Are you ready to take your first step towards a career in IT? The bachelor's degree programme in information technology provides core knowledge in computer science. The three-year programme contains studies in multiple areas: basic and advanced programming, algorithms, data management, software design, and human-computer interaction.
Graduated students will be ready for an IT career. After graduation, one can also continue studies at UEF (master's degree programme in information technology) or elsewhere. In addition to computer science studies, the students take one or two minor subjects such as data science, business, law, social sciences, and environmental sciences.
You can also have lots of interesting experiences through social activities during your studies. There are summer schools, visits to companies, and various other events organised by the student union and the Erasmus student network.
Most of the courses are based on contact teaching in Joensuu and Kuopio. Part of the courses are implemented together with the Bachelor of Engineering (information and communication technology) programme of the Karelia University of Applied Sciences.
For instructions on how to apply and a direct link to the application form on Studyinfo, please scroll down. The application period is open until 18 January 2023.
- Level of degree: Bachelor's degree
- Programme duration: 3 years / 180 ECTS credits
- Language of instruction: English
- Programme start: September 2023
- Tuition fee: EU/EEA nationals no tuition fee, non-EU/EEA nationals 10 000 €/academic year. Scholarship 70%/year
- Tuition waivers available for everyone
- Study campus: Joensuu
Why study with us?
- The programme provides core knowledge in computer science
- Some companies offer internships and thesis placements for students
- Students who graduate from the programme can continue to our master's degree programme (IMPIT)
- The School of Computing cooperates actively with local IT companies and many students have found a job before graduation
Bachelor's degree programme in information technology provides core knowledge in computer science. The programme contains studies in multiple areas: basic and advanced programming, algorithms, data management, software design, and human-computer interaction.
Graduated will be ready for an IT career. After graduation, students can also continue studies in the master's degree programme in information technology at UEF or elsewhere. In addition to computer science studies, the students take one to two minor subjects, such as data science, business, law, social sciences, or environmental sciences.
Bachelor's degree programme in information technology is a three-year programme, and most of the programme’s courses are taught on campus in Joensuu or Kuopio. Some courses are implemented together with Bachelor of Engineering (information and communication technology) offered by Karelia University of Applied Sciences.
How to apply?
Application and documents
In order to check the eligibility of an applicant for the programme, the applicant has to submit an application and the following application documents:
- Certification of completed secondary education degree
- Certification of English language skills
Secondary education certification
Eligible applicants hold an upper secondary education certificate:
- Finnish matriculation examination
- International Baccalaureate degree (IB)
- European Baccalaureate degree (EB)
- Deutsches Internationales Abitur degree (DIA) or Reifeprüfung degree (RP) in Finland
- A Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification, further vocational qualification or specialist vocational qualification as set in the Vocational Education Act (531/2017)
- any other comparable upper secondary educational qualification which provides eligibility for university-level Bachelor’s studies in the country in question.
- Advanced International Certificate of Education degree (AICE) in Finland, or has the right to study towards a university degree in Finland, or holds a degree conferred by a Finnish higher education institution or at least a Bachelor level degree conferred by a foreign institution.
Applicants who are in the final semester of their upper secondary education are also eligible to apply. Applicants who complete their upper secondary education after the application period are selected conditionally. University will make the final decision based on final degree certificate.
Applicants must either (1) meet the language proficiency criteria (see below), or (2) reach the minimum required language test results to be considered eligible to the University of Eastern Finland. No exceptions will be made.
(1) Applicants who hold one of the following do not have to take an English language test:
- Secondary education or tertiary education in English in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United States or EU/EEA-countries.
- Finnish matriculation examination in English language, minimum grade of magna cum laude approbatur (M)
- International Baccalaureate degree (diploma completed in English, satisfactory completion of A level English exam (literature / language and literature / literature and performance), satisfactory completion of B level English exam, minimum grade of 5 (good).
- EB degree: L1, native language (English) completed successfully OR L2 –or L3 language (English) completed with a minimum score of 7.
- Reifeprüfung (RP) degree (German school of Helsinki) Satisfactory completion of English A (or a similar expected grade from upcoming DIA degree): Written scores are at a satisfactory level AND Oral score being minimum of 8.
- Applicant has taken studies (at least 20 ECTS) as exchange student at the UEF.
The language of instruction of secondary education must be proven with the degree certificate, diploma or transcript. Please note that all teaching and assessments must be entirely in English.
Online studies or studies completed on offshore campuses outside the accepted countries/area cannot be used to indicate language skills, even if the degree-awarding institution is in one of the accepted countries.
(2) All other applicants have to take one of the following language tests:
Some test organizers give an expiration date on the tests. The language test results must be verifiable from the online verification service of the organizer. Language test scores are valid for two years from the day they are issued.
- TOEFL: minimum score 78 (IBT-test)
- IELTS (academic)-test minimum score 6.0
- PTE (academic)-test minimum score 54
- C1 Advanced score C
- C2 Proficiency minimum score: Level C1
- A National certificate of language proficiency (YKI) (English) of The Finnish National Agency for Education done at level 4 in all different areas.
- TOEFL iBT Home Edition, minimum score 78
- TOEFL Essentials, minimum score 9.0
No other degrees or statements of language proficiency will be accepted.
Application period is open from 4 January 2023 to 18 January 2023. The application is completed and submitted online. The online application is only open during the application period. The application process begins by entering basic information on studyinfo.fi. Application documents must be submitted by 25 January 2023 15:00 (UTC+2).
40 students are admitted into the programme Bachelor of Information Technology in 2023. 50% (20) of students are selected among Admission group I and 50% (20) of students are selected among Admission group II.
The 50% (20) places in Admission group I are filled first according to the admission scores based on grades achieved and the remaining 50% (20) places in Admission group II are then filled according to the entrance examination course and interview results. If there are not enough eligible candidates in one of the Admission groups, the remaining places can be moved to the other Admission group.
In Admission group I the admission is based on the admission score, which is calculated based on the grades achieved in the Finnish matriculation examination, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, or Reifeprüfung/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung.
You are eligible to apply for direct admission if one of the following applies:
1) You have completed the Finnish matriculation examination
2) You are taking the Finnish matriculation examination in spring 2023 and will complete the examination and receive your diploma by 16 May 2023.
3) You have been awarded the European Baccalaureate (EB) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in Finland or abroad in spring 2023 or earlier. Students receiving their EB or IB diplomas in 2023 will receive a preliminary offer based on their predicted grades. Final admission is dependent on the presentation and verification of actual final grades.
4) You have been awarded the Reifeprüfung (RP)/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung (DIA) diploma in Finland in spring 2023 or earlier. Students receiving their DIA diploma in 2023 will receive a preliminary offer based on their predicted grades. Final admission is dependent on the presentation and verification of actual final grades.
If the applicant completes his/her IB or EB degree at Spring 2023, the final result of selection will be made based on the final grades of the IB/EB degree. If, for example, your grades improve from preliminary grades so that your selection points would increase over the cut-off, you will be selected as an extra student. If your grades decline so that you would not have been selected, then the selection will be canceled. All the information will be checked at latest when you start your studies.
In Admission group II the admission is based on the results of the entrance exam course and video interview. Applicants who hold a secondary-level degree that makes them eligible to pursue higher education may seek admission based on their entrance exam course. They must hold one of the applicable previous degrees that are expected of applicants who are seeking admission through the Finnish joint national application system.
Students who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries are required to pay tuition fees. The annual tuition fee is € 10 000 per academic year. New students admitted in 2023 are eligible to receive a partial tuition waiver and the tuition waiver is 70% (€ 7000) of the annual tuition fee.
Non-EU/ETA applicants can apply for the tuition fee waivers when applying for admission to the university by filling out the relevant section of the application form.
Application period 2023
Our application period is open from 4 January 2023 to 18 January 2023. The application is completed and submitted online.
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