International aspects of education

Internationalisation in the curriculum

International relations are an integral part of higher education. During their studies, students learn about the challenges internationalisation poses on the experts in different fields and how to utilise internationalisation in the development of their field and area of specialisation. Students are provided with the skills they need deal with international activities when working abroad or in international projects, but also when working in Finland.

In addition to language skills and skills needed to communicate with people from other countries, a graduate from a higher-education institution (HEI) needs skills in utilising the latest research information and data communications connections, a broad perspective and knowledge about the various sectors in society, as well as innovation, flexibility, initiative and sensitivity in encountering various situations and people from different cultures

Tuition in English

Each year, Seinäjoki UAS offers approximately 1000 credits worth of foreign-language teaching, of which the university's own Finnish and international degree students as well as international mobility students can take advantage. The Degree Programme in International Business (BBA) and Degree Programme in Nursing are two of the bachelor's programmes offered at Seinäjoki UAS that are taught completely in English. We have a master's level degree programme, Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management, which is taught completely in English as well. In addition to these, there are also a number of modules in various fields, which are taught in English and which last about one semester.

The literature and other study material for various courses may also be in a foreign language. The number of degree programmes leading to a double degree increases each year. Today Seinäjoki UAS has ten agreements concerning the double degree programmes. Students from the Business School and from the School of Technology can complete another degree in a partner HEI abroad. A wide selection of courses in foreign languages and cultures is also available to students.

The UAS degree includes compulsory courses in both Finnish and Swedish and one or two foreign languages. Students may also take optional language courses to further their language skills or to learn a completely new language and culture. Studies in the Finnish language and culture are offered to international students year round, in cooperation with other organisations offering Finnish language tuition.

Student mobility

National and international networking is the prerequisites for engaging in international activities. Seinäjoki UAS has international partner institutions in 46 different countries: about 160 in Europe and about 40 altogether in Asia, North and South America, Russia, Australia and Africa.

All students who attend Seinäjoki UAS have the opportunity to study or do their practical training abroad, and they are encouraged to do on long mobility lasting at least three (3) months. Each year, approximately one-fifth of our students go on a long mobility to study or do their practical training, the average length of stay abroad being 5 months. Half of them go abroad through EU programmes. Additionally, about 300 students go abroad for shorter study periods each year. The most popular destinations are Germany, Spain and the Baltic countries. Other countries that attract students include the United States, South Korea, China, Japan, India, Vietnam, Uganda, Sambia, Kenya, Australia, Argentina, and the Eastern European countries, as well.

Students have the opportunity to do their practical training abroad in a company or organisation they have chosen themselves if the placement fulfils the goals of their studies. Our partner institutions assist students in finding desired placements in the country of destination. Seinäjoki UAS utilises the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Students are offered the Diploma Supplement as an appendix to their Finnish degree diploma.

The amount of international mobility students arriving to Seinäjoki UAS is more than those leaving to go abroad. Foreign students have the opportunity to take part in orientation studies and extra curricula social programmes throughout the year. The friend-family activity especially for the international degree students was started in 2008. The student tutors and members of the SAMO student union actively participate in the various activities organised for international students; it is a part of the so-called internationalisation at home activities. More information concerning the orientation studies, social programme and friend-family activity for international students is available on the English web-pages for Seinäjoki UAS.

Seinäjoki UAS degree students are entitled to financial aid to study or to do their practical training abroad. State-provided student financial aid and housing supplements are available to students with Finnish citizenship while they study abroad. In addition to the insurance provided by the university, students should also have travel insurance and possibly other types of insurance for the period of their stay abroad.

Before going abroad, students with Finnish citizenship should visit the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA) to make sure they are covered under social security and health care insurance. Students with Finnish citizenship can pick up the necessary forms (for example Y39) and European Health Insurance Card at the KELA office. A vaccination scheme must also be filled out together with the nurse or a medical doctor. The international coordinators of the faculties, the international office of Seinäjoki UAS, the Intranet and the Guide for outgoing students have more detailed information about the arrangements for going abroad on a study mobility or training mobility.

International projects and conferences

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences has about 20 ongoing international research and development projects each year. Students studying at the institute may join these projects, either in Finland or abroad, i.e. as part of their thesis. The projects may also involve study or training abroad.

Hosting international conferences and seminars each year supports the professional growth and career advancement of the students and staff at Seinäjoki UAS. Students can work as conference assistants in these international conferences and seminars, for which they receive not only a certificate, but also credit toward their studies.

Guidance, consultation and information about international matters

The heads of the degree programmes, teachers, student tutors, international coordinators and international office staff provide assistance to students interested in internationalization, i.e. studying or doing practical training abroad. Information can also be obtained in the events and fairs of Seinäjoki UAS related to internationalization, orientation days, from the website, Intranet, Facebook, guidebooks and by e-mail.

Staff of international relations at Seinäjoki UAS

School of Business and Culture

Marjo Arola,

Eija Pennanen,

School of Food and Agriculture

Agriculture and forestry, Food Processing and Biotechnology:
Anna Tall,

Hospitality management:
Kirta Nieminen,

Tapio Pihlajaniemi,

School of Health Care and Social Work

Tiina Ojanperä,

School of Technology

Tapio Pihlajaniemi,

International Office

Helli Kitinoja,
Director of International Affairs

Tiina Välimäki,
Coordinator of International Affairs

Maria Loukola,
Project Manager, ERDF project

Heini Syrjälä,
Project Assistant, ERDF project

Julio Vallejo Medina,
Iberoamerican Coordinator,
Project Manager

Student Union SAMO