In addition to experiencing the study life in three Nordic universities, students will gain unique insights from NORDIG’s extensive partner network, composed of public and private organizations located in Finland, Norway and Sweden.
Mobility forms an essential element of the programme, as the latter builds on the Nordic tradition and exposes students to different local and national contexts, cultures and situations.
Finland’s most popular city for studying
Tampere has been voted as the most popular place to live in Finland several times. It is a very student-oriented city, with approximately 40 000 of its 220 000 inhabitants being students. The city offers a wide variety of sports facilities, cultural experiences and excellent services in safe surroundings. Beautiful nature, efficient public transportation and other services, and versatile student discounts ensure that your life in Tampere is both comfortable and affordable.
Close to nature
Tampere’s city centre is surrounded by lake and ridge scenery, sited on an isthmus between lakes Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi. The Tammerkoski rapids run through the city. Pyynikki, which was formed by the action of ice and sea more than 10,000 years ago, is the world’s highest gravel ridge. At its highest it rises 80 metres above Lake Pyhäjärvi and 160 metres above sea level.
There are 200 lakes and ponds in Tampere, and a total of 450 in the entire region.
24 per cent of Tampere’s surface area is water and 76 per cent land. 18.5 per cent of the land has a town plan.
There are numerous nature reserves in Tampere. Pyynikki and Viikinsaari near the city centre are the best known of them.
Parks and green areas amount to 2,400 hectares, approximately 100 square metres per inhabitant. The city also has four allotment areas. The Hatanpää allotment, established in 1916, was among the first in Finland.
The most prominent academic centre in Northern Europe
Every year, a handful of outstanding scientists come to Stockholm to accept the Nobel Prize. But they are outnumbered compared to the 8,000 international students living in Stockholm.
Following your studies, your cutting edge competence will be in high demand in Stockholm – one of the world´s fastest growing cities. Stockholm is also closer to the rest of Europe than you might think. Cities like London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin are just a short plane ride away.
Student city Stockholm
Stockholm has a unique tradition of higher education and a wealth of possibilities offered by few other cities. It’s a city where preconceptions are challenged and innovations are born. Exchange students, master students, doctoral students and guest researchers come to Stockholm from all over the world.
Here you will find cutting edge competence everywhere – from technical colleges and nursing schools to colleges and universities specialising in social sciences, law, economics, and art. Traditional education is offered alongside interdisciplinary studies with a modern approach to the academic tradition.
There is an extensive range of programmes and courses to choose from and many of the master’s courses are available in English. Whichever field you are interested in, you can be sure to find it.
Nature at your doorstep
While you have access to the throbbing capital with its beating pulse, festivals and events, you are also very close to nature. Stockholm consists of equal parts of water, green open spaces and developed land, and it is one of the cleanest cities in the world.
Parks and green areas nestle amongst the midtown cityscapes and the heavily built-up suburbs. Several nature reserves are close to the city, such as the Stockholm archipelago with its 24,000 islands and skerries. Only a short boat ride away you can find secluded creeks perfect for hot summer days, picnics, or watching the late sunsets of the North.
It is easy to be active and enjoy nature in Stockholm. You will find yourself within easy reach of trails for hiking and mountain biking, lakes and beaches for swimming, ski areas, and coastlines for long distance ice- skating.
An active student life
In addition to the extensive range of events in the city itself, the student unions arrange plenty of activities for students. There will be parties, concerts, formal and informal dinners, sports events and pub-crawls to take part in. You can also join one of the many organisations or interest groups at your university or college, such as choirs, theatre groups, or study circles.
The administrative, business and cultural capital of Southern Norway
In the urban areas, you will find a rich variety of cafés, restaurants, art galleries, museums and cultural activities. The new concert and theatre house, Kilden, opened its doors in 2012. With 2,200 seats, this is the most significant endeavour for decades in the cultural arena in Kristiansand.
Kristiansand is the fifth largest city in Norway with a population of around 88 000. The city was formally founded by King Christian IV in 1641. The centre of Kristiansand, in layout essentially unchanged since the 17th century, is called ”Kvadraturen” due to its square gridline of streets. The old city of Kristiansand is home to Northern Europe’s largest collection of low, terraced, white, wooden houses dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
During the 18th century, Kristiansand grew into a major port both due to its expanding ship building industry and its trade fleet. Historically, Kristiansand has been a busy international shipping port, a role that is still emphasized by the growing number of companies supplying personnel, equipment and services to the North Sea oil industry. Some of the largest companies in Kristiansand are energy based, either as suppliers to the oil industry or as producers of or suppliers to the emerging renewable energy market. The Kristiansand region boasts a wide range of technological expertise with an international approach.
The Kristiansand City Council established the Cultiva Foundation in 2002. With an investment of EUR 200 million, the Foundation aims to promote a more dynamic city through innovation, development and competence building within the creative environment of the city.