Established in 1992, Savonia-ammattikorkeakoulu (English: Savonia University of Applied Sciences) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Kuopio (population range: 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Northern Savonia. This institution has also branch campuses in the following locations: Varkaus, Lisalmi. Officially accredited/recognized by the Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö, Suomi (English: Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland), Savonia-ammattikorkeakoulu (SAVONIA) is a medium-sized (enrollment range: 6,000-6,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Savonia-ammattikorkeakoulu (SAVONIA) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. This 24 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 20-30% making this Finnish higher education organization a very selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. SAVONIA also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.