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Satakunta University of Applied Sciences – SAMK

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences – SAMK is one of the Finland’s top universities of applied sciences, with modern campuses on the west coast of Finland, in the Satakunta region. SAMK is a multidisciplinary, internationally oriented university of approximately 6,000 students and 400 employees.

SAMK is a dynamic community that brings people together to exchange knowledge and expertise. We seek to educate students who are fully qualified professionals ready to enter the international labour market. To this end, we constantly invest in educational innovation and student development.

SAMK offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the faculties of Health and Welfare, Logistics and Maritime Technology, Service Business and Technology.

Video, Welcome to SAMK:

SAMK in numbers:

  • 1. 4 campuses
  • 2. 6000 students
  • 3. 425 staffmembers
  • 4. 13 degreeprogrammes in English
  • 5. 30 degreeprogrammes in Finnish
  • 6. 300 internationalstudents
  • 7. 60 nationalities on campuses
  • 8. 200 partner institutions around the world
  • 9. Over 20,000 degrees awarded totally
  • 10. 300 publications annually
  • 11. 307 new enterprises from the Enterprise Accelerator totally
  • 12. 124 ongoing projects
  • 13. € 12.5 millionthe total volume of ongoing projects

The best education

SAMK is known for its quality of education: according to graduating Bachelor’s degree students SAMK is the best university of applied sciences in Finland in terms of teaching competence (Survey of Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture for those graduated from university of applied sciences in 2009–2018 in Finland). In addition, Master’s degree students at SAMK are in general very satisfied with their studies.

All SAMK students will be employed

Our vision is that all SAMK students will be employed.

SAMK has the highest employment rate outside the metropolitan area in Finland (Survey of Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture). Most of the students find a permanent job right after graduation from SAMK. One year after graduation, over 80% have found a job.

Students are provided with the best possible skills for employment by education customized to the needs of the area, comprehensive co-operation with the employment market and an entrepreneurial attitude.

Evolving study environments:

  • 1. Automation laboratory
  • 2. Maritime simulator
  • 3. Nursing simulator
  • 4. Enterprise Accelerator
  • 5. SAMK EduTravel, educationaltravelagency
  • 6. Artificial Intelligence Academy, Electric Academy, Robotics Academy, Business and TechnologyAcademy
  • 7. Soteekki, the service centre of social and health care
  • 8. HILL, an online lecture and e-learning environment
  • 9. SAMK Library, the most important scientific library in the region.

Brand-new campuses

We have campuses in the biggest cities in the Satakunta region.


SAMK-campus Pori is a brand-new facility located in the city centre of Pori next to the public transportation center. The new campus is the most modern learning environment in Finland. The modern and versatile campus offers education in business, health care and social services, technology and tourism.

The Pori district is the 8th largest economic and employment area in Finland. The city of Pori has a population of about 85,000.

Pori has a cozy city center with good services and everything near. The central park, Kirjurinluoto, is just five minutes away from the city centre and full of garden areas, nature trails, playgrounds, events and experiences. Yyteri beach is one of the most family-friendly beaches in Europe with its 6 kilometres long beach. According to the Guardian Yyteri is also the best beach in Northern Europe. One can travel to Pori by bus and train as well as by airplane. A flight from Helsinki to Pori only takes about 30 minutes.


SAMK-campus Rauma has been recently renovated and it is located close to the harbour. The campus is a versatile and international study centre for off shore technology, international business and logistics.

The city of Rauma is the third oldest city in Finland with a population of about 40,000. Rauma is a lively and friendly industrial city and home to two Unesco World Heritage Sites – a unique Nordic wooden town Old Rauma and a Bronze Age burial site Sammallahdenmäki. Rauma archipelago offers refreshingly breezy experiences, accessible either by daily water bus connections orboat. The archipelago consists of approximately 300 beautiful islands close to the city. There are regular bus connections to Rauma from Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Pori, among others.

The cities in Satakuntaoffer spacious and safe living conditions, a lot of green nature and excellent opportunities for leisure activities. The cities are big enough to offer all the necessary services but also small enough to have a cozy and friendly atmosphere.

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