Welcome to Karelia University of Applied Sciences


The path to a great future is paved with skills and expertise. The Karelia University of Applied Sciences is proud to be part of this development by training skilled professionals. Karelia is a multidisciplinary, widely connected, international and innovative organisation offering education leading to bachelor and master degrees. Karelia operates in seven study fields offering 21 programmes out of which five are masters. Study areas are health care and social studies, business, engineering, forestry, media and hospitality management.  Karelia operates in two campuses in the close proximity of the Joensuu city centre in easternmost Finland.

Karelia is a significant and well regocnised actor in education and plays a key role in the regional development and in research, development and innovation activities (RDI). Karelia operates actively in various national and international networks. International partner networks include many Asian, African, European, and North- and South-American countries. China is one of the most prestigious partner countries where the education co-operation is actively and systemically developed in collaboration with the partners.

We offer excellent conditions for internationally oriented  students who strive with us to be the experts of the future.At the Karelia University of Applied Sciences, all students work closely with local companies and with other educational institutions on exciting research and development projects. Each student builds a solid grounding in their field throughout their studies. The curriculum is customised to each student’s own preferences and needs, and is supplemented through close contact with prospective employers. A degree from the Karelia University of Applied Sciences degree will give the professional skills needed for a rewarding future.

Our Bright World

Students 3747
Staff 255
Awarded degrees 690
Student satisfaction rate 81 %

Our Bright World's International Students

International degree Students 100
Exchange students/year 150 outgoing, 120 incoming


Dr. Petri Raivo
tel. +358 50 310 9749