Bilateral exchange and bilateral agreements

University of Eastern Finland has bilateral co-operation agreements with universities from various countries. Bilateral student exchange aims at reciprocity, which is why all universities may not be available for applications every year. The available universities will be listed in the call for applications that will be published at the beginning of the application period.

FOR WHOM

For Bachelor’s and Master’s level students. Host universities may limit the available subjects. The limitations are stated in the call for applications.

Students can apply for exchange during their first year but cannot start the exchange before their second year.

APPLYING

The annual first calls for applications are 1-15 November (destinations outside Europe) and 1-15 February (European and Russian destinations, possible new destinations, and any places not filled after the first call for applications). If there are places and grants left after the first calls for applications, a second call for applications will be organised 1-31 May.

FUNDING

University of Eastern Finland awards a mobility grant to those selected for exchange studies. The amount of the mobility grant is determined on an annual basis. In the academic year 2018–2019, the mobility grant for bilateral exchange students leaving for European universities is EUR 1,000 for a single semester or EUR 1,500 for a full academic year. Those departing for Russia or non-European destinations will be paid EUR 1,500 for a single semester or EUR 2,000 for the full academic year.

PLEASE NOTE

Teaching in English is increasingly available around the world, but availability must be confirmed on a case-by-case basis. Some host universities only offer teaching in the local language.

Universities by region

  • Ajou University, Korea
    Autumn semester: from the end of August to mid-December
    Spring semester: from the beginning of March to mid-June
  • Keimyung University, Korea
    Autumn semester: from late August or early September to the end of December
    Spring semester: from late February or early March to the end of June
  • Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Korea
    Autumn semester: from the beginning of September to the end of December
    Spring semester: from the beginning of March to the end of June
  • Yonsei University, Korea
    Autumn semester: from late August to the end of December
    Spring semester: from late February to the end of June
  • Chiba University, Japan
    Students of different fields can study in the Japan Program at Chiba (JPAC). Applicants are required to have at least basic skills in Japanese.
    Autumn semester: from late September to mid-February
    Spring semester: from late March to mid-August
  • Doshisha University, Japan
    Students can choose from the CGE programme and CJLC/Nichibun programme. The CGE programme is taught in English and mainly contains courses related to Japan’s culture, society and nature, but CGE students can also study the basics of Japanese. In the CJLC/Nichibun programme, students mainly study Japanese. The minimum requirement for participation is one year of college-level studies in Japanese.
    Autumn semester: from mid-September to January
    Spring semester: from the beginning of April to July
  • Hokkaido University, Japan
    UEF students can apply for one of the following programmes: HUSTEP, SAS or SRS.
    HUSTEP (Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program) includes Bachelor-level teaching in English in the following fields: culture, society, environment, natural sciences, and technology. HUSTEP students can also study Japanese. A TOEFL/IELTS language test result must be enclosed with the application.
    The SAS (Special Audit Student) and SRS (Special Research Student) programmes are intended for graduate students who will spend six months or the entire academic year in a specific faculty, studying their own field with Japanese students in Japanese. Fluency in Japanese (JLPT language test level N2 or higher) is required, but the requirement is interpreted differently by individual departments.
    There is a separate quota for students of Clinical Medicine in the SAS/SRS programme. The duration of the exchange is normally 3 months but can sometimes be negotiated. Students study in different departments (requests will be taken into account) of the local teaching hospital.
    In the HUSTEP programme, the autumn semester lasts from late September to mid-February, while the spring semester starts at the beginning of April and ends in mid-August.
    In the SAS/SRS option, the autumn semester normally extends from the beginning of October to the end of March, while the spring semester starts at the beginning of April and lasts until the end of September, but the durations and schedules vary by programme. The exchange periods of medical students have usually extended from the beginning of October to the end of December, or from the beginning of April to the end of June.
  • J. F. Oberlin University, Japan
    For business students only.
  • Kansai Gaidai University (KGU), Japan
    The Asian Studies exchange programme offers courses related to Japanese culture and society and courses in Japanese (the verbal Japanese course is mandatory for all exchange students).
    Autumn semester: from the end of August to mid-December
    Spring semester: from mid-January to the end of May
  • Meiji University, Japan
    For business students only.
  • Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Japan
  • Ryukoku University, Japan
    The JEP Kyoto programme includes courses in Japanese culture and language (taught in Japan) and is intended for students who already know some Japanese. The JEP-E programme is suitable for students who wish to study the basics of Japanese and courses related to Kyoto and Japan in English. No previous studies in Japanese are required for the JEP-E programme.
    Autumn semester: from mid-September to late February or early March
    Spring semester: from the beginning of April to late August or early September
  • Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT), Japan
    Especially for students of computer science and physics.
    Some courses are offered in English, and guidance for research can be given in English.
    Autumn semester: from the beginning of October to the beginning of March
    Spring semester: from the beginning of April to the beginning of August
  • Utsunomiya University, Japan
    Only Master’s level studies in physics and optics.
    Autumn semester: from the beginning of October to the beginning of February
    Spring semester: from the beginning of April to the beginning of August
  • Fudan University, Kiina
    Offers teaching in English in various fields of study. Teaching is also available in Chinese.
    Autumn semester: from the beginning of September to mid-January
    Spring semester: from mid-February to the beginning of July
  • Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), China
    Plenty of courses in English on offer.
    Autumn semester: from the beginning of September to mid-December
    Spring semester: from the beginning of January to the end of May
  • Nanjing University, China
    Exchange students can study Chinese at Nanjing University. Some teaching is also available in English, but this depends on the subject. Students with level HSK-5 or better skills in Chinese can study their own field in Chinese.
    Autumn semester: from the beginning of September to the end of January
    Spring semester: from mid-February to the end of June
  • Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM), China
    Exchange studies are only available in Health Sciences: either courses in Acupuncture or a Pharmacy Project.
    Autumn semester: end of August –
    Spring semester: mid-February –
  • The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
    An English-language campus of University of Nottingham in China. The campus offers studies in a variety of fields.
    Autumn semester: from September to January
    Spring semester: from February to June
  • Northeast Forestry University (NEFU), China
    Courses in English are available, especially for students of science and forestry.
    Autumn semester: from September to December or the end of January
    Spring semester: from March to the end of June or mid-July
  • Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand
    Offers plenty of teaching in English in various fields of study. As a speciality, offers courses in cosmetic science.
    Autumn semester: from August to December
    Spring semester: from January to May
  • Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
    The language of teaching is English. Offers a variety of courses in different fields.
    Autumn semester: from the second half of August to the end of December
    Spring semester: from the second half of January to the end of May
  • University of Namibia, Namibia
    The language of teaching is English. Offers a variety of courses in different fields.
    Semester 1: from the beginning of January to the end of June
    Semester 2: from mid-July to the end of November
  • Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile
    The application process and studies are entirely in Spanish. Good Spanish skills are essential. Teaching in a variety of fields on offer.
    Semester 1: March–July
    Semester 2: August–December
  • Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico
    Teaching is primarily in Spanish. The availability of teaching in English is very limited, and the language of studies must be confirmed for each field. Basic Spanish skills are a minimum requirement. Students of health sciences, social sciences, and natural sciences will find the greatest variety of courses. Internship in a pharmacy is also possible for students of Pharmacy.
    Autumn semester: September–December
    Spring semester: February–July
  • Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
  • Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela
    For all Bachelor’s and Master’s level students who can find suitable studies in their major or minor subjects. Good Spanish skills are essential.
  • University of Sao Paulo, Luiz de Quieroz College of Agriculture, Brazil
    Only for students majoring in forestry.