International Students

OPTIEM – Oulu Presents The Industrial Engineering and Managemet

Optiem is a student organization that consists students of Industrial Engineering and Management students of Oulu University.

When you arrive to Finland..

Check these:

Oulu University’s Guideline for New Students
Oulu Erasmus Survival Guide
Oulu Intro by Erasmus

How Optiem helps you to study?

Instructions and forms for Thesis and Graduation

ESTIEM – European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management

Experience from Optiem’s international student Valerie about ESTIEM

Work hard, Play hard!??You will have a deep understanding of this spirit just after one day of one Estiem event and you’re gonna love it! Personally, I’m falling love with Estiem! Imagine learning French in Belgium, or working as a volunteer in the Greatest Slush Helsinki,or becoming  an entrepreneur in Lisbon, or celebrating the New Year in Paris…This all gonna happen when you attend Estiem events!And the most amazing thing is that people whom you doing all these with are young IEM genius from everywhere in the world!! You may be afraid or nervous at the very beginning, yep, I was really nervous before my first event.But just after a really warming welcome when I arrived , I feel like back home! Estiemers are so generous, so open mind, so considerate! And actually, the so called ”culture shock” is the best part to me! Hanging out with locals is the best way to explore Europe and experience different culture.No need to mention that you can still learn actual stuff at the same time! Are there anything more international than this?! I really enjoy it and appreciate this opportunity, and thanks to myself that I took the first step! – Valerie

ESN – Erasmus Student Network

Experience from international student Ammar about ESN

I landed in Oulu in August 2016, a week before my orientation. I was roaming around the campus and saw many posters of ‘Join ESN’ and other material with ESN promotions. In orientation, there was a presentation by student organizations and then I knew I should be a part of ESN. I got my ESN card, which gives me discounts in many places and free privileged entry in ESN nights and parties.

I was enjoying the ESN experience, and trust me ESN is just not for exchange students. It is for everyone, whether you are a Finnish student, or international or exchange, you can go to ESN events and have fun. This was what I was doing and then one day I decided, I have many ideas, why shouldn’t I join it and maybe contribute more.

I talked to the vice president of ESN via email, and explained my interest and they welcomed with open arms. I was called an ‘Active Member’ like other 30 students who voluntarily worked for ESN. Since becoming an active, I have volunteered when I liked, never disturbing by schedule, met new people and learned whole lot of new things. Things which were not there in any curriculum, multi-cultural leadership, voluntary experience, time management and how to have fun.

I am now a Board Member in ESN Oulu, and will be working as a Project Coordinator for the year 2017. But in this 4 months of my time in ESN, I have gained/learned/experienced these things:

1. Learned about Finnish customs/traditions. e.g. Pula Baking, Sit Sit parties, Ice Hole Swimming

2. Travelled with so much diverse and international students. e.g. trip to IKEA, Stockholm.

3. Established a sense of working in with people with different cultures, different values. e.g. ESN team which is of more than 15 nationalities.

4. Made new friends, and trust me you need to do so when you come to a new place. You won’t feel weird going to a party, because there will always be someone you can hangout with and have fun. We use to have great socializers, once in a month with great food, movie night and getting to know each other.

So, it’s your choice whether you want to become a volunteer, enjoy, have ESN perks or just be a normal student and only enjoy. I liked the second part but trust me first part is so much more fun.

In ESN, you will always be compensated, appreciated and valued for your work. It is a nonprofit volunteer organization, but it has multiple partners, which gives you discounts, gift cards, vouchers and chance to travel to exciting destinations. 🙂


Claudia one of our international student is keepeng blog about the studies here in Oulu, to blog.

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