Karelia UAS actively monitors the situation with the coronavirus and the related instructions from the authorities and acts accordingly. Karelia UAS campuses are closed with some exceptions.

  • We will continue distance work and studies until 31st July 2020.
  • Student health care services on Tikkarinne campus are not available.
  • The gym and other possible sports facilities are not available.
  • Karelia UAS student restaurants are closed. Information on open student restaurants in Joensuu area is available in the news section of Student Portal Pakki. (N.B! Logging in is required outside Karelia UAS network)

Entrance exams

  • According to national guidelines, entrance exams will be held in two parts in June. The first part will be held on 4th June 2020 as a remote, digital test. The second part will be held on 23rd – 25th June 2020 on UAS campuses across the country. (Read more)

Karelia UAS services and contact teaching as of 14th May

  • Teaching in small groups is allowed with certain restrictions on campuses and outside in the field. This mainly concerns nursing, forestry, media and environmental engineering educations.
  • Exams can be held on campus in small groups of up to 10 people at a time on 14th May -31st May 2020.
  • The Exam room for electronic exams will be opened on Tikkarinne campus. Social distances and proper hygiene will be ensured.
  • Laboratory internships within RDI projects will be enabled for graduating students and for students whose practical training periods have been agreed in advance.

Library services as of 14th May 2020

  • The 1st floor of the library is open only for self-service lending and requests pick up, from Monday to Friday at 10-14. Other facilities (besides self-service lending) are closed. The silent study space on the 1st floor is not in use and studying in the library facilities or printing is not possible.
  • You can borrow library materials and pick up your requests from the pick-up shelf as self-service.
  • Follow the given safety and hygiene instructions. Visit the library only if you feel completely healthy. Please visit the library as quickly as possible.
  • We do not serve customers face-to-face in library facilities. Our remote customer service is open online from Monday to Friday at 11-14.
  • Please make sure that you have your library card with you, otherwise you cannot borrow library materials. Check in Karelia Finna that your payment and library card issues are also in order.
  • If you have problems with borrowing with the lending machine, please contact us by phone 050 311 9545, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or chat Please note the service hours above.
  • Overdue fees can only be paid online in Karelia Finna or by an invoice.
  • Library services 

Appointments with the Student Welfare Officer are online. You can book an appointment as before, using the electronic appointment calendar. The Student Welfare Officer will contact you before the booked time to agree on whether to use Skype, phone or Teams. Student Welfare Officer Päivi Laakkonen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel. +358 50 461 9251

More information on the services of Student Union Poka is at

Student Services operates only on line. Read more here.

International exchanges

Karelia UAS students are not allowed to go on international exchange in spring 2020.

Karelia University of Applied Sciences has decided to formally suspend both the inbound and outbound student mobility programme for Autumn Semester, 2020. Karelia’s first priority is to ensure the safety of the students and ensure safety and well-being of the whole higher education community.

If you suspect you have been infected with the coronavirus

Infections can be prevented with good hand hygiene and proper cough hygiene.

If you suspect you have been infected with the coronavirus, stay home and contact your hospital/health care center by phone. Student, if you have to be absent from studies because of a respiratory infection, it is important that you inform your teacher tutor by phone or email as soon as possible. You must not enter school premises if you are sick.

Fill in this form if you suspect you have been infected with the coronavirus.

Emergency services: tel. 116 117 (24h)

Health care centres: Siilainen tel. (013) 330 2211, Rantakylä tel. (013) 330 2212, Niinivaara tel. (013) 330 2213

Student health care services are available by phone from Monday to Friday at 7:30-15:00, tel. (013) 330 2841.

National hotline 0295 535 535 provides general information on the coronavirus on weekdays at 8 am-9 pm and on Saturdays at 9 am - 3 pm. No individual health counselling or counselling for acute symptoms is provided by the hotline.