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University of Eastern Finland - Kuopio

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Kuopio is a city of great natural beauty surrounded by scenic Lake Kallavesi - one of thousands of lakes in Finland. Kuopio offers the opportunity to live close to nature while having modern services and an abundant cultural life close at hand. Kuopio is easily reached by road, rail and air.

The University of Eastern Finland - Kuopio is situated on both sides of the beautiful Savilahti Bay. All services for students can be found on campus. The Kuopio city center and student dormitories are close to campus.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
Chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
Chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: late August to late May; Semester 1: late August to mid-December; Semester 2: early January to late May.

Fast Facts
Kuopio, Finland (pop. 96,830)
Student Enrollment: 15,000
Language of instruction: English, Finnish
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Kuopio campus International Study Programs
ISEP Finland

Faculty of Health Sciences (A.I.Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Department of Nursing Science, School of Medicine); Faculty of Science and Forestry (School of Computing, Department of Physics and Mathematics, Department of Biosciences, Department of Environmental Science); Faculty of Social Sciences and Business (Department of Business, Department of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Health Management)

Courses taught in English
Kuopio campus offers the following non-degree programs taught in English (UG= courses available for undergraduate students; GR=courses available for graduate students): Business and Management (GR), Environmental Sciences (GR), Health Policy and Management (GR), Information Technology and Computer Science (GR), Pharmacy (UG, GR), Public Health, Social Work (UG, GR), Social Wellbeing (UG, GR), Toxicology (GR)

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
The university offers several international Master's degree programs. Most of these programs are also open to ISEP participants on a non-degree seeking basis.

Please see Study Programmes in English for more details of Master's degree programmes and studies for exchange students.

Academic Notes
The typical courseload is 15-30 ECTS credits per term. The fall semester is runs approximately 16 weeks and the spring semester runs for approximately 17 weeks.


Transcript issued for Semester 1: January
Transcript issud for Semester 2: June
Transcript issued for Full Year: June

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Courses: Introductory to intermediate Finnish

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
TOEFL: 90iBT / 580PBT / 237CBT
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes
IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing
Other tests accepted: PTE

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
When applying to UEF Kuopio, Junior-level status is preferred.

Hints for Researching Courses
Follow the link: Kuopio campus International Study Programs.

Housing and Meals
The Kuopio Student Housing Company, Kuopas, offers student accommodation. Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms at student apartments. Student appartments are situated one and a half miles to five miles from the university and have laundry facilities, sauna, and Internet access. Students are provided with a scholarship to cover the rent and the cost of meals. Married student housing can be arranged; any additional costs must be covered by the student.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses, including books, are estimated at: $200-$300. Please note that students typically do not need to purchase textbooks, as they are available in the library.

The orientation program arranged at the beginning of each semester includes lectures on the Finnish society and culture as well as on university life in Kuopio and in Finland in general. The program also includes a campus tour organized by Finnish student tutors.

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
ISEP students are encouraged to join the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland. Student unions around Finland are always working towards making the daily life of a student better. In addition to negotiating better rights and benefits to students, the Student Union also arranges a lot of social activities and events around campuses.

KISA is an official association of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, functioning in the Kuopio campus. KISA is both for international students staying in Finland and Finnish students interested in internationalisation. The purpose of the association is to organise events for international and Finnish students and act as a link between them.

Every semester KISA organises trips to e.g. Lapland, St. Petersburg and Stockholm. In Kuopio, KISA organises events such as international food festivals, game nights, country presentations, sauna evenings, and other parties.

The University of Eastern Finland was established on January 1, 2010, as a result of the merger of the University of Joensuu (founded in 1969) and the University of Kuopio (founded in 1972), which were both ISEP member institutions. With its approximately 15, 000 students the University of Eastern Finland is one of the largest universities in Finland.

The University of Eastern Finland - Kuopio specializes in teaching and research in health care and environmental sciences, as well as associated biosciences, biotechnologies, information technology and business administration. Total enrolment: ca 6,000 students (about 350 international students in 2009).

Kuopio Science Park is a focal point of innovative education, research, and expertise projects managed by the university, several national research institutes and private companies. It is famous for world-class expertise in health care technology, pharmaceutical development and biotechnology.

The services of the Learning Center, Computing Center, university libraries, Student Union, Student Health Care Center and sports facilities are available to students on campus.

What Past Students have to Say
"Every person I met asked why I choose Finland- This is easy for me though. If you want to experience life, nature, weather and a culture very different from America then Finland is the place to go. There is always some magic here whether its summer or winter. Finland is the forest capital of Europe and has around 180,000 lakes. Its a place to get away and enjoy life peacefully." - Student from University of Southern Indiana.