The programme is taught completely online. Does this mean that I can complete the whole degree without visiting the campus?
Yes, it means exactly that.
I don’t live in Finland. Can I study in the programme?
Well possible. But do note that this is a Finnish university. So don’t be surprised that there will be some lectures on Finnish society, and a compulsory Finnish language course. Therefore, while we warmly welcome all applicants, the programme is best suited for foreigners living in Finland.
How do I take exams without being on campus?
For course assessment, we use learning journals more than traditional exams, so the number of exams is not necessarily that high. When exams are taken, they are organized either through co-operation agreements (within Finland) or on online platforms.
I would like to move to Joensuu. Can I take classes on campus?
Applicants should note that this is an online programme and therefore not have too high expectations related to in-class tuition. However, some courses can be taken in class, particularly minor subject courses and language courses. Some social science courses can also include sporadic in-class study possibilities. Generally, Joensuu is a vibrant student town with a large community of international students. You are very welcome and you will surely enjoy your time here!
I don’t have a high school degree in English but I have lived for years in an English-speaking country. Do I still have to take the language test?
Sorry but yes. We realize that sometimes taking a language test feels like a waste of time. However, we have to apply general requirements.
Do I have to pay a tuition fee?
Finnish universities charge a standard tuition fee from international students. Yet all EU/ETA citizens and permanent residents are exempted from paying the fee.
I have already completed some studies in another university. Can they be counted towards the degree?
Usually some can be, but not necessarily all. We have to see how the previous studies overlap with our curriculum requirements. Please also note that if these existing studies are part of a completed degree, they cannot be used again as part of your degree at UEF.
I work full-time. Is it possible to study in the programme?
We realize that our students have to support themselves. However, online study does not mean complete flexibility time-wise. There are scheduled classes in which presence is required. So you could maneuver working full time and studying, if your job allows a high degree of flexibility. Studying only outside office hours is not possible.
I would like to study, but all kinds of things keep me so busy that full-time studying feels exhausting. Can I use more than 3 years to complete the degree?
Yes. Finnish universities allow a high degree of flexibility in structuring your studies. Your Personal Study Plan can well be based on a more relaxed pace of studying and using 4 years to complete the degree.
I am super-ambitious and want to complete the degree in two years. Is this possible?
As said above, you can plan your studies flexibly. It will be a tough two years, though.
My Finnish is perfect and I would like to take courses taught in Finnish, too. Is this possible?
Please note that this programme is taught in English. This means that also minor subjects need to be from the selection of tuition offered in English. If you are fluent in Finnish and wish to benefit from the selection of minor subjects available in Finnish, we have plenty of programmes taught in Finnish you can consider applying to.