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Kuopio, Kuopio Finland +1
  • Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland
  • QS World University Rankings
    521-530
  • StatusPublic
  • Research OutputVery High
  • Student/Faculty Ratio10
  • ScholarshipsYes
  • International Students669
  • SizeM
  • Total Faculty1,207

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Welcome to the University of Eastern Finland, UEF!

The University of Eastern Finland is the most multidisciplinary university in Finland. Our high standard of interdisciplinary research and education respond to global challenges and build a sustainable future. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We offer education in nearly 100major subjects and we train experts for tomorrow’s changing labour market needs.

Our profile areas in research and education are:

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


We are a sought-after place to study, thanks to our teaching based on the latest research and our diverse academic offering, as well as our flexible study opportunities and our selection of minor subjects freely available to students. We are a pioneer of continuous learning.

Students, high-level learning processes and student well-being stand at the core of our activities. We offer our students inspiring, open and continuously evolving learning environments: comfortable facility solutions and modern digital environments support learning.

At UEF, we also have extensive international relations and are involved in several internationalnet works 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.

To find out more, please visit our website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube channel.

If you are interested in learning more about the international Master’s programmes we offer, please visit uef.fi/masters. Links to programme-specific websites can be found from the programme list below.

 

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.  

 

The 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. Please see our Student Handbook Kamu to find detailed information about student life and well-being here at the University of Eastern Finland.

 

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 76,000.

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 KPY Novapolis building – home to Kuopio Science Park, and some of our departments.

Kuopio is the largest city in eastern Finland, and the ninth largest city in the country, with a population of 119,000. 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? 
At the moment, we accept some language tests taken online too. For detailed and up-to-date information, please visit our website, https://www.uef.fi/en/language-requirements-for-masters-degree-programmes. Also see the programme specific language requirements from the website of the programme you are interested in. All our programmes, with links to their websites, are listed at uef.fi/masters
 
•  How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed?
In the autumn 2020, most of our Master’s degree programmes begin the semester online. This means that you can begin your studies even before arriving to Finland.

 

• Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants?
The next application period to most of our programmes begins December 1st 2020, and ends January 20th 2021. We are accepting applications normally.

 
• 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)?
Please see the programme websites to find the up to date requirements. You can find all our Master’s programmes listed with links to their websites at uef.fi/masters.

 

 

At the 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 programmes.

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 one of our international Master's degree programmes, we also offer generous tuition waivers to cover the tuition fees partially. For more information about the Master's degree programmes' tuition fees and waivers, please visit our website.

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

About

COVID-19 Information: Please check the Admissions tab

 

Welcome to the University of Eastern Finland, UEF!

The University of Eastern Finland is the most multidisciplinary university in Finland. Our high standard of interdisciplinary research and education respond to global challenges and build a sustainable future. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We offer education in nearly 100major subjects and we train experts for tomorrow’s changing labour market needs.

Our profile areas in research and education are:

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


We are a sought-after place to study, thanks to our teaching based on the latest research and our diverse academic offering, as well as our flexible study opportunities and our selection of minor subjects freely available to students. We are a pioneer of continuous learning.

Students, high-level learning processes and student well-being stand at the core of our activities. We offer our students inspiring, open and continuously evolving learning environments: comfortable facility solutions and modern digital environments support learning.

At UEF, we also have extensive international relations and are involved in several internationalnet works 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.

To find out more, please visit our website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube channel.

If you are interested in learning more about the international Master’s programmes we offer, please visit uef.fi/masters. Links to programme-specific websites can be found from the programme list below.

 

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.  

 

The 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. Please see our Student Handbook Kamu to find detailed information about student life and well-being here at the University of Eastern Finland.

 

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 76,000.

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 KPY Novapolis building – home to Kuopio Science Park, and some of our departments.

Kuopio is the largest city in eastern Finland, and the ninth largest city in the country, with a population of 119,000. 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? 
At the moment, we accept some language tests taken online too. For detailed and up-to-date information, please visit our website, https://www.uef.fi/en/language-requirements-for-masters-degree-programmes. Also see the programme specific language requirements from the website of the programme you are interested in. All our programmes, with links to their websites, are listed at uef.fi/masters
 
•  How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed?
In the autumn 2020, most of our Master’s degree programmes begin the semester online. This means that you can begin your studies even before arriving to Finland.

 

• Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants?
The next application period to most of our programmes begins December 1st 2020, and ends January 20th 2021. We are accepting applications normally.

 
• 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)?
Please see the programme websites to find the up to date requirements. You can find all our Master’s programmes listed with links to their websites at uef.fi/masters.

 

 

At the 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 programmes.

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 one of our international Master's degree programmes, we also offer generous tuition waivers to cover the tuition fees partially. For more information about the Master's degree programmes' tuition fees and waivers, please visit our website.

At the 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

University of Eastern Finland is one of the top Public universities in Kuopio, Finland. It is ranked #521-530 in QS Global World Rankings 2022.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #302
  • 2014
    #=291
  • 2015
    #=267
  • 2016
    #347
  • 2017
    #=382
  • 2018
    #451-460
  • 2019
    #=481
  • 2020
    #498
  • 2021
    #499
  • 2022
    #521-530

Ranking criteria

14.9
Academic Reputation
30.8
Citations per Faculty
11.4
Employer Reputation
42.5
Faculty Student Ratio
13.3
International Faculty Ratio
6.3
International Students Ratio

Student & Staff

Total students
11,913

48%
52%

International students
669

96%
4%

Total faculty staff
1,207

167
1040

Total students
11,913

48%
52%

International students
669

96%
4%

Total faculty staff
1,207

1040
167

Scholarships

Yes
The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.

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