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Services for immigrants

Savonia offers guidance for highly educated immigrants. We can help you to recognize your competences and to find suitable educational and career paths. We offer you:

  • personal and group guidance (in English, Estonian, Russian, German)
  • infos in North Savo area
  • Mavasuomi studies
  • Finnish courses

Who can have this service?

You can have this service if you are eligible to apply for higher education, have completed studies in higher education, or have completed a degree in higher education. You don’t have to have a certain status: you can be immigrant, refugee or a asylum seeker. You just need to stay in North Savo area.

What will you get?

  • You will get information about how to apply to a Finnish institution of higher education.
  • If you have already studied in higher education you can get advice on continuing or comple-menting your studies.
  • We will help you to find your own your possibilities in the Finnish education system and find your own study path.
  • We will also help you to adjust in Finnish society.
  • If you need help to develop your own job career, we can help you with that also.

How can you get guidance?

Send us email

Let’s meet either in Iisalmi, Varkaus, Kuopio or in Zoom (online)!


Kaja Rahkema

Tel. +358 44 785 6330

Kukka-Maaria Raatikainen

+358 44 785 6633


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Savonia UAS

Savonia is one of Finland's biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. There are almost 6000 students and 600 employees at Savonia. In education we implement Open Innovation Space (OIS), where we combine learning, development, research, and teaching.