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Information for New Students

Congratulations to the admitted students!

Welcome to Savonia University of Applied Sciences! You have made an excellent choice.

On this page we have collected all the essential information that you will need when starting your Bachelor's or Master's Degree at Savonia UAS. All admitted students must complete the following steps in order to become a Savonia student and to begin their studies in the academic year 2020 - 2021.

See how to get started with your studies!

Confirm the Offered Study Place

You will receive the admission results by e-mail for all the programmes that you have applied for. You can only accept one study place per term, please see more information on One study place per term provision

Confirm the offered place electronically through the link in your e-mail notification or send the confirmation form to Savonia UAS Admission Services. If you have a Finnish ID number and online banking credentials, mobile certificate or an electronic ID card you can also accept the study place by logging in to My Studyinfo -service at www.studyinfo.fi. The offered study place must be confirmed by 17 July 2020 at 3:00 pm Finnish time at the latest (according to the previously confirmed schedule by 10 July 2020).

If you have been admitted to Master's Degree Programme in Digital Health, you have to confirm the offered study place by 22 July 2020 at 3:00 pm Finnish time at the latest (according to the previously confirmed schedule by 15 July 2020)

You cannot remain on a waiting list for Savonia’s degree programmes. If you want to know more about being on a waiting list, please check from Studyinfo-website for more information.

Register as Present or Absent

As a new student you need to enrol as present or absent when you accept the offered study place. You can enrol at studyinfo.fi or by sending a confirmation form to Savonia UAS. Enrolment is binding.

There are certain limitations regarding enrolling as absent. As a new student starting studies, you are entitled to enrol as absent for the first study year only if you are

  • doing military or non-military service or women’s voluntary military service
  • on maternity, paternity or parental leave
  • incapable of starting your studies because of your illness or disability

These reasons will not shorten the time of your study right. You have to submit the proof of the reason to Savonia UAS Admission Services for enrolling as absent.

If you are enrolled as absent during your first study year because of military or non-military service or women’s voluntary military service, or due to maternity, paternity or parental leave, you are entitled to enrol as absent for another academic year (two semesters) for any reason. This time of absence does not shorten the time of your study right. However, if the reason for absence during your first study year is illness or disability, you are not entitled to another period of absence; if you do not start your studies at the beginning of the following semester, the semester/semesters that you do not spend on studies will shorten your study right time.

If you are enrolled as present for your first study year, you are entitled later to enrol as absent for one academic year (two semesters) for any reason. This period of absence does not shorten the time of your study right. In addition, if you need to be absent because of military or non-military service, women’s voluntary military service, or due to maternity, paternity or parental leave, the time of absence does not shorten your study right time either.

When being absent, you are not entitled to complete studies or gain credits. Furthermore, you are not eligible for students’ financial aid (paid to Finnish citizens or permanent residents in Finland), meal subsidy or other student benefits (e.g. travel discounts). If you enrol as absent, please remember to cancel your financial aid if you receive it from Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland.

When being absent, you must enrol for the next academic year on schedule. When you continue your studies after being absent, you need update your individual study and career plan and check if any changes have taken place in the curriculum of your degree programme.

Certificates

The admission is conditional until Savonia UAS has verified all relevant certificates related to your application. If you fail to submit necessary documents by the set date you will lose your study place in Savonia UAS. All fees paid up until that point (tuition fees, registration fees, student union membership etc.) are non-refundable in case of intentional malpractice or giving false information.

 

 

Coronavirus information

What to do if you feel ill?

If you have any respiratory symptoms such as cold, cough, or fever, you cannot come to campus. Always contact the health care services by phone first. You will then get further instructions. Please do not enter the health care centre or hospital before you have received instructions over the phone. Below you find links to directions to different campus cities.

Kuopio Student Health Care

Kuopio City’s updates on Coronavirus

Iisalmi Student Health Nurse +358 40 809 287

Upper Savo Social and Health Care update on Coronavirus

Varkaus Student Health Care 017 579 4600

City of Varkaus Update on Coronavirus

Good hand hygiene plays a crucial role in preventing infection. Also, be sure to keep a sufficient distance from other people in public areas. Link to THL Help on hand hygiene >>

If you have specific concerns about the situation, you can email us at Matkaturva@savonia.fi

 

Quarantine information

The Finnish Government recommends avoiding non-essential travel to and from other than those countries for which the restrictions on entry have been lifted. You can find the current list of countries that are no longer subject to a border control from this link. If you are coming to Finland from any other country than listed in the link, you must stay in a quarantine for 14 days. If the quarantine is required, you must contact Savonia before coming to Finland through international@savonia.fi to get detailed information about arrival and arrangements.

Please send Arrival form as soon as you know your travel plan, estimated time of arrival in Kuopio/Varkaus.

A person in quarantine should avoid close contact with people outside of their family. They may go outside as long as they don’t go near other people. For example, they are not allowed to go to school, or to enter shops or engage in social hobbies because it is difficult to avoid close contact when doing such things. Quarantine is used to prevent further transmissions from a person who is potentially infected but asymptomatic. If a person in the quarantine develops symptoms, they will be referred to a test (you find information related to testing above).

If you are in temporary quarantine, contact your teacher tutor via email. You can find information about your teacher tutor in Wilma or in the section Starting studies. If, as a new student, you do not know your teacher tutor, you can contact student services.

Quarantine information (PDF)

 

Risk groups due to illness or treatment

If you belong to a risk group and, due to your health condition or treatment, are not able to participate in on-campus teaching at all, please contact your study counselor by email. You must present a document describing your state of health (possibly a doctor's statement) to the tutor, on the basis of which we will arrange distance and self-study options or make changes to the personal study plan (PSP). If, as a new student, you do not know your study advisor, you can contact student services.

Risk groups for severe coronavirus disease, Finnish institute of health and welfare website

If possible, we organize distance and self-study options for those at risk. Together we will ensure your health as well as the continuation of your studies.

 

Using a face mask on campus

On campus, face masks must be used in those contact teaching situations where safety distances cannot be observed. Such situations may include e.g. teaching simulation modes and other similar close-up encounters. In these situations, Savonia offers masks to its students. Of course, you can choose to get your own mask and use your own mask at your discretion.

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Instructions for Degree Students Coming from Outside EEA/EU Countries

Visa and Residence Permit

If you come from outside the EEA/EU countries, remember to apply for a visa from the nearest Finnish embassy in your home country in good time before your departure.
For further information, please visit Finnish Immigration Service.
 

Financing Your Studies

International students coming from outside the EEA and EU countries are required to prove that they have sufficient funds by depositing the sum of EUR 6720 (approx. USD 8720) yearly with a Finnish bank or with an international bank, with no conditions restricting the use of this account. A new deposit is required at the beginning of each academic year.

Savonia University of Applied Sciences has a scholarship programme only towards the tuition fee. Savonia UAS cannot offer any other financial aid for either Finnish or international students. International students must be able to cover their costs themselves or have a scholarship from their home countries or other sources.
 

Insurance

Before you leave your country, remember to check up on travel insurance. International students are not considered as permanent residents in Finland and therefore not entitled to residence-based social security benefits and will not be issued a Finnish Kela sickness insurance card. It’s recommended that you bring your vaccination certificate to Finland with you.

Social security for NON EEA/EU citizens: Degree students who come from outside of the EEA/EU countries must have a valid health and accident insurance. Savonia University of Applied Sciences is not responsible for any costs related to international students’ cases of illness or accident caused during leisure time.

More information about insurance policy

Instructions for Degree Students from EEA/EU Countries

Visa and Residence Permit

Citizens of the EEA/EU countries do not need to apply for a visa or residence permit before arriving in the country, but if they stay for more than three months, they must apply for a residence permit in Finland within the three months through the local police station in Finland.

In order to obtain a residence permit for studying in Finland, an international student must generally bring the following documents:

  • passport and two passport-size photos
  • a certificate of your registration at Savonia University of Applied Sciences
  • proof of funding or scholarships to cover the study and living expenses in Finland.

Citizens of the Nordic countries do not need residence permits, visas or work permits.

More information about applying for a recidence permit for studies
 

Financing Your Studies

Savonia University of Applied Sciences has a scholarship programme only towards the tuition fee. Savonia UAS cannot offer any other financial aid for either Finnish or international students. International students must be able to cover their costs themselves or have a scholarship from their home countries or other sources.

Insurance

Before you leave your country, remember to check up on travel insurance. International students are not considered as permanent residents in Finland and therefore not entitled to residence-based social security benefits and will not be issued a Finnish Kela sickness insurance card. It’s recommended that you bring your vaccination certificate to Finland with you.

Social security for EEA/EU citizens: If you are only staying temporarily in the Member State where you are studying, you are entitled to receive all necessary medical care. For this, you will need the European Health Insurance Card, which you can get from the institution with which your parents are insured. The card must be obtained before departure. The card confirms the holder is covered by sickness insurance in one of the EEA/EU member states and that he/she has the right to immediate medical treatment while staying in any other EEA/EU member state.

More information about insurance policy

Housing

Savonia University of Applied Sciences does not provide accommodation for incoming students. Admitted students can apply for a rental apartment.

Kuopio

Kuopas (Kuopio Student Housing Company) provides accommodation for students and their families (spouses and children) in the Kuopio area. 

Tekma (Tekman Tuki ry / Tekman Tuki Association) rents rooms and apartments for students of Savonia UAS (mainly for students in the School of Engineering and Technology).

In Lumo webstore you can rent an apartment immediately.

Varkaus

Wartalo Kodit rents rooms and apartments in Varkaus.

Temporary places to stay overnight

Useful addresses to find a temporary place to stay overnight

Hostel Hermanni in Kuopio
Hostel Matkustajakoti in Kuopio
Accommodation in Kuopio area
Accommodation in Varkaus area

 

Tuition Fee

Universities of Applied Sciences and Universities are charging a tuition fee from Bachelor’s or Master’s level students studying in languages other than Finnish or Swedish. EU/EEA area and Swiss citizens are not subject to the charge.

Those students who are obligated to pay the tuition fee will receive detailed information on tuition fee and scholarship programme. The tuition fee must be paid by 31 July 2020.

More information about Tuition Fees in Savonia UAS

Financing Your Studies

When studying in Finland, you must provide for yourself. It is difficult for a student to find a job in Finland. Before you come to Finland, make sure that you have sufficient funds for the duration of your studies.

Savonia University of Applied Sciences has no scholarship programmes and cannot therefore offer any financial aid for either Finnish or international students. International students must be able to finance their studies themselves or have a scholarship from their home countries or other sources.

Monthly costs for students are roughly estimated to be:

  • Accommodation € 170 – 500
  • Lunch at student canteens € 40– 65
  • Self-catering € 85 –130
  • Monthly bus ticket € 50
  • Other expenses € 85 – 150

PLEASE NOTE! This estimate does not include social activities, travel or clothing. It has been estimated that an average Finnish student spends € 600 – 800 a month.

Starting of Studies and Orientation Programme

The studies will start in the end of August with an orientation programme. You will then get to know Savonia, your studies, practicalities, and of course the other students in your group. The orientation programme has been especially planned to help you cope with the flow of new information in the beginning of your studies.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic it will be difficult to get a residence permit to Finland for autumn 2020. Those first year students who need a residence permit to arrive in Finland, but will not receive it in time, may begin their studies by studying online while waiting for the residence permit.

Please note, that this exception is temporary and concerns only those first year students who will not receive the residence permit in time. This concerns also those students, who have been admitted in 2019 but who have not been able to start the studies, because they have not received the residence permit yet.

For the online studies you will need a personal computer, good internet connection and possibly a VPN connection.

For more information about studying online please contact your contact person mentioned here below.

 

Bachelor's Degree Programme in International Business

  • Studies will start on Monday 31 August 2020 at 9 am (Finnish time) at Microkatu Campus (Microkatu 1, 70210 Kuopio) Students gather in building A main lobby.
  • Orientation days: Monday 31 August - Tuesday 1 September at 9 am - 4 pm.
  • Online orientation appointments (for those who cannot arrive in Finland on time) will be arranged on Tuesday 18 August and on Wednesday 19 August at 10-12 am Finnish time. The link to the online meetings will be sent to you by email on 14 August. We hope you can attend the appointments on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • Your contact person: student counsellor Terttu Niskanen (Ms) is available form Monday 10 August 2020 onwards by email or by phone, e-mail terttu.niskanen@savonia.fi, tel. +358 44 7856949
  • Please note: if you start your studies online, you need a personal computer, a good internet connection and possibly a VPN connection. (For more information see "Personal IT Equipment"/Information for new students). Most study materials you need in your studies will be available online. Each teacher will give detailed information and instructions when the lessons begin. The lessons schedule for the autumn will be published only during the orientation days due to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. The lessons will follow Finnish time. Typically, there are 4-8 hours of lessons per day, Mon-Fri. Be ready to join online lessons starting from Monday 31 August 2020.

 

Bachelor's Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering

  • Studies will start on Monday 31 August 2020 at 9.15 am (Finnish time) at Microkatu Campus (Microkatu 1, 70210 Kuopio). Students gather in building A main lobby and the orientation programme will start in room J321. 
  • Orientation days on campus: Monday 31 August - Tuesday 1 September at 9.15 am - 4 pm.
  • Online orientation days (for those who cannot arrive in Finland on time) - our first online meeting will be already on Friday 28 August 2020 8:15- 11 am (Finnish time). The link to the online meeting will be sent to you by email in late August.
  • Your contact person: student counsellor Irene Hyrkstedt (Ms) is available from Monday 10 August 2020 onwards by email, irene.hyrkstedt@savonia.fi
  • Please note: if you start your studies online, you need a personal computer, a good internet connection and possibly a VPN connection. (For more information see "Personal IT Equipment"/Information for new students). All the other materials you need in your studies will be available online. Each teacher will give detailed information and instructions when the lessons begin. The lessons schedule for the autumn will be published only during the orientation days due to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. The lessons will follow Finnish time. Typically, there are 4-8 hours of lessons per day, Mon-Fri. Be ready to join online lessons starting from Monday 31 August 2020.

 

Bachelor's Degree Programme in Internet of Things

  • Studies will start on Monday 31 August 2020 at 8.45 am (Finnish time) at Microkatu Campus (Microkatu 1, 70210 Kuopio). Students gather in building A main lobby and the orientation programme will start in room K212. 
  • Orientation day on campus: Monday 31 August at 8.55 am - 4 pm.
  • Online orientation days (for those who cannot arrive in Finland on time) - our first online meeting will be already on Friday 28 August 2020 8:15- 11 am (Finnish time). The link to the online meeting will be sent to you by email in late August.
  • Your contact person: student counsellor Sari Kohvakka (Ms) is availabe from Monday 10 August 2020 onwards by email, sari.kohvakka@savonia.fi
  • Please note: if you start your studies online, you need a personal computer, a good internet connection and possibly a VPN connection. (For more information see "Personal IT Equipment"/Information for new students). All the other materials you need in your studies will be available online. Each teacher will give detailed information and instructions when the lessons begin. The lessons schedule for the autumn will be published only during the orientation day due to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. The lessons will follow Finnish time. Typically, there are 4-8 hours of lessons per day, Mon-Fri. Be ready to join online lessons starting from Monday 31 August 2020.

 

Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing

  • Studies will start on Monday 31 August 2020 at 10 am (Finnish time) at Microkatu Campus (Microkatu 1, 70210 Kuopio), building A main lobby.
  • Orientation days: Monday 31 August - Friday 4 September 2020. Orientation programme is available here.  
  • Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it will be difficult to get a residence permit to Finland for autumn 2020. Those first year students who need a residence permit to arrive in Finland, but will not receive it in time, may begin their studies by studying online while waiting for the residence permit. The online Zoom-links are available in the mentioned orientation programme. 
  • Tutor students will create group specific social media links during the first orientation week.
  • Information about general health requirements and vaccination programmes 
  • Your contact persons: Katri Huuskola (Ms) and Leena Koponen (Ms) are available from Monday 17 August onwards by email, katri.huuskola@savonia.fi​, leena.koponen@savonia.fi

 

Master's Degree Programme in Digital Health

  • Studies will start on Friday 11 September 2020 at 9 am (Finnish time) via Zoom connection, https://savonia.zoom.us/j/94904224203. In the morning's programme there will be familiarization to curriculum and an overview of the studies. Introduction section will end no later than at 12.00.
  • If you cannot participate in the introduction section of the studies, you will see the recorded introduction later in Moodle learning environment. 
  • Your contact person: Riitta Turjamaa (Ms) is available from Monday 10 August 2020 onwars by email, riitta.turjamaa@savonia.fi ​

 

Enrolment to Courses and Making Course Choices

Bachelor`s and Master`s Degree Students who start their studies at Savonia enrol to the compulsory first-year courses in Wilma, the electronic student administration system. Later they also enrol as present or absent and make their course choices in Wilma in accordance with the school’s instructions.

Contact Information

Savonia UAS Admission Services
admissions@savonia.fi

Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Admission Services
P.O. Box 6 (Microkatu 1)
FI-70201 KUOPIO
FINLAND

Contact Persons of the Degree Programmes

Bachelor's Degree Programme in International Business

Bachelor's Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor's Degree Programme in Internet of Things

Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing

Master's Degree Programme in Digital Health

Master's Degree Programme in Energy Engineering

 

Facebook group for new students

We have a Facebook group which is targeted to new students of Savonia UAS. You can share tips and information and ask for advice regarding starting of studies. The group is maintained by tutor students of different study fields.

 

IT Services

The Savonia network is part of the Finnish universities network called Funet. The Windows domain name of Savonia is savonia-amk, and students can login to this information network from any workstation in the campus network.

Logging in requires a campus username and password, which you will receive to your personal e-mail account by mid-August. You will also receive instructions to join DigiAvain Online Course. The aim of the DigiAvain Course is to introduce you to the digital study environments at Savonia UAS before the start of the studies.

DigiAvain - a new Student's Orientation to Savonia's IT-environment

In DigiAvain course you study these important topics you will need during your studies: 

  • Digital Study Skills and Personal Computer
  • Data Network Use, Data Protection and Bring Your Own Computer (BYOD) 
  • Students' Intranet - Savonia Reppu
  • Studies and Schedule - Wilma
  • E-mail and Calendar - Outlook
  • Office365/OneDrive
  • Learning Platform - Moodle
  • Video Conferencing in Studies - Zoom
  • Personal Videos in Learning
  • Library and Information Seeking
  • Social Media
  • eLearning Footprint
  • Electronic Examination System - Exam

 

Personal IT Equipment

The Use of Your Own Computer in the Studies

Studying at Savonia UAS is independent of time or place and e-materials, e-services and e-learning environments are widely used. When you start your studies at Savonia UAS you should have a laptop of your own. It ensures flexibility when studying.

If you already have a laptop, you can get started with your studies. Any fairly new computer is good to start with. In addition, mobile devices such as a smartphone and a tablet are useful in your studies. The applicability and possible updating needs of your computer will be checked during the first study weeks.

BYOD, that is bring your own device, means that you use your own computer during the studies both at the Savonia UAS campuses and outside the campus areas.

If you are planning to buy a laptop before your studies start, please note the following:

  • buy a device which is good to use and has a good keyboard
  • the screen-width should be at least 14”, rather 15”, (Full HD or better)
  • it is recommended that the laptop is equipped with an 8Gt main memory and at least core i5 processor and an SSD drive
  • the battery should last several hours without charging
  • the device has good warranty coverage

The computer can have any operating system but the most commendable one is Windows 10 (not Win RT). Windows7 is also good for studies. The laptop should also have WLAN, a webcam and a headset. When you study at home, you must have internet access.

The required performance of the computer varies in different degree programmes. Various professional data processing tasks require more powerful special applications. Then you can use the computers of Savonia UAS. You will be told about the required student licenses concerning sectoral special applications at the beginning of your studies.

Software Benefits

At the beginning of your studies you are entitled to download and install the Office 365 Pro Plus software on your computer for free by using your student user name and password. Office 365 can also be accessed over the internet (cloud computing). This software can be used if your laptop has the features described above, including WLAN and adequate updates.

You will be able to connect to the Savonia wireless network, email and study environments after having received your student user name and password. They will be sent your personal email account in mid-August.

Savonia ICT Services will not download and install any software on students’ computers. Each student is responsible for the maintenance and updating of his or her computer.

 

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.

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