You can apply for a degree from your faculty once you have completed all studies required for the degree and they have been recorded in the study register. A student applying for a degree must be enrolled at the university as a present student while applying for the degree.
If necessary, the persons responsible for study guidance of the faculty and the departments or schools will help you check the completed and missing study attainments. However, the student him/herself is obligated to check that he or she has completed all studies required for the degree in question in accordance with the degree structure and curriculum when applying for a degree certificate.
The right to pursue a degree terminates when the degree for which the right has been granted has been completed. A student, who has completed a Master’s degree in the University of Eastern Finland or a Bachelor’s degree with no right to complete a Master’s degree or doctoral degree, has the right to complement their studies free of charge during the academic year on which the degree was completed and the following two academic years by enrolling as a student (continued right to study). For more information on continued study right, visit Student Handbook.
The University of Eastern Finland introduces digital degree certificates as of 1 August 2022. The digital degree certificate includes a cover sheet in Finnish and in English, a transcript of the academic record in Finnish and in English, as well as a Diploma Supplement in English.
Lost or Destroyed Degree Certificates
Graduated on or after 1 August 2022 (digital degree certificates)
The student can request a new digital degree certificate from the university Registry Office free of charge.
If their UEF user account is still valid, the student can download the digital degree certificate from Peppi.
Graduated before 1 August 2022 (paper degree certificates)
If a degree certificate has been lost or destroyed, the university will provide a copy to replace it. A certified copy of the degree certificate can be requested from the Registry Office. The email address of the Registry Office: email@example.com. Additional information and the price list are available at: Registry office | University of Eastern Finland (uef.fi)
If an alumnus has not received their original degree certificate at all, the university will ask them for a written account of its disappearance as well as an assurance that they will return one of the original degree certificates should the lost one be discovered later on.
Legalization of Degree Certificate Documents
If you need the legalization of your UEF degree certificate documents please contact during certificate process the person preparing your certificate at UEF. Your electronic certificate will be printed out for paper form (in colours) and the certifying UEF stamps will be added in each page of the academic documents.
Legalization can take place by two different routes depending on whether the country of the awarding institution is a signatory to the Hague Convention of 1961 or not.
1) Documents supplied by countries that have ratified the Hague Convention are legalized by the issuance of an Apostille Certificate (stamp or paper certificate).
2) Documents issued by other countries are legalized in two steps: first by the foreign ministry of the issuing country, then by a competent Finnish Embassy or Finnish Consulate of that country.
Comprehensive instructions for apostille and legalization you may find:
Faculties’ Guidelines and Instructions for graduation
Please make sure to check your Study Community for possible additional instructions.
The application form will be available in E-services scroll down for option ‘applying for diplomas’ (UEF account is required).
Applying for the degree certificate
Apply the degree certificate in UEF-e-services (https://asiointi.uef.fi) ’Student services’-section.
After you have completed all the studies which are required for your degree, please check that they have been entered on your transcript of academic records.
Update your personal study plan.
Fill in the application form for a degree certificate and submit it together with your updated personal study plan to the Coordinator of your Master’s degree programme.
The Coordinator will approve the personal study plan and forward it to Study Secretary for compiling the degree certificate.
The time of delivery for the degree certificate is normally three weeks counting from the date when Study Secretary has received the application form and all the studies have been entered on your transcript of academic records. In the end of semester the time may be longer.
Delivery of the degree certificate
The student may take the documents from office at university or the document will be posted.
Degree certificates in the Faculty of Science and Forestry
Study secretary Anita Oinasmaa
office: Natura -building, 3. floor, room 349 (Joensuu campus)
How to make sure to graduate by the end of the semester?
To ensure graduation until the end of the semester follow the dead lines:
- spring semester: submit thesis by April 30th, degree application by May 31st
- fall semester; submit thesis by October 31st, degree application by November 30th
Process for theses and degree certificates will proceed all the time, and following these dead lines you may get the certificate by the end of semester.
Degree certificates will be dated for the day when the degree application has been arrived or the last study attainment was evaluated and registered.