Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Kuopio, Finland

No. Students: 6,500 (300 int'l)*
Funding type: Public
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  • Research, development and innovation (RDI)The two main tasks for the University of Applied Sciences are education and research, development and innovation (RDI). RDI also promotes regional development and internationalisation. Savonia produces new competences and knowledge for the use of local operators, based on working life orientation. Our competence networks are segmented as: Energy, environment and safety, Welfare products and services, Integrated Product Development.
  • International Cooperation Internationality is an integral part of the University of Applied Sciences and Savonia, accordingly it, has a significant role in the strengthening and internationalising of the multicultural know-how of the region and economic life. Savonia UAS has higher education partners in over 30 countries. Consequently, active and dynamic student and expert exchange is part of our everyday life, as well as working together with other universities of applied sciences in international projects. In our English fields of studies, our students represent over 20 different nationalities.
  • Corporate Social ResponsibilitySavonia UAS is conscious of its social responsibilities. They are best fulfilled by executing the main tasks of the organisation - education and RDI - with high quality and good performance. The results and effectiveness of the social responsibility are created through education and results of RDI.


Savonia University of Applied Sciences is one the largest and most versatile Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland. Our organization of experts educates strong professionals in six different fields of study. Our versatile Degree Programmes offer the students the opportunity to study as a fulltime student or alongside their job (Masters Degree and specialised studies) or flexibly in the Open University of Applied Sciences. Our campuses are located in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus.

Savonia UAS wishes to serve the surrounding work life actively. Our R&D activities offer high-quality services and tailor-made solutions to the development needs of the businesses and work communities. Co-operation, networking and internationalisation are the crucial factors of our success. In Savonia, transdisciplinarity is secured by organising RDI into main axes called Competence Networks. These networks are Welfare products and services, Energy, the Environment and Safety and Industrial Design.


Savonia was awarded Quality Assurance Certificate in 2009 by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council.


The library of Savonia University of Applied Sciences is at your service in several library units and online as well. The library units are located in Iisalmi, Kuopio and Varkaus. The library's primary customers are students and staff of Savonia UAS, but the general public is also welcome to the library.

Most of the Savonia UAS library services are available to everyone. There are, however, some charges and restrictions.

Savonia UAS has site libraries in Iisalmi, Kuopio and Varkaus. The experienced library staff is responsible for developing the library services, and offer help and guidance with using the library services. The staff also organizes formal information skills training.


The INNOWELFARE IP creates for the participants competencies to run successfully a clients oriented workplace development project in welfare enterprise or public organization in order to bind together strategies of welfare organizations and HRM or personnel work of them. Real European cases (enterprises, public organizations and third sector organizations) are used as study cases during the IP.

The IP is targeted to students in BA and MA level for related fields of studies (social work/social pedagogy, nursing, health care, business and management).

The main activities for students are to implement a case study in welfare enterprise or public organization in their own country, take part in the IP and implement innovative good workplace development project after the IP in the case study welfare service organization they have chosen. The report about the development project has to be delivered to the electronic learning platform and accepted by the teachers before the student can get ECTS credits.

Participating students will learn from good practices in different European countries, get international experience as well as ECTS credits. Students will develop their understanding about developing and leading work processes in welfare enterprises and organizations by studying in case organization and learn to use the study material. New leadership and management modules, teaching materials and tools are developed into the curriculum of participating HEIs, publications and reports disseminate the results. Recommendations for the Open Method of Coordination are made to the Social Platform in Brussels. One spin off of this IP is the double or joint degree programme between coordinating HEI and some of the other partner/s.

Student life

Academic year: The academic year at Savonia University of Applied Sciences is divided into two terms. The autumn term runs from the middle of August to December and the spring term from January to May.

ECTS European Credit Transfer System: Savonia University of Applied Sciences has adopted the ECTS-system in all the study fields. The aim of the system is to help the students in recognition and transfer of studies conducted abroad and in comparison of degree programmes and educational systems as whole between different countries.

Financing your studies: You are expected to cover all your study costs and living expenses from your own financial resources. International students coming from outside the European Union and EEA countries are required to prove that they have sufficient funds by depositing a sum of 6000 Euros (approx. USD 8000) yearly with a Finnish bank or with an international bank, with no conditions restricting the use of this account. For further information on opening an account, please contact the nearest Finnish Consulate or the personnel at Savonia University of Applied Sciences.

Housing: For degree students, information on housing procedures and arrangements will be enclosed as you receive the approval letter from Savonia University of Applied Sciences. Instructions will be given in detail what you should do in order to have the housing arranged.

Weather: Since Finland is located in the north and in the zone where southern and polar air masses meet, weather types can change quite quickly, especially in winter time, when temperature can vary between +5 to -30 degrees Centigrade. In Eastern Finland you can really experience the four seasons.

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