North Karelia college Niittylahti


College, Niittylahti is situated by Lake Pyhäselkä in a small village called Niittylahti in North Karelia, eastern Finland. The village is located about 14 km south of the  regional centre Joensuu, where also the Joensuu Campus of the University of  Eastern Finland (UEF) is located.

The various leisure activities at the North Karelia College are worth mentioning, the lakeside sauna along with good opportunities for swimming, rowing, canoeing, hiking, as well as and skiing and snow shoe walking in the winter, make it an appealing site for students from all over the country.


The College was founded as far back as 1895 by a married couple, Herman and Liekko Hakulinen. Today it is owned by the North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Con-sortium possessed by the 19 municipalities in the county. North Karelia College Niittylahti provides higher level education, vocational training, year round educational courses, and short courses for altogether 250 students every year. The boarding school with the capacity of over a hundred beds for students in the main building is newly renovated.


The focus of vocational education at the college lies on the youth and leisure education. The combination of theory and practice in the learning process together with numerous activities and project work offers students an opportunity to be educated as professionals in their field, appreciating the environmental and cultural considerations, and being also aware of the societal changes and problems in today’s world.

There is also vocational upper secondary education in Natural Resources and Environmental studies, the students aiming for work as  naturebased guides.


Wilderness and Nature Guide Training Programme with emphasis on adventure skills aims to train guides while also giving the students unforgettable adventure experiences during the programme. Students acquire further vocational qualifications after passing the required tests

A preparatory course for immigrants over one year, intended for immigrants living permanently in Finland, consists of Finnish language studies along with studies in various fields such as computer skills, history, mathematics etc,

providing also information on working life and trade union activities to immigrant workers.

THE FOLK HIGH SCHOOL – a part of the Finnish adult education system

The role of folk high schools in the Finnish educational system is to provide both adult education and liberal adult education. Teaching in folk high schools is mainly general education, but also initial and vocational training is being offered. There are approximately 90 functioning folk high schools in Finland, located both in cities and in rural communities. A folk high school is open for all over the age of 16. Nearly half of the students taking long courses are between 19 and 24 years of age. Courses in different fields last from 30 to 40 study weeks.


Theatre Rajarikko
at the North Karelia college provides a programme in acting studies for people intending to pursue an acting career. Involving an approach where through a commitment to the group, the students aim at creating a professional attitude towards acting (work) and an interest into the processes to further develop their expressive skills. Theatre as an art form will also be dealt with.

Open University courses
in pedagogics aim at assisting the students to pass degree courses in e.g. psychology, pedagogics and sociology. Studies are carried out through blended learning methods combining local and distance learning. The co-operative part-ner most often is University of Eastern Finland, located in Joensuu and Kuopio.


Principal Timo Kortelainen
Mobile +358 503400653
E-mail name.surname@pkky.fi