Welcome to study at Karelia University of Applied Sciences!
On this Guide, you find information about starting the studies, housing, academic year etc. Instructions on accepting the study place, registration and copies of school certificates you find here.
Because of the corona virus situation, teaching and studying will be arranged online starting on September 2nd 2020. Online studying will continue until the end of December 2020. Please follow the Karelia’s coronainfo page in order to receive up-to-date information.
Information letters for new students
At Karelia, you study with your own computer. Read more about the instructions regarding the computer requirements
You will receive username to Karelia UAS network and detailed information about Karelia Start Kit online course in August before the start of the studies. Information will be sent to you by email.
Once you have a username you will be able to login to Pakki Portal. Pakki Portal contains information on studies and services provided by Karelia UAS.
Information about tuition fees for non-EU/ETA area degree students.
New Student’s Guide in Finnish NB. Information for International Business and Industrial Management can be found only in the Guide in English.
Greetings from the President
Dear new student,
I’d like to congratulate you once more for receiving a study place at Karelia UAS. You can be satisfied and happy with your choice.
I sincerely hope that you get on well, give feedback and take actively part in the conversation making our education and research community even better. Furthermore, I wish that you would join POKA student union to make a contribution to student life and the development of our university.
Life, especially student life, is not just about education and studies, but should also encompass relaxation and free-time activities. I’m confident that North Karelia as a region and Joensuu as an attractive student city can provide you with a context for stimulating studies and meaningful leisure activities.
Do also keep in mind that the entrance exam is often the toughest of all tests and examinations. Once you’ve now been admitted and continue to work hard, your studies will surely progress well and the university degree and your place in working life will soon come into view.
Enjoy your studies!
Start of Studies — impact of coronavirus
For the first year students of International Business and Industrial Management, studies begin on 2 September 2020.
Because of the coronavirus situation, teaching and studying will be arranged online during autumn semester (2 September — 31 December, 2020). Further information about the start of the studies will be sent in August. Start applying for the residence permit (www.migri.fi) and prepare to move to Joensuu, Finland at the latest in the beginning of January 2021. We will keep you up-to-date on the situation.
IB students: Due to the intensive nature of this study unit, we advise you to purchase the following course material beforehand: Philip Kotler et al.: Principles of Marketing, 2013 or newer edition.
International Business and Industrial Management studies in Joensuu take place at Wärtsilä campus, Karjalankatu 3, 80200 Joensuu (map).
New students in other programmes, please check your starting date and further information here.
Coronavirus (COVID19) influences the studies in autumn 2020. Follow the Karelia’s Coronainfo website for up-to-date information.
An academic year is divided into autumn and spring terms and in addition, into three periods, i.e. autumn, spring and summer periods.
Degree students receive financial aid for autumn and spring periods automatically, if they have once applied for it and are eligible. Further information
No autumn or winter breaks are scheduled during autumn and spring periods, but Christmas, New Year and Easter time are free of scheduled studies.
Summer studies conducted during the summer period provide you with an opportunity to speed up studies. No common teaching for degree students will be arranged during this period. Degree students studying during this summer period can apply for financial aid for this period separately. Further information
All Karelia UAS schedules can be found at Lukkarikone. Schedules for autumn 2020 classes will be published by 18 June 2020. (changes are possible).
You will find your schedule by searching with your year group code. The year group codes are for International Business LTBNS20A and LTBNS20B (groups are form in the beginning of studies) and for Industrial Management IINS20. By using the search commands you can find the timetables for your group, for specific courses and teachers.
Here is a short video on how to find the timetable for your group in Lukkarikone.
Courses taking place during the same semester do not all start at the same time. Your weekly schedule is different for each week.
In addition to classes you study independetly which means that you e.g. get familiar with study materials and literature and complete indivisual and groups learning assignments.
On some courses, the year group is divided into smaller groups. Therefore, in the schedules there will be the same lessons for different groups on different times. The groups are formed once the studies begin.
Degree Regulations are the basis for implementing students’ and the members’ of staff duties and responsibilities. It is a key document for both students and the staff. All these rules and regulations have been planned to support you and allow a smooth progress of studies.
Curriculum and individual study plan
Curricula define learning outcomes and the planned process of your professional growth and learning. Curricula are based on our UAS´s strategic choices: we try to be like pioneers in the field of education, we try to act responsibly and we try to develop the working life and entrepreneurship in the area.
We plan our curricula with co-operation with working life representatives to take into consideration their demands and development ideas. We want to ensure that you have the best possible chances to get your future job.
The Bachelor of Business Administration curricula include 210 credits (3.5 years) and Bachelor of Engineering 240 credits (4 years).
In your degree, you will have study units in common core competences and in complementary competences. Study units are individual, separately assessed parts of a degree. Versatile study and implementation methods can be used in study units.
On implementation plans on Study Guide (opinto-opas in Finnish) you will see the implementation methods, way of grading, learning outcomes and core content of a study unit, student´s workload and assessment criteria. On Study Guide select Youth Education — Degree Programme in International Business or Industrial Management — Academic year 2020–2021.
An individual study plan (ISP) is a tool for you in planning your studies, and for developing your competence and expertise. You make your first plan during the 1st year autumn semester. You will receive group and personal tutoring on the planning of the studies. The study plan will be revised annually in individual development discussions with your tutor teacher or with your student counsellor.
Language and communication studies are also included in the curricula. Karelia UAS provides fee-paying students with a scholarship based on Finnish language skills (students starting their studies in the autumn 2020). Students can be awarded with a scholarship two times during their studies based on their level of Finnish language and provided that they have gained 55 credits per academic year.
International business requires multilingual specialists. According to research (EK 2014), employers favour candidates with diverse language skills. Many companies are multinational and operate globally. Even in local SMEs, good language and communication skills are essential for everyday life.
International Business: At the beginning of your studies, you will take a diagnostic language test, Dialang, as part of your Academic English course. Dialang will help you to identify your strengths and development needs. Curriculum includes at least 15 credits of mandatory foreign language studies (Finnish for non-Finnish speakers, German, Russian etc. as foreign language for Finnish speakers).
Replacement, inclusion and proof of comtence (RLP) of prior studies
You have the possibility to get credits from your existing knowledge and competence relevant to the curriculum though RPL practices (recognition and accreditation process). Though RPL practices, you are able to replace or include your prior studies or proof your prior competence as a part of your degree.
The concept of recognition of prior learning is based on the principle of lifelong learning, the idea of which defines a student’s competence being a result of skills and knowledge acquired through both formal school education and non-formal education and informal learning.
You will receive more information on RPL at the beginning of studies.
Combining studies and sports
Karelia UAS and Joensuu Sports Academy are co-operating closely to give you the possibility to combine your competing top sports and studies in a degree programme at the same time. Joensuu Sports Academy co-operates with other institutes and sports organisations in the region and helps you to combine and integrate your careers in studies, work and sports.
At Karelia, you can also take 5–15 ECTS credits in Sports Academy Studies (complementary studies) as a part of your degree. The course contents and requirements are listed in Study Guide under complementary studies.
At Karelia, the contact persons are the Student Welfare Officer Ms Päivi Laakkonen, paivi.laakkonen(at)karelia.fi, +358 50 461 9251 and Ms HR Manager Jaana Tolkki, jaana.tolkki(at)karelia.fi, +358 50 408 7932.
Read more information at Joensuu Sports Academy
Campuses of Karelia UAS
Karelia UAS operates in Joensuu on two different campuses, Wärtsilä and Tikkarinne. At the Wärtsilä Campus International Business, Business Economics, Tourism, Forestry and Engineering students work towards their professional future.
At the Campus, you will enjoy a relaxed and warm learning environment and you will be part of our supportive community. The Campus is located just a stone throw away from the city center of Joensuu. You can easily access our Campus from all parts of the city by bike and bus.
Our Campus is modern; the wireless internet access as well as group work and computing facilities enable you to study efficiently during your days. The Campus restaurant provides you with warm and affordable breakfast, lunch and snacks at low student prices. Our Campus facilities offer you versatile places for independent studies.
You will receive a parking permit on the first day of studies from the campus caretaker by showing your official identification document.
Internationality in studies
Studies at Karelia UAS provide you with plentiful opportunities for internationalisation. International elements in your studies deepen your understanding of your own field, strengthen your language and communication skills, and support your ability to work with different people. At the same time, you get important connections and can create networks for your professional career in the future.
Study and practical training abroad
Excellent way for internationalisation during the studies is to go for a student exchange abroad. Karelia UAS has more than 100 partner institutions in 25 different countries. See how they are located around the world. Every year many students use this opportunity and go for a semester long study exchange. You can also do practical training (internship) abroad. You can join also shorter study visits in Europe or Russia.
Studies and practical training completed abroad are credited fully in the Karelia UAS degree. The exchange period does not prolong the graduation.
Karelia has many different grants for outgoing exchange students depending on a target country. The grant covers partly travel and living costs in a host country. You get support and guidance during their exchange period abroad. Security issues and possible critical situations are taken into account already when planning the exchange.
Internationalisation at home
Becoming international does not always require 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 your studies. These possibilities include:
- Language and cultural studies
- Cooperation with foreign degree and exchange students
- Tutoring international students
- Practical training in a multinational organisation
- Virtual mobility
- International projects
- Excursions abroad
In addition to dozens international degree students, Karelia UAS welcomes about 100 incoming exchange students who are studying at Karelia UAS or doing practical training in Joensuu.
Study units, workload and study methods
Studies at Karelia UAS are based on the newest theoretical knowledge and, simultaneously, they are strongly orientated towards working life. Applying the studied material is essential, not learning by heart.
At Karelia, you study with your own computer. Read more.
You will receive username to Karelia UAS network and detailed information about Karelia Start Kit online course in August before the start of the studies. The goal of Start Kit is to familiarize you with the digital environments and services of Karelia UAS before the beginning of your studies. This work space contains both text and video material as well as assignments. You will complete this self-study work space in Moodle
Studies consists of study units. The extent and workload of study units is described as credits. Completion of a study unit includes supervised learning with different methods as well as independent work, e.g. assignments, literature and reporting.
Studying requires you to have self-discipline, time management skills and determination to take responsibility for your studies. Social interaction and co-operative learning are technology-based forms of communication used in learning.
Student’s performance is assessed by using the following marks:excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), satisfactory (1–2), fail (0) or the course is evaluated pass (H)/fail (0) only.
An academic year consists of 60 credits, i.e. 40 working weeks. Besides studies, sufficient rest and leisure are important in maintaining one’s wellbeing and ability to study.
One credit equals approximately 27 hours of student’s work.
One study week equals 1.5 credits, equivalent to 40 hours of student work (including teaching, self/group/team work).
Student’s workload per academic year is 1600 hours or 60 credits.
Contact studying takes place at an agreed location at an agreed time. Contact studying includes e.g. contact teaching days and lectures at UAS premises, excursions made by a student group, or following real-time distance lectures online.
E‑learning (distance learning) is a method in which information and communication technology is employed. It allows flexibility in the timing of your studies and you can usually select the most appropriate study time and place. A prerequisite for e‑learning is having a computer, broadband connection, headset and a web camera.
Moodle is a virtual learning platform that provides tools for interaction, content creation, material sharing, performing various types of tasks, networking and collecting various surveys and feedback. It allows multi-function assessment of competence by a teacher, as self-assessment and as peer review. Moodle also allows for real-time tracking of assignments and the progress of the learning process that allows flexible and individual progress in the studies.
Some study units may be implemented as group work.
Independent studying means that a student e.g. gets familiar with study materials and literature, completes learning assignments and conducts studies in an e‑learning environment.
Exam is usually one part of all study units. However, some study units can be completed by taking a book exam only.
You will learn to find reliable resources from the Internet (Karelia Finna). Nearly all educational material used by the teachers during lessons is online (Moodle).
International Business: Due to the intensive nature of this study unit, we advise you to purchase the following course material beforehand: Philip Kotler et al.: Principles of Marketing, 2013 or newer edition.
Study counselling and Student Welfare
You are entitled to study counselling given by the study counsellor, tutor teachers and other teachers. Individual counselling is available during the entire extent of the studies.
Study counselling is systematic, focused, and flexible guiding. It can be related to the content of the studies or to study skills, or it can simply provide information and support. The autonomy of the student is systematically encouraged throughout the studies. The counselling is directly linked with the learning process, and it takes the student’s individual situation in life and cultural aspects into account. Depending on the needs of the student, counselling can be offered individually or in small groups, or it can be virtual counselling by study counsellor, tutor teachers and other teachers.
The aim of study counselling is to:
- support the student in realising their individual study plan (ISP)
- develop and support the autonomy and study skills of the student
- support the student in taking responsibility for advancing his/her studies
- support the student’s individual growth and professional development as well as entering the working life.
If you need special support in your studies, you have the right to request reasonable special arrangements. The need for support may regard, for example, reading, writing, other learning-related difficulties, physical or mental illness/condition, disability, burnout, your situation in life, or differences in language or cultural background. Student counsellors, Student Welfare Officer and student health care can give you guidance on arrangements for individualised special support. If you feel you need special arrangements for your studies, you can contact your student counsellor.
The tutor students will help you to start your studies effectively.
Ms Riikka Kaasinen
Study counsellor for International Business students
Karjalankatu 3, 80200 Joensuu | room tu224
+358 50 441 2229
Mr Jukka tulonen
Study counsellor for Industrial Management students
Karjalankatu 3, 80200 Joensuu |
+358 50 367 5166
Student Welfare Officer is the social worker of the UAS. The duties of Student Welfare Officer include encouraging and supporting students’ wellbeing during their studies and promoting smooth progress of studies. Student Welfare Officer provides advice and counselling both in challenges related to studies and management of life in general as well as offers help in dealing with difficult personal issues.
Cooperation between Student Welfare Officer and the student is always confidential. Students may contact Student Welfare Officer themselves or request a teacher or other member of staff to contact her.
Student Welfare Officer Päivi Laakkonen
Karjalankatu 3, 80200 Joensuu | room 128D
+358 50 461 9251
Group Trustee Activities (VIP)
Karelia University of Applied Sciences performs so called VIP activities, in English group trustee activities. The Finnish abbreviation VIP comes from the term atmosphere of caring. VIP students, i.e. group trustees, are responsible for taking care of their own student groups making sure no one is left alone and aiming at maintaining an atmosphere of caring. Read more.
Student Health Care
Good physical and mental health and sufficient immunisation are very important in order to carry out successfully your studies in Finland. Therefore, study carefully the information sheet for new students and the International student’s guide to health care services.
As of 1 January 2021 Student Health Care services are provided by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS, Finnish abbreviation YTHS). All the students, who are studying as a degree student, must pay a health care fee to Kela (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland). Higher education students must pay the healthcare fee to Kela for the first time for the spring term 2021. The amount of fee will be announce in December 2020. See the payment instructions.
Student Union Poka, Student Tutors
POKA is the student union of Karelia University of Applied Sciences. Student union represents all students at Karelia UAS and supervises their interests in the university administration by the student representatives. POKA impacts on matters concerning education and social welfare, organizes tutoring, offers sports classes through the Sykettä Services, provides various events, free time activities and clubs. POKA is active in co-operation with other student organisations and societies in Joensuu. POKA is your family at Karelia UAS.
Financial aid for students, Sykettä Sport Services and student benefits
If you are not a Finnish citizen and have come to Finland for study purposes, the general rule is that you cannot get financial aid from Finland.
All degree students in higher education are eligible for discounted meals at participating student restaurants. You can qualify even if you are not a Finnish citizen. The meal subsidy is €1.94 per meal. The subsidy is deducted from the price of the meal at the student restaurant. You pay the discounted price. The subsidy is available for one meal per day.
Student Union’s car, the POKA student card gives you the right to get at some museums, local shops and restaurants, swimming or other sports halls, and at any place that sells tickets with student prices. It is always wise to ask about student discounts! The student card is valid only when a sticker for the current study year is visible. The stickers are available for a fee from the student union organization.
In Joensuu we have united the sporting services for university students and staff under the same concept Sykettä Sport Services. Participate in activities and start a new life – you get a large variety of sports to try out and continue to exercise. Start a new life – you get a large variety of sports to try out and continue to exercise. The fee for these facilities including gym and group exercises are much cheaper compared to local gyms.
Students receive a discount for train fares from the VR railroad system with the issuance of a student VR card. Read more on www.vr.fi
Students are entitled to fare discounts on national long-distance coaches. Students may also obtain a combination card for train and bus travel from the “Matkahuolto” sales offices. Read more on ww.matkahuolto.fi
Within the Joensuu region public transport, students are eligible for a discount on tickets loaded onto Waltti cards. Read more
In addition to the residence permit, a student from a non-EU country needs to have valid health insurance issued by a reliable company or institution. Non-EU students who are studying in Finland in a fulltime degree programme for the minimum of two years need health insurance that covers medical costs.
In order to apply for accommodation you need to contact the Student Housing Company, Joensuun Elli. Elli is a private company owned by the City of Joensuu. It offers affordable accommodation to students. To increase your chances at getting accommodation, submit your application immediately.
Fill in the application form online at www.joensuunelli.fi and attach a copy of the Notification of decision on student admission to it. It is a compulsory attachment to the application.
Information on housing and renting an apartment in Finland
- Housing in Finland
Private companies (some pages may be only in Finnish)
- Joensuun kaupungin asuntotoimisto
- OVV Asuntopalvelut
Finnish language on the Internet
- Finnish for Foreigners
- Finnish Language
Living in Joensuu, Finland
Joensuu is the lively capital of the North Karelia. With the total population of 77 000 (of which 25 % are under 25 of age) Joensuu is the second biggest town in Eastern Finland.
As the host of many institutions of higher education, Joensuu is the capital of eastern Finland. Here you can lead an active student life: due to the high number of students, the leisure time services and the lively culture in the city will not leave you cold even during the most freezing winter months. See more.
Admission Services & Student Services
Student Services is responsible for general student administration. Admission Services also operates as part of Student Services. It is responsible for student admissions.
The staff of Student Services will serve and advise you, for example, in issues related to enrolment, right to study and financial aid. Students are also provided with various certificates, such as certificates of attendance and transcripts of records. You can order documents online.
You are required to show an identity document (ID or Poka student card) when picking up attendance certificates or transcripts from us. Student Services also proves your student status for the Employment Office and insurance companies, if needed.
For the moment, Student Services and Admisison Services operate online. Please contact us by email or by phone.
+358 (0)13 260 6412, studentservices(at)karelia.fi (Service hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri at 10 — 14, Wed closed)
+358 (0)50 361 1871, admissions(at)karelia.fi (Service hours: Mon-Fri at 9 ‑15)