The Open University of Tampere University of Technology (TUT) offers everyone the opportunity to pursue higher education regardless of their previous qualifications.
The Open University promotes lifelong learning and the University's commitment to social responsibility. In order to successfully complete their studies, Open University students are generally required to have a good command of the subject matter taught at upper secondary school (or other equivalent level).
The Open University's learning activities take place in a classroom setting and comprise lectures, assignments and examinations. Students are free to complete either individual courses or entire study modules. Studies at the Open University cost 10 euros per credit. The courses arranged by the Open University are held on TUT's campus in Hervanta, Tampere. There are no distant learning possibilities available.
Courses available at the Open University
Almost all the courses that are arranged for regular degree students at Tampere University of Technology are also available to students at TUT's Open University. In addition, the Open University offers some courses that are held in the evenings.
TUT's online study guides are the easiest way to browse our course offerings. The International Course Catalogue provides detailed information on individual courses. Evening courses and courses taking place in the summer are listed in the Open University's own online study guide. All the courses take place in a classroom setting, as TUT's Open University does not offer online courses.
- The International Course Catalogue 2013-2014 provides detailed information on individual courses (in English)
The International Course Catalogue 2012-2013 provides detailed information on individual courses (in English)
The Open University's online study guide 2012-2013 lists courses that are held in the evenings and from April onwards also the courses arranged in the summer (mainly in Finnish)
TUT's summer courses are arranged by the Open University. The application period for courses held in summer 2013 runs from 12 April to 12 May 2013. Summer courses are primarily held in the daytime and tend to be more intensive than courses arranged during the academic year. The Study Guide provides information about contents of the courses. Summer courses are mainly held in Finnish.
Application deadlines and the online application system
Students apply for admission to Open University courses through an online application system. The application deadlines vary depending on the teaching period.
The deadlines for applying for admission to courses held in the academic year 2013-2014 are as follows (deadline at 23:59):
- Courses starting in the 1st period: Thursday, 22 August 2013
- Courses starting in the 2nd period: Sunday, 6 October 2013
- Courses starting in the 3rd period: Thursday, 02 January 2014
- Courses starting in the 4th period: Sunday, 23 February 2014
- Summer courses:
the application period opens on 11 April and closes on 11 May 2014
Enrolling as a student
Applications are processed at TUT's Student Services Office. The decisions, letters of acceptance, enrolment forms and further instructions are made available to the applicants via the online application system.
After receiving the letter of acceptance, you must enrol as a student at the Open University by submitting the enrolment form and payment receipt, or a copy thereof, to the Student Services Office. Applicants who do not submit the enrolment form forfeit their right to pursue studies at the Open University. The fees of all the courses that are listed in the application must be paid as a lump sum. This is why applicants are recommended to submit a separate application for each semester. If you want to complete language courses or architecture courses that are arranged in the daytime, please make sure that there are places available before paying the course fees. The payment of the course fee indicates that you will participate in the course. The fees cannot be refunded.
Open University students are not eligible for student benefits and discounts, because they are not members of TUT's Student Union. Only degree students are entitled to receive discounts at the student restaurants and use the sports services available on campus.
Study right and user account
Students are granted the right to study at the Open University for two semesters. Attending a given course requires that you have paid the course fee. After you have enrolled as a student, your personal information will be entered into the Student Register. Each student is assigned a student number when they enrol for the first time. Your student number will remain the same throughout your studies. Please contact the Student Services Office to inquire about your student number.
Open University students receive a username and password that give them access to the student portal (POP). You can either obtain them through a web service (further instructions will be provided during your enrolment) or collect them from the IT Helpdesk (Main Building, 2nd floor) after you have enrolled. You will be required to present official ID when collecting your username and password. Students use POP to view their enrolment data and credits and to register for examinations.
Students receive an official transcript of records upon completion of their studies. The transcript may be collected from the Student Services Office. If you are later on admitted as a regular degree student at Tampere University of Technology via an entrance examination or the so-called Open University Tracks, the courses that you have completed at the Open University may be counted towards your degree.
Study guidance and counselling
TUT's study guidance and counselling services are also available to Open University students. You can make an appointment to see the student counsellor to discuss your curriculum choices and ask questions about your studies in general. The student counsellor's office is located on the second floor of the Main Building.
Contact info and opening hours:
Telephone:040 198 1490
Postal address:Tampere University of Technology, Student Services/Open university, P.O. Box 527, 33101 Tampere
Street address:TUT, Main building, 2nd floor, Korkeakoulunkatu 10, 33720 Tampere
Opening hours at the Student Services:Mon-Thu 9.00-15.00 and Fri 9.00-12.00
- Opening hours at the Student Services during summertime 3.6.-9.8.2013: Mon-Thu 12.00-15.00 and Fri 9.00-12.00
Student counselor:040 849 0544, room PA209b, opening hours for personal study counseling Mon-Thu 12.00-15.00