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.
We have collected here some practical info that you might find useful when planning your studies at SAMK.
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. International contact persons will make the reservations for the incoming exchange students according to the applications.
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.
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.
Each international student at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) is introduced to a student tutor right at the beginning of studies. A student tutor is a fellow student, who has volunteered to help new students with practical matters concerning the studies and with life in the new country and city. In most cases the incoming exchange students will get a message from their tutor student already before arriving to Satakunta.
Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulun opiskelijakunta (SAMMAKKO) is the student union for all the students enrolled at SAMK.
SAMMAKKO is a member of the Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applies Sciences (SAMOK). The purpose of the student union is to help students with matters related to studying and student life. In each school, there is a student association present.
If you become a member, you will receive a SAMOK student card which offers you many services and special student benefits. After paying the membership fee, you will receive your student card. This card will give you many discounts and benefits in shops, restaurants, museums, theatres, public indoor swimming pools and public transportation. Please note that the ISIC card is not valid on Finnish Railways.
The student union membership fee is € 20 for 1 year and € 11 for 1 semester. It takes about 2 to 3 weeks for the card to be made after application and payment.
The Library of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) operates in campuses providing library and information services to students and personnel as well as to researchers. The library is open to the public. The library provides you with a study space with network connections, up-to-date collections, modern premises and professional personnel. In addition to lending, guidance and information retrieval services, library also provides customers computer terminals for database browsing and other online information searches. Services are developed in co-operation with teachers, students and staff.
All the campuses have student restaurants and cafeterias, which are open during lunchtime. For lunch you can choose a vegetarian or non-vegetarian meal.
Meals are subsidized by Kela. University students are entitled to a discount on the meal price in student cafeterias covered by the meal subsidy scheme. The discount is given to students who show a valid student card, or a meal subsidy card issued by Kela (Social Insurance Institution of Finland). The meal subsidy cards are delivered to new students at the beginning of the academic year. Students have to pay with their student cards for their complete lunch about 2,60€.
Student health care services are intended for full-time students irrespective of their domicile. Fees will be collected in accordance with the decrees. The services of the public health nurse are available to all students.
See the sports services at your campus:
The campus has one sports hall, for which reservations can be made in the Sports Department of the City of Rauma.
Gym Sportium at the Campus
Open at all times, with only a few exceptions. Personnel’s turn on Mondays and Thursdays at 15.30-17. The gym and closets have to be empty between 10-10.30 for daily cleaning. Visitors of the gym should register themselves on the gym’s computer when entering and leaving, as the number of visitors is followed through the computer system.
Gym (24-hour area)
The gym of the campus is available for 24/7, with a few exceptions. The training period for the staff only is on Thursdays at 16.15-20. Sometimes there are also training sessions at the gym and then other use is forbidden.
The students can also use the sports hall when it’s free. The free times will be published on the notice board of campus’s web pages weekly.
See what kind of hobbies and leisure time activities are available in your location of study: