Bring your own device

Use your own computer to study

Bring your own device, or BYOD for short, is a typical approach in today's world, both in companies and in educational institutions. It is also used in our studies at SAMK.

For you as a student, BYOD means that you do your study-related tasks and work mainly on your own computer.

BYOD at SAMK means that SAMK provides wireless networking, printing, security, applications, IT classrooms, virtualisation, user management, power supply, information, support, training, etc.

Equipment and software

Equipment recommendations – Student laptop

A computer that meets these recommendations will help you study on any programme.

Note! Chromebooks or Windows 11 SE devices are not suitable for SAMK students. Many professional software programs also cause problems with Apple devices.

Minimum requirements:

  • Windows 10 or 11 operating system (Home, Pro or Edu)
    (Engineering software requires 64bit Pro or Edu version)
  • At least 8 GB of RAM,
    16 GB recommended for engineering students.
  • 3-4 year warranty recommended (consider purchasing an extended warranty, for example)
  • Minimum FullHD display
  • NVMe/SSD disk, minimum 256GB,
    512Gb minimum for engineering students
  • Good battery life, lasting several hours
  • Integrated camera
  • You need to have root access to the workstation (engineering students)

Office365

You’ll have access to free Microsoft Office software, which you can either install on your own computer, or use the web applications provided – or both.

You also have free OneDrive for Business storage for your files – you can share files with other students or teachers.

BYOD software

Some of the software you use to study is available to download to your own computer. The software that cannot be installed on your own computer is installed in SAMK’s IT classrooms.

Charging your own devices

Your own devices may need to be charged during the day. There are power sockets in the classrooms for this purpose, which are freely available to students. Note! After the lesson, users must move the power sockets and their cords out of the corridors to avoid the risk of tripping. In addition to classes, charging electricity is available on campus, depending on the public areas.