University of Eastern Finland
The University of Eastern Finland’s three campuses, Joensuu, Kuopio, and Savonlinna, merged January 1, 2010. Joensuu and Kuopio are main campuses and Savonlinna, a medieval city famous for it’s castle and Opera Festival, has a smaller campus. Currently the University has over 14,000 students, making it one of the largest universities in Finland.
The language of instruction at the UEF is Finnish. However a number of courses are offered in English in the following areas: Karelia, Russia and the Baltic Area (history, geography, literature etc.), Environmental Science and Forestry, Social Sciences (includes business and economics), and Educational Sciences. For more information visit the University’s website
Housing & Meals
The Student Housing Office offers accommodation for students in one of 26 dormitories located in the city. Typical student housing consists of a room in a flat shared with other students. These flats also include a kitchen, bathroom, laundry facilities and sometimes even access to a public sauna. Meal plans are not provided.
Exchange students pay their regular tuition to UM, and their room and board in Finland. Students can expect to pay about EUR 600 per month while in Finland, which includes EUR 160-250 for rent. A meal on-campus is around EUR 3.50 although many students opt to buy groceries and prepare food themselves.
Students will register for their classes upon arrival at UEF, which uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Students should take 30 ECTS credits per semester which will transfer to 15 UM credits. The minimum full-time load at UEF is 24 ECTS credits which is equivalent to 12 UM credits.
Semester 1: early September to mid-December
Semester 2: early January to late May
Joensuu, Kuopio, and Savonlinna, Finland:
The cities of Joensuu, Kuopio, and Savonlinna are all situated in the eastern Finnish lake area, which is famous for its unspoiled, natural beauty and thousands of lakes.
Joensuu, founded in 1848, sits at the mouth of the River Pielisjoki, on the shore of Lake Pyhäselkä. It is a sizable university town with over 70,000 people, and it is also a flourishing commercial and industrial center. The city has a good economic market, and all the amenities that go along with urban-living, especially an active nightlife.
Kuopio, the archipelago-like business city of 92,000 inhabitants founded in 1775, is known all over the world as a center of expertise in medicine and health care technology.
Savonlinna, established in 1639 and with 28,000 inhabitants, is one of Finland’s most popular touristic destinations, internationally known for its Opera Festival held in the medieval Olavinlinna Castle.
Finland is a land of lakes, which number almost 200,000. Two-thirds of the country is covered by forest and Finland’s exotic, northern geographic setting is one of its most treasured resources.
Exchange levels: Undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: English, Finnish
Language Requirement: none
University website: http://www.uef.fi/en/home
Length of exchange: semester or year
Joensuu, Kupio, & Savonlinna at a Glance
Short, warm sunny summers; cold snowy winters
Helsinki: 270 miles
Saint Petersburg:192 miles
Tallinn: 324 miles