University of Eastern Finland (UEF)
University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is one of the largest universities in Finland. We offer teaching in more than 100 major subjects. We have 15 500 students and 2 500 staff members on two campuses, Joensuu and Kuopio.
Students, high-standard learning processes and student well-being are our first priority. We seek to be the best academic learning environment in Finland by 2020.
We offer plenty of courses in English. Our incoming exchange students are relatively free to choose courses from their own field of study as well as from other related fields. In most cases you are welcome to choose Master's courses even if you have not quite yet completed your Bachelor's degree.
We have identified four global challenges for which we seek solutions through our interdisciplinary research and education. These challenges are Ageing, lifestyles and health; Learning in a digitised society; Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders; and Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources.
We receive incoming students majoring in a variety of subjects. The most popular fields among incoming exchange students are education, forestry, business, pharmacy, and public health.
In its strategy for 2015-2020, UEF has identified five top-level international research areas:
• Aerosols, Climate Change and Human Health
• Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases
• Forests, Global Change and Bioeconomy
• Borders, Mobilities and Cultural Encounters
City of Joensuu
Joensuu is the second largest city in eastern Finland. About 75,000 people live in Joensuu, and a third of the population are under 30 years of age.
In Joensuu, a peaceful environment meets a rich offering of culture and hobby opportunities. Sometimes, the city is even referred to as the Forestry Capital of Europe. The beautiful scenery and the unspoiled lakes and rivers offer almost endless possibilities for sports and recreation. Indeed, Joensuu is home to approximately one hundred different sports clubs.
The city's vivid selection of theatre and music, on the other hand, constitutes excellent food for the soul. Around Ilosaarirock Festival in July, the streets of Joensuu are crowded with happy festival goers, while the darkening days of autumn are brightened up by Rokumentti Rock Film Festival.
City of Kuopio
With its 112,000 inhabitants, Kuopio is the largest city in eastern Finland.
Kuopio is a dynamic city surrounded by beautiful nature. Although modern and constantly evolving, it hasn't forgotten its roots. Boasting an excellent selection of services combined with a cosy atmosphere, Kuopio is an attractive place to live in. The city's numerous running paths, skiing tracks, slalom slopes and swimming station offer possibilities for a diverse selection of hobbies.
For those hungry for culture, Kuopio has a lot to offer. The Kuopio Wine Festival, the Kuopio RockCock festival and the Kuopio Dance Festival provide something for all tastes, and the city's vast selection of museums, theatres and concerts is a thing worth remembering, too.