Information & Instructions

Registration and right to study

Personal study plan

All new students are required to write a personal study plan in which they divide their intended studies into the two-year schedule. This is done under the guidance of the programme coordinator or programme secretary at the very beginning of the academic year.

Recognition of prior learning

Credit transfer refers to the recognition of studies, training, work experience or other similar competence as part of the student's pursued degree, study module or course. The forms of credit transfer are inclusion and substitution. Credit transfer is based on the learning outcomes defined in the curriculum.

Inclusion refers to the approval of a course or a study module completed in some other educational institution in the degree as such.
Substitution of studies means that a course or a study module included in the student's curriculum is replaced with a course or a study module of a corresponding content and level, or on the basis of other competence. Substitution must always be confirmed with the responsible teacher of the course that is being substituted.

If you have studies that you wish to include to your degree or studies that would substitute a course that is part of the degree, please discuss this first with the programme coordinator to check whether the studies are applicable to be used for the process of RLP.

Process at UEF Law School:
Application for the process of inclusion
Application for the process of substitution

The language of the programme

The language of the programme is English. Students are required to complete at least 80 % of the courses in English.

WebOodi and Lukari

Students can search for courses and familiarise themselves with course descriptions in WebOodi. Supervising professors, course material lists and examination dates, for example, are available in WebOodi. Examination dates are also available.
Link to WebOodi

Lukari is UEF's personal timetable service. With help of Lukari, students can create their own individual timetable.
Link to Lukari

Curriculum of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies

Course descriptions

Course descriptions specify what a student must do in order to earn credits from a course. Course requirements may include written examinations, practical exercises, class participation, a course diary, a term paper, an oral presentation or a combination of these. Some courses may have a range of possible credits to earn based on a combination of course options. The updated course descriptions of each course can be found in Weboodi.

Courses can last for one semester or they may start at any time during the semester. In an intensive course, there can be six hours of lectures and/or laboratory exercises per day; in a less intensive course, formal meetings of two or four hours per week are common.

Academic freedom

Academic freedom is one of the fundamental values of the Finnish university system. It emphasises independent study and opens up many opportunities to students. In many cases students can basically choose what to study (such as elective studies, 20 credits) and when to study (such as every book exam, arranged two to four times per academic year.) Due to academic freedom it is not compulsory to participate in all lectures if that is not specified in the course description. Academic freedom goes hand-in-hand with academic responsibility – it is up to the students themselves to plan, schedule and complete their studies.


The Finnish national credit allocation and accumulation system is equivalent to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). This means that credits (opintopiste) are the same as those in the ECTS. One year of full-time studies requires about 1600 hours of work and corresponds to 60 credits (30 credits per semester). Lectures, exercises, seminars, independent studies and examinations have been included in this estimate of required workload of a student.

The grading of courses at the University of Eastern Finland follows two basic practices: 1) Pass or Fail, or 2) applying a numerical scale with grading from 0-5 (maximum) for passed courses.

Grade Definition

ECTS scale

Grading requirements

Very good
No number grade given

about 80–100 % of the maximum
about 72–79 % of the maximum
about 65–71 % of the maximum
about 58–64 % of the maximum
about 50–57 % of the maximum


Student Exchange for Degree Students

Students of Master´s Degree Programme can apply for exchange programmes (eg. Eramus and Nordplus). For more information of the possibilities and practicalities, please see the University's instructions for Student Exchange for International UEF Degree Students.

For more information, please contact Coordinator of International Affairs

Mia Kilpeläinen
Aurora II, room 2076, tel. +358 50 442 2631


Academic calendar (semesters, public holidays…)
Practical Guide for International Students
UEF Law School Writing Instructions for download (.pdf)