Guidelines for accessibility in studies are updated

Guidelines for individual arrangements related to entrance examinations and studies are updated via KAMU: (The Decision of the Academic Rector 17.6.2019, Instructions for Students and Individual Study Arrangements Form). Individual study arrangements refer to measures previously known as special arrangements.

Parking permit prices change on 1 September

The parking permit prices of the University of Eastern Finland will be revised, effective from 1 September 2019. Helsinki Administrative Court has issued a decision according to which handing parking spaces over to staff and students constitutes an activity which, in accordance with the Value Added Tax Act, is subject to VAT.

“The value added tax is 24%, and approximately half of this will be added to the parking permit prices effective from 1 September. By covering the other half of the share, we wish to meet staff and students halfway,” Director of Administration Tuomo Meriläinen says.

The price increase does not take the effect of maintenance costs and cost-of-living index separately into consideration.

From September onwards, the price of a permanent staff parking permit is 123 euros/12 months. The price takes the summer months’ free parking into consideration. The price of a fixed-term staff parking permit is 17 euros/month.

The price increase will be automatically implemented in invoicing from September onwards.

The price of a permanent student parking permit is 100 euros/12 months. The price of a fixed-term student parking permit is 13 euros/month. A student parking permit entitles to parking in areas reserved for student parking.

The price of a parking space with electricity is 190 euros/12 months as a permanent permit, or 34 euros/month as a fixed-term permit. The additional costs of the five-month heater-use period (November-March) has been taken into consideration in the prices.

The price of short-term parking (including VAT) remains unchanged. Short-term parking costs 1 euros/hour, but will not exceed 6 euros/day.

Pay parking does not concern maintenance parking, disabled parking, rental car parking or parking by clinical patients arriving at the university.

The University of Eastern Finland introduced pay parking on 1 September 2018. Handing parking spaces over to staff and students is, as a rule, regarded as an activity subject to value added tax. The university made a written request for guidance regarding the VAT procedure in parking to the Finnish Tax Administration in spring 2018. Helsinki Administrative Court issued a decision on 18 April 2019 (19/0378/1 dnro 04318/18/8203) according to which handing parking spaces over to staff and students constitutes an activity subject to value added tax, in accordance with the Value Added Tax Act, Section 29(1), paragraph 5.  

Changes to the parking prices as a table



Read Ellibs e-books on new mobile app

Ellibs mobile application is now available for Android and iOS devices. With the application, you can browse, borrow and reserve books from the University of Eastern Finland’s Ellibs collection. Read the e-books easily with the Ellibs reader. The free Ellibs application can be downloaded from Google Play or App Store:

In the application, first select “Itä-Suomen yliopiston kirjasto” (University of Eastern Finland Library) as your library. Then log in with your Haka credentials and choose “Itä-Suomen yliopisto” (University of Eastern Finland) as your home institution – and the collection is at your disposal.

Ellibs e-books can still be read on the browser of your device and/or downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions and Bluefire Reader. E-books borrowed on the online service can be viewed in the mobile app and vice versa.

More information: acquisitions [at]

UEF Learning environment seminar 2019

Registration for the UEF Learning Environment Seminar 2019 is now open. The seminar will be held in Joensuu 27.-28.8. Theme of the seminar is pedagogical diversity in a digitising learning environment. Sign up for the seminar by 12.8. by the training calendar.

You can find out more about the seminar’s program at the seminar website.

Seminar is for UEF staff and students.

New actions against phishing: Safe Links

University of Eastern Finland is again a target of active phishing. IT Services seeks to develop actions again phishing and now we are deploying a Microsoft O365 information security feature, Safe Links. IT Services’ staff has used it already for some time and it seems to work effectively against phishing links.

Safe Links protects against phishing links in email messages and Office documents. For example, when the user clicks a link in an email message, the service checks the link’s UEF address before opening it. If the URL is blocked or determined to be malicious, the user gets a warning page, eg. “This website was blocked by your Office 365 administrator”.

Safe Links protection adds a certain starting string in the front of the link (eg. ””). For now we have not noticed that Safe Links protection had caused any negative effects to the use of the services. However, if you notice a case, where Safe Links prevents the use of some IT service, please contact Service Desk.

Students´ Mental Health Day on 25 April

Students’ Mental Health Day will be held again this spring. The day will be Thursday 25 April. The goal is to provoke conversations about students’ mental health and to invite everyone to support the cause of mental wellbeing. The campaign will run for two weeks, from 15 to 26 April 2019. Campaign theme 2019: #RUUHKAKEVÄT – WHAT’S STRESSING YOU?

Nyyti ry organizes a Student Mental Health Day on April 25th 2019. This year the theme of the campaign is stress. The aim of this theme is to point out, how recognizing and reducing stress positively affects our mental health. Read more

According to the Finnish Student Health Survey 2016, one third of university students reported high stress levels and one fifth very high levels. Students also reported that they need the most support with stress management. From this point of view, the theme of the Mental Health Day is essential for student’s wellbeing. By supporting the student’s stress management skills we can prevent and take care of their mental health issues and enhance their ability to study.

Have a break – 3-minute Mindful Breathing Meditation:

TalentBoost trainee wanted for ELY Centre in Kuopio

TalentBoost trainee wanted for ELY Centre in Kuopio

Take part in -broadcast on Thursday 11.4.2019, at 14:00 in the address

Application dead line: 14.4. at 23:45


Currently we are looking for a creative and business-oriented international university graduate or student who is finalizing his/her studies for an International Trainee position in Kuopio to join our team.

The traineeship is for 2 months and we hope you can start already in May. As a member of the growth team, you’ll be working closely with the growth companies in Kuopio region. Your role is closely related to regional Team Finland work as well as the Talent Boost programme of The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

You will be responsible for various marketing and communications tasks. We also expect help with our social media communication, so ability to content creation and creative writing is a key.

What we hope to see in our trainee:
• Excellent skills in English, and basic skills in Finnish • Marketing or business studies • Digital marketing and social media skills • Passion for writing and content production • An eye for visual content, graphic design and/or photography skills, a creative mind, and good organizational skills • Skills to work independently

Please submit your application by 14th April 2019 by sending email to Take part in -broadcast by coming to TE-palvelut Messi (Kauppakeskus Apaja) or join at, Facebook or Youtube and ask your questions online.

Exceptions to opening hours of Student and Learning Services offices

  • Joensuu campus: closed on Mon 8 April (staff development day)
  • Kuopio campus: closed on Tue 9 April (staff development day)
  • both campuses: open 12-14 on Thu 18 April (Maundy Thursday)
  • both campuses: open 12-14 on Tue 30 May (the eve of May Day)



ISYY Association Days on 15.-17.4.2019

Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) organizes Association Days on 15.4.2019 at Kuopio campus and on 16.-17.4.2019 at Joensuu campus. Come and find out what ISYY and associations close to it have to offer. It’s also possible that you’ll find some new activities from Association Days! ISYY Association Days are open for everybody and there’s no entrance fee.

Time schedule
Kuopio | Snellmania’s lobby:
Mon 15.4. at 10am-2pm: Student organizations, clubs, other organizations

Joensuu | Carelia’s lobby:
Tue 16.4. at 10am-2pm: Student organizations
Wed 17.4. at 10am-2pm: Clubs and other organizations

Exhibitors must fill the registration form below on 9.4. at 12:00 the latest. Registration forms and instructions can be found on ISYY’s website.