How to Apply

Karelia has cancelled incoming and outgoing student exchanges during Autumn Semester 2020 due to uncertainties and health risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All the applicants and their coordinators have been contacted.

Statement by Karelia's President Dr Raivo


Applications for the Spring semester 2021

Application process

1) Familiarize yourself with the list of courses offered for the exchange students
2) Fill in the online application form by 15 October 2020.
3) Attach the following documents to the application:

  • Erasmus learning agreement for studies, OR Erasmus learning agreement for traineeship (please use the Erasmus LA form of your own university), OR Learning agreement (for other than Erasmus students). Your learning / training agreement should be signed by you and your international coordinator!

  • EU curriculum vitae

  • Transcript of Records (courses completed so far)

  • Copy of ID or Passport

  • Motivation Letter (If you apply for a project or practical training supervised by Karelia UAS)

    It is possible also to add additional documents if needed.


After submitting your application you will get a PIN code by email. This enables you to edit your application and add attachments to it during the application period. Please note that some email programs may move this kind of automatically generated emails to the junk mail.


If you submitted your application for the Autumn semester 2020 but decided to switch the exchange period to the Spring semester 2021:

  • Ask your coordinator to inform Karelia International Office about the change (if not already done)
  • Your application is then switched to Spring semester - you do not have to apply again. However, a new learning agreement is needed.
  • Check the course offer for the Spring semester, fill in a new learning agreement, and upload it to Karelia Exchange system by 15 October 2020



  • October to mid-November 2020: Applications are processed at Karelia UAS
  • November 2020: Letter of acceptance, approved learning agreement and practical information is sent to the new exchange students
  • November 2020: Apply for the accommodation from Student Housing Company Joensuun Elli as soon as you have received the letter of acceptance
  • Studies begin with Orientation Days 7 - 8 January 2021


Please note: If you are a citizen of non-EU country and stay for more than 90 days in Finland, you might need a residence permit for studies. Please see the instructions. If your stay is less than 90 days, you may need a visa. Please contact the nearest Finnish Embassy.


Studies at Karelia University of Applied Sciences
Teaching at Karelia University of Applied Sciences is mostly carried out in Finnish. Courses in English can be found here.

If you need further information on the availability and contents of the courses or other possibilities, including projects and practical placements, please contact the departmental coordinators.

-> Link to the main page for exchange students.