Finland and Satakunta
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences is located on the west coast of Finland, in the Satakunta region. Cities of Pori and Rauma offer spacious and safe living conditions, a lot of green nature and excellent opportunities for leisure activities. The cities are big enough to offer all the necessary services but also small enough to have a cozy and friendly atmosphere.
An important part of the culture in the region is ice hockey; when the teams of Rauma and Pori meet, the atmosphere in the stadium is indescribable!
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Finnish is different - and fun!
Finnish is not more difficult than the other languages, it is just different. Finnish language is a member of Finno-Ugrian language family. Almost all other European languages belong to Indo-European family. That's why the grammatical structure and vocabulary in Finnish is different.
There are several student houses available for the students of the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences in Pori. All rooms are furnished with bed, table and chair. Any additional commodities like bed linen, towels and kitchenware have to be brought or bought by the student himself. The accommodation application procedure and more information about the accommodation itself will be sent to selected students along with the letter of acceptance.
Private brokers of rental apartments for example
Location of student houses: Itäpuisto 1, Asemapäällikönkatu 3, Vapaudenkatu 5 and Taiteilijankatu 1 are located in the centre. Tekniikantie 4 and Korpraalintie 36 are located on the western side of Pori about 4 km from the centre, Tommilantie 1 is located also on the western side of Pori about 2 km from the centre. Peräsimentie 1 is located on the northern side of Pori about 2 km from the centre and Maamiehenkatu 10 is also about 2 km from the centre.
Students on Rauma Campus will search their accommodation from private markets. Information about available housing options will be provided by their International Secretary. They will be given several options to choose from and the rent varies according to the size, location and facilities of the chosen apartment.
Cost of Living
You should make sure to have enough money to support yourself during the studies.
The average cost of living is estimated to be 550-700€ / month including rent (300€), food (200€), public transportation (50€), hobbies and leisure time (250€). There will be some costs for study materials. You may have to buy some books, although quite many of them can be borrowed from the SAMK libraries.
Part-time working while studying might be an option to cover your expenses. Studying at SAMK does not exclude the possibility of taking a part-time job in the evenings and over the week-ends. Of course, this can be strenuous and may interfere with your studies. It may also be difficult to find employment in Finland, especially if you do not speak Finnish. Because of this, you should not rely on finding a job to support your studies financially.
Do not forget to pack the following
Valid identification document: passport / identification card (Note: please check that your passport is valid for the whole period of your stay in Finland. The EU/EEA citizens should also bring their passport if they are planning to travel outside the European Union, e.g. Russia)
- Debit / credit card
- European Health Insurance Card / Insurance documents
- Details of your destination (name, address, telephone number)
- Letter of acceptance from SAMK/copy of confirmation email
- 2 passport size photos
- Copies of important documents
- Adaptor for electrical appliances (220V)
Admission: Exchange students will be enrolled at SAMK for a semester or for 1 academic year. The host faculty will send the student confirmation email and an information package, which includes more detailed information about the accommodation and other practical details. Degree students will receive acceptance letter and further information by mail.
The Learning Agreement: When planning your exchange study schedule in Finland, you should check the requirements of your home university and fill in a learning agreement. The learning agreement is a confirmation of the list of courses and makes the credit transfer easier after the study exchange. The agreement must be approved by the student, the home university and SAMK University before the student’s departure for an exchange. It should be updated immediately when changes occur.
Residence permit / Visa: please see under ‘Destination Finland’ the ‘Immigration Formalities’!
All exchange and degree students must get a personal health/travel insurance. Students are insured by SAMK, ONLY during the school day and the events organised by school.
If you are coming to do your practical training in Finland, the employer or some authorities must demand the extract on criminal background for inspection if the duties essentially involve working with children on a permanent basis.
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK)
The official name of this university is Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu in Finnish). The abbreviation is SAMK. We operate in four cities: Pori, Rauma, Kankaanpää and Huittinen. We have approx. 6000 students. SAMK’s operations will be managed by the president–managing director. Each faculty has a dean in charge of its operations.
We have four faculties: Health and Welfare, Service Business, Logistics and Maritime Technology, and Technology.
Every degree programme has its Degree Programme Coordinator who is your most important contact person in the campus:
Industrial Management: Mr. Esa Karjalainen, mobile 00 358 44 710 3632.
International Business: Ms. Daniela Tanhua, mobile 00 358 44 710 3540.
Logistics: Mr. Harri Heikkinen, mobile 00 358 44 710 3610
Nursing: Mrs. Erja Hannula, mobile 00 358 44 710 9815.
Physiotherapy: Mrs. Maija Kangasperko, 00 358 44 710 3466.
Sea Captain: Mr. Jarmo Teränen, mobile 00 358 44 710 3679.
Email addresses of our staff are in form: firstname.lastname(at)samk.fi.