Interested in a career in public health, environmental law or chemistry? Want to change the way we think about societies, cultures, the environment and well-being? Are you ready for an experience of a lifetime? The University of Eastern Finland offers a wide range of study programmes taught in English, all of them designed to open the door to the career of your dreams!
UEF is one of the leading multidisciplinary universities in Finland, as well as a university that is internationally recognised for its state-of-the-art research. Our study programmes are of a high standard and they are built on high-level research seeking to find interdisciplinary solutions to global challenges.
UEF offers a great variety of Master’s and Bachelor's degree programmes taught in English, as well as non-degree programmes that cater, in particular, to the needs of exchange students. Many of our Master’s degree students stay on board at UEF to continue their studies in our doctoral programmes.
Nationalities of students
International degree programmes
Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes
The University of Eastern Finland offers three Bachelor's degree programmes and a wide variety of Master's degree programmes taught in English. The application period to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English opens on Wednesday, 4 January 2023, and closes on Wednesday, 18 January 2023, at 15.00 Finnish time.
UEF Doctoral School
Doctoral education at the University of Eastern Finland is offered by doctoral programmes within the UEF Doctoral School. Our doctoral programmes cover all scientific fields of the university, and all doctoral students complete their studies in one of the programmes. The ultimate goal is to educate highly skilled researchers and experts.
UEF Summer School
The UEF Summer School is more than just taking a course: it is an excellent opportunity to experience an innovative and international learning environment while creating new networks with your fellow students - and let's not forget about the opportunity to enjoy Finnish summer activities in beautiful lakeside surroundings.
Finland is unique
Amazing nature, four seasons, Northern lights and white nights. We have 3,2 million saunas in country of 5,4 million people. And yes, Santa Claus lives here, he really does. This is Finland.
The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest universities in Finland. We have some 15,500 degree students at UEF, and our beautiful, compact campuses are home to a nice mix of Finnish and international students.
I was convinced to apply after hearing only positive things about the innovative teaching methods and the high quality of education that Finland overall is famous for.
Ria Talukder, MDP in Photonics student
Student and alumni stories
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Students stand at the core of learning environment development at UEF. We are creating the best academic learning environment in Finland, one that is built around a high standard of education, inspirational teaching methods, open learning, comfortable facility solutions and modern technology.
FAQ – Frequently asked questions about studying in Finland
Short answers for the common questions about studying in Finland can be found below. Detailed information is gathered to Practical guides for international students, Joensuu and Kuopio campuses. Guides are downloadable from link.
Living expenses are relatively high in Finland, though comparable to the EU average. The average cost of living in Finland for a single student varies between 500 and 800 EUR per month, depending on personal spending habits. This amount includes accommodation, transportation and meal costs
Non-EU/EEA students are required to show that they have at least 560 EUR per month (6720 EUR per year) annually at their disposal when applying for a residence permit.
Independent, non-profit student housing companies in Joensuu and Kuopio offer housing for single students as well as students with families. There are no on-campus dormitories available.
In Joensuu, rent for a single room in a shared apartment ranges approximately from 150 to 300 EUR per month. Rent for a family apartments starts from app. 350 EUR per month.
In Kuopio, rent for a single room in a shared apartment ranges approximately from 260 to 350 EUR per month. Rent for a single-room apartment starts from app. 350 EUR per month. Rent for a family apartments starts from app. 500 EUR per month.
For more information:
- Student housing in Joensuu: joensuunelli.fi
- Student housing in Kuopio: kuopas.fi
EU citizens and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland can enter Finland freely, but they must register their right to reside in Finland if staying for more than three months.
Non-EU/non-EEA citizens must obtain a residence permit at the nearest Finnish Diplomatic Mission before their arrival in Finland. If the duration of the stay is less than three months, students can also arrive with a visa (if needed). Non-EU/EEA students (non-EU/EEA students) are required to show that they have at least 560 EUR per month (6720 EUR per year) annually at their disposal when applying for a residence permit.
For more information:
- Residence permits for students (Finnish Migration Services)
- Residence permits for PhD students (Finnish Migration Services)
- Finnish diplomatic missions abroad
- Income requirements for students with families
It is not possible to apply to our university solely for the purpose of studying Finnish. Neither do we offer any preparatory Finnish courses that aim to train students to study in our Finnish degree programmes.
Students who have been admitted to study at the University of Eastern Finland can choose Finnish language studies offered by the Language Centre free of charge. Further information can be found in Kamu student handbook.
The University of Eastern Finland requires that all incoming international students must have a valid personal (travel) insurance policy from an internationally recognized insurance agency for the whole duration of their stay in Finland. Read our Kamu Student Handbook about the insurance cover for students.
Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) provides all Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students of the University of Eastern Finland, with preventive health care, medical care, mental health care, and dental care. FSHS provides health services only for degree students (not available for exchange students) who have paid the Student Union membership fee. Read our Kamu Student Handbook about the student health care.
Finland has four distinctive seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The highest daytime temperature in eastern Finland during the summer occasionally rises over 25°C (degrees Celsius). During the winter months, particularly in January and February, temperatures of minus 20°C are common. Due to the low humidity, however, Finland's climate is actually not as cold as temperature readings might seem to indicate.
In eastern Finland first snow settles in late October or in November, and the landscape will usually be covered with snow in December. The first signs of spring can be seen in March, and in April the snow gradually starts melting away. Still, there might be some snow left even in the beginning of May.
Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish. However, knowledge of Finnish language is not necessary for studying in our degree programmes taught in English. However, studying Finnish before and during your studies is recommended. Knowledge of Finnish helps students to integrate into the everyday life in Finland.
For more information and links to learning Finnish online, please see infoFinland.fi.
International students from non-EU/EEA countries are allowed to work in Finland on student's residence permit (without a work permit) for a maximum of 30 hours per week. The right to work changed when the amendments to legislation on students and researchers entered into force on 15 April 2022. Students from the EU/EEA countries do not need work permits at all.
Please note that finding a job without excellent knowledge of the Finnish language is very difficult.
For more information: Employment and Economic Development Office
The non-European citizens studying in an international Bachelor's or Master’s degree have fees which vary from 8,000 to 10,000 € per year depending on the programme. The university offers tuition waivers and scholarships for international degree students required to pay tuition fees. There are no tuition fees for the EU and EEA citizens.
For more information: Tuition fees and waivers
Master's degree studies: Admissions-related questions to email@example.com, other enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Doctoral applicants: Doctoral applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate faculty or department directly. Please find further information from the UEF Doctoral School website.
Exchange students: International Mobility Services, email@example.com