New Accommodation to Encourage International Students to Stay in Region
A new ‘international student house,’ scheduled for completion in March 2013, is being built with the aim of encouraging international students to stay in Oulu after they graduate.
‘There are hundreds of international university students in Oulu. However, the majority of foreign degree students leave Finland immediately after graduating,’ explains Juha Aitamurto of the Student Housing Association of Northern Finland (PSOAS). ‘Hopefully, in the future, more of these will stay and enrich the Oulu region with their knowledge and skills, thanks to the PSOAS international student house!’
The international student house of the Student Housing Foundation of Northern Finland has been selected as the 15th of Oulu’s ’100 Acts,’ City sanction activities which promote Oulu.
The hall of residence is to be located near the centre on Lasaretinväylä.
‘The purpose of the building project, which is one of a kind in Finland, is to create a new kind of meeting place that will enable international degree students to feel more at home in Finland and possibly also encourage them to stay in the area after their studies,’ says Aitamurto.
‘This act will hopefully also enrich the urban culture of Oulu. The majority of the city’s foreign students currently study and live on the Linnanmaa campus, and are rarely seen in the city centre.’
When completed, the international student house will serve as a meeting place for Finnish and international students.
‘New kinds of common areas and auxiliary service concepts will be incorporated in the halls of residence. For example, in 2013, students in Oulu will have access to a cyber-launderette, and an international cafe restaurant will serve as a backdrop for grassroots cultural exchange. There will also be a living room shared by the residents on each floor,’ adds Aitamurto.
Half of the students in the hall of residence will be Finnish and half will be international students, so it is hoped that the project will encourage the two groups of students to mix more.