Internationalisation is strategic collaboration and team play!

Internationality is one of the strategic aims of Karelia University of Applied Science (Karelia UAS). Karelia2030 strategy identifies five main areas to work with and develop until 2030 to meet with the regional and global challenges. At the time of disruption and challenging global trends, fostering the prosperity and well-being of the somewhat remote and densely populated region is the uttermost goal of the Karelia University of Applied Sciences. North-Karelia has a lot of potential, and with a systemic co-creative approach in thematic high-quality networks it is possible to tackle the challenges and shape our future in a positive way.

Karelia2030 focus areas:

  • Talents for future working life
  • Education- and work-based immigration
  • Sustainable well-being
  • Smart production and services
  • Solutions for green transition

Karelia UAS has strong international networks, competences and references in international research, development and innovation (RDI). The RDI collaboration in innovation ecosystems and its results have impact in a long-run and serve the regional development in a coherent manner.

Karelia is a member of INVEST Erasmus+ European University Alliance consortium. INVEST is an innovative, and bottom-up network of universities, striving for higher standards in education, training, research, and innovation through international synergy and excellence taking greater responsibilities towards the development of an inclusive society and knowledge-based economy.

Internationalisation is for the future. It strengthens students’ and staff’s professional and transversal competencies providing international aspects to degree and continuous education, RDI and services.

International partners

Karelia UAS has international partner institutions in 25 different countries. Every year about 160 students from Karelia UAS are either studying or doing practical training abroad and about 120 international students are studying or doing practical training in Karelia UAS/in the region.

Exchange studies and traineeships

Karelia UAS offers courses and modules for incoming exchange students. Find more information for incoming Exchange Students.

Outgoing students will gain more information and support about their possibilities for student and trainee exchanges and other ways to internationalise themselves from the international coordinator of their study field. Studies completed abroad are fully credited into the degree at Karelia UAS.

Education in English

Bachelor’s degree programmes International Business, Industrial Management and Information and Communication Technology are offered completely in English. More information about the application procedure is available at:

Internationalisation at home

Becoming international does not always require students travelling abroad – personal barriers can be many, starting from family and work situations. Karelia UAS offers plenty of possibilities to go international at home during the studies.

Karelia UAS International Edition

For more information

Head of International Affairs
Dr. Liisa Timonen
International partnerships and networks, International RDI (Erasmus+, Horizon), Global education services
+358 50 5913397, [email protected]

Head of Education
Ms. Ulla Asikainen
International degrees and mobility, HEI services for immigrants, International student recruitment
+358 50 5234355, [email protected]

International Relations Coordinators
Ms. Antonia Stavridou
Outgoing and incoming students, TFK and Nordplus progammes
+358 50 3458262, [email protected]

Ms. Katriina Korhonen
Erasmus+ Institutional coordinator, Erasmus+ agreements, mobility funding and EWP, staff mobility
+358 50 5855146, [email protected]