Sea Captain

Maritime industry offers one of the most exciting and diverse career paths for anyone who aspires to become a member of a seafaring crew through completing the required certificates of proficiency.

Bachelor of Maritime Management

270 ECTS cr
Intake 25
Degree Programme of Sea Captain
Campus: Suojantie 2, Rauma

Important Dates

Application period: 9 January - 28 March 2018
Studies begin: Autumn 2018

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Applying takes place online at Studyinfo service in 2018:

Bachelor of Maritime Management, Sea Captain, full-time studies, Rauma

Admission criteria

Please see (headline 'Admission and entrance exams') for admission criteria.

Entrance exam spring 2018

Entrance examination

SAMK organizes its own entrance examination on the Internet. SAMK will send eligible applicants directions for testing the exam platform and for completing the entrance examination within two weeks of applying and presenting adequate proof of eligibility. Applicants are required to use their own computer and Internet connection.

In the entrance examination applicant’s learning skills, mathematical skills and understanding of written English are measured. The entrance examination can be completed from 15 January 2018 at 8.00 a.m. to at latest 13 April 2018 at 10 p.m. (all times Finnish time). Each applicant has 2 hours to complete the exam after starting it.

Admission requirement
Applicant is required to get at least 75 points out of the maximum 100 points to be selected as a student or to be selected to the online interview. To be considered for selection from a reserve place after the application period, applicant has to get at least 55 points from the online examination. 

What is Unique in Sea Captain Studies at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences:

  • Latest maritime simulator technology taken in use 2016
  • Audited Dynamic Positioning Training by Nautical Institute in July 2017
  • Awarded by RINA/LR maritime safety award 2016 as part of SEAHORSE consortium
  • SAMK is member of IAMU (International Association of Maritime Universities)
  • SAMK is member of IMCA (International Maritime Contractors Association)
  • Rauma and Pori are cities in the heart of a maritime cluster in Finland

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SAMK Students Will be Employed

Maritime academies in Scandinavia have a long reputation for delivering an outstanding curriculum, which prepares students for finding their own niche in the field. Thus, seafarers with a Scandinavian degree in Maritime Studies are in high demand, especially for management level positions. Depending on their work experience they often work as officers, chief officers or Masters on board the ships.

Later in their career many seafarers seek employment on shore. Typical land-based careers include work at port organizations or in stevedoring companies, in shore organizations of shipping companies or in chartering agencies. Moreover, other suitable jobs are working as a maritime inspector, maritime expert or as a pilot.

Versatile and International Campus

Study centre for offshore technology, international business and logistics.

  • 1500 students
  • Diversified: business, health care and social services, seafaring, technology
  • International: bachelor and master degree programmes in English, about 150 international students every year

Your Studies Include

  • Navigation and Ship Handling
  • Shipping Technology and Shipping Economics
  • Seamanship and Leadership Skills
  • Ship Service and Maintenance and Ship Building
  • Ship Engines and Technical Systems
  • GOC
  • Maritime Law and Legislation
  • Ship Safety and Emergency Management

While proceeding in your studies you gradually learn to work in a challenging environment and to make quick decisions.  You will also get used to the special demands of life at sea, such as being able to adapt to different situations, to take responsibility and to be flexible.


Bachelor's Thesis

In thesis you demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in practical expert duties related to the professional studies.

Study Arrangements

Maritime Studies in SAMK comply with the standards set for the contents of the training by the international conventions (STCW).  During your studies you have an opportunity to apply for an exchange program and earn credits (ECTS) while studying abroad in any of the partner schools of SAMK. Onboard training can also be completed partly or entirely abroad.

Sea Captain students and senior lecturer tell about the studies.

Maritime students and the new simulator.

President of SAMK tells why you should come to Finland to study.

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SAMK was elected for the board of the International Association of Maritime Universities

The International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) had an annual meeting in October. SAMK was elected for its International Executive Board for years 2018–2019.
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Maritime DP training accredited again

SAMK maritime dynamic positioning training has been accredited again. This allows us to train personnel to maintain given position or to control vessel moves using DP- system on offshore worksites where water depths are unreachable for anchors.

Further Information

Admissions Office:
(02) 623 4801

Further Information on Degree Program:

Jarmo Teränen
+358 44 710 3679

Your Campus:

SAMK-campus Rauma
Suojantie 2
26100 Rauma

Ask more about the programme from our admissions office