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 starts

January & August

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Application period

9.8. 2021 – 14.9.2021
(January 2022 intake)

Tuition fee

Bachelor’s: 9 500 – 10 500 € / year

About the university
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 RaumaThe 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

Student life at SAMK

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
An innovative university

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 Business Administration in Artificial Intelligence
    • 3.5 years = 210 ECTS
  • 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 Engineering in Mechatronics
    • 4 years = 240 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

Admission criteria

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.

Our Pathway to Finland offers guaranteed access to SAMK’s bachelor programs and you can get accepted within 2 days.

You can apply to our BusinessEngineering and Technology or Nursing program.

The admission requirements are:

  • High school diploma / Higher Secondary Education
  • Transcript of records (if possible)
  • Proof of English language: from IELTS 5.0, TOEFL IBT 35-45, Duolingo 75-80, or equivalent
  • Copy of passport ID page

You can find more information about the English language requirement on our page.

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The students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 equivalent 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 part measures the applicant’s learning skills, mathematical skills, motivation and understanding of written English. Written part consists of an essay, a calculation exam and a video introduction. Applicants are required to complete all three tasks and get at least 40 per cent of both essay’s and calculation exam’s maximum points. The written part will open a limited time and each task’s completion time be limited. Only those applicants who pass the written part will be invited to the online interview.

In the online interview, the applicant will be interviewed through a video negotiation platform with his/her own computer, webcam, headset/microphone and Internet connection. Applicant’s skills of understanding and producing spoken English are measured. The applicant is given a time of 10 minutes for the interview by invitation – the applicant cannot change the date and the time of the interview. Applicants are required to get at least 40 per cent of the online interview’s maximum points.

The final student selection is done in the order of the written part’s and the online interview’s points. Only applicants who have passed both the written part and the online interview are available for selection.

The online entrance exam will be on 5 October, 2021, from 6.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Finnish time. The online interviews will be held on 12 October, 2021. Results will be announced by 22 October, 2021

Other entrance examinations

Only for Industrial Management and Logistics.

The student selection is completed with an online entrance examination course during spring 2022. 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.

Tuition 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.


Full tuition fee scholarships for bachelor studies

A Full Tuition Fee scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the overall assessment of the previous studies, meaning previous success in studies, possible letters of motivation, and capacity to act as the Student Ambassador at SAMK. The scholarship is granted for 3-4 years upon completion of at least 60 ECTS credits year academic year. The number of annual new awardees is a maximum of ten (10). Other SAMK scholarships are not available for students who have been granted a Full Tuition Fee Scholarship. Full tuition fee granted student is responsible to participate in SAMK Student Ambassador Programme.

Success in Studies Scholarship 

During the studies, students can apply for a scholarship after each study year and get 50 % of the paid fee back by progressing well in studies. A student can get a scholarship if he/she:

  • completes 60 ECTS credits during the academic year, and
  • the weighted average of the studies during the academic year is at least 3.5., and
  • the student’s achievements have to be among the best fifth compared to other students in the degree program that same year, liable or non-liable to pay a tuition fee.

Finnish Language Skills Scholarship

SAMK grants scholarships based on Finnish language skills. Scholarships are awarded for students who gain at least the basic skills (level A2) of the Finnish language during their degree studies at SAMK.

  1. Scholarship: Basic User of Finnish language (CERF level A2): 1,500 €
  • Paid once, after the first academic year at the earliest
  • Bachelor´s degree students have the opportunity to gain level A2 by taking part in Finnish language studies offered by SAMK and by studying independently.
  1. Scholarship: Independent User of Finnish language (CERF level B1): 3,000 €
  • Paid once, after the first academic year at the earliest. If the student is awarded with Scholarship 1, he/she can be awarded with Scholarship 2 after the second academic year, at the earliest.

The Student Ambassador Scholarship 

The Student Ambassador Scholarship Programme has been created for students who have an interest in becoming involved in international activities in SAMK during their studies. The Student Ambassador Scholarship offers successful students an annual award of 200–500€. The Student Ambassador Scholarship can be granted more than once.

Early Bird Discount for Bachelor level students for September 2021 intake

The Early Bird scholarship is a discount of 1,500 € on the tuition fee of the first study year at SAMK.  All the new students who have been selected and who have accepted the study place and paid the tuition fee at the latest on 9th of April, 2021 (September 2021 intake) are rewarded an early bird discount of 1,500 €. The discount will be given from the first year’s payment. Detailed instructions on how to pay the tuition fee will be sent along with the acceptance letter. This offer is valid only for the first year of studies.

Early Bird Discount in 2021 is available only for students who are applying for January 2021 application period (1.1.2021 – 19.1.2021). If the student applies later, the early bird discount is not applicable.


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