SAMK for Ukraine

In response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) offers a range of study opportunities for Ukrainians coming to Finland.

Tuition fee waiver for international students on humanitarian grounds

SAMK grants tuition fee waivers on humanitarian grounds to up to 50 foreign degree students each year. The fee waiver may be granted to a person under temporary protection who has been issued a residence permit based on the temporary protection.

The fee waiver is granted for one academic year at a time and on the condition that the student progresses in their studies in accordance with the study plan, i.e. completes at least 60 credits per year. The fee waiver is valid as long as the person is a member of a group under temporary protection and has been issued a residence permit in Finland on that or some other basis.

The person who has been granted a fee waiver is not entitled to any SAMK scholarship, not even a Finnish Language or Student Ambassador Scholarship, even if their language skills or ambassadorship would otherwise allow it.

SAMK students smiling and working with laptops front of SAMK Campus Pori.

Separate study rights in Bachelor’s Degree Programmes

SAMK can grant separate study rights in certain bachelor’s degree programmes. This study opportunity is aimed at students who have an existing, valid right to study at a Ukrainian university, and whose studies have been discontinued due to the war. Students will get a grant based on humanitarian ground so that they do not need to pay the tuition fees.

SAMK offers separate study rights in the following bachelor’s degree programmes:

  • Artificial Intelligence, Bachelor of Business Administration, Pori
  • International Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, Rauma
  • International Tourism Management, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Pori
  • Nursing, Bachelor of Health Care, Pori
  • Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Health Care, Pori
  • Sea Captain, Bachelor of Maritime Management, Pori

Enrolment starts on 9 May 2022.

Studies in Open UAS

SAMK provides its Open University of Applied Sciences courses taught in English free of charge to Ukrainian who have fled the war. Applicants must have sufficient English skills.

You can find a selection of courses in English from the link below.

You can change the system language to English from the globe icon in the upper right corner. Then select your search criteria on the left side of the site to find studies in English à Language: English.

After finding a course you would like to complete, you can register for the course by clicking “Apply”. If there are a limited number of study places in the course, the places are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

After fulfilling the needed applicant´s information on the electronic form, you have to proceed to the payment section. In the payment section you can bypass the online payment by using code UKR100.

When your enrolment has been processed, the Student Services Secretary will send you an instruction email to the email address you provided in the application form. The email is sent just before the course begins. If the course is a nonstop course the applications are processed in the next two weeks, but not processed during the summer break (July).

Open UAS path studies

SAMK provides path studies taught in English free of charge to Ukrainian who have fled the war. Applicants must have sufficient English skills.

Path studies consist of the basic and professional studies of the first and second year (curriculum of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees). The studies are carried out among the degree students. After completing the path studies, you can apply through a separate application system for a degree student, and continue studies with the same familiar group.

The next path studies in English will start in Autumn 2022 and enrolment for path studies is on 1–5 August 2022. There are a limited number of study places for path studies.

The right to study free of charge is informed in the application form.

Summer Courses

SAMK offers interesting summer courses:

Brush up your English! (enrolment has ended)

Supporting Ukrainian university students and staff with Erasmus+ funding

SAMK has possibility to host and financially support Ukrainian students, teachers, and university staff with Erasmus+ funding.

Student exchange

SAMK accepts Ukrainian students for a semester or academic year exchange starting Fall 2022 semester. Eligible students are the ones who were registered as degree students at Ukrainian higher education institutions at the start of Russian aggression. Also students, who have graduated within the past 12 months from Ukrainian HEIs, are eligible to apply for a traineeship position. Please check the possible degree programs and study fields from the SAMK website for more information. Please also note that there are no traineeship placements available in Nursing and Physiotherapy at the moment. To prove his/her eligibility students need e.g. transcript of records or a certificate of enrollment.

SAMK takes care of the mobility arrangements and pays the grant. There’s no need for the inter-institutional agreements, students sign the learning agreement with SAMK, also the grant agreement is signed between the student and SAMK. The grant is paid for the time of studies/practical training. Duration for the possible study period is between 2–12 months and for the traineeship between 2–6 months.

The grant for a student is 1150 €/month + travel grant. SAMK reserves the right to determine the number of traineeships, in case there will be many applications.

Students can also benefit from the Online Language Support (OLS) system, which provides English language training starting from July 2022.

The deadline for applications for the Fall semester is 10 June. When interested in the exchange possibilities, please, contact International Relations Coordinator Sanna Juhantalo, firstname.lastname@samk.fi.

Teacher and staff exchange

SAMK welcomes also teachers and staff for an exchange for a maximum of 2 months. Eligible persons are the ones who have or had an employment relationship with Ukrainian higher education institution at the start of Russian aggression. Eligibility can be proved e.g. with a document or certificate on salary or contract of employment.

SAMK takes care of the mobility arrangements and pays the grant. There’s no need for the inter-institutional agreements, mobile staff signs the mobility agreement with SAMK, also the grant agreement is signed between the mobile person and the host HEI. The grant is paid for the time of teaching/staff visit. The duration of a visit can be maximum 2 months, the grant is 180 €/day (for the first 14 days), 126 €/day (for the days 15-60) + a travel grant. Applications are requested minimum of 2 months prior to the desired time of the visit. SAMK reserves the right to determine the number of incoming visitors, in case there will be many applications.

When interested in the exchange possibilities, please, contact International Relations Coordinator Sanna Juhantalo, firstname.lastname@samk.fi.

Applying for degree student

More information

International Relations Coordinator, Education Export
Johanna Kares-Koskinen
johanna.kares-koskinen@samk.fi
+358 44 710 3011