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Our customer service points in Joensuu and Kuopio are open
Tuesday 30.4. 10.00-13.00.
On Wednesday 1.5. our offices are closed.

Our call centre is open from
Tuesday 30.4. 8.00 – 14.00
On Wednesday 1.5. the service is closed.

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Tuesday 30.4. 9.00 – 14.00
On Wednesday 1.5. the service is closed.

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We wish you all a sunny May Day!

Registration for the Language Centre’s spring courses starts on 1.12.2023!

Register for the Language Centre courses included in your degree in Peppi through your PSP. The best way to see all the future implementations of the course, i.e. the groups, their schedules and additional information, is through the study guide. View the upcoming groups of the course through your degree structure or by using the search.

If several different groups are organised for a course included in your degree, enrol in the group that suits you best. As a rule, places are filled in the order of registration, group size on courses included in the degree max. 25 students.

  • Read the course description and additional implementation information before enrolling. Check the implementation schedule to ensure that the group is suitable for you.
  • Use Peppi, not Tuudo, for registration, so that course-specific information is displayed correctly.
  • Also check out our selection of optional languages, Savonia’s and Karelia’s selection, and the courses in the KiVANET network.

For degree students (Bachelor, Master and Doctoral), we offer degree courses in English and in Finnish as well as optional courses. For exchange students, we offer our beginner’s course Finnish 1A (self-study module), Chinese 1 and Chinese Culture and Social Customs. Exchange students can join other Finnish courses if there are available seats in the group. For all Finnish courses, see here.

Welcome to our courses!

Students’ Hack Me Up Competition at Joensuu Science Park, 24-25 November 2023: Collaborate with businesses to brainstorm climate-smart solutions in Joensuu

Join the Hack Me Up Ideation Competition, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 24-25, 2023, at Joensuu Science Park. The registration period for the competition ends on Friday, November 17, at 3:00 PM.

Brainstorm and create solution drafts for businesses’ sustainability challenges. Your ideation work is meaningful – you will assist companies and households in reducing their carbon footprint and/or increasing their carbon handprint, thereby promoting positive climate actions in Joensuu. 

The competition is organised in collaboration with the Climate Joensuu 2025 and Innocities Joensuu projects, along with esteemed partner companies. The judges will assess the functionality, feasibility, user experience, and novelty of the ideas.

Submit your registration information for Hack Me Up Competition by Friday, November 17, at 3:00 PM.

You can register individually or form a team of 2-5 members. If you choose to register individually, the competition organisers will assist in forming a team on your behalf. You can also provide the contact details of a pre-formed team in the registration form.

Hack Me Up culminates in the prize-giving ceremony on Saturday, November 25, 2023. The top teams will be rewarded! First prize is 1,000 euros, and second prize 500 euros. Additionally, the winner of the Speedhack phase of the Hack Me Up Competition will be awarded a prize of 500 euros.

If you wish to refine your idea, consider participating in the Start Me Up Business Idea Competition! Is your team eager to take the idea to the next level? The Start Me Up Business Idea Competition offers students the opportunity to further develop and refine their ideas through collaboration with a partner company. The Start Me Up Business Idea Competition runs from February 1st to March 31st, 2024.

Learn more about the competition and companies sustainability challenges:

International Week 23-27 October!

International Week is coming again!

International Mobility Services is hosting another International Week in October, from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th. During the week, we will be hosting info sessions about student exchange possibilities and other practical matters related to exchange studies. The schedule and links to the info sessions can be found in Kamu, in the study abroad events page of the Study Abroad section.

In addition to info sessions (in Teams), we will be available at info desks on both campuses on Tuesday, 24th October, from 10 am to 1 pm. In Joensuu, the info desk will be at Aurora building, in the lobby next to Restaurant Aura (A door), while in Kuopio you can find us from Canthia’s second floor.

The info sessions will be organised in Finnish and English, and students are able to participate in all events according to their own opportunity. The sessions will be recorded and published for viewing during the week starting from 30th Oct, and the recordings will remain available for two weeks.

Upcoming application periods!

The November application period will open on November 1st and end on November 15th at 3:00 pm. During this application period, students will be able to apply for bilateral exchange during the autumn semester 2024, spring semester 2025, or full academic year 2024-2025. ISEP Exchange programme and north2north exchange is open for applications for autumn 2024 or spring 2025 (one semester) exchanges.

Calls for applications will be published in Kamu by October 30th, please read through the calls before starting your application!

Autumn 2023 Sports afternoon on 4.10.2023

Sports afternoon advertisement.

SYKETTÄ Sports Afternoon will be held on Wednesday 4 October 2023 in Joensuu and Kuopio. The UEF, Karelia UAS and Savonia UAS hold a sports afternoon together, and by the decision of the university rectors, the sports afternoon is lecture-free from 12:15 pm. SYKETTÄ Sports Services organizes the sports afternoon program, but no SYKETTÄ sticker is required to participate.

On sports afternoon, a wide variety of different exercise options are available both indoors and outdoors, and arranged by external partners. Some of them are free of charge, while others include a separate fee.

The sports afternoon program also includes all the classes on the SYKETTÄ sports calendar that day. To participate in classes and turns in sports calendar on sports afternoon, you don’t have to have a valid SYKETTÄ sticker, but you must be registered as a user and enroll in classes and turns.

The sports afternoon programme is now published! City-specific sports afternoon programs and enrollment schedules can be found on the following websites:

Application period for YUFE Exchanges for spring 2024 starts today!

The application period is open from 11 September to 10 October 2023. The application period closes on Tuesday, 10 October, at 3:00 PM (15:00).

Degree students at the University of Eastern Finland may apply for student exchange at YUFE Alliance host universities for spring semester 2024. Students of all fields of study may apply, as long as the student meets one of the following criteria:

  1. The student has an active and ongoing YUFE Student Journey study right, OR
  2. The student has signed up to complete a YUFE Minor during the exchange

NB! Completing a YUFE Minor does not require having a YUFE Student Journey study right.

Please read more information about the YUFE Alliance and the call for applications on Kamu’s Study Abroad section!

NB! First-year bachelor students are not eligible to apply for exchange studies during their first year of study. Exchange studies are available to students beginning from the second year of study onwards.

The last meters of the Kilometrikisa cycling competition until 30 September 2023

Kilometrikisa is a light-hearted cycling competition for workplaces, associations, clubs or any other teams. In Kilometrikisa every team member will record their cycling kilometers and the team with the highest number of kilometers will win.

SYKETTÄ Joensuu and Kuopio have their own teams. All UEF, Karelia UAS and Savonia UAS students and staff members are welcome to attend teams!

Come along and collect the kilometers of your own city! The cycled kilometers from past race days can also be marked retrospectively on the calendar. You can find city-specific instructions via the links below:

The opening ceremony of the Academic Year and Campus Happening will be held on 7 September 2023

The Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year 2023–2024 will be held on the Joensuu Campus, Carelia Hall (Yliopistokatu 4) on Thursday, 7 September 2023, from 12:00-15:30. The ceremony programme will start at 14:15 and can be followed online. The link will be published on the ceremony website.

The opening ceremony will start with an academic procession, to be followed by an opening address by Rector Jukka Mönkkönen at 14:15. Sari Multala, Minister of Science and Culture, will give a speech via a remote connection. The address by the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) will be held by Eetu Hyvönen, Chair of the Executive Board of the Student Union. The programme also includes choir performances by the University of Eastern Finland Choir Joy with Matti Makkonen as the conductor.

Before the opening programme, there will be an Opening Ceremony Prayer at The Church of St John the Theologian (Torikatu 41) starting at 12:00. The Pastor is Mikko Sidoroff, and the choir is conducted by Deacon Petri Nykänen.

Campus Happening and City Orienteering will kick-off the academic year

After the opening ceremony, UEF and the Student Union ISYY will organise a Campus Happening and City Orienteering on both campuses, Joensuu and Kuopio, on 7 September, starting at 15:30.

The Campus Happening (Kampusrysäys) kicks off the academic year for the tenth time. The event gathers the university community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year with live music and various activities on the back yard of the Carelia building on the Joensuu Campus and in front of the Studentia building on the Kuopio Campus.

The City Orienteering (Kaupunkisuunnistus) begins right after the Campus Happening. In the Orienteering, students will go around their campus city in groups and will complete different kinds of tasks given to them at control points. The evening will end with an after party.

SYKETTÄ autumn season starts with a free sports trial on September 2023

SYKETTÄ sport services offers many great ways to increase your physical activity throughout your studies. So whether you are looking for group classes, a gym workout or a chance to play ball sports with your student friends, we have it all – with student-friendly prices!

SYKETTÄ autumn season starts with a free sports trial in Kuopio on 4.–17.9. and in Joensuu on 1.–14.9. During these weeks you get a chance to enroll for classes and try all of our services for free! Also during the free sports trial there will be SYKETTÄ Appro in which the aim is to collect markings from SYKETTÄ sports events on your passport. By returning the passport you get your very own badge equivalent and you can take part in a raffle.

To attend a free trial you need to register as a SYKETTÄ user on our website. After that you can enroll in classes via the sports calendar and get ready to move. Notice that without a SYKETTÄ sticker, you can only enroll in classes and turns during the free trial via the sports calendar on the website.

SYKETTÄ sports calendars are published on both campuses. Get to know sports calendars and read more about free trial on websites below: