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University of Eastern Finland
Joensuu, Finland (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Language Requirement: None
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
University of Eastern Finland



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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.

Academics
The language in 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.

Cost Information
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.

Credit Transfer
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.
Program Dates
Semester 1: early September to  mid-December
Semester 2: early January to late May
Joensuu, Kuopio, and Savonlinna, Finland

The Cities
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 sizeable 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.  Finland’s exotic, northern geographic setting is one of its most treasured resources.

Fast Facts
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

Population
72,100 (Joensuu)
92,000 (Kuopio)
28,000 (Savonlinna)

Climate
Short, warm sunny summers; cold snowy winters

Proximity to
Lappeenranta:150 miles
Helsinki: 270 miles
Saint Petersburg:192 miles
Tallinn: 324 miles

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 01/01/2015 05/31/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.