Savonia University of Applied Sciences


Savonia UAS is one of the largest and most versatile Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland, and our campuses are located in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. Savonia UAS educates professional experts and entrepreneurs and enables lifelong learning. We offer degree programs in six study field: Engineering, Social and Health Care, Business, Tourism and Hospitality, Natural Resources, and Culture. All study fields provide courses in English for exchange students.

Savonia’s vision 2020 is to be the most influential university of applied sciences in Finland, known for its expertise, active role and results. Savonia UAS creates pathways to a sustainable world. With our network, we develop new businesses, international business and business innovations. 

Savonia UAS is profiled by its focus areas, which are Applied Wellbeing Technology, Innovative Engineering and Energy Industries, Responsible Food Production and Water Safety. The unifying theme in these areas is digital solutions. The philosophy of the focus areas is built on product development, creative experiments, entrepreneurship, innovations, business expertise and internationality. Focus areas have also strong links to development of northern areas.

Savonia UAS is doing increasing co-operation with Finnish northern higher education institutions, related to sustainable development of arctic and northern areas. This co-operation includes strengthening research, education and innovation activities. United Nations’ Agenda 2030 –goals of sustainable development form the guidelines for this co-operation. Regarding to co-operation related to sustainable development of arctic and northern areas, Savonia UAS focuses on 1) healthy living, 2) sustainable tourism, 3) sustainable mining, 4) sustainable bio-economy and 5) arctic safety.

Kuopio is a lively student city with some 120 000 inhabitants. It is conveniently located in the middle of Finland providing opportunities to explore the northern Finland or visit e.g. St Petersburg over the holidays.

Finnish Lakeland area is a blue labyrinth of lakes, islands and rivers bordered by forests and fields. The sparkling, clean water which reflects the sky and forests as clearly as a mirror, is likely to be one of the most enduring memories of Finland.

Kuopio is located in the heart of the Lakeland Finland area and it has a priviledge to be called the Capital of Lakeland. Kuopio invites the visitors to skip the busy metropolitan areas to enjoy the meditative lakeland sceneries and take advantage of its natural “feng shui”, security and purity.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1992
Total Number of Staff 488
Number of Academic Staff 364
Number of Students 6738
Focus Areas

Applied Wellbeing Technology

Innovative Engineering and Energy Industries

Responsible Food Producation

Water Safety


Web link for international students
Fields of Study Offered Music and performing arts
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Computer science
Engineering and engineering trades (broad programmes)
Building and civil engineering
Architecture and building (broad programmes)
Crop and livestock production
Health (broad programmes)
Nursing and caring
Social services (broad programmes)
Hotel, restaurant and catering
Travel, tourism and leisure
Environmental protection technology