How and when to start your studies at UEF?

Orientation Programme

We recommend that all the new international students start their studies at UEF  by participating in the orientation programme. The orientation is organised in order to help the new students to have a smooth start for their studies at UEF.

The orientation offers

  • essential information on studying and university life at UEF
  • tips on different practical matters
  • information on Finland and on the Finnish culture
  • great possibilities of meeting the other students

Those who complete all parts of the programme will earn 1 ECTS credit. Even if the orientation is a course, there is no need to register for the orientation beforehand. The instruction at the departments begins usually after the Orientation Programme.

The orientation for the Autumn Semester starts at the beginning of September and the orientation for the Spring Semester starts usually on the first working day right after 6 January . The orientation for the Autumn Semester 2018 will be held 3-5 September 2018 and the orientation for the Spring Semester 2019 will be 7-9 January 2019. The programmes will be published here about a month before the start of the orientation.

Orientation for International Students on Joensuu Campus 3-5 Sept 2018 (pdf)
Orientation for International Students on Kuopio Campus 3-5 Sept 2018 (pdf)

The orientation programme includes short field-specific orientation sessions, too.

Other introductory courses to studying at UEF: Study skill courses (only for the degree seeking students) and Information retrieval.
Language courses are offered by the Language Centre.

For the Master’s Degree students at UEF

If you are studying for a Master’s Degree at UEF, your studies will start with the Orientation Programme at the beginning of September. However, the Master’s  programmes  of European Forestry, Forestry CBU and Transfor-M will start already earlier in August.

For the incoming Exchange Students

The Autumn Semester starts at the beginning of September and the Spring Semester on the first working day after Epiphany 6 Jan. The semesters start with the Orientation Programme. Usually the exchange students start their exchange period at UEF at the beginning of the semester but it is possible to start the exchange studies at another time, too, if the suitable courses are available. The students coming for a research project or  for a practical training can negotiate their schedule with their supervisor at UEF and with their home university.

For information on the Academic Calendar at UEF.

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