Exceptions in opening hours in Student and Learning Services’ offices

Upcoming exceptions in opening hours in the General Student Services’ customer services

In May and June 2021, several entrance examinations held on campus will affect the General Student Services’ customer service desk opening hours. When the customer service desk is closed, you can contact us by email or phone (contact information below). You can find the entrance examination dates in Finnish on the UEF website (opens in a new tab).

During week 23 (7 – 11 June), the custromer service desk is open normally in both Joensuu and Kuopio.


Current opening hours

Starting 21 August 2020, during the 2020-2021 academic year, the General Student Services’ customer service desk is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 12 pm. If you are unable to visit the customer service desk during these opening hours, please contact opiskelu@uef.fi, and we can set up a meeting for a different time.

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

Email address: opiskelu@uef.fi (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 2 pm)

We are constantly monitoring the situation, and the opening hours may therefore change. Any changes will be announced here.

We are looking for students to participate in a unique, communal housing experiment

Would you be interested in communal housing? We are looking for University of Eastern Finland students to participate in a communal housing experiment that will take place in Kuopas’ apartments in Kuopio in the autumn semester 2021.

We offer you:

  • A travel card valid on Kuopio City buses and/or the right to use a city bike during the tutoring period.
  • A wonderful chance to experience a new way living in communal housing.
  • An opportunity to help new international students.
  • A YUFE Civic Star to be included in your Diploma Supplement.

Your duties in communal housing will include:

  • Helping a new international student in getting settled in Finland, especially when it comes to housing-related matters (such as grocery shopping, visiting city offices, sorting of waste, etc.).
  • Giving advice in case of any possible problems.
  • It is estimated that the duties will take up no more than 20 hours/month.

The experiment is part of the activities of YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe); more specifically the YUFE in our Cities activities, which are coordinated by the University of Eastern Finland. YUFE in our Cities aims to increase cooperation between universities and their home cities/regions. More information: Home | YUFE | Young Universities for the Future of Europe or riikka.pellinen@uef.fi.

Sign up as a volunteer by 21 June 2021 via this form.

For further information, please contact: Director of International Affairs Riikka Pellinen (riikka.pellinen@uef.fi)

The participants are required to be fluent in English.

Campus Libraries will open again on June 7, 2021

Joensuu and Kuopio Campus Libraries, which have been closed due to renovations, will open on Mon 7 June 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Summer opening hours are valid at all UEF Libraries until 31 August 2021. However, the KUH Medical Library will be closed from 28 June to 29 July 2021.

Notice some exceptions in the library services:

Making reservations is possible again from June 7, 2021.
The renovations will last throughout the summer and thus, it may not be possible to work in peace and quiet at the campus libraries. For more information about other self-study facilities on campuses, visit Kamu.
Kuopio Campus Library’s book drop hatch is located at the B-door of Snellmania-building during the renovation.
The Legal deposit working station of the Kuopio Campus Library will not be available during the summer. The workstation can be reserved for use again in the fall.
In Joensuu, Oppari and IT service desk serve in temporary facilities in Agora building for the time being.
During the summer season, the library serves by phone, chat and email Mon–Fri 9am–3pm.

There may be changes to services. Follow the news on the library’s website, on social media and on Yammer.

For more information: library@uef.fi

University of Eastern Finland gets back to normal studying and working by autumn

The coronavirus situation in Finland has improved significantly, and the vaccination programme is also in good gear. This makes it possible to get back to normal in studies and work over the summer and by next autumn – while of course taking any possible orders given by the authorities into consideration.

Teaching in the autumn semester 2021 is also prepared to be organised without any restrictions on physical attendance, facility capacities or group sizes. Student exchange will also be possible (exchange students and degree students, both incoming and outgoing) while observing the guidelines issued by the university, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as well as the guidelines of the destination countries and host institutions.

People in at-risk groups may return to the campus 21 days after receiving their 1st dose of vaccine, if they have been vaccinated using the Comirnaty or Moderna vaccines, or 14 days after receiving their 2nd dose of vaccine, if they have been vaccinated using the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

Restrictions relating to classes and activities offered by Sykettä University Sports Services have also been lifted so that outdoors classes and activities are again available. Restrictions relating to indoors classes and activities are also sought to be lifted by the autumn. The university’s own gyms will open on 1 June 2021. Further information about classes becoming available will be published on Sykettä University Sports Services’ own channels and on Yammer.


The lifting of restrictions relating to face masks and physical distancing will follow the recommendations given by the regional coronavirus coordination groups and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Survey on student well-being

Hi student! How did your studies go during last spring? How have you been? How well have you managed to recover?

An exceptional year is now behind us, so we hope you could take a moment to reflect on the past Autumn and answer this questionnaire. We would like to emphasise that the knowledge gained by our study will be utilised in monitoring and improving students’ well-being.

We are investigating the ways in which the state of emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic influences our students’ studies and well-being during the years 2020-21. We are also interested in the stress factors related to the state of emergency, and the resources and means that have helped in coping with the situation.

The first part of this study was conducted in Spring 2020 and the second part at the turn of the year 2020–2021, so, you might have filled in our questionnaire already then. Now, we hope both previous and new participants to join in.

You can take part in the research by responding to our survey.

It will only take about 10 minutes. Every response is important!

And hey, we will raffle 10 iTunes movie vouchers among the participants who leave their contact details! 🙂


Thank you in advance! Thank you and have a nice summer!

Professor Markku Niemivirta & the team

Case of COVID-19 confirmed in Rantakylä Teacher Training School

A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Rantakylä Teacher Training School in Joensuu. Exposure to the coronavirus has been possible during Friday, 21 May 2021. Approximately 40 persons in Rantakylä Teacher Training School have been exposed to the virus; for the majority of them, exposure has been deemed mild.

Those affected have been informed of the matter via Wilma, and Siun sote will contact everyone who has been exposed to the virus by telephone this evening.

Other pupils and staff members of the school are not regarded as having been exposed to the virus, because they have not been in close contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Their school work will continue normally.

50-person limit on gatherings lifted, physical distancing and hygiene guidelines must still be followed

The Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland decided on 17 May 2021 to ease restrictions on gatherings. Public events and general meetings organised indoors and in limited spaces outdoors may have more than 50 people attending, provided that their safety can be ensured. In practice, this means strict adherence to the physical distancing (2 metres) and hygiene guidelines.

The order is in effect from 18 May 2021 to 17 June 2021 and it is applied to both Joensuu and Kuopio. Information about the University of Eastern Finland’s auditoriums and lecture rooms, and their capacities, is available from tilavaraus-joensuu@uef.fi and tilavaraus-kuopio@uef.fi