Incoming exchange students

Discover the high quality of Finnish education and pure Scandi­navian nature!

Karelia University of Applied Sciences welcomes normally about 110 exchange students every year. Students come from Karelia’s partner univer­sities in Europe, Russia, Asia, Latin America and Canada. In January 2022, about 50 exchange students will start their exchange semester at Karelia. Students and staff members are back on campuses but the COVID-19 situation is monitored on a daily basis and the safety instruc­tions are updated if necessary.

Incoming students should famil­iarize themselves with important infor­mation and instruc­tions on e.g. travelling, arrival and self-isolation during the current COVID-19 situation.

Joensuu is the student capital of eastern Finland and all you need is only a walk away. Joensuu is also the lively capital of the North Karelia region where the lifestyle is relaxed and close to nature. Approx­i­mately 25 % of Joensuu inhab­i­tants are students. Karelia’s Student Union POKA and Erasmus Student Network Joensuu offer lots of activ­ities during the semesters. Student Union POKA coordi­nates the student tutor (buddy) service for Karelia’s students.

Student housing company Joensuun Elli provides students with flats ranging from affordable shared flats to single-room studios and family flats. Exchange students are normally offered furnished rooms in shared flats. You can easily reach both the city centre and your campus by bike or by bus.

Useful websites

Visit Karelia
City of Joensuu 
Video of Joensuu 

Useful infor­mation on travelling and COVID-19

Coron­ainfo at Karelia UAS
Finnish Government: entry restric­tions and health measures
Finnish Boarder Guard
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland