Info session for international students on Friday, 14 August 2020, at 13–14

Welcome to an online info session for international students on Friday, 14 August 2020, at 13–14!

The university is organising an info session for all international students about how the COVID-19 situation will affect teaching, learning and services at UEF this autumn. The info session will be led by the university’s Director of International Affairs, Ms Riikka Pellinen, and staff members from Student and Learning Services will be present to answer students’ questions. Welcome!

To join the info session, please go to

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to submit them during the info session via Presemo at

YUFE brings Europe to you – apply now!

Application for the YUFE Introduction Offer is NOW open and you have the opportunity to start your YUFE Student Journey experience. Visit to apply by 15 September 2020! Please click the “Apply Now” button at the top of the YUFE website and fill out the registration form. YUFE offers a wide range of courses and a mix of subjects to suit your interests and academic goals. All academic courses are offered online and conducted in English. Here are some examples of YUFE Introduction Offer studies:

  • Andy Warhol and Pop Art
  • Capitalism and its critics
  • Biotechnology for Engineering
  • European Human Rights
  • Debating development
  • Pandemics: Lessons from History
  • Sustainability Marketing
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Computer-based math
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Law in Europe: from Gaius to the EU
  • Virtual language cafés and/or language training in German, English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese,
  • Italian, Russian, Polish, Croatian and Greek
  • And over 50 other options! Please find the course catalogue.

The YUFE Introduction Offer will offer students the possibility to take a maximum of two online YUFE academic courses (at another university) and/or one online YUFE activity (at another university) in the first semester of the 2020/2021 Academic Year. Moreover, students are also free to participate in the YUFE Academy 2020 and YUFE induction courses. You can earn academic credit while expanding your perspective and study remotely at the University of Bremen, Maastricht, or Essex, for example. These individual courses from other European universities can often be included in your degree (e.g. free electives). If you would like for a YUFE course to become an intracurricular part of your degree, please check with your own discipline.

To join YUFE, you must be a 2nd year bachelor’s degree student or above in the upcoming academic year 2020/2021. Since the YUFE academic courses are offered in English, a B2 English level is also required. Courses and activities are available for bachelor’s and master’s degree students as well as post graduate students. YUFE will have a maximum of 100 seats available for the YUFE Introduction Offer. Please note that we will apply a first-come-first-serve policy with a maximum of 10 students per university. The YUFE introduction offer is free of charge to students.

The YUFE Introduction Offer is only available for Semester 1 of the Academic Year 2020/2021. The first YUFE semester takes place from 1 September 2020 to 1 March 2021. This means that you have until 1 March 2021 to participate and complete the course/activity of your choice. For the YUFE Introduction Offer, you can pick a maximum of 2 online academic courses in English and/or 1 activity (listed in the YUFE Introduction Offer course catalogue). For the time being, all activities offered are language courses. Please note that you cannot choose language training or an online academic course offered by the YUFE university you are currently enrolled in. The studies will be completed in each university’s own learning environment. The university in which you completed your course will grant you a certificate after you have finished the course.

This sneak peek into the YUFE Student Journey can be a stand-alone activity or it can serve as a stepping-stone to the complete YUFE Diploma Supplement Track, which will be launched later in the upcoming academic year.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

UEF students may demonstrate their proficiency in English (B2) for YUFE in the following ways:

  • Matriculation examination (advanced syllabus level in English) or International Baccalaureate Diploma
  •  Compulsory English course, completed at the university
  •  For international master’s programs, all students have verified their English language skills already at the application stage, in which case admission to the program itself is sufficient proof

Printing Available in Oppari in August

It will become possible to print documents again in Oppari, according to the following schedule:
• in Kuopio Oppari, starting 3rd of August, Mon-Fri 09:00-15:00
• in Joensuu Oppari, starting 17th of August, according to the Joensuu Library opening hours

There will be a PC station in Oppari intended for carrying out printing jobs only. Please follow the UEF hygiene and safety instructons while using the printing service. For the time being all other Oppari PCs will not be available for studying purposes.

Safety guidelines for in-person teaching in August-September 2020

The following guidelines must be followed in in-person teaching:

  • Please come to the campus only when you are healthy.
  • Wash your hands upon your arrival at the campus and several times throughout the day. Use hand sanitizer in situations where washing your hands is not possible.
  • Keep a safe distance to others (1.5–2 metres). Choose your seat in a classroom so that you can keep a safe distance to others.
  • Do not shake hands with, or hug, other people.
  • Use protective gloves when you are working on shared devices, or wash your hands/use hand sanitizer before and after use. Shared devices must be cleaned regularly with a general detergent and disposable tissue, or with a detergent that is suitable for the device in question. If a device requires a special detergent, each unit will purchase these at their own cost. Bottles of general detergent and disposable tissues can be ordered from Coor, if these haven’t been delivered to the room already.
  • At the end of an in-person teaching session, everyone cleans their own desk and chair with a cleaning tissue and puts the used tissue in the bin. Cleaning tissues are available from the porters’ storage room. Due to difficulties with delivery, however, their availability may be limited. If cleaning tissues are not available, a general detergent and disposable tissues are used instead.
  • A brief, 30-minute ventilation break will be kept between classes (lecture rooms and auditoriums).
  • In facilities where people use personal protective equipment during teaching (protective masks, gloves, etc.), the break for ventilation and cleaning is 15 minutes. All devices must be cleaned after use by the people using them. Please use the cleaning supplies available in the room. The principle is that the room and the devices are always cleaned for the next group. By making sure that everyone cleans their desk and chair and the devices used before leaving the room, we can avoid double-cleaning (i.e. before and after use).

Exceptions in opening hours in Student and Learning Services’ offices

The Student and Learning Services’ offices in Joensuu and Kuopio remain closed for the time being.

You can reach the Student an Learning Services’ by email at or by phone at +358 29 445 8900. The phone service is open Mon-Fri from 10 am to 3 pm.

From 21 August to 30 September the General Student Services’ service desk is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 12 pm.

If you are unable to visit the service desk during these opening hours, please contact, and we can set up a meeting for a different time.

The opening hours from October onwards will be announced later.

UEF Learning Environment Seminar 2020: Many faces of online learning

Registration for the UEF Learning Environment Seminar is now open. The seminar will be held online 26.-27.8.2020. Theme of the seminar is many faces of online learning. Sign up for the seminar by 16.8. by the staff training calendar.

You can find out more about the seminar’s program at the seminar website (sign with UEF-account).

Seminar is for UEF staff and students.

Cancellation of student exchanges and traineeships abroad in the autumn semester 2020

University of Eastern Finland has decided to cancel all student exchanges and traineeships abroad in the autumn semester 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, this means that planned exchange periods and traineeships abroad cannot be carried out.

The students who applied for the autumn semester 2020 received a bulletin via email on Thursday, 28 May, and were asked to reply to the message about the next steps.

The second call for applications for student exchange is open until 23.59 (11.59 p.m.) on Sunday, 31 May. A third call for applications for the spring semester 2021 will be held from 15 August to 15 September 2020.

For more information about the second/third calls, please check the Calls for applications for student exchange and Applying for student exchange and traineeship abroad articles in Kamu.

Most of the University of Eastern Finland’s teaching will be offered online in the autumn semester 2020

Teaching at the University of Eastern Finland will continue to be organised online throughout the autumn semester 2020.  However, laboratory courses, field courses, internships deemed necessary, and other teaching that is impossible or unreasonably hard to organise online, can be offered as in-person teaching. In addition, in-person teaching can also be organised for new students in order to foster their commitment to their academic subject and to the academic community.

The Finnish Government’s restrictions on gatherings and other safety recommendations in effect at each time are followed in the organisation of teaching. From 1 June onwards, gatherings are limited to 50 persons, and this is applied to in-person teaching so that a maximum of 50 people, including the teacher, may be in the same room at a time, and with people keeping a safety distance of 1.5–2 metres.

Teaching is organised with health and safety in mind. The university’s staff will also be returning to the campuses gradually.

The faculties and the Language Centre will make their decisions on teaching, and inform students about these decisions, as follows:

  • by 30 June regarding arrangements of teaching starting in August and September;
  • by 7 August regarding arrangements of teaching starting in October, November and December; and
  • The Open University will inform its own students.

We kindly ask you to note that the academic subjects will answer questions relating to teaching arrangements by informing all their students simultaneously of these arrangements as soon as they are confirmed; however, no later than by the dates indicated above. Students are encouraged to follow the university’s communication channels, including the study community of their major subject, the UEF Students group on Yammer as well as news published in Kamu and WebOodi.

New students

The academic subjects will receive and welcome new students, organise new student orientation for them, and possibly offer in-person teaching, while observing guidelines on safety. The parts of new student orientation that are common to all will be organised online.


General exams and other exams will not be organised as classroom exams in the autumn semester. Facilities for electronic EXAM examinations will remain closed until 31 July, and they can only be opened by a separate decision of the dean. EXAM rooms will be opened starting on 1 August, and the university will provide separate instructions on how to use these facilities safely.

Student exchange and international Master’s degree programmes

In the autumn semester 2020, UEF will not be sending or receiving exchange students. The university’s international Master’s degree programmes are encouraged to offer their teaching online in the autumn semester 2020. An international Master’s degree programme may consider postponing the start of the programme, if students are unable to enter Finland. In addition, students admitted to international Master’s degree programmes have the right to defer the start of their studies by one year.


The library’s online services and a limited pickup service of printed books, as well as the chance to return borrowed books will continue. For the time being, the service will only be open for UEF staff, students and contract customers. Up-to-date, detailed instructions can be found on the library’s website.

The Kuopio Campus Library will be renovated between 1 June and 31 August 2020. During this time, the library’s book collection will not be available for use, because the books will be put into storage for the duration of the renovation.

The Joensuu Campus Library will be renovated between 15 June and 7 August 2020. During this time, services will continue within the limits dictated by construction site restrictions.

Campus restaurants

The campus restaurants follow general national guidelines and sell take-away meals in the Carelia restaurant in Joensuu and in the Snellmania restaurant in Kuopio. From 1 June onwards, restaurant Kampus Bistro in Joensuu and the Tietoteknia restaurant in Kuopio will be selling take-away meals.

Sykettä university sports

Sykettä university sports will start organising outdoors events from 1 June onwards.

Other instructions relating to safety and hygiene:

Cleaning has been intensified and the university’s facilities are cleaned daily. Cleaning is carried out in accordance with the instructions issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, THL, and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, TTL.

Library, Oppari or IT Services? Who to contact when you have problems with programmes or connections?


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  • Assistance in sign Teams and Zoom
  • Using Office apps
  • Installing progammes
  • Creating pdf files


IT Services (Tipa)

  • Changing password
  • VPN



Apply for student exchange for the spring semester 2021!

The second calls for applications for Erasmus+, FIRST+, Nordlys/Nordplus, and bilateral student exchange in the spring semester 2021 is open until Sunday, 31 May at 11.59 p.m. (23.59).

At this first stage of application, applicants submit an exchange application to UEF to be accepted as a UEF candidate for exchange (internal call for applications). This is followed by the second stage of application during which the selected UEF candidates apply for their host university to get the final acceptance on the exchange placement.

More information on the second calls for applications may be found in the Calls for applications article in Kamu. Illustrated application instructions and more information about applying for student exchange may be found in the Applying for student exchange and traineeship abroad article in Kamu.

Do you need help with your application on the application system SoleMOVE? Do you want to discuss your exchange plans with a coordinator? If you have questions on student exchange or applying, please feel free to contact us at . Meetings can be arranged via Skype or Teams.