Welcome to the International Study Programme in Social Sciences!

The International Study Programme in Social Sciences is a non-degree programme in English at the University of Eastern Finland. Please note that studies involving contact teaching in the fields of Philosophy, Sociology, and Social and Public Policy are only available at the Joensuu campus, while the contact teaching courses in Social Work and Health and Social Management are only available at the Kuopio campus. However, there are a number of online courses and courses completed by taking book exams available for students of both campuses. Contact courses in the field of Business and Management are organized on both campuses.

The city of Kuopio, founded in 1775 by King Gustav III of Sweden, is the 9th largest town in Finland. Kuopio is the regional capital of Northern Savo with the population of 118,000. About 600,000 people live in the city's catchment area. Kuopio is a modern city of trade and education focusing on well-being, health and security competence. The city of Joensuu was founded in 1848 by Czar Nicholas I of Russia. It has a population of about 72.000 and is located in eastern Finland, not far from the Russian border. Understandably, one of the university‘s strengths in social sciences lies in research on the social and cultural development of the European fringe areas and border regions.

The study programme offers courses in English to both international and Finnish students. One aim of the programme is to create opportunities for multicultural learning in the classroom. Courses are offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies  (Business and Management, Philosophy, Social & Public Policy, Sociology, Social Work, Health and Social Management). This programme on Social Sciences builds on years of experience that the University of Eastern Finland accumulated from successfully offering multiple other international study programmes.

How to apply?


Students can enrol for one or two semesters in the programme. Most of the courses are appropriate for undergraduates, though some courses are designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. The student must have completed at least one year of university studies in Social Sciences or a related field to be admitted. Home institutions usually require students to earn a specific number of credits abroad. Please read the course descriptions and requirements carefully and consult the staff of the home university and, if needed, that of the host university in the process of writing your learning agreement. Do not hesitate to request additional information from us.

Further information about the application process for the students intending to apply for admission to the International Study Programme in Social Sciences is found here: www.uef.fi/en/web/admissions. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The closing dates for applications are April 30 (Autumn Semester and Full Year applicants) and September 30 (Spring Semester applicants), annually.

NB! Students specializing in Social Work or Health and Social Management are provided with the study programme in Social Sciences on the Kuopio campus. Please see further information: http://www.uef.fi/web/socialsciences/kuopio-campus