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. 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 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.

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.

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!

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

Tuition fees

Students who are from non-EU/EEA countries are required to pay a tuition fee of 9500 € per academic year for both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in English and 10 500 € per year for bachelor’s degree programs in AI and Robotics.The first payment needs to be done when the applicant accepts his study place at the university.

 

Scholarships

Scholarships are available only for students who are required to pay tuition fees. The amount of scholarship is 50% of the tuition fee (4 750 € / AI and Robotics: 5 250 €). The scholarship is available only during the optimum study time of the 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 a scholarship
  • The weighted grade point average for the studies completed during the academic year is at least 3.5

In addition, you should belong to the best 20 % of your classes according to the weighted grade point average. 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 amount of credits and in the grade point average 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.

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 4 weeks.

  • Admission requirements for bachelor's degree

    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

    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

    The online entrance exam measures your learning skills, logical-mathematical skills and understanding of written English.

    You can only take the online exam once.

    Interview

    Applicants for International Business and Nursing will be invited for an online interview if they pass the written exam.

    In the interview, your skills of understanding and producing spoken English are measured. You are given a time of 20 minutes for the interview by invitation. You can’t change the date and the time of the interview.

    Motivation video

    Applicants for International Tourism Management are required to submit a motivation video. The video is submitted as part of the exam. More instructions will be given to eligible applicants before the 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 an authorized translator.

  • Admission criteria for bachelor's degree in AI and Robotics

    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 in English that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the awarding country
    • Transcript of records in English with an overall GPA of 60%, math minimum of 70% and English minimum of 80%

    For Chinese: Gaokao results of 2018/2019 can be used in student selection.

    Language requirements

    Student can speak English at a B1 level (or equivalent). No language test needed.

    Other requirements

    Student should know the very basics of statistics and software, no previous programming skills required.

     

    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.

  • Application process

    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
    • Take part in an online exam
    • If you have applied for the bachelor’s programs in Nursing 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. 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:
August

Tuition fee:
9500 € / year
AI: 10 500 € / year

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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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