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Welcome new students!

It’s again the time of the year when new students come to campuses. You are so warmly welcome!

The general orientation for new international students begins on 1.9. at 12 Finnish time. You will find the whole general orientation programme in Kamu.

In addition to general sessions most deparments/school will have their own field-specific sessions.

Welcoming Words from Our Rector (choose English subtitles from the settings).

You are warmly welcome! Happy new academic session to the whole UEF-community!

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International student, register for Finnish courses now!

If you are new to Finnish language, start with our beginner’s course, Finnish 1A. Finnish 1A is a MOOC-style self-study course and open for all international UEF students. Registration is open throughout the academic year, and you can start this course as soon as you register in Peppi. If you have studied Finnish before, check out our Finnish 1B–Finnish 4 courses to find a course suitable for your skill level!

  • KK00CK91 Suomi 1A / Finnish 1A: Introduction to the Finnish language, 2 ECTS
  • KK00CK92 Suomi 1B / Finnish 1B, 2 ECTS
  • KK00CK93 Suomi 2A / Finnish 2A, 2 ECTS
  • KK00CK94 Suomi 2B / Finnish 2 B, 2 ECTS
  • KK00CK95 Suomi 3 / Finnish 3, 4 ECTS (Autumn term 2022)
  • KK00CK96 Suomi 4 / Finnish 4, 4 ECTS (Spring term 2023)

For all course schedules and detailed descriptions, please see your PSP or study guide in Peppi. Students register for degree courses in Peppi through their personal study plan (PSP). Students may also register for courses that are not included in their PSP by searching these courses in Peppi.
NB! Continuing students, please remember to update your PSP!

If you have any questions, please contact Finnish teacher Katri Niemi. Don’t hesitate to ask!

Read more about our Finnish courses: Suomi toisena kielenä / Finnish language.
Learn more about other courses Language Centre offers for international degree and exchange students in Language Centre Study community!

Welcome to study Finnish!

Exceptions to Student and Learning Services’ customer service opening hours

Upcoming exceptions to opening hours

On Thursday 1 September 2022, the Student and Learning Services’ customer service desk and phone service close already at 2:30 pm.

Current opening hours

From 1 August to 16 September 2022, the Student and Learning Services’ customer service desk is open Mon-Fri from 10 am to 3 pm.

From 19 September onward, the Student and Learning Services’ customer service desk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm.

If you are unable to visit the customer service desk during these times, please contact us by email or phone, and we can set up a meeting for a different time.

Visiting address: Joensuu Aurora A, 1st floor; Kuopio Canthia, 2nd floor

Email address: (Please note that there might be delays in responses during vacation times)

Phone number: +358 (0)29 445 8900

Phone service: Mon-Fri from 10 am to 3 pm UTC +2

UEF info session on 7 September 2022

Welcome to a UEF info session on Wednesday, 7 September 2022, starting at 15.00. The topics of the autumn’s first info session are:

  • a participatory and inclusive university
  • how to ensure the quality of research and education now and in the future; and
  • current issues at the start of a new academic year.

The UEF info session will be attended by Chair of the UEF Board Lea Ryynänen-Karjalainen, Vice Chair of the University Collegiate Body Tero Karjalainen, Rector Jukka Mönkkönen and Academic Rector Tapio Määttä. The event will be hosted by Head of Communications Risto Löf.

You can ask questions in the UEF Info Session Yammer group both before and during the info session. Please note that the info session will be bilingual, but with Finnish as the main language. Any questions posed in English will be answered in English either during or after the info session.

The UEF info session will be held on 7 September 2022 in the lobby of the Snellmania building on the Kuopio Campus, starting at 15. You can attend the info session either on-site, or follow it as a live stream. The info session will be recorded, and the recoding will be made available after the event.

Sign in and follow the live stream in Heimo.

Using legal deposit copies is now easier

Sometimes this happens: you find an interesting book on UEF Primo search service and notice that it’s available as a legal deposit copy for reading room use. From now on, you can request such books directly on UEF Primo. Once you have logged in, you can see a button for a legal deposit copy request when you have opened the search result. 
After clicking the request button, type the name of the preferred pick-up library on the empty field, and send the request. You will see your request on Primo on My Request page until we process it.  Due to the limitations of the system, the pick-up library for all the requests appears as “Joensuun lainaus”. However, the material will arrive in the intended library. 
We will notify you via e-mail once the legal deposit copy has arrived at the library’s customer service.
Still wondering what legal deposit copies are? 
Legal deposit collection is an accumulating collection of Finnish print and electronic publications, and it’s regulated by Finnish law. The legal deposit collection includes printed material published since 1981. In addition to non-fiction books the collection includes also other material: e.g. fiction, journals, comics, sheet music and maps. Due to the high volume, the legal deposit copies are located in a separate warehouse. Please note that you can find only a portion of the legal deposit copies on UEF Primo. You can request the rest of the material with an online form. 
To get the full benefit from our legal deposit copies, please check our updated website:

Networked co-operation brings biodiversity-related courses available to students

Through the Biodiversity education network, students at the University of Eastern Finland have a possibility to take biodiversity-related courses from other universities.

The University of Eastern Finland, together with the Universities of Turku, Oulu, Helsinki and Jyväskylä and Åbo Akademi University are collaborating in biodiversity education. A common agreement on cross-institutional studies has been signed and the course catalogue for this academic year has been published. The courses are targeted mainly at students studying biology, environmental sciences, geography or agriculture and forestry but there are also courses suitable for all disciplines. These courses offer a good possibility to deepen one’s understanding of biodiversity loss and biodiversity protection.

The format of the courses differs: some courses are online, while others are field and exercise courses. All the courses are free of charge for students, and the course catalogue has been planned to complete the degrees available in students’ home universities. Through the Biodiversity education network, students have the possibility to learn new topics and collaborate with students from other universities. Before the studies, it is important to make sure that the course can be included into the degree, and the right to study the courses needs to be applied for separately for each course.

For this academic year, there are altogether 15 courses (some in Finnish), and the first courses are starting soon. The course catalogue of the network will be updated for each academic year. This year, there are courses on, for example, species identification, tropical ecology, fish biology, winter ecology and environmental protection.

More information about the courses and guidelines can be found on the Biodiversity education network’s website.

Hopefully students will find these courses and eagerly widen their knowledge on courses which are not organised by their own university, hopes the coordination group of the network.

Courses offered by the Biodiversity education network in English academic year 2022-2023:

  • Tropical ecology
  • Tropical plant families
  • Flora of subarctic Europe
  • Flora of southern Europe
  • A
  • Fundamentals of conservation
  • Boreal winter ecology
  • Exercises in fish and fisheries biology
  • Nature under Threat 1
  • Nature under threat 2

For further information, please contact:

Elina Oksanen, Professor, Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences,

Elli Hämynen, Coordinator, Biodiversity education network,

Library opening hours in autumn term

Library offices will move to the opening hours of the autumn term on Thursday, September 1, 2022.  

Joensuu and Kuopio Campus Library facilities are open between 8–18 on weekdays and 10–14 on Saturdays. The first hours of weekday mornings are self-service hours and customer service starts every day at 10 a.m.  

KUH Medical Library is open between 12–17 on Mondays and between 10–15 from Tuesday to Thursday.  

24/7 Self-study facilities are open normally for the rest of the year, also during holidays. 

You can find information about the opening hour exceptions for the autumn term on our website. 

UEF Students, get to know your campus!

Do you know where to find the ISYY office or the Student and Learning Services’ customer service desk? Are you feeling lost strolling around the campus?

Now you have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with your campus in advance! With the help of the Campus Orienteering mobile game, you get to navigate around the campus using an informative map. You can find the campus’ buildings, services, restaurants and many other places of interest marked on the map as checkpoints. By visiting a checkpoint, you can access a brief introduction and info test about the location on the map. In addition to this, some of the checkpoints have small, voluntary tasks related to the location in question. You can play the Campus Orienteering game by yourself or as a group with your friends. The game is available to play until 30 September.

So grab your phone, head over to your campus and get to know more about your surroundings through playing the Campus Orienteering game! You can find the game and its instructions in Moodle by using the following link:

Enjoy the Campus Orienteering!

Study languages via our partner universities!

Students of the University of Eastern Finland have the opportunity to study optional language courses organised by Karelia and Savonia universities of applied science, and KiVANET network.

Courses for UEF students at Savonia and Karelia

Courses offered this Autumn are listed on Savonia and Karelia webpages. Registration for Savonia courses ends on 21st of August, registration periods for Karelia courses vary. Please note that most courses offered this Autumn are taught in Finnish. No RPL application is needed for Savonia and Karelia courses.


The KiVANET university network organises online courses in 10 different languages and in multilingual tandem learning in the autumn term of 2022. A part of the courses is suited to students who do not speak Finnish. These courses are open both for degree students as well as exchange students. Please see further details and registration instructions: and Language Centre study community. Course selection will be updated on week 33. Registration period 26.8.–1.9.2022. Remember to transfer your KIVANET courses to your PSP!

Sports calendar of SYKETTÄ Joensuu for autumn season 2022 is published!

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Hi all UEF students on the Joensuu Campus! SYKETTÄ services of autumn season 2022 in Joensuu starts from 1.9.2022. In the autumn sports calendar, you can find old familiar classes and instructors, but also many novelties, new instructors and a few returning classes and turns. Check out the selection of the sports calendar on the SYKETTA website: www.sykettä.fi/joensuu.

Free trial period and SYKETTÄ Appro are held during the first two weeks 1.-14.9.2022. During the free trial period, you can enroll on the classes available on the sports calendar without a valid sports sticker.

The SYKETTÄ team wishes all new and old users a sporty autumn!