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Exchange students & staff

Mikkeli and Pieksämäki are small towns in Eastern Finland. Mikkeli is about 230 km and Pieksämäki about 300 km from Helsinki. The biggest international airport in Finland is Helsinki Airport and most flights arrive there.

The easiest way to get to Mikkeli or Pieksämäki is by train directly from the airport. You need to change trains once at Tikkurila station. You can check the timetables and buy the tickets online.

You can also rent a car from the airport where there are many car rental companies.

At the moment there are no bus connections directly from the airport. If you prefer travelling by bus (only to Mikkeli), you need to go to Helsinki city centre first and then take a bus to Mikkeli. It takes about 45 minutes by bus or train from the airport to Helsinki centre.

COVID19 instructions for exchange staff and students

At the college:

  • you must wear face mask at the college
  • maintain good hand hygiene: wash your hands often and/or use hand sanitizer
  • follow the coughing etiquette: cover your nose and mouth with a napkin or sleeve when coughing
  • keep a distance of at least 2 metres from others if possible
  • do not come to college if you feel sick.

At the workplace:

  • follow your work placement’s instructions.


If you experience flu, fever or chills, cough, fatigue and shortness of breath or any other symptoms of COVID-19, you need to take the covid-test.

You can ask for advice by phone: +358 40 676 4100

Make an appointment in Mikkelin keskussairaala (hospital)

  • online
  • by phone 116 117
  • the test will be taken at the hospital, close to the main doors, wait outside until you will be called in, address: Porrassalmenkatu 35-37

Wait for the result

  • You will be informed by text message in 1-2 days. During that time stay at home and avoid contacts with people outside your home.

Notification for result:

  • If your test sample turns out positive, you have been infected for corona virus.
  • You will be informed by text message (SMS) to be isolated immediately. Later you will receive further instructions by phone call. You must follow these instructions carefully.

When you fall ill, remember these:

  • Stay home and avoid close contact with others. If you have to be close to others, wear a face mask.
  • Do not use the shared facilities of your apartment building when sick.
  • When you are ill, it is important to rest and drink enough fluids. To treat fever and pain, you can take over-the-counter medicines available at the pharmacy.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene and follow the coughing etiquette.
  • Follow your state of health and call a health centre if necessary. If you have to go to a doctor, wear a face mask. If you don’t have a face mask, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue.


The number has two lines:

  1. line 1 is for non-urgent appointment booking and
  2. line 2 is open 24/7, intended for urgent problems or emergency care.

Emergency number in Finland: 112


  • Inform your contact person in Esedu or workplace, if you fall ill. Inform also your own college contact person.
  • If you are quarantined and need to stay longer in Finland, change your flights etc. yourself or with the help of your own college contact person. Check if your own/college insurance cover the costs. Check before travelling what your insurance covers.
  • Check your airline instructions in case you fall ill in Finland and when you are allowed to travel home.
  • If you need to stay in quarantine, you can order food from Wolt or Foodora (download the app).

In a case you cannot get help anywhere else or you don´t know what to do you can call Esedu emergency phone 24/7: +358 40 620 2112.

Read the latest instructions: Coronavirus COVID-19 – Latest Updates – THL


If you are coming to student exchange, staff exchange or as accompanying teacher to Esedu, our international office helps you with the accommodation arrangements, if you wish. Below are descriptions of the accommodation possibilities and links to their web pages.

For forestry students we have dormitories in Mikkeli, Salosaari and Pieksämäki, Kuusitie.

Dormitory web pages (only in Finnish)


Accommodation in Mikkeli

For longer exchange periods (a month or more), Mikkeli student housing (MOAS) apartments are the most affordable. They are situated all around the town.


Hotel and hostel Marja is also an affordable option for longer stays close to the town centre. They have different types of rooms, form single rooms to family rooms with kitchens.

Hotel and hostel Marja

Gasthaus Mikkeli is a small, comfortable and affordable accommodation for all travelers. It is located 1,5 km from the town centre. The rooms vary from single rooms with toilet and shower in the hallway to family rooms with toilet, shower and own entrance.

Gasthaus Mikkeli

For incoming teachers and staff we recommed hotel Uusikuu or one of the hotels in the town centre. Hotel Uusikuu in Raviradantie is an unexpensive option. The rooms are for 2-4 persons. You can either book online or ask our international office to help you with the booking.

Hotel Uusikuu

There are two hotels in Mikkeli town centre, hotel Vaakuna and hotel Scandic.

Hotel Vaakuna

Hotel Scandic

Work placements

After agreeing on the mobility period and the length of it, our mobility coordinators contact the teachers of your study field at Esedu and send them your CVs and Cover letters. Our teachers find you a work placement that is suitable for your studies.


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