Student exchange in Europe

The most extensive European student exchange programme is the EU-funded Erasmus+. This page contains more information on the programme, along with a list of host universities by academic departments. University of Eastern Finland also has bilateral agreements with some European universities. Student exchange options in the Nordic Countries are also available through the Nordplus programme.


Students can apply for student exchange or international traineeships through Erasmus+ programme. Student exchange is based on bilateral agreements concluded between academic departments at the participating universities. The  countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme are the EU Member States and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, and Turkey. More information on the Erasmus+ programme can be found on the website of the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI).


For whom: Bachelor’s/Master’s/Doctoral level students of all fields

When: No earlier than in the second year of academic studies (the application process can be started in the first year)

Where: Numerous universities in Europe; see the options available (by UEF faculty/department).

Duration: One semester or full academic year (3–12 months, depending on the semesters of the host university)

Applying: The annual first call for applications for the following academic year is 1–15 February (autumn semester, spring semester, or full academic year).
A second call for applications may be held on 1–31 May if there are still places and grants available after the first call for applications.

Funding: The Erasmus+ grant is EUR 270/330 per month in the academic year 2018-2019. The precise amount is determined by the duration of the exchange and the host country. Persons with special needs due to their physical or mental condition and persons with children can apply for additional support.

Please note: Erasmus+ student exchanges are based on field-specific Erasmus+ agreements between departments/schools. Some agreements only cover Bachelor’s or Master’s studies (see the level of studies in the list of host universities.) The number of students accepted each year depends on the individual agreement. As a rule, students apply for exchange through the agreement of their major or minor subject. If a suitable destination cannot be found, it may be possible to apply for a host university of another department/school. However, most universities do not accept students from outside the agreed field and the available exchange studies are limited to the field or faculty specified in the agreement. In addition, students majoring in the subject will take precedence if the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places. A Learning Agreement is required in the second stage when submitting the application to the host university. Students selected for the exchange are required to take an online language test before and after the exchange.

Students can complete more than one Erasmus+ student exchange or traineeship during their studies. However, the total maximum duration is 12 months per degree level (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate).

The application process has two stages: firstly, students apply for exchange internally to be accepted as UEF candidates for exchange (the home department/school chooses the candidates); secondly, the selected candidates apply for the exchange to the host university according to their application process. The final decision on the acceptance of the student will be made by the host university. For more information, see the section on applying for student exchange and training abroad.

UEF Erasmus ID Code: SF KUOPIO12

UEF Erasmus Charter Number: 258940-EPP-1-2014-1-FI-EPPKA3-ECHE

UEF Erasmus Charter

UEF European Policy Statement

European University Foundation/ Campus Europae

University of Eastern Finland is a member of the European University Foundation network consisting of approximately 15 universities from different parts of Europe. The purpose of the network is to promote co-operation between its members and thus reinforce the European identity of their students and increase their chances of success in the international labour market. Campus Europae is part of the network’s operations. More information is available on the network’s website and the departments’/schools’ academic coordinators of international matters.