enrolment certificate from Oamk, i.e. the printed version from your info folder.
    • Make sure that you have filled and submitted DVV’s registration form C in advance. See step 2.
    • DVV will inform you how long it takes to receive your PIC. Most likely, DVV will email it to you in a confidential email. Check your email every once in a while – also your spam folder!
    • Proceed to step 4

    4. Once you have received your PIC, complete and submit your arrival form to Oamk

    • Log in to Oamk’s arrival form with your MoveON user credentials – not (!) with your Oamk user credentials.• Add the PIC and check that you have filled in all other relevant parts such as emergency contacts, your address, etc.
    • Submit the form – thank you!
    • N.B.! If you accidentally submit the form without your PIC, then send your PIC to incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @) in an encrypted email.

    5. Register your EU right of residence to the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) as soon as possible (the PIC is not required!), but only if you are staying in Finland without a break for over 3 months or rather 90 days, and if you maintain citizenship of an EU country as well as Liechtenstein or Switzerland. For registration purposes also citizens of Liechtenstein and Switzerland are treated as EU citizens! If you have citizenship of Iceland, Norway, or San Marino, then you cannot and do not need to register accordingly via Migri. If you are citizen of a Nordic country (Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden) and intend to stay longer than 6 months, then take care of your registration with the DVV Agency.

    5.2 Visit the Migri service point in Oulu in person to prove your identity and to present original versions of any attachments required for the application.

    • Go to the Migri service point in Oulu, Albertinkatu 4, 90100 Oulu.
      Open by appointment: Mon-Wed and Fri 8-16.15.
      Appointments: https://migri.fi/en/book-an-appointment
      Address: https://migri.fi/en/service-points
    • Migri's customer service may be congested, and you may get an appointment only in 2-3 months after the online application.
    • Bring along
      a) your valid passport or EU citizens alternatively, your official ID card
      b) enrolment certificate from Oamk, i.e. the printed version from your info folder,
      c) document stating your means of support or funds for yourself (normally a document stating the Erasmus+ or mobility grant should suffice. Migri states on their website that you are not required to have a specific amount of money but you must have enough funds to support yourself during the exchange. If need be, Migri will ask you to supplement your application)
      d) health insurance document (e.g. European Health Insurance Card or private health insurance policy/certificate

    Students from Third Countries

    You must obtain your Finnish personal identity code (PIC) and take care of registration matters as soon as possible after your arrival, if you are staying in Finland at least or more than 3 months or 90 days. If you have obtained a residence permit and received the card, check, if your PIC is printed on the backside of the card, as you may have applied for the PIC and received it together with your card. If you have already your PIC, proceed directly to step 4.

    1. Start filling in your Arrival Form to Oamk

    • Log in to Oamk’s arrival form with your MoveON user credentials – not (!) with your Oamk user credentials.
    • Start filling in relevant parts such as emergency contacts, your address, etc. – as far as you can.
    • Do not (!) yet submit the form at this stage, as you first need to obtain your PIC! Continue as follows to step 2.

    2. Register your “Personal Details of a Foreign Student” with the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (DVV)

    • Access DVV’s website for international students.
    • Register your personal details by requesting and filling in the form C.
    • Provide all required information and attachments, such as your personal data, contact details, and attachments.
    • The required attachments are only
      a) valid passport and
      b) Oamk’s enrolment/study certificate from your info folder or the pdf you received separately. Oamk’s acceptance letter is not (!) sufficient for DVV!
      c) residence permit or, if applicable, proof of your mobility notification
    • Submit the form at your earliest convenience to DVV
    • After you have submitted the form, DVV must meet you in person in order to prove your identity. Read the detailed instructions from the confirmation email that you will receive from DVV after having submitted the form.
    • Continue as follows, step 3.1 or 3.2 depending on your situation:

    3.1 In case you start your exchange at Oamk at the beginning of the term:

    • Visit DVV’s pop-up point on Linnanmaa campus during walk-in hours:
      Friday, 5 January, 9-16, room TH107 (N.B.! Prioritise the orientation programme and study info sessions, though) or
      Monday, 8 January, 9-16, room TH107
    • Bring along
      a) your valid passport and
      b) your enrolment certificate from Oamk, i.e. the printed version from your info folder. Oamk’s acceptance letter is not (!) sufficient for DVV!
      c) residence permit or, if applicable, proof of your mobility notification
    • Make sure that you have filled and submitted DVV’s registration form C in advance. See step 2.
    • DVV will inform you how long it takes to receive your PIC. Most likely, DVV will email it to you in a confidential email. Check your email every once in a while – also your spam folder!
    • Proceed to step 4.

    3.2 In case you start your exchange at Oamk at another time during the term:

    3.2.1 Make an appointment to DVV in Oulu

    • Access DVV’s appointment system at https://dvv.fi/ajanvaraus > EN
    • Reserve or book your appointment following the instructions. Choose as service “Registration of a foreigner’s personal data”. Find the available times – they may be months ahead due to congestions in the DVV services. If possible, one (1) student should make a reservation for altogether three (3) students at a time. Enter all the students names in the “Message” field in DVV’s booking system.
    • N.B.! If you wish to change or cancel your reservation, please contact +358 295 536 320 during service hours (Mon 9-15, Tue-Fri 9-12) or international#dvv.fi (korvaa # -> @).

    3.2.2 Visit DVV in Oulu in person at the time of your appointment

    • Go to the service point, Isokatu 4, 90100 Oulu, 2nd floor
      Service hours: Mon - Fri 9.00 - 16.15 (by appointment only!)
    • Bring along
      a) your valid passport and
      b) your enrolment certificate from Oamk, i.e. the printed version from your info folder. Oamk’s acceptance letter is not (!) sufficient for DVV!
      c) residence permit or, if applicable, proof of your mobility notification
    • Make sure that you have filled and submitted DVV’s registration form C in advance. See step 2.
    • DVV will inform you how long it takes to receive your PIC. Most likely, DVV will email it to you in a confidential email. Check your email every once in a while – also your spam folder!
    • Proceed to step 4.

    4. Once you have received your PIC or if you have received it already with your residence permit, complete and submit your arrival form to Oamk

    • Log in to Oamk’s arrival form with your MoveON user credentials – not (!) with your Oamk user credentials.
    • Add the PIC and check that you have filled in all other relevant parts such as emergency contacts, your address, etc.
    • Submit the form – thank you!
    • N.B.! If you accidentally submit the form without your PIC, then send your PIC to incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @) in an encrypted email.
  • Working in Finland

    Right to work for exchange students

    The main purpose of your exchange is to pursue studies or a traineeship and you are enrolled at Oamk as a full-time exchange student for the entire duration of your mobility and stay in Oulu.

    EU/EEA citizens and citizens of Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are allowed to work in Finland without any restrictions as long as you have registered your right to stay in Finland as an EU/EEA or Nordic citizen (see ”Registration”).

    Third country i.e. Non-EU/EEA citizens with a valid residence permit are allowed to work an average of 30 hours per week without a separate working permit during study terms when lectures are running. During holidays, for example in the summer and over Christmas holidays, non-EU citizens are allowed to work full-time without any hour restrictions. Non-EU citizens are allowed to work full-time also when the work is a part of their studies, such as practical training or thesis writing.

    Finnish working culture

    Finns are known as hard workers. It is a privilege to have a good permanent job in Finland, as not all have one. Both men and women work, and they are both respected and equal in the labour market.

    Men and women should also receive the same salary for the same job. The power distance in Finnish companies is relatively low compared to many other countries. The hierarchy between old and young workers or lower and higher positions exists, but it is not as visible as in many other countries. Employees are expected to take part in the decision-making processand to make decisions independently as well. Employees are expected to take initiative and not ask what and how to do all the time. Employers trust their employees, and the Finns work independently without much need for supervision.

    The Finnish working culture is task-oriented. The Finns focus on tasks rather than on relationships. ”Business over pleasure” is a phrase that describes the Finnish working culture quite well.

    Employees’ ideas for development, such as how the work could be done better or more effectively are appreciated. However, it is important to be humble and modest and not boast about one’s input.

    The communication between colleagues, even between managers and employees is very informal. People call each other by their first names at work.

    In some companies the salary is negotiable and in some it is not. There are different collective labour agreements, which define the minimum wages and other regulations. Employers should follow these agreements. The salary is usually paid once or twice a month on the 15th or on the 30th. The salary is paid into a bank account, and cash is never used.

    Normal office hours are from 8 am to 4 pm or from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays. In some companies the working hours are partly flexible. This means, for example, that you may start your work between 7 and 9 am and then leave between 3 and 5 pm depending on when you started.

    There are also shift work schedules when people work during the day, in the evenings and at nighttime.

    Social relations such as family ties or friends do not usually help you to get a job in Finland. Your own skills and competencies are the most important factor when applying for a job. However, an official reference from your former employer may help.

    Most Finnish employees are members of trade unions. Trade unions are organisations that negotiate working conditions and terms, including salary with the employers’ associations. Trade unions are support organisations, from which the members can receive help and answers to their questions.

    They also help with legal matters and pay earnings-related benefits in case of unemployment. The members of the trade unions pay membership fees. The amount of the fee varies between different unions. There are separate unions for different fields. If you wish to become a member of a trade union, you should ask your workmates which would be the best trade union for you. There is also a general unemployment fund called YTK (Yleinen työttömyyskassa). Regardless of the field, anyone can become a member.

    The employee has a right to receive a reference or testimonial from the employer, when the employment contract ends. It should state at least the period of employment and the main tasks.

    For more information

    Searching for work

    There are many different parties advertising open positions. The most important thing is that you are active and look for open positions yourself, as no one will do it for you. Job advertisements and information on open positions can be found on the internet, in newspapers and magazines, and from recruiting departments’ website. Not all companies advertise their open positions through online recruitment services or in newspapers, as they have their own recruiting departments. Big companies such as Nokia and Finnair conduct recruitment by themselves. However, most companies advertise open positions on online recruitment services or human resource services.

    Online recruitment services

    The Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employmentand economic development offices provide information on open positions and help in finding a job. Employment and economic development offices have their own online recruitment services. The biggest online recruitment service is available in English, but the ”Vacancies” section is only in Finnish. Please check our guidelines for using this service, u.oamk.fi/jobsearching. There are also new services being currently developed also in English:

    Our university has launched the Oamk Pro service - a platform and app to connect students and enterprises/organisations for work and practical training.

    For more information


    Company databases

    You may also contact companies directly and use their or other recruitment websites to submit your application (see tips in the guide mentioned above). Here's the Oulu Region Company Database:

    www.businessoulu.com/en/company-database/se...

    Here’s the company database for Finland (use Google Translate and search with field-specific terms): synergia.yrittajat.fi/Yritykset/Yrityshaku/

    You’ll find also lists and job / practical training positions shared in the Oiva student intranet (only accessible for enrolled students): https://oiva.oamk.fi.

    Also, keep track of job / practical training announcements published in Oiva!


    Human Resource services

    Human Resource services are links between employers and employees. They act as intermediaries by providing information on open positions for job applicants. They also do the recruitment on behalf of companies who are looking for employees.

    Applying for work

    Before you start applying, think about what kind of work you are looking for and find out the requirements of different professions. Different tasks require different kinds of skills and competencies.

    There are always other applicants as well, even hundreds for one open position. Therefore, it is important to stand out from the crowd and write a good personal application and CV. (Tip! Finns use a CV rather than a resume.) Before you start writing your application, familiarise yourself well with the job advertisement: What kind of an employee is the company looking for? Think about what kind of skills you have and find out your professional competencies in Finland. Get Finnish translations of your most important certificates (study certificates and testimonials). It is also possible to apply for acknowledgement of a higher education degree. For more information on the acknowledgement opportunities, please consult the Finnish Ministry of Education.

    Send the application on time. Late applications are not taken into consideration. There are almost always application deadlines (date and time), and these should be followed very carefully. It is better to send the application at least a few days before the application time ends.

    Finnish language skills are very important in the Finnish labour market. Fluent Finnish skills are almost always required. It is valuable to know even some Finnish and to be eager to learn more. This will show that you are enthusiastic and interested in learning the language.

    Job Applications and CVs

    You can find many websites offering guidance for job seeking and for writing CVs and applications:


    Job Interview

    When you are invited to a job interview, make sure you will leave early enough to find the right place and to be there on time. If you are late, you will probably not be hired. When meeting someone for the first time, people shake hands, look each other in the eyes and smile. The handshake should be firm.

    Prepare yourself for an interview by getting to know the company, as they may test what you know about them. Websites are a good source of information. Be prepared to talk about yourself as well: your characteristics, competencies and previous academic and work experience. Interviewers almost always ask why you want to work especially for that company, why they should hire you instead of someone else, and what makes you a better applicant compared to others.

    Remember to take all your original testimonials, degree certificates and your application and CV with you to the interview. Learn how to act on the phone when applying for a job. Sometimes employers do not invite you to a face-to-face interview, but they may as well call you and interview you on the phone.

    For more information

    Career planning and entrepreneurship

    Here's quite a bit of information on career planning for students, Aaarresaari Academic Career Service – www.aarresaari.net.

    Entrepreneurship is highly valued in Finland. Anyone can start a business regardless of nationality. Running a business is hard work, but if you have a good business idea, go for it. If you’re interested in becoming an entrepreneur yourself, the City of Oulu and Oamk offers help and support for setting up a business as well.

    Students can develop their business idea in a business incubator and gain academic credits at the same time. Professional teachers specialised in entrepreneurship guide students in setting up and developing their business.

    For more information

    Special licenses

    You need to have a certain kind of a licence or a pass for certain tasks. These licences are easy to obtain by attending a short course and passing a test. Below you will find information on the hygiene pass, the licence to sell alcoholic beverages, and the occupational safety card.

    Hygiene passport

    The hygiene passport is a proof of a person’s knowledge of hygiene issues. The hygiene passport is a minimum requirement in occupations, where employees deal with unpacked food. This is a law set by the government. There are two organisations that arrange hygiene passport education and tests in English in Oulu.

    In Educational Consortium OSAO (formerly Oulu Vocational College) the training days are usually listed online, https://www.osao.fi/opinnot/hygieniapassi/ (info also in English, if available training). The training costs approx. 80 EUR (including the test).The test amounts to up to approx. 50 EUR.

    In Oulu College of Services (Oulun Palvelualan Opisto) you can check their website at https://opao.inschool.fi/browsecourses, and call the switchboard for further information on tests in English and enrolment at +358 8 535 2000.

    Check this service provider's website for further information:
    https://hygienepassport.fi/ > English

    Licence for serving alcohol beverages

    A licence to serve alcoholic beverages is required in occupations where employees serve alcoholic drinks, such as in restaurants and bars. The licence to serve alcoholic beverages is a proof of a person’s sufficient knowledge of alcohol legislation. Oulu Adult Education Centre arranges training for this. Foreigners who are willing to attend the training must arrange it well in advance.

    Occupational safety card

    The occupational safety card training has been designed to improve safety in the workplace. The occupational safety card is voluntary, but some employers may ask whether you have it. Unfortunately the trainings are arranged mainly in Finnish. If you are interested in taking part in the training, contact The Centre for Occupational Safety.

    For more information

    Taxation

    Everyone who receives a salary for the work done in Finland needs to pay earned income tax. Income tax is paid from wages, professional and business income, rewards, commission, and benefits.

    The tax rate depends on how long you are staying in Finland – for six months or longer. For foreigners, whose stay in Finland will last over six months, the earned income tax rate is progressive.

    This means that the more you earn, the more tax you pay. The tax rate is approximately 20 per cent for annual incomes up to 12,000 euros. For higher incomes the rate is higher. When you start working in Finland, you need to deliver a tax card to the employer. The tax will be withheld in advance from your salary by your employer. In addition to tax, social security payments will be charged from the wages. If you are self-employed, you need to pay taxes in advance yourself.

    To get a tax card, anyone staying in Finland for over six months needs to fill in an application form (5042a). The form is available at the local tax office or can be downloaded from the Internet. The form needs to be returned to the local tax office, which is located in the city centre (Torikatu 34). You can also get your tax card through an online service. To sign in you will need an internet banking account in Finland.

    Final taxation: Every year, the tax office checks if everyone has paid a correct amount of tax. The tax office sends a pre-completed tax form to each citizen in April. Employees need to check that it is filled in correctly. In the event that there are some mistakes, they need to be corrected. If you have paid too much tax it will be returned and vice versa. The corrected tax form must be returned to the tax office in May. After it has been checked by the tax office, the final tax decision will be sent. The decision will provide the final result of taxation. The tax decision includes a certificate of taxation.

    This certificate is very important and it needs to be kept safe!

    For more information:

  • Sightseeing in Finland

    There's a lot to explore in and around Oulu and Finland, and in all seasons. We have compiled some information and links below. Feel free to browse and get inspired - we also recommend to follow our exchange students' news and views at #myoamk2024#myoamk2023 and #myoamk.winterwonder.JPG

    Photo by exchange student, #myoamk.

    Oulu region

    There are many easy access destinations in Oulu region that are good options to explore nature and culture sights.

    Feel free to use the "Atla" service. You'll find there plenty of opportunities of what to do in Oulu. In addition to ready-made destinations and routes, you can create your own lists in Atla.

    Here are also a few spots in the immediate surroundings of Oulu that you do not want to miss while being here. Some of these you can reach by bicycle - at least in autumn and late spring:

    A bit further away, one of the most popular destinations is Syöte area which offers great winter sport possibilities as well as summer activities such as hiking, canoeing and biking.

    In case you want to rent a car and explore the Oulu region , check out the Pohjola route.

    If you're interested more of a beach holiday, you can head to Kalajoki. Kalajoki is known for it's sandy beaches, golf course, water park, sailing and windsurfing.

    Another good day trip option from Oulu is Raahe. Raahe has a lovely old town with historic wooden houses. You can also enjoy nature there e.g. by renting a kayak and go on an island hopping in Raahe archipelago.

    Oulu region has a lot to offer and these are just some good examples where you can travel. To find out more you can check Visit Oulu pages and consult the tourist information in Oulu.

    Northern Finland and Lapland

    If you want to explore the north, check the Southern Lapponia route, which guides you to a few places worth visiting. In case you are interested to explore nature by foot, have a look at the destinations suitable for hiking.

    The most visited place in Lapland is probably Rovaniemi, the city that lies on the Arctic Circle. There you can visit the Santa Claus Village and cross the Circle into the Arctic. And of course, Santa Claus lives there too. Rovaniemi is also a great place to get to know more about the arctic region, its nature and history.

    Kemi is another commonly visited place in Lapland. It’s nearby location and small size makes it a perfect day trip destination. Kemi is popular especially in winter when the Snow Castle is open. Near Kemi is Tornio which where you can cross the border to Sweden. The nearest city is Haparanda where many Finns go shopping to IKEA.

    Kilpisjärvi is a great place to enjoy hiking and visit the Three Nations’ Border Point where you can do a walkabout in three countries just in a matter of seconds: Finland, Norway and Sweden. During peak season (June – September) you can get there by bus from Oulu.

    There are multiple ski resorts in Northern Finland which are also good destinations outside the winter season. Ruka is one of the busiest one and it’s easy to access from Oulu. It’s located near the eastern border in Kuusamo. Other bigger resorts are Levi, Ylläs and Saariselkä which are all located in Lapland and offer great outdoor activities also outside the snowy season.

    Southern Finland and Lakeland

    Helsinki is our capital and the most visited city in Finland. With a combination of good food, unique architecture, interesting museums and natural sites Helsinki is a perfect place to have a weekend getaway. For a longer stay there are many good day trip destinations, like Porvoo, Loviisa and Hanko, which you can easily access by public transport and get a broader view of southern region.

    In case you are interested to explore nature by foot, have a look at the destinations suitable for hiking all over Finland.

    If you love the seaside, you should visit Turku. Turku offers a wide range of sightseeing and the biggest archipelago in Finland. The Moomin World is closed by in Naantali, where is also our presidents summer house Kultaranta.

    Tampere is known for its industrial heritage. For example, Finlayson cotton factory was once the most important industrial company in Finland and now the Finlayson area is one of the most appealing visiting sights in Turku with restaurants, cafés, shops, museums and cinema.

    Lakeland is Europe’s largest lake district covering most of the central and eastern Finland. Lakes occupy about 25% of the area and almost 80% of land area is covered by forests. Lakeland offers plenty of things to do all year round, from fishing and sailing to skating and ice swimming. It is also the heart of Finnish cottage culture. Biggest cities are Tampere, Jyväskylä and Kuopio and they are all accessible from Oulu by public transport.