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*UMD: Exchange in Finland - University of Eastern Finland
Joensuu, Finland; Kuopio, Finland; Savonlinna, Finland (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
GPA: 2.4 Language of Instruction: English
Class Standing: 2-Sophmore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Housing: Dormitory
Type of Program: Exchange
Program Description:
Note: This program is open to students through Fall 2015 and will be discontinued following that semester.
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Program Highlights
  • Finland consistently ranks among the top countries in the world for quality of life, quality of education and safety and security
  • Study at one of the world’s top young universities
  • Experience the Finns’ love of nature first-hand by visiting one of the country’s 35 national parks

Program Overview
Term Year Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 09/01/2014 05/22/2015
Spring 2015 01/07/2015 05/22/2015

With three campuses located in the Finnish Lake District, University of Eastern Finland (UEF) offers a bountiful mix of excelled academia and picturesque nature.

  • Population: 74,187
  • Distance to Helsinki: 270 miles
  • Distance to St. Petersburg: 258 miles

Joensuu, which translates to “the mouth of the river,” is the capital of the North Karelian region and lies only 50 miles from the Finnish-Russian border. Known as a major cultural hub, the region has bred many Finnish artists and offers a multitude of venues to enjoy the arts. Nature is a large part of daily life: the city is home to the European Forest Institute. University students make up 1/3 of Joensuu’s population, forming a great college community.

  • Population: 105,229
  • Distance to Helsinki: 242 miles
  • Distance to St. Petersburg: 285 miles

Kuopio is a modern city that was established in 1775 and features a unique street system where every second street is meant for pedestrians and cyclists. The city is considered the cultural center of eastern Finland. Offering a little bit of everything, nature enthusiasts can get out and enjoy the area’s rich natural surroundings, all while being within a thriving urban area. With four distinct seasons and its location in the Lake District, there is always an outdoor adventure waiting to be had.

  • Population: 27,420
  • Distance to Helsinki: 206 miles
  • Distance to St. Petersburg: 210 miles

Savonlinna is situated on four islands between lakes Haapavesi and Pihlajavesi. Rich in history and breathtaking scenery, it is a nature lover’s paradise. Inhabitants take pride in their beautiful environment, growing economy, diverse education, reliable services and safe community. Savonlinna is one of the most vibrant towns in Finland, with a rich mix of culture, industry and education. Venture out into nature and go cycling, jet skiing or hiking. As the university’s smallest campus, the educational focus is on teacher education.

University of Eastern Finland, one of Finland’s newest universities, came into existence when the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio merged in 2010. This new university has been ranked highly on multiple world university rankings. With a population of approximately 15,000, UEF is one of the largest universities in Finland. The multidisciplinary university’s primary focus is on the well-being of it students, offering high standards of teaching in a modern campus. International connections are evident from the number of universities that collaborate with UEF on research or study abroad programs. The vision of the university is to be among the top three most significant universities in Finland and in the top 200 universities in the world.

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The University of Eastern Finland uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Four UMD credits are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits. Enrollment in 30 ECTS credits per term is considered full-time. Understand how your grades abroad will convert at UMD by viewing the
University of Joensuu Finland Grade & Credit Equivalents.

Classes are graded in one of three ways: Pass/Fail credit; on a 0-5 numerical grading scale (5 being the highest score); or ECTS letter scale with grades issued from A-F.

Program Costs

Fall or Spring Term Costs:
Program Fee: $5,758
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $8,980
Estimated Total Cost: $14,648

Estimated cost in Spring 2014 was $14,797. Compare this program cost to UMD’s cost of attendance.
UMD's semester cost this year is $11,761.

What’s included in the program fee?
  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • CISI international travel, health and security coverage
  • Entry visa assistance
  • On-site orientation held by International Mobility Services
  • On-site staff support
  • Finnish Friend Program
  • International buddy program (“Student Tutor” program coordinated by International Mobility Services)
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • Re-entry support
View the breakdown of costs for Universtiy of Eastern Finland Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 . These estimated costs do not include the application fee. Financial aid is available. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding. Use the budget worksheet to compare the costs of this program with others. Apply for scholarships.

Student housing is available at all three UEF campuses. Although typically provided with fully furnished apartments, the basics (sheets, dishes, etc.) are not included in housing facilities. A survival package can be purchased or rented from the university, eliminating the need to pack such items or purchase them upon arriving. Packages include the very basic necessities for living in student housing, e.g. bedding and eating utensils.

Joensuu: Student housing is located throughout the city. Most housing options consist of a shared apartment with a private bathroom and a shared kitchen, living room and bathroom for 2-3 students. A public sauna is located in every housing unit.

Kuopio: Student housing facilities are all located within 6 miles of campus. Most students live in a shared apartment with a private bedroom and a shared living room, kitchen and bathroom for 2-5 students of the same gender. Furnishings and a bedding pack can be rented for the duration of your studies from the housing office.

Savonlinna: Housing assistance is offered by the University of Eastern Finland.

Additional housing information

Travel Documents
A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. Additionally, a Finnish residence permit is required for participation on the program. Assistance with the residence permit application will be given by IEO.

An application can only be made for one of the campuses. Know the following program information to provide on the
online application:

Country: Finland
Program Name:
  • Exchange in Joensuu, Finland – University of Eastern Finland *,
  • OR Exchange in Kuopio , Finland– University of Eastern Finland

* Includes Savonlinna campus; after submitting your online UMD application send an email to the program coordinator indicating your selection to study at the Savolinna campus

Early application is strongly encouraged, as space is limited and the program will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Completed applications require an essay and an unofficial transcript. A non-refundable application fee of $50 will be billed to students’ OneStop account upon submission of an online application.

NOTE:  Although applications are received and processed at UMD, UEF will issue final acceptance.

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