Vocational and higher education

Joensuu is a vibrant university town, and we have the most students in relation to the inhabitants in Finland. There are over 20,000 students in town and about 10% of them from abroad. The campus of the University of Eastern Finland is located next to the city center and in the vicinity of Mehtimäki sports park. The educational offer is complemented by Karelia University of Applied Sciences and Riveria vocational training. Music education is provided by the conservatory.

In Joensuu, there is a huge range of education from university to day care pedagogics and versatile topics in a condensed geographical area at the Finnish Lakeland. EduPark is our network that brings the knowledge from the famous Finnish educational sector under one roof – especially for the interest for educational travellers. Link to Edupark network: https://www.globaleducationparkfinland.fi/ 

University of Eastern Finland

University of Eastern Finland has 15 500 degree students and 2 700 staff members at the campuses of Joensuu and Kuopio. They study and work on four faculties: philosophical, science and forestry, health sciences as well as social sciences and business studies.

Karelia University of Applies Sciences

Karelia University of Applies Sciences has 3 700 degree students and close to 300 staff members in Joensuu. The study fields are health care and social studies, business, engineering, forestry, media and hospitality management.


Riveria is one of the largest providers of vocational education and training in Finland with the staff of 750. Teaching is organised in six training centers in North Karelia Region. Vocational school offers over 130 different qualifications in industry, construction, transport, nature and environment, business, wellbeing and health, education and culture, and services.

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