SAMK students studying in a classroom.


Award winning international community

SAMK is a truly international educational institution with a wide international network. Every year SAMK attracts over 1000 international degree and exchange students from 100 countries. SAMK has over 200 partner universities all over the world. Furthermore, the international staff mobility brings inspiring addition to the multicultural atmosphere. In 2023 SAMK was awarded as the “International Employer of the Year” for successfully recruiting and retaining international talents.

Staff Mobility

Cooperation with our international partners is important for us to strengthen our international dimension. As an active and innovative academic operator in Finnish higher education, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, SAMK, provides great opportunities for different kinds of specialists in various fields of interest. Multiple international projects, research groups, and interesting study programmes offer a unique chance to learn and share, and to have a deeper understanding of the education that has a fame of one the best in the world.

We welcome both teachers and other staff members from all over the world. You are welcome to teach as guest lecturers at Bachelor’s and Master’s level and to get to know SAMK’s research projects and teaching facilities and methods. For administrative staff, we tailor visits to exchange good practice, shadowing and workshops to develop your skills.

Staff from our partner institutions can visit SAMK during our international weeks or we can also arrange tailor-made visits with our experts. For more information on the international weeks, please check the Event calendar.

Interested? Please contact our staff to express your interest, whether it’s about a short-term or long-term mobility or an organisational visit. We will communicate your wishes forward to the relevant degree programmes.

Once your visit has been confirmed by SAMK, please fill in a short registration form before your mobility period. Thank you!

And do not forget: if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

About our international and national networks

International networks

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) takes part in many national and international networks concerning the internationalisation of higher education.

The DIVERSE alliance of European universities

SAMK, together with 11 other European higher education institutions, has formed the DIVERSE alliance of European universities. Through this alliance SAMK will have the opportunity to increase the mobility of students, teachers and other staff, develop research and make even more extensive use of research results and innovations in teaching. Students will be able to work together in multicultural teams, tackling societal challenges in a multidisciplinary way. DIVERSE stands for Digital and Innovative Venture Science Education for Resilient and Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

Learn more at DIVERSE website

International networks and cooperation programmes

Erasmus+ mobility programme supports higher education students and staff in international mobility and cooperation projects with European institutions.

Magellan network provides exchange opportunities for students and staff in Europe and beyond, especially in the US.

Baltic University Programme organises courses, workshops and other programme for students, teachers and researchers in higher education.

  • Contact person in the Faculty of Service Business: Sanna-Mari Renfors
  • Contact person in the Faculty of Technology: Sirpa Sandelin

National networks

Finnish National Agency for Education supports Finnish higher education institutions in their internationalisation. For more information, please visit their website.

In addition, SAMK belongs to the West Finland higher education institutions network. Together these institutions organise for example joint projects and apply for funding for mobility and curriculum development. There are also field-specific networks such as NIBSBusinetENNEENPHE and TURID.

Erasmus+ programme at SAMK

SAMK's Erasmus Policy Statement 2021-2027

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027

Erasmus student charter

Erasmus code: SF PORI08

More information about the Erasmus+ programme on the EDUFI website.

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Contact us

International Relations Office
Satakunnankatu 23, 28130 Pori
Satamakatu 26 / Suojantie 2, 26100 Rauma
Postal address
P.O. Box 1001, FI-28101 Pori, Finland
P.O. Box 211, FI-26101 Rauma, Finland
Opening hours

The International Office on SAMK Campus Pori is open from Monday to Friday at 8.00-15.00.

The International Office on SAMK Campus Rauma is open from Monday to Friday at 9.00-15.00.

You can also contact us via email or by phone.

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Group of students from Taiwan.

SAMK's Winter School brings culture and insights to Taiwanese senior high school students

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