We are happy to host international students!
Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences has decided to cancel all physical mobility of the academic year 2020-2021. For more information, please visit the coronavirus website. For information on virtual mobility in spring 2021, please see below.
Information concerning the academic year 2021-2022:
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) accepts international students by several exchange programmes and agreements. Please note that SAMK is a multi-campus university. To ensure the most rewarding academic experience incoming exchange students will be placed on our campuses based on their Degree studies in their home universities.
SAMK has partner universities all over the world and takes part in several networks and exchange programmes such as: Erasmus+, Nordplus, FIRST and Magellan. In addition, we have many bilateral agreements with universities around the world. You can apply to study with us for a semester or two as free mover as well.
From SoleMOVE online system you can see the current partner universities of SAMK.
After your application for an exchange period abroad has been approved by the International Office at your home university, we require an official nomination from your home university in order to provide you with access to our online mobility tool SoleMOVE.
The application procedure will be carried out with SoleMOVE online system.
During the spring semester 2021 SAMK will offer a virtual mobility possibility to our Erasmus partner institutions. The application procedure differs from our normal procedure so please read the instructions below carefully.
Students need to be nominated to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 November 2020. Nominated students will then receive a link to our application form from their own international coordinator. The application deadline is 30 November 2020. We will send more information to selected students in December.
Transcript of records, copy of your passport and a motivation letter must be enclosed to the application form. LA can be sent via the Erasmus Dashboard or it can be enclosed to the application form.
2. Course selection
You will find all necessary information about available courses on the application form. We hope that you read carefully the course descriptions.
Courses are free of charge for students of our Erasmus partner institutions. Offered courses are all part of curriculum for degree studies.
You are allowed to choose courses freely from different faculties. We recommend that you complete at least 15 ECTS credits. Priority is given to those students who choose more than one course. Only a certain number of virtual exchange students can be accepted to a course. There might be prerequisites in some courses so you should read carefully the course descriptions.
3. Course registration
Registration to the courses will be done simply by sending the application form to SAMK. SAMK will notify the selected students about their final course choices in December 2020.
You will receive the SAMK username and password via e-mail. Please note that students are required a laptop, a mobile phone is not adequate. Also at least 3G connection is needed while using SAMK's programs outside the campus area. More information can be found on our admissions and BYOD info websites.
Selected students will receive more information about SAMK’s electronic services and study methods in the beginning of the spring semester during an online orientation.
Courses include for example live study sessions, group work and independent studying. The course timetables will be available to students with the SAMK username and password. All courses will be organized between January and May 2021 but the length of the course may vary. The language of instruction is English.
5. Transcript of records
The official transcript will be sent to the home university and to you after the virtual mobility period. Please note that studies completed at SAMK should be fully recognized to your own degree.
SAMK has two application periods:
- deadline for applications for the autumn semester and the whole academic year: 15 May
- deadline for applications for the spring semester: 15 November
After SAMK has received the nomination from your home university, you will receive a password to SoleMOVE and you can start to fill in your application. You will need to upload the following application documents (in English):
- Your photo
- Motivation Letter (background, expectations for exchange)
- Transcript of records (showing your grades from home university, in English)
- Copy of your passport (only required from students outside EU/EEA-countries). Please note, that your passport should be valid 6 months after your exchange period ends.
Please note that SAMK does not accept applications sent by post.
In regard to the Learning Agreement, check courses available for exchange students on Study Guide.
Students can find courses and course descriptions in Study Guide. Choose "Courses suitable for exchange students". Courses for the virtual mobility period of spring 2021 are listed on the application form. Courses for the academic year 2021-2022 will be published during spring 2021 in Study Guide.
The normal workload for students is approximately 30 ECTS credits / semester. Feel free to ask the International Relations Secretaries if you need information of the courses.
You can plan your own programme according to your needs and wishes. Note however, that:
- You are advised to take courses primarily from the faculty you apply to.
- SAMK has campuses in four cities and you should choose courses only from one city.
- Please note that we offer business studies on two campuses and you will be placed on a campus which offers the most suitable courses for your Degree Programme at home.
- The courses are arranged only if a certain number of students enroll.
- Students will be accepted into courses in the enrollment order (at the beginning of the semester). The courses have a limited number of places.
Remember to have a look at the prerequisite studies. You might, for example, need to have previous studies in the field of a course.
The academic year at SAMK is divided into two semesters. There is normally very little tuition during the summer. You are expected to arrive at the beginning of the semester. If you arrive late (over 5 days), you may not be able to attend the courses any more. Please also note that our orientation sessions for incoming exchange students are mandatory.
Information about the beginning of your studies: please contact the international contact person of your faculty.
Degree Programmes in SAMK
- Degree programmes taught in English are marked with *)
- Degree programmes taught in Finnish offer also some courses in English. These courses are available to exchange students.
- For more information on SAMK curricula and courses, visit our Study Guide.
Welfare & Health
Degree Programme in Fine Arts, Bachelor/Master of Culture and Arts
Degree Programme in Elderly Care, Bachelor/Master of Social Services and Health Care
Degree Programme in Health Promotion, Master of Health Care
Degree Programme in Nursing, Bachelor of Health Care *)
Degree Programme in Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Health Care *)
Degree Programme in Rehabilitation, Master of Social Services
Degree Programme in Rehabilitation Counselling, Bachelor of Social Services and Health Care
Degree Programme in Social Services, Bachelor/Master of Social Services
Degree Programme in Welfare Technology, Master of Health Care
Entrepreneur's Degree Programme, Bachelor of Business Administration
Degree Programme in Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration
Degree Programme in Management and Service Business, Master of Business Administration
Degree Programme in Tourism, Bachelor of Hospitality Management *)
Logistics and Maritime Technology
Degree Programme in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Master of Business Administration *)
Degree Programme in Industrial Management, Bachelor of Engineering
Degree Programme in International Business, Bachelor of Business Administration *)
Degree Programme in International Trade, Bachelor of Business Administration *)
Degree Programme in Logistics, Bachelor of Engineering *)
Degree Programme in Maritime Management, Master of Engineering/Master of Maritime
Degree Programme in Industrial Management and Technology, Bachelor of Engineering *)
Sea Captain's Degree Programme, Bachelor of Marine Technology *)
Degree Programme in Business Information Systems, Bachelor of Business Administration
Degree Programme in Construction and Building Service Technology, Master of Engineering
Degree Programme in Construction and Municipal Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering
Degree Programme in Electrical and Automation Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering
Degree Programme in Energy and Environmental Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering
Degree Programme in Information Technology, Master of Business Administration/ Master of
Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering
Degree Programme in Technology, Master of Engineering
Degree Programme in Welfare Technology (Master's Degree), Master of Engineering
Welcome to SAMK! Below you will find important information concerning practical matters of your exchange period at SAMK. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
Before arrival please remember to check that you have submitted all the required documents.
Pori Campus orientation weeks:
• usually in the beginning of January
• for nursing and physiotherapy students coming to SAMK to complete their practical training the orientation is usually in February
Rauma Campus orientation week is usually in the beginning of January.
During the orientation week we will tell you more about studying at SAMK, about our electronic services and student life in general. Please remember that attending the orientation programme is obligatory for exchange students.
All tests and vaccinations must be taken in your home country prior to your departure.
1. All students coming to SAMK
All students must fill in the Health Form with information regarding the following vaccinations:
- MMR (measles, mumps and rubella): 2 doses / Lifetime. It is mandatory.
- Tetanus: 3 doses / Lifetime. It is mandatory.
- Polio: 3 to 4 doses / Lifetime. It is mandatory.
- Diphtheria. It is mandatory.
- Influenza vaccination, taken between November – April. It is mandatory for health care students. If you are coming for the Spring term, this vaccination must be taken in your home country.
- Chicken pox. It is recommended for all students. It is mandatory for students of nursing, physiotherapy and social services to get the vaccination if you haven’t had chicken pox disease earlier in your life.
- Hepatitis B: It is mandatory for nursing students and recommended for physiotherapy and social work students.
The vaccinations must be valid when you arrive to Finland.
2. All nursing and physiotherapy students doing clinical practice must send a filled health form with the following information:
- Negative tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux test or IGRA test) or chest X-ray. Either the test or the x-ray must be taken within the last 3 months before coming to Finland (Doctor’s statement).
- Students practicing in maternity or neonatal wards must also send:
- Chest X-ray. It must be taken in the last 3 months.
- Whooping cough booster during last 5 years
If your test results are positive, your clinical practice in Finland is not possible.
The results should be given clearly in English and must be sent three weeks in advance to the contact persons mentioned in the health form.
3. Please note:
All students from below mentioned countries must send a doctor's statement of a chest X-Ray at least two weeks before their arrival. The doctor’s statement cannot be older than three months. The results should be given clearly in English.
Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam.
4. Additional information
In addition, every student doing clinical practice must send an Extract on Criminal Background in advance to riitta.rissanen(at)samk.fi.
EU citizens, please bring along your European health insurance card.
If you are coming from a NON EU/EEA COUNTRY you will need a visa to enter Finland.
If you are an EU/EEA COUNTRY student, you don’t need a visa or a residence permit. But once you get here, you will need a social security number. Having this number is essential for you, no matter how long you stay. You need it in order to be issued the Transcript of Records and other important Erasmus+ documents concerning your stay at SAMK.
In addition, if you are staying more than three months, you must fulfill the registration procedure at the local police office.
More information: Finnish Immigration Service
Please remember to update your arrival information to SoleMOVE.
In SAMK every exchange student has a tutor who helps you with issues regarding your stay and studies. You will be contacted by your tutor a few weeks before you come. You can ask him or her about practical matters on your stay.
The International Relations Secretary of the Pori campus assists exchange students from partner universities in finding accommodation but the apartment needs to be rented from private housing market. There are several options available. The rent varies according to the size, location and facilities of the chosen apartment. It is also possible to share an apartment.
Private brokers of rental apartments are for example:
Vuokralukaali Apartments (on vuokralukaali.fi)
Vuokralukaali has a diverse selection of rental accommodation from Pori. Please visit their website for more information and if you have any questions, contact Tommi Kasvinen directly at tommi.kasvinen(at)vuokralukaali.com
Torget (on www.torgethotel.fi)
Torget has special prices for SAMK students, please contact info(at)torgethotel.fi
Students in Rauma campus will search their accommodation from private market. The rent varies according to the size, location and facilities of the chosen apartment. Information about available housing options will be provided by their International Relations Secretary.
Housing will be provided for you by SAMK. The students’ dormitory is situated in the center of Kankaanpää.
The apartment consists of two rooms (one/student), a kitchen and bathroom. The average rent is 170 euros a month + 15 euros water bill. If you want to share your room with some other student, both students will pay 85 euros + 15 water bill.
Rooms are furnished (bed, blanket, pillow, desk, chair and closet). Bed linen are not included, but you can rent bed linen from Sataedu.
Internet connection is available upon request for a small fee.
StudentSurvival kits for exchange and international students
There is a service called "StudentSurvival". You can rent your housing items instead of buying. Prices start from 19 euros. You can read more about the service from the website.
You should ask about an insurance regarding school and practice at your home university. We recommend that you should get a health/travel insurance.
Students coming from EU/EEA countries, you should take your European health insurance card with you.
Students coming from non EU/EEA countries, should have a certain insurance required by Finnish Immigration Services when applying for their student visas. More information and requirements on Finnish Immigration Services website.