Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, also known as 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. 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.

 

SAMK new campus in Pori, Finland
New campus building in Pori.

 

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. The atmosphere at SAMK is truly international, and people from all over the world have sought after their top-quality degree programs. SAMK also has great overseas relations, and over 160 partner universities worldwide.

 

Satakunta students sitting in Finland
All photos on this page are by 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 first-hand experience, as SAMK cooperates with various companies in different projects. The students have an amazing opportunity to apply the classroom theories in practice.

 

Pori campus address

Satakunnankatu 23,
28130 Pori
Finland

Rauma campus address

Syväraumankatu 39,
26100 Rauma
Finland

Website

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

SAMK’s focus areas are Automation and Industry, Maritime Management, Logistics, Tourism, and Intelligent Water and Energy Technology.

The school offers 7 bachelor’s degree programs and 5 master’s degree programs in English.

 

Semester dates and application period

2018 – 2019
Semester dates September – December, January – May
Orientation to be announced
Application period January 9 – March 28, 2018

 

  • Bachelor's degree programs

    Pori campus

    *Application happens through SAMK’s own site. You can find out more about requirements and the application period on their website.

    Rauma campus

    Note: Blended learning is distance studying that does not make you eligible to apply for a Finnish residence permit.

  • Master's degree programs

    Pori campus

    Note: Blended learning is distance studying that does not make you eligible to apply for a Finnish residence permit.

    *Application happens through SAMK’s own site. You can find out more about requirements and the application period on their website.

    Rauma campus

    Note: Part-time studies do not make you eligible to apply for a Finnish residence permit.

  • Credits

    At Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, the duration of your studies and the credits that you get from them depend on which program you have chosen. Listed below, you may find some general information about the total ECTS that you will receive by the time you graduate from a given program.

    Bachelor’s degrees

    • Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business
      • 3,5 – 4 years = 210 ECTS
    • Bachelor of Marine Technology as Sea Captain
      • 4,5 years = 270 ECTS
    • Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Management (blended studies)
      • 3 – 4 years = 240 ECTS
    • Bachelor of Engineering in Logistics (blended studies)
      • 3 – 4 years = 240 ECTS 

    Master’s degrees

    • Master of Business Administration in Business Management and Entrepreneurship (part-time)
      • 2,5 years = 90 ECTS
    • Master of Health Care in Welfare Technology
      • 1,5 – 2 years = 90 ECTS
    • Master of Engineering in Welfare Technology
      • 1,5 – 2 years = 60 ECTS
  • Tuition fees

    Bachelor’s degrees

    Students who are from non-EU/EEA countries are required to pay a fee of 7,000€ per academic year for bachelor’s degrees in English. The first payment needs to be done when the applicant accepts their study place at the university.

     

    Master’s degrees

    Students who are from non-EU/EEA countries are required to pay a fee of 8,000€ per academic year for master’s degrees in English. The first payment needs to be done when the applicant accepts their study place at the university.

  • Scholarships

    Bachelor’s degrees

    Satakunta University of Applied Sciences grants scholarships only to students who are required to pay the tuition fees, and the scholarship is granted from the second year onward. You can apply for the scholarship during your 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 (or 27,5 ECTS credits per semester when applicable). The scholarship is available only for the optimum study time for the degree in question. If the student graduates during the optimum study time, he/she will be paid a graduation grant.

    The optimum study times for bachelor’s degrees depend on the scope of the degree in question. At SAMK the optimum study times in relation to the scope of the degree are:

    • 3,5 years for a bachelor’s degree of 210 ECTS credits
    • 4 years for a bachelor’s degree of 240 ECTS credits
    • 4,5 years for a bachelor’s degree of 270 ECTS credits

    A bachelor’s degree student who applies for the scholarship and fills the criteria receives:

    • a scholarship of 30 % of the tuition fee for 2nd academic year
    • a scholarship of 50 % of the tuition fee for 3rd academic year
    • a scholarship of 70 % of tuition fee for the rest of the optimum study time
    • a graduation grant of 80 % of tuition fee for graduation during the optimum study time

    Master’s degrees

    A master’s degree student who applies for the scholarship and fills the criteria will be awarded a graduation grant of 40% of the tuition fee. In addition, a student in a 90 ECTS credits master’s degree program, receives 30% of one semester’s tuition fee if he/she applies for the scholarship and meets the criteria.

    The scholarship is available only for the optimum study time for the degree in question. If the student graduates during the optimum study time, he/she will be paid a graduation grant.

    The optimum study times for master’s degrees depend on the scope of the degree in question. At SAMK the optimum study times in relation to the scope of the degree are:

    • 1 year for a master’s degree of 60 ECTS credits
    • 1,5 years for a master’s degree of 90 ECTS credits

“I like this university a lot! There are nice teachers, flexible schedules, lots of international students and a friendly staff. Rauma is a small town, but really beautiful!”

– Finnish student of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

Many students study abroad to experience new cultures, to learn a new language or to create an international network that will be beneficial for their future careers. If you consider yourself one of those people, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences is the right place for you! Not only will you get to immerse yourself into Finnish culture and learn the language, but you will also get to know people from all over the world. Classrooms in SAMK have more foreign students than Finns!

Watch the video below and listen to what these two students from the International Business degree have to say about SAMK:

 

“The atmosphere that we have in our class is totally different from the atmosphere that my friends have in their universities, because we are one big group; we are sixty-something [students], but we are like one!”

– Jenni Lammi, student in Satakunta University of Applied Sciences


“Satakunta University of Applied Sciences has many partner universities for doing semesters abroad, and I personally went to Seoul, South Korea for my student exchange. Overall, the teaching in Rauma campus was excellent, but you have to be prepared to do a lot of group projects, which will be a big part of your final grade. When you’re starting your career, you will appreciate the experience from those projects though, as they teach you a lot about working with other people.”

– Sami, student at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

The application process is fast and simple. The students are accepted on a first come, first served basis which means that if you meet the admission requirements, you can get your acceptance already in 3 weeks.

Please note that the application process through Edunation differs from the one found on SAMK’s website, thus we ask you to carefully follow the instructions on our page.

  • Required documents

    Educational background

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

    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

    Proof of nationality

    In addition to educational supporting documents, identification documents will also be required. You will have to upload one of the following:

    • Passport ID page
    • Official ID card indicating the nationality

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

    Language requirements

    A proof of English proficiency is required for all degrees at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. You will need to take one of these tests of English:

    • IELTS: 5.5
    • TOEFL iBT: 46
    • TOEFL pBT: 520
    • TOEFL cBT: 192
    • PTE academic:43
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): C1
    • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): C

    The language certificate must be valid during the application period. The Pearson test of English, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are valid for two years. There are no limitations on the period of validity of the other certificates. A TOEFL test score will only be accepted if it has been directly submitted from the TOEFL Educational Testing Service (ETS). Edunation’s TOEFL code is C046.

    Language test is not required if secondary level education/bachelor’s degree/master’s degree has been completed in a native English-speaking country (USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) or if bachelor’s degree/master’s degree has been completed in English in an EU/EEA country.

    Other documents

    • For master’s degree: Employment certificate with a minimum of 3 years work experience

    You will also need one of the following:

    For bachelor’s degree:

    • Gaokao exam result 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 an 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.

    For master’s degree:

    • Adequate result in an online exam

    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 the translator.

  • Application instructions

    Read all the information below and follow the steps carefully.

    • Choose a degree program you would like to apply for at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
    • Fill out the online application form found on Edunation’s website
    • Attach the required documents
    • Pay the 100€ Edunation application fee
    • Take part in an online exam, in case you did not submit Gaokao exam or SAT Test results
    • If you have applied for the bachelor’s programs in Tourism Management or International Business and meet the requirements, you will be invited for an online interview
    • Apply for a residence permit, once you have received your acceptance letter from the university and paid the first year’s tuition fee

    If you fulfill the admission requirements, you will receive an acceptance from the university within 3 weeks from submitting your application. Only then can you start your residence permit application process.

    You will also be notified by email if you do not get accepted.

Quick facts

Semester starts:
September

 Application deadline:
Application closed

Tuition fee:
Bachelor: 7,000€ / year
Master: 8,000€ / year

Application fee:
100€

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Reasons to choose Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

Two modern campuses located on the picturesque coastal area of Finland.

Possibility for distance studies that suit your time and space.

Co-operate with Finnish and international companies on various projects.

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