New Stu­dents Guide

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

Bac­he­lor of Busi­ness Admi­ni­stra­tion, Degree Pro­gram­me in Inter­na­tio­nal Busi­ness
Bac­he­lor of Engi­nee­ring, Degree Pro­gram­me in Industrial Management

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!

Pet­ri Rai­vo

Raivo Petri

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 ( 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.


Aca­de­mic Year

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

Timing of aca­de­mic year 2020 — 2021

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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.

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Degree regu­la­tions

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).

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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.

RPL Instruc­tions for Student

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), +358 50 461 9251 and Ms HR Mana­ger Jaa­na Tolk­ki, jaana.tolkki(at), +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.

Loca­tions of Kare­lia UAS cam­puses on map

Par­king at Wärt­si­lä campus

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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. 

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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.

Stu­dy materials

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.

Infor­ma­tion pac­ka­ge on group trus­tee acti­vi­ties (VIP)

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.

Inter­na­tio­nal student’s gui­de to health care services


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.

Gree­tings from IB stu­dent tutors and the stu­dent union for new students!

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.

Wärtsilä food

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

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

Wit­hin the Joen­suu region public trans­port, stu­dents are eli­gible for a discount on tic­kets loa­ded onto Walt­ti cards. Read more

Resi­dence permit

Stu­dents coming from count­ries out­si­de of the Euro­pean Union should visit the Fin­nish Immi­gra­tion Ser­vice web­si­te at

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 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

Pri­va­te com­pa­nies (some pages may be only in Finnish)

Fin­nish lan­gua­ge on the Internet

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.

Tik­ka­rin­ne 9, E‑building, 80200 Joen­suu, Finland

Ope­ning hours
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) (Ser­vice hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri at 10 — 14, Wed closed)

+358 (0)50 361 1871, admissions(at) (Ser­vice hours: Mon-Fri at 9 ‑15)

Sen­ding con­fi­den­tial e‑mail to Kare­lia Admis­sion Services


Kare­lia UAS online