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Karelia University of Applied Sciences

Address: Karjalankatu 3, 80200 Joensuu, Finland

Description Karelia University of Applied Sciences

• Foundation: 1992

• Abbreviation: Karelia

• Status: state

• Location: Joensuu, Finland

• Age: from 18 years

• Accommodation: residence

• Language of instruction: Finnish, English.

Since 1992, Karelian University of Applied Sciences has been preparing future experts in the fields of engineering and computer technologies, healthcare management. The task of the university is to educate a specialist, arming him not only with theoretical and practical knowledge, but also with teamwork skills, knowledge of foreign languages, knowledge of modern media tools.

Karelia attracts local companies and government organizations to work with students, collaborates with companies in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. The university is developing joint programs with other universities, colleges in Finland and abroad.

Training programs are carefully designed to meet the needs of the modern labor market. Karelian University of Applied Sciences offers Finland-unique programs for managing and caring for the elderly.

Karelia graduates have proven themselves in Finland and other countries, they are willingly hired.

  • 5,000 students
  • 200 teachers
  • 2 campuses.

The main areas of study:

  • Control
  • Business
  • Engineering technology
  • Energetics
  • Healthcare
  • Hotel, restaurant and tourism business
  • Social service.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Karelia University of Applied Sciences

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• Beginning of the school year: June, November

• Language of instruction: Finnish, English

• Age: 18+

• Duration of study: 3.5-4.5 years.

Popular programs:

  • International Business (Bachelor of Commerce, English)
  • Business administration
  • Physiotherapy
  • Business Administration and Logistics
  • Energy and Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Construction machinery
  • Nursing
  • Hospitality management
  • Healthcare management
  • Social Security Management.


• Beginning of the school year: June, November

• Language of instruction: Finnish, English

• Age: 21+

• Duration of study: 2 years.

Popular programs:

  • Health and Social Services Management
  • Health and Social Management for the Elderly
  • Business expertise
  • Competency management technology
  • Sustainable energy.

Accommodation, housing and food

A place in a hostel costs from 200 €, a rented apartment will cost 250-350 €, meals and transportation - from 400 € per month.


  • Karelia Ranks 26th in Finland's University Rankings
  • High quality Finnish education
  • Adjustment of programs with changes in the labor market
  • Partnership with enterprises and organizations in the field of training and internships
  • Study programs in 2 languages: Finnish and English
  • Special preparatory programs for immigrants
  • Possibility of free training for immigrants with high scientific potential
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Equipped educational and scientific buildings
  • Accessible learning environment for students with disabilities.

Equipment Karelia University of Applied Sciences

Education at the Karelian University of Applied Sciences takes place in two campuses: Tikkarinne and Vyartsilya.

Tikkarinne is the main campus: here is the office of the rector and administration, there are classrooms and laboratories for specializing in healthcare and social security. Student Hospital allows you to master professional skills in practice.

The campus library has modern services for finding information.

Each building has a cafe where students can dine much cheaper than in the city.

The Värtsilä campus has classrooms, laboratories, departments in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Economy
  • Administration
  • Tourism
  • Building
  • Data processing
  • Forestry
  • Energy

Computer technology training programs are implemented remotely. All university students have access to a digital educational base where you can find lecture materials, presentations.

At the university and in the city there are many opportunities for sports, various competitions, sporting events are held. The city has national-level teams. Especially favorite Finnish sport is skiing: the beautiful nature of North Karelia makes it possible to go skiing on your own.

Joensuu is located in a very picturesque place, on the shore of Lake Pyhäselkä. The city is divided in two by the Pilesijoki River.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters, admission takes place 2 times a year. Registration fee 100 €.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

  • A completed application form  
  • High school diploma
  • Bachelor's degree with a diploma supplement for postgraduate programs
  • Certificate in English / Finnish or passing the entrance language tests at Karelia
  • Successful passing the entrance general tests
  • Testing possible for a specific training program
  • Job interview
  • All documents must be translated into English or Finnish and certified.

To enter Karelia you will have to pass the entrance tests. Applicants undergo a serious selection process, approximately 30% of applicants arrive. The applicants are not notified of the contents of the assignments; they check the knowledge necessary for studying at this university. The applicant must pass the tests without preparation - he is notified only of the deadlines. In addition to general entrance tests, there may be tests or an interview for a particular chosen specialty. Grades of certificates and diplomas are also taken into account by the selection committee.

Scholarships Karelia University of Applied Sciences

The university administration provides scholarships and grants.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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