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University of Eastern Finland

P.O. Box 1627 Kuopio,
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University of Eastern Finland is a well sought-after study destination as it puts its students, student wellbeing and high-standards of teaching first.
Thanks to its innovative teaching methods based on the latest research, diverse education offerings and flexible study opportunities, University of Eastern Finland aims to be the best academic learning environment in the country by 2020, and be among the leading 200 research universities in the world.
At University of Eastern Finland, we engage in close cooperation with various research institutions, businesses and industries, whilst building innovative ecosystems and promoting the emergence of new business activities in Eastern Finland.
Researchers at UEF specialize in four key interdisciplinary research areas which are built around the following global challenges, and help support societal decision-making:

  • Ageing, lifestyles and health
  • Diversifying learning and interaction
  • Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders
  • Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources.

At UEF, we also have extensive international relations and are involved in several international networks as our teaching and research staff, and students participate in various programs. In addition, we have concluded bilateral agreements of cooperation with approximately 100 international universities.

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The best academic learning environments are built around innovative teaching methods, research-based education, and diverse use of facilities. This is something which we feel very strongly about at University of Eastern Finland, as we’ve recently renovated our campus facilities, and culture of teaching with flexibility, inspiration and technology in mind.

We’re dedicated to ensuring that the learning environment is student focused, and so we’ve invested in supporting flexible study paths by creating a digital workspace. At UEF, we want to create a culture of open science and technology that enables seamless collaboration between our students’ own technological devices and the devices provided by the university.

The high quality standard of teaching lead by our teachers and professors allows us to teach and train our students to become ready for the needs of the rapidly changing work life.  

University of Eastern Finland is home to two campuses: Joensuu campus, and Kuopio campus, and 15,000 students – 1,700 of which are international.

We offer our students a variety of leisure activities to enjoy alongside their studies, including sports, international clubs and a choir.

Joensuu campus
Almost 8,000 students study and live at UEF’s Joensuu campus, making it a lively and exciting atmosphere for everyone.

We have many services and facilities available for our students, ranging from student health care services, to the teaching training school, as well as a number of cafeterias and campus restaurants for students to choose from.

The Joensuu Science Park can also be found at our Joensuu campus, which hosts the university’s science, technology and business teaching facilities.

The campus itself is conveniently located in the heart of the city center of Joensuu, which is home to the Ilosaarirock Festival in the summer, and the Rokumentti Rock Film Festival in the autumn.

Sometimes known as a Fairtrade City, or the Forestry Capital of Europe, Joensuu is the second largest city in Eastern Finland, and  the 12th largest city in the country, with a population of 75,000.

Despite its size, Joensuu is a peaceful city, famous for its beautiful scenery, natural lakes and rivers, which offers an abundance of cultural and recreational activities. The city also offers a vivid selection of theatre and music, not to mention excellent Nordic cuisine.

Kuopio campus
With nearly 7,000 students at our Kuopio campus, you can expect a vibrant and welcoming experience. Surrounded by a beautiful landscape and lake, our Kuopio campus is only a short walk away from the city center, and Kuopio University Hospital.

The university’s important student services are never far away either, with the Student Union’s office located on campus, and the student health care services only a stone’s throw away. There’s also a diverse choice of restaurants and cafeterias, so students are never short of options.

Also at our Kuopio campus, is the Technopolis Building – home to Kuopio Science Park, and the faculties of science, research and business.

Kuopio is the largest city in eastern Finland, and the ninth largest city in the country, with a population of 112,000. Surrounded by the wonders of nature, and known for the Puijo Tower, a lively market square and the Kuopio Dance Festival, Kuopio boasts an excellent selection of services combined with a cozy atmosphere, making it an attractive place to live.

Not forgetting the Kuopio Wine Festival and Kuopio RockCock festival which offers something for everyone, as does the city’s vast selection of museums, theatres and concerts.

For those who are passionate about sports and keeping fit, the city’s numerous running paths, skiing tracks, slalom slopes and swimming pools also offer endless opportunities to get out and about.  

COVID-19 Information:

•  What is the status of planned campus admission open days/tours? 
Currently, we don’t have open days scheduled.
•  How can applicants contact the university about their application?
If you have questions about your application or applying, please send them to [email protected]. With any other questions, please contact [email protected]
•  How is the university handling applicants whose exams have been cancelled? The University of Eastern Finland is prepared to adapt to the situation. If the admitted student is facing these types of issues, please contact your programme study coordinator.
•  What advice is the university offering to applicants unable to take an English-language test due to centers being closed? All applicants to the University of Eastern Finland have been requested to submit a language certificate already at the application stage in January 2020.
•  How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed? This is a national level question in Finland and all universities have been discussing about this topic actively with the Finnish Immigration Service Migri and, also internally. The guidelines will be clarified during the spring.
• Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants? The application period for the University of Eastern Finland’s Master´s programmes ended in January 2020. The next application period will begin December 1st, 2020.
• How are applications for university accommodation being handled? In both our campus cities (Joensuu and Kuopio), student housing is offered by independent, non-profit housing companies Elli in Joensuu, https://www.joensuunelli.fi/en/, and Kuopas in Kuopio, https://www.kuopas.fi/en/.
•  Is the university making any changes to entry requirements (i.e. test results, required documents)? The application period for UEF Master´s programmes ended already in January 2020 and the student selection for our international Master’s Degree programmes goes on as usual.

At University of Eastern Finland, we offer a wide variety of degree programs, including bachelor level studies for exchange and visiting students, as well as master’s and doctorate programs.

However, teaching at undergraduate level is conducted entirely in Finnish. We do, however, offer a variety of postgraduate courses which are taught in English.

If you’re an international student who’s interested in studying at UEF, we also offer attractive scholarship schemes. For more information, visit our website.

At University of Eastern Finland, our Career and Counselling Service offers students the opportunity to take part in an online course on Career Planning. 

University Highlights

Total students - 11,691


International students - 714


Total faculty staff - 1,174


Total students - 11,691


International students - 714


Total faculty staff - 1,174

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