Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, also known as SAMK, is an international multi-disciplinary higher education institute 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 opens its door for students in autumn 2017. It combines innovative Finnish design and functionality in a way that aims to enhance the student experience.

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.

 

SAMK students sitting
SAMK campus in Rauma / All photos on the 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 class room 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 has three main focus areas, which are Automation and Industry, Maritime Management, and Services for the ageing. Their emerging subjects are Logistics, Tourism, and Intelligent Water and Energy Technology.

The school offers 19 Bachelor’s degrees, out of which 6 are taught fully in English. Out of 9 Master’s degrees, 5 are taught in English.

All information on the page is subject to change.

 

Semester dates and application deadlines

Autumn 2018
Semester dates August – December
Orientation to be announced
Application period January 9 -March 28 2018

Autumn 2019
Semester dates January – May
Orientation to be announced
Application period to be announced

 

  • Bachelor's degree programs
  • Master's degree programs
  • 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 Health Care in Nursing
      • 3,5 – 4 years = 210 ECTS
    • Bachelor of Marine Technology as Sea Captain
      • 4,5 years = 270 ECTS
    • Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Management (distance studies)
      • 3 – 4 years = 240 ECTS
    • Bachelor of Engineering in Logistics (distance 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 Marine Technology in Maritime Management
      • 1,5 – 2 years = 60 ECTS
    • Master of Engineering in Maritime Management
      • 1,5 – 2 years = 60 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 payment is always done per academic year, in one installment.  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 payment is always done per academic year, in one installment.  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 obliged to pay the tuition fees, and no scholarships are granted for the 1st year of studies. The scholarship can also only be received by applying for it.

    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. In SAMK the optimum study times in relation to the scope of the degree are:

    • 5 years for a Bachelor’s degree of 210 ECTS credits
    • 4 years for a Bachelor’s degree of 240 ECTS credits
    • 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 programme, receives 30% of one semester’s tuition fee if he/she applies for the scholarship and fills 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. In 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
    • 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

 

Before, the application process to Finnish universities used to be complicated and time-consuming. Thus, Edunation decided to come up with a simpler and more straight-forward system. In a nutshell, all the applicant has to do is follow these 3 steps:

  • Fill in the online application form
  • If you do not meet the minimum admission requirements, you are asked to take a simple online exam
  • Apply for a residence permit

The whole application process is be very fast and flexible. After the applicants receive their acceptance letters and residence permits, they will start their studies at a Finnish university, which offers one of the best educations in the world.

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.

  • Who can apply

    To be eligible for Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, you will need to show proof of your educational background, your English language proficiency and nationality.

    Check below for more detailed information about the application procedure and the required documents.

  • Required documents

    Bachelor’s degree program

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

    • A copy of the final / official secondary school certificate or vocational qualification
    • Transcript of Records (with GPA average or above)
    • English Language Proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)
    • Copy of Passport

    Note: All documents need to be translated to either Finnish, Swedish or English, if the original document is in neither of those languages. The translations need to be signed and stamped by the translator.

    Master’s degree program

    Eligibility for a Master’s degree program is conferred by an appropriate Bachelor’s degree or another appropriate higher education degree and at least three years of subsequent work experience in a relevant field. The following are required:

    • Bachelor’s degree certificate
    • Employment certificate (minimum 3 years work experience)
    • English Language Proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS etc.)
    • Copy of passport
  • Application instructions

    After choosing the university and the degree that you want to apply for, you will need to fill out an online application form, where you need to submit the following information:

    • Chosen university and degree program
    • Personal data and contact information
    • Eligibility information (prior education, GPA etc.)

    Additionally, you will need to attach the following documents to the online application form:

    • Copy of passport
    • Certified copy of prior education transcript
    • Proof of English language proficiency
    • Any additional required documents that the university requested

    If you fulfill the minimal requirements, you will receive an invitation to the online exam. However, if you meet the admission requirements, you will be accepted without an exam. The exam will be fairly simple, however, it will be held in English, so please prepare accordingly.

    Soon thereafter, you will get an acceptance letter to the university you applied for, if the exam was satisfactory. Only then can you start your residence permit application process. Read more about residence permits here.

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

Quick facts

Semester start:
August

 Application period starts:
January 2018

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

Application fee:
100€

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