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Lifelong Learning at the University of Tampere

At the University of Tampere, you can increase and supplement your expertise in many ways.

You can supplement your expertise after completing a degree through non-degree studies as an alumni student (formerly “continuing student”) if you have graduated from the University of Tampere, or by studying at the Open University. These studies are offered by University faculties, and they involve participating in standard studies aimed at degree students. These non-degree studies, which were previously offered to “extra students”, have now primarily been moved under the purview of the Open University.

The University of Tampere also provides continuing education to those who have completed their degrees and accumulated some work experience. A variety of courses and programmes are available for deepening and expanding your expertise.

1. Alumni studies in degree programmes

Those who have completed a higher university degree at the University of Tampere are eligible to supplement their expertise as alumni students. You can apply for the right to study the modules or free choice studies of the degree programme in which you completed your degree. An alumni student may have the right to study up to two study modules at the same time. Once granted, the right to study will remain valid for up to two years.

An alumni student’s right to study can also be granted to a person who has completed a higher university degree at another degree programme of Tampere University if the alumni student’s degree included at least 15–25 credits of studies in the degree programme in question.

Alumni studies are free of charge for the academic year following graduation. After this, the studies will be subject to a charge. The fee is €15/credit. The University’s academic year begins on 1 August and ends on 31 July. If you graduate in May, for example, you are allowed to supplement your studies free of charge until the end of July the following year. After this, the studies will be subject to a charge.

There is no separate application period for alumni students, i.e. applications can be submitted at any time. The exceptions to this are Nordic languages and English language, literature and translation, which only accept applications twice a year (application deadlines: April 15 and October 31). See the application form and detailed instructions. A separate justification letter must be appended to the application. If you are applying for two modules at the same time, you must prepare a separate application for each module, including the appendices.

If you do not meet the criteria for alumni studies, you can apply for free choice studies offered by faculties through the Open University.

2. Studying at the Open University

You can also supplement your studies and expertise at the Open University, which is perfect for those who prefer studying around other commitments. At the University of Tampere, faculties are also responsible for Open University studies. The education is primarily integrated, and each faculty is responsible for the educational offering and teaching arrangements. Education is organised during the day and in the evenings in many forms.

Open University studies are subject to a fee. As of 1 August 2015, the study fee is €15/credit. However, degree students and exchange students of the University of Tampere can participate in Open University courses free of charge. Read more about studying at and applying to the Open University.

The possibility of completing separate course units not provided by the Open University are considered on a case-by-case basis. This is always agreed upon with the faculty in charge of the education in question. The heads of study affairs of the respective faculties serve as the contact persons, and they will answer any questions you may have.

3. Academic modules and continuing education

Academic modules are flexible collections of course units and modules formed by course units. They involve bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral level studies that can be multidisciplinary in their make-up. An academic module involves studies in degree student groups or other arrangements to meet the needs of the participants. The modules form a link between university research-based information and practical professional expertise.

If you have completed your degree and gained working experience, the University of Tampere offers you continuing education courses and programmes, which enable you to deepen and expand your expertise and improve your position in the job market. Your studies can also be targeted specialisations and new competencies. Instructions on applying for continuing education can be found in the context of information regarding the educational offerings.

The University of Tampere also arranges customised training, research and development modules for companies and communities.

Read more about continuing education.