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Guidance counselling services

SIMHE-Karelia serves the immigrants living in the area of Eastern Finland. The guidance and counselling services of SIMHE-Karelia consist of information distribution on the higher education system in Finland and on the application opportunities and practices. The staff of SIMHE-Karelia also 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. You can contact her by email at Personal Guidance is given mainly at Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Joensuu.

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