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Population
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Colleges offerings programs in English.
6
Bachelor's programs offered in English.
30
Master's programs offered in English.

Top Universities in Oulu for International Students

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Why should I study here?

Oulu is Northern Finland’s largest and oldest city, located in the Gulf of Bothnia in the Oulujoki River delta, with good access from anywhere. Oulu was founded by King Charles IX of Sweden in 1605, and in the nineteenth century, the town was Finland’s leading exporter of tar. Today, the city is home to more than 200,000 locals and is a favourite destination for thousands of domestic and international leisure and business travellers. 

Oulu consists of the cultural life of a modern business and tourism city. It also has extensive shopping opportunities as well as the northern arctic natural exoticism. The uniqueness of the city is based on the fact that the hustle and bustle of the city centre areas, for example, make it easy to deviate to the peace and greenery of the park, the sandy beach or the frozen sea. 

Oulu holds several of Finland’s largest music festivals and art events annually, which punctuate the cultural life of the city of Oulu, making it a vibrant year-round tourism city. 

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English-taught master's programs in our database.
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Top-tier universities accepting international students.
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Typical savings against in-state tuition in the US.
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