The preparations for the establishment of the University of Eastern Finland began in 2006. In October 2006, the Ministry of Education chose the collaboration model between the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio as one of the national-level spearhead projects in structural development.
UEF is a multidisciplinary university, which offers teaching in more than 100 major subjects. We have four faculties: the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science and Forestry, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. Our activities underscore multidisciplinarity. Our key interdisciplinary research areas are built around four global challenges. 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.
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Career and Counselling Services offer students guidance and advice as well as various training modules aimed at supporting study and career planning and high quality placement in working life after graduation. Placement and career follow-up data on graduates collected by Career Services annually is available both for students and for disciplines. Career Services provide the business sector with a link to the university´s students and recent graduates.
A non- EU / EEA citizen intending to enter Finland must secure a study visa/ residence permit at their nearest Finnish embassy or consulate with the admission confirmation documents provided by the university. A non- EU / EEA citizen must also demonstrate that their own funds or scholarship will cover their living expenses in Finland. More information on the residence permits can be found on the Finnish Immigration Service's website.
The UEF Library is an academic library open to the public and its collections are also available to all library users.
The library acquires both electronic and print resources to its collections mainly in the disciplines researched and taught at the university.
UEF provides staff, students and stakeholders with a modern digital working environment. The service consists of daily used tools that are easy to use and available anywhere, for any device. The digital environment is built mainly on Microsoft Office 365 services. There are tools available for personal use, for collaboration in workgroups and for the entire university.
Finnish Student Health Service, FSHS, provides all Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students at the University of Eastern Finland, including exchange students, with preventive health care, medical care, mental health care and dental care. Almost every type of health servicea student might need, with the exception of hospital treatment and maternity clinics, are included.
UEF is located in three lively campuses, Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna.
The University of Eastern Finland offers its staff and students the opportunity to utilise sports services with the intent of increasing general well-being.The Student Union aims to provide its members with fun experiences and the pure joy of exercise. It is not our intent to turn our members into serious athletes, but to encourage them to spontaneously partake in sports activities. The Student Union aims to achieve this by organising events such as the bi-annual sports afternoon, where members are given the opportunity to try out a variety of sports that suit various individual skills and tastes.
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