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, Joensuu is a renowned center for research and teaching relating to education and human development, forests and the environment, optics, new materials and information technology, and on border studies and Russia. Facilities include the Ecological Research Institute; Karelian Institute, focusing on the humanities and social sciences; the Mekrijärvi Research Station at Ilomantsi for advanced study in hydrobiology and forestry; the Botanical Garden; and the Muikku Research Vessel, which specializes in environmental studies in inland waters. The university library features the Kalevala Collection, comprising about 600 works on the Finnish national epic.
The services of the Learning Center, Computing Center, University Library, Student Union, Student Health Care Center and sports facilities are available to students on campus or nearby.
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.
KuopioKuopio, Finland5,000 - 20,000 on Campus<100,000 residents in KuopioLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English
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 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 organize events for international and Finnish students and act as a link between them.
Every semester KISA organises trips to places including Lapland, St. Petersburg and Stockholm. In Kuopio, KISA organises events such as international food festivals, game nights, country presentations, sauna evenings and other parties.
JoensuuJoensuu, Finland5,000 - 20,000 on Campus<100,000 residents in JoensuuLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English
Joensuu, located on Lake Pyhaselka, is a North Karelian city in the heart of the eastern Finnish lake country and is the economic and cultural center of the region. Joensuu offers a variety of winter sports, including skiing, skating and ice-swimming.
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. The international student’s association in the student union, ESN Joensuu, brings Finnish and international students together in Joensuu. The purpose of the section is to promote an international atmosphere on campus through organising different activities and campaigns together with the international students. Every year the ESN Joensuu organises events such as welcoming parties, a Halloween party, Pub nights, Finnish Link and many trips.