Frequently asked questions about the new higher education community

What happens on 1 January 2019?

The University of Tampere (UTA), Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) join forces and form a new higher education community.

Tampere University Foundation combines the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology as the new foundation-based Tampere University. Tampere University Foundation engages in polytechnic education and research as the majority shareholder of Tampere University of Applied Sciences.  From this fusion stems the working title Tampere3.

What do I have to do on 1 January 2019?

You can carry on with your studies as before. Your right to study will be transferred automatically and your studies continue seamlessly in the existing degree programmes, both in university and university of applied sciences degrees.

Will all current degree programmes continue on 1 January 2019?


Can I choose any courses at any time from other Tampere3 higher education institutions?

With the Tampere3 Cross-Institutional Studies Agreement, the course selection open for degree students in all three higher education institutions will increase – and has already increased – significantly. Bear in mind that in order to graduate from a certain degree programme, you should complete the studies according to the curricula to fulfill professional requirements, for instance. In addition, same criteria of previous studies and priority orders still applies in course enrolment.

Is it easier to change my field of study or higher education institution?

Changing of higher education institution is always done through the student selection process. The principles for transferring from one degree programme to another and change of specialization within the university and university of applied sciences will be verified separately.

From which university or higher education institution will I graduate?

If your right to study is in the University of Tampere (UTA) or in Tampere University of Technology (TUT), you will graduate from Tampere University which will start operation on 1 January 2019. If your right to study is in Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), you will graduate from Tampere University of Applied Sciences also in the future.

If I have enrolled as absent, do I have to apply for a new right to study to continue my studies?

No. However, you should remember to take care of the enrolment for the academic year according to instructions.

How do I benefit from the merger?

You get to participate in dynamic, developing and diverse higher education community in which a new kind of learning environment is built. Teaching intertwines, on one hand, with the latest research, and on the other hand, with the surrounding community. Your learning environment provides even better opportunities for multidisciplinary and diversified networking and dialogue with students from various fields. In this way, your degree will equip you with the best competences for the working life of the future.