Study in Kuopio

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Kuopio - City of education

The city of Kuopio has excellent possibilities in studying, from quality basic education to internationally recognized Master's and PhD programmes. 

In addition to basic and upper secondary educational services maintained by the city, a wide range of other educational establishments in Kuopio offer opportunities for study.

For tertiary education, there are the University of Eastern Finland, Savonia University of Applied Sciences and HUMAK University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio campus. Savo Vocational College is a secondary educational institution, offering vocational and adult education.

Many other educational options are available in Kuopio, for both youth and adults: you can take courses in Community College of Kuopio, Open University, Summer University, or Open University of Applied Sciences (UAS).

Kuopio attends to basic education and general upper secondary education. Read more about possibilities for basic eduction and upper secondary education of Kuopio.

University of Eastern Finland

The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is a multidisciplinary research university with an extensive network of foreign universities and research institutions. The UEF is one of the largest universities in Finland with its 15,000 degree students, 20,000 adult education students and 2,800 staff members.

The University of Eastern Finland has four faculties: the Faculty of Health Sciences (Kuopio), the Faculty of Science and Forestry (Kuopio and Joensuu), the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies (Kuopio and Joensuu) and the Philosophical Faculty (Joensuu and Savonlinna). The main campuses are located in the cities of Kuopio and Joensuu.

The university is strong in research, particularly in health and wellbeing, forestry and the environment, and new technologies and materials.

The University of Eastern Finland offers instruction in more than 100 major subjects, and a wide variety of degree and non-degree programmes at Master's and Doctoral level are taught in English. The UEF is one of the most attractive universities for foreign students, and annually it hosts over 1,200 international students.

The University of Eastern Finland is among the leading 300 universities in the world in several international rankings.


Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Savonia University of Applied Sciences (Savonia UAS) is one of the largest and most multidisciplinary institutions of higher education in Finland. Savonia has about 6,500 students and it offers six fields of study. Savonia campuses are located in three cities: Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus.

Savonia offers

  • education for both Bachelor's and Master's degrees
  • specialist studies
  • studies as an Open University of Applied Sciences
  • research, development, and innovation activities

The key point of the studies at the University of Applied Sciences is to turn the knowledge into practice. The degrees vary between 210 - 270 ECTS Credits and the duration of the studies is generally 3.5 - 4.5 years.

In English fields of studies, students at Savonia represent over 20 nationalities. In addition, all fields of studies in Savonia offer some courses in English.

Fields of study are Culture, Business and Administration, Rural Industries and Environment, Tourism and Catering, Social Services and Health Care, Engineering and Technology.

The following degrees are completely in English:

  • In Engineering: Information Technology (Bachelor) and Industrial Management (Bachelor and Master)
  • In Business: International Trade Expert (Bachelor) and Marketing Management (Bachelor)


Savo Vocational College

Savo Vocational College is a regional vocational institute. The institute arranges vocational and general upper secondary education and training for comprehensive school leavers and adults.

The college also provides apprenticeship training. In addition, Savo Vocational College is an active partner to local business life.


Students at the University of Eastern Finland
Photo Vicente Serra

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