Before arriving to Finland
You have been selected as a new student at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. Congratulations! Read the instructions found on this website carefully. You will find e.g. useful information about host country formalities and arriving to Finland. See you soon!
Residence permit and Visa
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.
In addition, if you are staying more than three months, you must fulfill the registration procedure at the local police office.
As a citizen of one of the Nordic countries you do not need a visa or a residence permit to study in Finland. If you stay in Finland for longer than six (6) months, you are required to register personally at the local Register Office (maistraatti).
More information: Finnish Immigration Service
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 Finnish Immigration Service.
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.
The process of the identification and recognition of competences (AHOT) is a procedure, through which the student can get earlier studies or competences or for example work experience included in the degree. Students don’t have to study again skills or other things they have studied/acquired earlier or during the present studies.
Students can apply for identification and recognition of competence throughout their studies and the academic year. There is no limit for the number of credits which can be identified and recognised. However, the thesis remains outside this process. AHOT procedure is always initiated by the student.
For every degree programme, there is a designated person who is in charge of receiving the applications. Information on this person shall be provided by the Degree Programme Coordinator.