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Get to Know Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) is an international higher education institution situated in the region of Satakunta on the beautiful coastal area of Finland. The school has campuses in the picturesque towns of Pori and Rauma. Currently, there are approximately 6,000 enrolled students and 400 employees. Out of the students, more than 300 are international exchange and degree students, coming from 60 different countries, making the experience of study at SAMK truly international.

SAMK new campus in Pori, Finland
Photo credit: Veera Korhonen, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

SAMK is a significant creator of experts as well as a developer, a propeller of internationalization and a promoter of entrepreneurship. SAMK focuses on high-quality education, research, innovation and development activities, which support industrial restructuring. Satakunta area has a versatile economic and industrial opportunities. Therefore, SAMK provides research and comprehensive study programs in technology, business and administration and social and health care that complement the surrounding the job market.

students working at SAMK
Photo credit: Veera Korhonen, University of Applied Sciences

SAMK’s mission is to ensure the employability and success of their students. To achieve their mission SAMK’s students are provided with the best possible skills for employment and equipped with an entrepreneurial attitude. Students receive first-hand experience in Finnish woking life as SAMK cooperates with various companies in different projects. During these projects students have an amazing opportunity to apply the classroom theories in practice.

student walking in the hallway
Photo credit: Veera Korhonen, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences


  • Connections to working life
  • Several opportunities to do projects with companies
  • International atmosphere
  • High-quality campus areas designed for students
  • Best teaching in university of applied sciences – SAMK has been voted the best several times consecutively by students


Bachelor’s Degrees
Bachelor of Tourism Management
Bachelor of Health Care in Nursing *
Bachelor of Health Care in Physiotherapy *
Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business (Rauma campus)
Bachelor of Maritime Management as Sea Captain (Rauma campus)
Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Management (blended learning)
Bachelor of Engineering in Logistics (blended learning)

* Application is only possible through SAMK’s website. Find more information on the requirements and the application process at


Blended learning combines online and traditional lectures to a versatile education program. It gives the students the chance to study where and when they want and attend lectures online. Please note that at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences degrees with blended learning do not make you eligible to apply for a Finnish residence permit.


For bachelor’s degree:

  • Copy of final/official secondary school certificate or vocational qualification

For master’s degree:

  • Copy of bachelor’s degree certificate
  • Transcript of Records
  • Employment certificate with a minimum of 3 years work experience

Additional documentation required for both degrees

  • Passport ID page or official ID card
  • A proof of English proficiency
    • IELTS: 5.5, TOEFL 46-192, or equivalent

You will also need one of the following:

  • Gaokao exam results from 2016 or 2017 that will place you to Tier 2 in your province
  • SAT test with a minimum score of 500 from both Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math Sections after March 1, 2016
  • Adequate result in online exam


If you decide to take part in the online exam, submit your application with the required attachments. Afterwards, if you meet the requirements, you will be invited for an online exam.

student typing on a computer, Finland, Europe


Bachelor’s degrees

  •  7,000€ per academic year

Master’s degrees

  • 8,000€ per academic year

Scholarships in Satakunta University of Applied Sciences are granted from the second year onward. Students can apply for the scholarship during their first year of studies at SAMK. The criteria for receiving the scholarship are that the student has gained at least 55 ECTS credits for his/her degree per each academic year as present. The scholarship is available only for the optimum study time for the degree in question. The optimum study times depend on the degree.

Finnish students during summer
Photo credit: Veera Korhonen, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences


Located in the city center of Pori, next to the railway station and bus terminal, this brand new campus offers comfortable facilities for over 4,000 students. The whole campus works as a learning environment. There are multiple places for students to study at and ideal places for group work.

SAMK Pori Campus, Finland, Europe


The Rauma campus is located right next to the Rauma Harbor and is the most international SAMK campus. This recently renovated campus offers students a wide range of modern places to study.

SAMK  Rauma is really international! Loads of foreign degree students as well as exchange students. Wide range of courses in English. Also, all communication on campus in English. Good and motivated teaching staff. Various projects that give you valuable experience of work life. Campus premises very safe and secure. Hey, Finland is the safest country in the world! Many possibilities to do either work placement or exchange studies around the world. I can warmly recommend SAMK Rauma!

Louis, Nepal, student at Satakunta University of Applied Science


SAMK offers students several possibilities to enhance their knowledge and practical skills. In addition to traditional lectures, thesis and exams, SAMK offers various chances to learn through projects.

The Enterprise Accelerator program guides students who have a business idea or have already started their own business. The students will also be assisted in enterprise succession or in the acquisition of an enterprise.

SAMK has plenty of international connections and partnership universities in many countries around the world. International operations include exchange of students, trainees, teachers and experts, development of study contents in cooperation with foreign partners, internationalizing study plans and various RDI projects.


There is a student cafeteria on both campuses where students can buy meals at discounted prices with a student card.


There is a gym at the Pori campus which is open for all students.

Health care

Soteekki is the center for SAMK’s Social Services and Health Care, offering high-quality and inexpensive health care services for all students.


The library is a meeting place where learning and research  are supported. The library provides professional literature, journals and online resources. Library staff will help students with finding information and using printed and online materials.

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

SAMK requires the use of personal terminal equipment in studies from the beginning of autumn semester 2017. The recommended operating system is Windows 7 or a newer one.

students in overalls
Photo credit: Veera Korhonen, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences


In Finland belonging to a union whether as a student or in working life is common. Unions in Finland protect the rights of its members and are not affiliated with politics. Student union SAMMAKKO is a dynamic community of students in Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. The student union exists to provide representation, facilities, services and activities to its members. SAMMAKKO has about 2800 members and represents altogether 6000 students locally, regionally and nationally.

Get involved! All degree students in SAMK can join the student union. The membership costs 16€ for a semester and 30€ for a year. When you join the student union and download the digital student card, you are entitled to all the student benefits in Finland.


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