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How to apply as an exchange student
Exchange students are non-degree students who intend to study at the University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu, Kuopio or Savonlinna campus) for one or two semesters. These students participate in bilateral or international student exchange programmes (e.g. Erasmus, FIRST, Campus Europae, UNCEP, Nordplus/Nordlys, North-South-South, bilateral agreement).
30 April for autumn semester (September - December) or full academic year (September - May) studies
30 September for spring semester (January - May) studies
The application process begins when the University of Eastern Finland receives nomination e-mails from partner universities. In other words, study abroad coordinators send an e-mail to the International Mobility Services (see contact information at the bottom of the page) in which they announce their candidates for student exchange. After that, International Mobility Services sends applicants usernames for the online application tool SoleMOVE by e-mail.
Nominations should include:
1. Student's complete name
The deadline for autumn semester and full academic year nominations is 15 April.
Important! If you have not received an e-mail that contains information on activating your user account, check your junk mail folder!
Activating the user account
When you have received the e-mail containing your username, click the activation link. You can choose your own password. Enter it twice and activate the account. Then you can log in. Do not delete the activation e-mail – it contains your username and the link to the application system. You will need them later. Please note that the system works best with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Safari is not recommended. Also, you should use the login option 'Local', not 'Shibboleth'.
You will have access to the complete user manual when you have logged in. You will find it in the upper left corner by clicking the question mark.
Application check list
1) Application form - COMPULSORY
2) Official Transcript of Academic Records - COMPULSORY
3) Learning agreement - COMPULSORY
4) A scanned copy of an official ID - COMPULSORY
5) Other information
Submitting the application
You do not have to complete the application without stopping – if you do not have all the information ready, you can save your progress and continue later. Be sure that you have filled in all the necessary information and attached all enclosures before you send your application. It is not possible for you to change anything in your application after you have submitted it.
The faculties of the University of Eastern Finland admit the students. After receiving your application, the International Mobility Services will forward it to appropriate academic department. The department then processes the application and the proposed learning agreement. Once the International Mobility Services receive an official confirmation of acceptance from the faculty/department, an official admission document is issued and sent to you by e-mail 1-2 months after the application period has ended. Please do not make any definite travel plans or reserve accommodation before you have received the official acceptance.
If you have technical problems with the application tool, send an e-mail to movesupport[at]uef.fi.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the International Mobility Services: international[at]uef.fi.