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Savonia University of Applied Sciences

3.7 out of 5 (24 ratings / 24 reviews) Kuopio, Finland
Savonia University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest and most versatile Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland. Our organization of experts educates strong professionals in six different fields of study.

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Savonia University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest and most versatile Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland. Our organization of experts educates strong professionals in six different fields of study. 


There are almost 30 Bachelor degree programmes, several adult education degree programmes and nine Master degree programmes. In addition, Savonia offers specialized studies in many different fields yearly.


Savonia actively serves the working life in the region. Our research, development and innovation work (RDI) offers expertise and tailor-made problem-solving to enterprises and public organizations. Our key success factors are collaboration, networking and international perspective.


A personal study and career plan is a tool for planning a student’s studies. The PSP is a roadmap which combines the objectives the degree programme, a student’s personal interests and study choices as well as his/her career prospects. The PSP is created and stored in Wilma, the electronic student administration system.

An annual PSP discussion is arranged between a student and his/her tutor teacher. It is a combination of a counselling appointment and an appraisal, in which the tutor teacher guides the student to assess his/her learning outcomes and progress in studies.

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Student services

Student counsellors are responsible in their units for the co-ordination of the study counselling and its development and they also take part of the student’s career planning. Career and recruiting services are a part of the counselling and advisory services. Counselling and advisory services are evaluated and developed according to the feedback (e.g. questionnaires students fill in at different stages of their studies).

Housing services

Please note that Savonia University of Applied Sciences does not provide accommodation for incoming students. Admitted students and visitors can apply for a rental apartment at KUOPAS or TEKMA.

KUOPAS provides accommodation for students and their families (spouses and children) in the Kuopio area. Kuopas has 40 apartment buildings around the town situated 0.5 - 10 km from the city center. Please notice that a monthly bus ticket costs about 50 euros, which you might have to add to the living costs.

Library services

The Library is open for everybody however, the staff and the students of Savonia University of Applied Science are the primary customers. 

Medical services

Student health care is part of public health care. The task of student health care is to organise health care services and thereby promote the health and learning ability of the students. The municipality in which the university of applied sciences is situated organises health care services which are for all full-time students regardless of their place of domicile.

Student Life

Campus life

Savonia Campuses are located in three cities: Kuopio, Varkaus and Iisalmi.

Varkaus campus offeres at the moment an opportunity to graduate as a Bachelor of Engineering in a truly international studying environment. 

Iisalmi campus – joy and innovative spirit!

Our campus is a community of higher professional education with approximately 700 students and 70 staff

Microkatu Campus is the main campus for many of our functions. Technopolis Microkatu is a Kuopio Landmark. Microkatu creates excellent networking opportunities for the approximately 150 companies, one of them being Savonia UAS. 

Sports facilities

You can play virtually any sport you wish in Iisalmi. Winter sport facilities are excellent: downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, ice hockey, skating. And in summer there are facilities for swimming, jogging, hiking, orienteering, cycling, sailing, canoeing, etc. You can play tennis, badminton, football, Finnish baseball, basketball, golf, etc. 

Student clubs

The Student Union of Savonia University of Applied Sciences (SAVOTTA) is a non-political service and support organisation for all students of Savonia University of Applied Sciences (Savonia UAS). SAVOTTA is an autonomous, public corporation. It is founded by the law of the Universities of Applied Sciences. According to the law, the Student Union is part of the University of Applied Sciences and its mission is to act on behalf of the students and as their representative.


Accredited by FINEEC.

Recognised for excellence by EFQM as the very first in Finland.

Student Reviews

Great student with great grades.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I currently have not started my degree program at Savonia University of Applied Sciences. My degree program will start on the 1st of September 2021.

A wonderful Savonia!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I don't have any study experience at Savonia UAS because I haven't started my studies yet. But based on testimonials and recommendations from other students, Savonia is absolutely wonderful and supportive. And I can't wait to experience myself what Savonia has to offer!

Savonia during Covid
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

When I first started my studies at Savonia University of Applied Sciences, I was accepted into the Mechanical engineering program, and the first year was mostly done online due to the Covid pandemic. I was concerned about taking online courses because I didn't know if they would be as informative and effective, and I wasn't sure how this would work given that seeing...


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