SIMHE-Karelia for Immigrants

SIMHE-Karelia counselling

SIMHE-Karelia provides SIMHE counselling (Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education) for immigrants who are interested in higher education studies in Finland or who have prior higher education studies from abroad. The counselling is aimed for immigrants who live in North Karelia and South Karelia.

SIMHE counselling refers to a discussion with the SIMHE counsellor either face-to-face or online.

The counselling is free of charge. The counselling is offered in Finnish and English.

SIMHE-Karelia counselling can help you if:

  • You need information on applying to Universities or Universities of Applied Sciences
  • you need to know different studying possibilities for you
  • you need to know how your previous education and competencies can be recognised in Finland
  • you need help in planning your career
  • you need more information on Finnish language studies

How to book an appointment?

You can get personal guidance by sending the email to: [email protected] or filling in a counselling request form from here

After filling the form, the counsellor will contact you to agree on the appointment time and place.

You can also meet the SIMHE counsellors without booking an appointment at Luotsi Joensuu (Kauppakatu 29). You can see the schedule from Luotsi event calendar.

Contact information:

[email protected]
+358 50 413 8260 

You can also follow us on Facebook: SIMHE-Karelia maahanmuuttajille and Instagram: @simhekarelia.


SIMHEapp is a mobile application that has been developed to support immigrants with a higher education background. With the app, you can search for study and job options, make a CV, categorize your competencies and read information about the Finnish society. The app can be downloaded from app stores and it functions with both iOs and Android devices.  

Education for Immigrants

Karelia UAS provides different types of education for Immigrants. Juttuklubi Joensuu is also aimed for immigrants and it is organized once a month.  

Read more about our education for immigrants on our website.

Read more about Juttuklubi Joensuu and check the upcoming events from our website.