WWW.UMT.EDU/IP (406)243-2288 Partner University Exchange I N T E R N A T I O N A L FAST FACTS Exchange levels: Undergraduate, graduate Language of instruction: English, Finnish Language Requirement: none University website: www.uef.fi/uef/english Length of exchange: semester or year JOENSUU, KUOPIO, & SAVONLINNA AT A GLANCE Population: 72,100 (Joensuu) 92,000 (Kuopio) P R O G R A M S University of Eastern Finland The University of Eastern Finland’s three campuses, Joensuu, Kuopio, and Savonlinna, merged January 1, 2010. Joensuu and Kuopio are main campuses and Savonlinna, a medieval city famous for it’s castle and Opera Festival, has a smaller campus. Currently the University has over 14,000 students, making it one of the largest universities in Finland. Academics The language in instruction at the UEF is Finnish. However a number of courses are offered in English in the following areas: Karelia, Russia and the Baltic Area (history, geography, literature etc.), Environmental Science and Forestry, Social Sciences (includes business and economics), and Educational Sciences. For more information visit the University’s website. Housing & Meals The Student Housing Office offers accommodation for students in one of 26 dormitories located in the city. Typical student housing consists of a room in a flat shared with other students. These flats also include a kitchen, bathroom, laundry facilities and sometimes even access to a public sauna. Meal plans are not provided. Cost Information Exchange students pay their regular tuition to UM, and their room and board in Finland. Students can expect to pay about EUR 600 per month while in Finland, which includes EUR 160-250 for rent. A meal on- campus is around EUR 3.50 although many students opt to buy groceries and prepare food themselves. Credit Transfer Students will register for their classes upon arrival at UEF, which uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Students should take 30 ECTS credits per semester which will transfer to 15 UM credits. The minimum full-time load at UEF is 24 ECTS credits which is equivalent to 12 UM credits. Program Dates Semester 1: early September to mid-December Semester 2: early January to late May 28,000 (Savonlinna) Climate: Short, warm sunny summers; cold snowy winters Proximity to: Lappeenranta: 150 miles Helsinki: 270 miles Saint Petersburg: 192 miles Tallinn: 324 miles Joensuu, Kuopio, and Savonlinna, Finland The Cities The cities of Joensuu, Kuopio, and Savonlinna are all situated in the eastern Finnish lake area, which is famous for its unspoiled, natural beauty and thousands of lakes. Joensuu, founded in 1848, sits at the mouth of the River Pielisjoki, on the shore of Lake Pyhäselkä. It is a sizeable university town with over 70,000 people, and it is also a flourishing commercial and industrial center. The city has a good economic market, and all the amenities that go along with urban-living, especially an active nightlife. Kuopio, the archipelago-like business city of 92,000 inhabitants founded in 1775, is known all over the world as a center of expertise in medicine and health care technology. Savonlinna, established in 1639 and with 28,000 inhabitants, is one of Finland’s most popular touristic destinations, internationally known for its Opera Festival held in the medieval Olavinlinna Castle. Finland is a land of lakes, which number almost 200,000. twothirds of the country is covered by forest. Finland’s exotic, northern geographic setting is one of its most treasured resources.