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 university's 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.

SAMK university students during break in Satakunta, 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 10 500 € per year for Bachelor’s degree program in Artificial Intelligence and 9500 € 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.

 

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for students who are required to pay tuition fees. 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 a 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 amount 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.

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.

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.

  • 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 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

    For the Nursing program, applicants must pass an online exam and online interview to be admitted to the program. For other study programs, exams or interviews are not conducted.

  • Application process

    Read our general page about how to apply to study in Finland. Specific instructions will be given to you once you apply to our application portal.

Quick facts

Semester starts:
August

Tuition fee:
9 500 – 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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