Open UAS - available to everyone


Open Studies are open to everyone, irrespective of age or educational background. Open Studies at Karelia UAS (University of Applied Sciences) offer you an opportunity to study courses that are part of Karelia UAS degrees.

Open Studies give you an opportunity to:

  • develop your expertise or the knowledge and skills needed in working life
  • find a field/profession of your interest
  • take courses before applying for a degree programme
  • learn about studying at Karelia UAS
  • study as a hobby

Open Studies are part-time studies and subject to a fee. Most of the course options are avaible in Finnish but some can also be comleted in English. Please note that the studies often contain contact lessons and require attendance in Joensuu, Finland.

Open Studies offer you the possibility to complete degree courses, even if you cannot complete the whole degree through them. In order to complete a degree you have to be a degree student at Karelia UAS. If you have completed Open Studies and you are later chosen as a degree student at Karelia UAS, the credits of all successfully completed Open Studies courses can be transferred to your Karelia UAS degree.

Information for international students

Open Studies are part of the Finnish adult education system. They are basically available for all, although they are mainly targeted to those already living in Finland. This is because Open UAS students are not entitled to a student visa. However, if you are visiting Finland on a temporary short-term visa or if you do not need a residence permit to enter Finland (EU students), it is possible for you to take Open Studies courses.

Further information

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