Sea Captain

Maritime industry offers one of the most exciting and diverse career paths for anyone who aspires to become a member of a seafaring crew through completing the required certificates of proficiency.

Bachelor of Maritime Management

270 ECTS cr
Intake 25
Degree Programme of Sea Captain
Campus: Suojantie 2, Rauma

Important Dates

Application period: 9 January - 28 March 2018
Studies begin: Autumn 2018

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Bachelor of Maritime Management, Sea Captain, full-time studies, Rauma

General Admission Criteria


Eligibility for Bachelor’s degree programmes

Provisions on eligibility for universities of applied sciences are contained in the Polytechnics Act (932/2014).

You can apply to a Bachelor’s degree programme if you have completed:

  • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the matriculation examination;
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma;
  • Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification with a scope of 120 credit units or 180 credit points, or a comparable previous Finnish vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units;
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma;
  • a Finnish  vocational  upper  secondary  qualification  or  a  further  or  specialist  vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification; or
  • foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question.

As a basic assumption, the qualification requirements listed in this admissions criteria always refer to a Finnish qualification unless otherwise stated.

A higher education degree does not confer eligibility.

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) uses discretionary admission for the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes conducted in English. Applicants who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries and who complete an eligible background education during Spring 2017 are considered eligible without presenting a copy of the degree certificate before the entrance examinations. However, if this kind of applicants are accepted as students, they have to present an acceptable certificate about completing an eligible education and a Finnish or English translation if needed, by 31 July 2017. If the required eligibility is not showed by the given time, SAMK will cancel the applicant’s admission.


Proving eligibility

Applicants must have completed the qualification used in the application procedure in time for a copy of the certificate to reach the relevant university of applied sciences by the deadline specified in advance following the publication of admission results (see the Schedule Appendix).

Applicants with a Finnish qualification certificate need not submit copies of their certificates, as only the certificates of those admitted as students will be checked. However, this does not apply to applicants who have taken the Finnish matriculation examination prior to 1990, as they will need to submit copies of their certificates to the admissions offices of the relevant universities of applied sciences by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix).

In order to prove their eligibility, applicants with a non-Finnish qualification certificate must submit a copy of the final certificate used as the basis for application by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix) to the admissions office of the university of applied sciences marked as the first choice on their application form, which will then decide on each applicant’s eligibility for all UAS programmes they have selected. However, this does not apply to EU/EEA citizens graduating during the application period, who will need to submit certificate copies by another deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix). In SAMK also the applicants from non-EU/EEA countries who are graduating in Spring 2017 will be considered eligible. Only final qualification certificates can be accepted; no provisional or temporary certificates will be accepted.

In addition, each applicant must submit a copy of his or her qualification certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator if the original document is in none of these languages. Such translations must be signed and stamped by the translator. The translations must be submitted by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix)  to the admissions offices of the relevant universities of applied sciences.

If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his or her qualification, a university of applied sciences may invite the applicant to sit an entrance examination. The applicant must have an official decision attesting to his or her refugee status (a decision to grant asylum or a residence permit issued on the basis of need for protection). The applicant must submit a copy of this decision to the admissions office of each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix).


Admissions criteria

SAMK uses only student selection method based on entrance examination.

The maximum admission score is as follows:


Entrance examination                              40/70/100 points

There are intake quotas for applicant groups with different background education in a degree programme only, if mentioned. Otherwise the applicants are selected solely in the order of points received from the entrance examination.

In cases of equal admission scores under selection method 1, applicants will be ranked on the following grounds:

  1. entrance examination points
  2. applicant’s first-choice programme on the application

If these criteria fail to produce a difference between tied applicants, SAMK admits all of  the equally ranked applicants.


Applying through discretionary admission

A university of applied sciences decides on discretionary admissions by programme. Anyone applying through discretionary admission is required to submit copies of the certificates that he or she wishes to use to the admissions office of each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix). Discretion only concerns an applicant’s eligibility to apply.

SAMK uses discretionary admission in the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes tuitioned in English. Applicants who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries and are finishing an eligible background education in Spring 2017 can be admitted through discretionary admission.


English language proficiency in degree programmes provided in English

Excellent skills in English are required for success in degree programmes provided in English. The applicants’ language proficiency is assessed in the entrance examination. For a more detailed description of the examination, see the admissions criteria for specific fields.

When applying to a degree programme provided in English, the applicants need not submit evidence of language proficiency.


Accessible student admission – special arrangements for entrance examinations

An applicant may submit a separate application to request the right to special arrangements for taking an entrance examination. The same application form is used by all higher education institutions, and it can be found on the website of each institution. The application should indicate the types of special arrangements being requested and the grounds for the request. The applicant should enclose copies of the certificates to which he or she makes appeal.

Please note: Documents verifying dyslexia must have been issued within the last 5 (five) years. In addition, documents verifying a permanent disability, illness or learning disability must have been issued within the last 5 (five) years. The period of validity of other documents will be decided case-by-case.

In cases where an issue entitling an applicant to special arrangements already exists during the application period, an application for special arrangements for entrance examinations must be submitted by the common deadline decided by the universities of applied sciences (see the Schedule Appendix). The applicant must submit a separate application to each university of applied sciences to which he or she has submitted an application. A university of applied sciences may provide additional instructions, for example related to two-stage admissions. The application should be submitted to the admissions offices of the relevant higher education institutions. The applications addressed to SAMK should be delivered to:

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
Admissions Office
Tiedepuisto 3
FI-28600 PORI

If an issue entitling an applicant to special arrangements emerges or is identified between the end of the application period and the entrance examination date, the applicant must submit an application for special arrangements to the admissions offices of each university of applied sciences arranging the entrance examinations that he or she intends to take without delay. A university of applied sciences may deny an applicant the right to special arrangements if such arrangements are impossible to implement, for example because of schedule-related reasons.

Decisions on special arrangements for entrance examinations are specific to each programme choice and a decision is only valid on a specific examination date. Procedures indicated by good governance must be followed when making the decisions. Any attachments to applications for special arrangements shall be secret.

Admission Criteria for Sea Captain


For details on general eligibility for degree programmes, see the General information section of the Admissions Criteria. The student admission is carried out based on the entrance examination points alone.


Student selection for full-time implementations in English

Student selection

Students are selected on the order of points received from the entrance examination. The maximum number of examination points is 100. The applicant is required to get at least 20 points from the examination to be eligible for student selection. Also, the applicant is required to complete the English language part of the exam acceptably. The entrance examination is not transferable: no other exam result can replace it and no other degree programme accepts its result. The result can only be used in the joint application in spring 2017.

Entrance examination

Degree Programme of Sea Captain organizes its own entrance examination on the Internet. Applicants are required to use their own computer and Internet connection. In the entrance examination applicant’s learning skills, suitability to the field and understanding of written English are measured. The entrance examination can be completed from 18 April 2017 at 8.00 a.m. to 25 April 2017 at 10 p.m. (all times Finnish time). Each applicant has 2 hours to complete the exam after starting it.

SAMK will send eligible applicants directions for testing the exam platform and for completing the entrance examination by 18 March 2017 by e-mail.


Medical certificate

Any applicant admitted as a student must submit a medical certificate of seafarers to SAMK no later than 8 September 2017. The medical certificate should show that:

  • the individual’s visual and auditory acuity and colour vision conform to the requirements laid down in the relevant Decree issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health;
  • the individual is fit for the intended duties in terms of his or her health status and functional capacity and does not have any disability or illness that would prevent or clearly complicate his or her work;
  • the individual does not suffer from a disease that can be expected to worsen at work or endanger maritime safety or the health of others on board a

SAMK may cancel admission if an applicant fails to submit a medical certificate by the specified deadline, or if an applicant cannot be considered fit to study on the degree programme based on the certificate provided.


Cancellation of study entitlement

Seafaring programmes are governed by section 33 of the Polytechnics Act (932/2014), which states that a student’s study entitlement may be cancelled in cases where studies involve requirements concerning customer or transport safety and the student has been found to be unsuitable for the studies because

  • the student has repeatedly or seriously endangered the health or safety of another person during the course of his or her studies, thus proving to be obviously unsuitable to perform practical assignments or work placements as part of his or her studies;
  • it is obvious that the student, in terms of his or her health status and functional capacity, does not meet the admissions criteria;
  • during the  application  phase,  the  student  has  concealed  information  on  a  decision  on cancellation of study entitlement that could have prevented his or her admission as a student.

What is Unique in Sea Captain Studies at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences:

  • Latest maritime simulator technology taken in use 2017
  • Audited Dynamic Positioning Training by Nautical Institute in July 2017
  • Awarded by RINA/LR maritime safety award 2016 as part of SEAHORSE consortium
  • SAMK is member of IAMU (International Association of Maritime Universities)
  • SAMK is member of IMCA (International Maritime Contractors Association)
  • Rauma and Pori are cities in the heart of maritime cluster of Finland
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SAMK Students Will be Employed

Maritime academies in Scandinavia have a long reputation for delivering an outstanding curriculum, which prepares students for finding their own niche in the field. Thus, seafarers with a Scandinavian degree in Maritime Studies are in high demand, especially for management level positions. Depending on their work experience they often work as officers, chief officers or Masters on board the ships.

Later in their career many seafarers seek employment on shore. Typical land-based careers include work at port organizations or in stevedoring companies, in shore organizations of shipping companies or in chartering agencies. Moreover, other suitable jobs are working as a maritime inspector, maritime expert or as a pilot.

Versatile and International Campus

Study centre for offshore technology, international business and logistics.

  • 1500 students
  • Diversified: business, health care and social services, seafaring, technology
  • International: bachelor and master degree programmes in English, about 150 international students every year

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Your Studies Include

  • Navigation and Ship Handling
  • Shipping Technology and Shipping Economics
  • Seamanship and Leadership Skills
  • Ship Service and Maintenance and Ship Building
  • Ship Engines and Technical Systems
  • GOC
  • Maritime Law and Legislation
  • Ship Safety and Emergency Management

While proceeding in your studies you gradually learn to work in a challenging environment and to make quick decisions.  You will also get used to the special demands of life at sea, such as being able to adapt to different situations, to take responsibility and to be flexible.


Bachelor's Thesis

In thesis you demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in practical expert duties related to the professional studies.

Study Arrangements

Maritime Studies in SAMK comply with the standards set for the contents of the training by the international conventions (STCW).  During your studies you have an opportunity to apply for an exchange program and earn credits (ECTS) while studying abroad in any of the partner schools of SAMK. Onboard training can also be completed partly or entirely abroad.

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Further Information

Admissions Office:
(02) 623 4801

Further Information on Degree Program:

Jarmo Teränen
+358 44 710 3679

Your Campus:

SAMK-campus Rauma
Suojantie 2
26100 Rauma

Ask more about the programme from our admissions office