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Guidance and counselling

The staff of SIMHE-Karelia provide personal guidance related to study opportunities for immigrants interested in higher education studies. In addition, support will be provided regarding the practices used in the recognition of prior learning as well as guidance in career planning for those immigrants who have already completed some higher education studies before.

At Karelia University of Applied Sciences, guidance is provided by Project Manager and Counsellor Hannele Niskanen or Project coordinator and counsellor Kirsi Autio. You can contact her by email at Personal Guidance is given mainly at Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Joensuu.

Personal Guidance and counselling

SIMHE-Karelia guidance and counselling can help you if:

  • You need information on applying to Universities or Universities of Applied Sciences
  • you need to know different studying possibilities for you
  • you need to know how your previous education and competences can be recognised in Finland
  • you need help in planning your career
  • you need more information about finnish language studies

In you first contact, disclose your educational background and interests, for example:

  • earlier studies and what stage they are at
  • your degree, language skills
  • how long you have lived in Finland
  • what kind of educational interest you have

You can get personal guidance by sending email to:

or phone +358 50 575 0823, counsellor Hannele Niskanen or +358504679219 counsellor Kirsi Autio

We provide also pop-up counselling at LUOTSI (Kauppakatu 29, Joensuu) on every Monday at 14 - 16.

Digital guidance

SIMHEapp is a Mobile Application, which helps you to find information on education possibilities in Finland. You can download it from GooglePlay store with the name simhe-app.