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Karelia University Of Applied Sciences

Karelia University Of Applied Sciences

Karelia University Of Applied Sciences


Welcome to Karelia University of Applied Sciences

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 organization offering education leading to bachelor's and master's degrees. Karelia UAS operates in seven study fields offering 22 programmes out of which five are master-level studies. The study areas are health care and social studies, business, engineering, forestry, media, and hospitality management. Karelia UAS operates on two campuses in the close proximity of the Joensuu city center in easternmost Finland.

Karelia UAS is a significant and well-recognized operator in education and plays a key role in 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. China is one of the key partner countries where the education co-operation is actively and systemically developed in collaboration with the partners.

We offer excellent conditions for internationally oriented students who strive with us to be the experts of the future. In Karelia University of Applied Sciences, all students work closely with local companies and with other educational institutions on exciting research and development projects. Each student builds a solid grounding in their field throughout their studies. The curriculum is customized to each student’s own preferences and needs and is supplemented through close contact with prospective employers. A degree from Karelia University of Applied Sciences degree will give the professional skills needed for a rewarding future.


Our Bright World

  • Students: 3867
  • Staff: 303
  • Awarded degrees: 742
  • Student satisfaction rate: 81%

Our Bright World’s International Students

  • International degree students:
  • Exchange students/year: 150 outgoing, 120 incoming

Campuses of Karelia UAS

The campuses of the Karelia University of Applied Science operate on two locations in Joensuu. The campuses are multi-field learning and development environments that enable study possibilities across the boundaries of different degree programs.

At the Wärtsilä Campus International Business, Business Economics, Tourism, Forestry, and Engineering students work towards their professional future. At Tikkarinne Campus, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Social Services, Social, and Health Care students are building their careers. Tikkarinne is located close to the city hospital in Niinivaara.

The campuses are near to each other and easily reached by walk or bicycle. At our campuses, you will enjoy a relaxed and warm learning environment and be part of our supportive community. You can easily access our campuses from all parts of the city by bike and bus.

Our campuses are modern; the wireless internet access as well as group work and computing facilities enable you to study efficiently. Our campus facilities offer versatile places for independent studies. Also, our students’ safety is our priority: The security system operates around the clock and is flexible enough to allow students to work on campus premises as late as 9 pm in the evening.

The library is located in Tikkarinne Campus with a computer lab, a silent study room, studying desks, and group workrooms. Collections of the library consist of books, theses, newspapers, and journals, both printed and electronic. Our librarians support students in making searches and loans.

The Campus restaurants provide you with warm and affordable breakfast, lunch, and snacks at low student prices.

Student Health Care is always available for basic health issues with modern facilities and wholehearted care from our nurses.

You will receive a parking permit on the first day of studies from the campus caretaker.


  • Joensuu

    Wärtsilä Campus, Karjalankatu 3, 80200, Joensuu

    • Joensuu

      Tikkarinne 9, 80200, Joensuu