Karelia University of Applied Sciences

4.1 out of 5 (21 ratings / 21 reviews) Joensuu, Finland
The path to a great future is paved with skills and expertise. The Karelia University of Applied Sciences is proud to be part of this development by training skilled professionals. 

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)



Karelia UAS is a significant and well-recognized operator in education and plays a key role in the regional development and research, development and innovation (RDI) activities. Karelia UAS operates actively in various national and international networks. International partner networks include many Asian, African, European, and North- and South-American countries. 


The path to a great future is paved with skills and expertise. Karelia University of Applied Sciences (Karelia UAS) is proud to be part of this development by training skilled professionals. Karelia UAS is a multidisciplinary, widely connected, international and innovative organisation offering education leading to bachelor and master degrees.


RDI Focus Areas and Themes

The areas of focus are modern welfare services and sustainable energy and materials. They are selected with the goal of obtaining nationally and internationally recognised expertise and competence. The selected areas are based on regional, national and international development challenges. We search for solutions to these challenges by meeting the needs of working life through education, multidisciplinary RDI activities and actively operating in competence and development networks.

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Student services

Student Services is responsible for general student administration and providing services for the students of Karelia University of Applied Sciences. Admission Services also operates as part of Student Services. It is responsible for joint admissions, other student admissions and student admittances. The staff of Student Services will serve and advise you, for example, in issues related to enrolment, right to study, degree certificates and financial aid.

Housing services

In order to apply for accommodation you need to contact the Student Housing Company, Joensuun Elli. Elli is a private company owned by the City of Joensuu. It offers affordable accommodation to students. To increase your chances at getting accommodation, submit your application immediately.

Library services

Welcome to the Karelia UAS library, which is open for everyone. We serve the students and personnel of Karelia UAS and other customers. We provide modern facilities and updated scientific and professional collections to support studying, teaching and research.  

ICT services

As a student at Open UAS, you are entitled to use Karelia UAS IT services. You will receive a Karelia UAS user name that enables you to use the following services: email, Moodle learning environment, remote access to library databases, signing in to UAS computers.

Medical services

As of 1 January 2021 Student Health Care services are provided by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS, Finnish abbreviation YTHS). All the students, who are studying as a degree student are entitled to use the Finnish Student Health Services. 

Student Life

Campus life

Campuses of Karelia University of Applied ScienceKarelia UAS operates in Joensuu on two main campuses. The campuses are multi-field learning and development environments that enable study possibilities across the boundaries of different degree programmes.

Sports facilities

There are dozens of sports clubs in Joensuu, everything from martial arts to petanque and from traditional individual level sports to team sports, even on national level. Besides sports club activities, you can do sports in many of the sports centres in the city and in the beautiful nature surrounding Joensuu. If looking for more extreme experiences, you can try sliding on ice with a snowboard and a paraglider, and if looking for peace and quiet, you can cross-country ski.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It was a turning point of my life. University support to grow my knowledge and experiences. The lecturers and students are very friendly and supportive. It was a great place to enhance your knowledge.

I love Karelia
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am very satisfied with the facilities of the school. My teacher is enthusiastically and open-mind.

Karelia AMK
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Karelia University of Applied Sciences is an excellent institution located in a vibrant city. The university's academic programs both in English and Finnish present an excellent opportunity to practical studies and research with students also able to take up productive internships both in Finland and abroad.

Joensuu, Province of Eastern Finland, Finland

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