Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) was ranked to be one of the best five universities of applied sciences in Finland, with a wide international network.

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Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) is an international higher education institution situated in the region of Satakunta in the beautiful coastal area of Finland. The university offers a large selection of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the fields of international business, health care, tourism, and IT.

7 bachelor’s degrees are conducted entirely in English, with online and on-campus studies.

During the studies, international students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge with internships and projects together with companies and organizations. Entrepreneurial skills are at the core of SAMK’s value, and the university encourages all degree students to learn and to develop them during their studies.


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Semester startss

January & August

Tuition fee

Bachelor’s: 9 500 – 10 500 € / year

SAMK campus in Pori by Veera Korhonen
New campus building in Pori. Credits to Veera Korhonen.


The school has campuses in the picturesque towns of Pori and Rauma. The campus in Pori is brand new and opened its door for students in autumn 2017. It combines innovative Finnish design and functionality in a way that aims to enhance the student experience.


Satakunnankatu 23,
28130 Pori


Syväraumankatu 39,
26100 Rauma


Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

Currently, there are approximately 6000 enrolled students and 400 employees. Out of the students, more than 300 are international exchange and degree students, coming from 60 different countries. The atmosphere at SAMK is truly international, and people from all over the world have sought after their top-quality degree programs. It is also one of the universities in Finland with scholarships for international students.  Moreover, SAMK has great overseas relations, and over 160 partner universities worldwide.

SAMK students sitting next to a pink wall
Picture from Veera Korhonen

Even within education, the school focuses on research, innovation, and development activities. They provide both research and comprehensive study programs in technology, business administration, and social sciences alike. SAMK’s mission is to ensure the employability and success of their students. To achieve this, SAMK students are provided with the best possible skills for employment and an entrepreneurial attitude. The students receive the first-hand experience, as SAMK cooperates with various companies in different projects. The students have an amazing opportunity to apply classroom theories in practice.

SAMK is among universities in Finland with scholarships for international students, be sure to browse our website more for further information on criteria and how to apply!


SAMK’s focus areas are Automation, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence, Maritime Management, and Services for the Ageing. Emerging areas are Intelligent Water and Energy Technology, Logistics, and Tourism.

  • Bachelor of Hospitality Management in International Tourism Management
    • 3.5 years = 210 ECTS
  • Bachelor of Health Care in Nursing
    • 3.5 years = 210 ECTS
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Artificial Intelligence
    • 3.5 years = 210 ECTS
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business
    • 3.5 years = 210 ECTS
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Management
    • 3 – 4 years = 240 ECTS
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Logistics
    • 3 – 4 years = 240 ECTS 
  • Bachelor of Marine Technology as Sea Captain
    • 4.5 years = 270 ECTS


The application process is fast and simple. The students are pre-screened on a first-come, first-served basis which means that if you meet the eligibility requirements, Edunation forwards your application to the university. The university processes the applications and makes the final admission decision within 4-6 weeks.

Educational background

Applicants who have completed a qualification outside Finland must submit the following documents to Edunation:

  • Copy of the final/official higher secondary school certificate or vocational qualification which gives eligibility for higher education studies in your own country
  • Transcript of records with a GPA 50% or above. This is required to be able to apply through Edunation.
  • Optional: IELTS 6.0 or quivalent language test result, which gives the applicant one extra point in the student selection process

Note: All documents need to be translated to either Finnish, Swedish or English if the original document is in none of those languages. The translations need to be signed and stamped by an authorized translator.

Proof of nationality

  • Passport ID page OR
  • Official ID card indicating nationality

Note: You will need a valid passport when you apply for a visa or residence permit.

Online exam and interview

Only for Nursing.

Applicants must pass an online exam and online interview to be admitted to the program.

Written exam measures applicant’s learning skills, mathematical skills, motivation and understanding of written English. In addition, the applicant is required to upload a video presentation to the entrance examination platform. The time for taking the written exam is limited.

In the online interview, the applicant’s skills of understanding and producing spoken English are measured. Applicant is given a time of 20 minutes for the interview by invitation – the applicant cannot change the date and the time of the interview.

Other entrance examinations

Only for Industrial Management and Logistics.

The student selection is completed with an online entrance examination course during spring 2021. To pass the course, the applicant must score at least 35 out of 100 points,and tasks must be returned by the given deadline.


SAMK evaluates all applications and student selection is made based on the applicant’s former study success. Online entrance exam is organized only for the Bachelor’s program in Nursing. Applicants to all other programs are evaluated separately by scoring their study certificate, possible language test scores, and their country of origin.

Read our general page about how to apply to study in Finland.

Tuitions Fees & Scholarship

Tuition Fees

Students who are from non-EU/EEA countries are required to pay a tuition fee of 10 500 € per year for a Bachelor’s degree program in Artificial Intelligence and 9 500 € per year for all the other Bachelor’s programs. The tuition fee can be paid in two installments. The first half of the payment is due when the applicant accepts the study place at SAMK.


‘The amount of scholarship is 50% of the tuition fee. The scholarship is available only during the optimum study time of the study degree.

The minimum requirements for receiving a scholarship are:

  • You have completed at least 55 ECTS credits during the academic year when you apply for the scholarship
  • The weighted grade point (GPA) average for the studies completed during the academic year is at least 3.5 / 5

In addition, you should belong to the best 20 % of your class according to the weighted GPA. Your class consists of all students who have started their studies the same year with you and who have completed studies during the academic year in question.

The studies accepted by the recognition of prior learning are counted both in the number of credits and in the GPA according to the grading date.

You can apply for the scholarship at the end of the academic year by June 15. The decisions are made and the scholarships paid by July 15.

If you graduate during your optimum study time in the autumn semester, you should apply for the scholarship by December 31. The decisions are made and the scholarships paid by January 31.


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