Welcoming Guide

Studying at Karelia University of Applied Sciences

Academic calendar 2018-2019
Autumn Semester 13.8.2018 - 19.12.2018 (Exchange students starts 22 August)
Spring Semester 7.1.2019 - 29.5.2018  

Different ways of learning

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 and trips made by a student group, or following real-time distance lectures via AC (Adobe Connect).

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.

The Moodlerooms learning environment and the AC distance learning system are used at Karelia UAS as means of e-learning. Moodlerooms can be used to deliver study materials, submit assignments to the teacher, take exams and discuss learning with your peers. Moodle also serves as a support for student counselling and recorded lectures can also be stored in Moodlerooms. The AC system (Adobe Connect) enables real-time audio and video transmission allowing you to follow lectures from your home computer. By using microphones you can also discuss and conduct group work.

Group work allows you to conduct project work and various project-related assignments. In addition, some individual 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.

Blended learning requires you to have self-discipline, activity, time management skills and determination to take responsibility for your studies. Social interaction and co-operative learning are new kinds of technology-based forms of communication used in blended learning.

Exam is usually one part of all study units. However, some study units can be completed by taking a book exam only.

On-the-job training refers to different placements and project work that develop your expertise and give you an opportunity to establish contacts for your future career.


The degree programmes at Karelia University of Applied Sciences have gone through curriculum reforms and defined the core contents and learning objectives of the programmes and modules as well as the student workload at course level. The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) has been used as a national system to measure the student workload at all Finnish higher education institutions since 1 August 2005. The student workload required to complete each course or module is measured in ECTS credits. The average workload for one academic year is 60 ECTS credits (1600 hours), and one credit corresponds to 27 working hours.


Assessment is carried out at different stages of the study process in order to support the attainment of educational objectives and competences. The annual, module or course specific learning objectives are used as a basis when choosing different assessment principles and methods. The assessment principles are presented during the first session of each course. The courses are assessed using the marks excellent (5), good (3-4), satisfactory (1-2), fail (0) or pass (H) / fail (0), assessment missing (X). The student’s marks are recorded in StudentWinha system and the student can monitor the progress of his/her studies through the StudentWinha student interface). Students are responsible for updating their contact information at StudentWinha during their studies.


Exchange students have excellent opportunities to complete individual projects, practical training and/or a thesis at Karelia University of Applied Sciences. Those interested in these options should contact the departmental international coordinator of the particular study field and agree on the details well before arriving to Finland.
Those who are already in Joensuu and wish to do practical training after a study period at Karelia University of Applied Sciences, should consult their home institution and the departmental international coordinator at Karelia UAS to explore the possibilities.  

Studies from the University of Eastern Finland

According to the practice between Karelia University of Applied Sciences and the University of Eastern Finland, it is possible for the exchange students of Karelia UAS to take modules (max 9 ECTS credits) from the University of Eastern Finland provided that the classes are not full. The exchange students of the University of Eastern Finland have the same opportunity regarding to studies offered by Karelia UAS. More information can be obtained from the International Relations Coordinators of Karelia UAS and the International Student Services of the University of Eastern Finland.

Documents concerning the exchange period (such as Erasmus confirmation letter or Erasmus certificate of departure), please contact the following persons:

International Relations Coordinators

Ms. Minna Halonen tel. +358 50 315 6531,

Ms. Sanna Jeskanen tel. + 358 50 462 2478

Ms. Katriina Korhonen tel. +358 50 585 5146

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