Study Guide 2015 - 2016

President's Greeting

Welcome to Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences!

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK) has been operating for 20 years. The academic year 2015-2016 is the nineteenth one of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences as a permanent HEI (Higher Education Institution). According to our recently revised Strategy, the vision of SeAMK is to be an international and entrepreneur-spirited institution of higher education – the best one for our students. Our aim to provide high-quality education is the guiding principle for our operations.

SeAMK operates on three campuses. The gradual shift from eight educational facilities to three campuses has made SeAMK even more communal. The opportunity to conduct common, multidisciplinary studies crossing Faculty boundaries offers our students a broader perspective to learning. The restaurants, café, student lounge and other common areas on the campuses provide good opportunities for networking, making new acquaintances, and common interests.

We aim to operate as an independent and successful institution of higher education also in future. Our goal is to have wide national and international co-operation networks with working life and other universities.

All the fields of study central to working life, commerce and industry are represented at our University of Applied Sciences: technology, business, culture, social work and health care, natural resources and tourism, as well as catering and domestic services. Since August 2013, these fields of study have been offered by four Faculties: School of Food and Agriculture, School of Business and Culture, School of Health Care and Social Work and School of Technology.

The School of Business and Culture and the School of Technology are located on the Frami main campus in Seinäjoki. The School of Health Care and Social Work operates at two different addresses: at Keskuskatu 32, close to the Seinäjoki main campus, and at Koskenalantie. The School of Food and Agriculture is also located in two places, on the Seinäjoki main campus and in the municipality of Ilmajoki. This school combines teaching and competence in Hospitality Management, Agriculture, Food Processing, and Biotechnology.

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences provides education to approximately 4,900 students. In addition to 18 Bachelor-degree programmes for young people, of which two are instructed in English, we offer opportunities to adults to complete degree programmes and professional specialisation studies. Opportunities for adults are also offered by the Regional University of Applied Sciences. There are seven Master-level degree programmes at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. In one of the programmes, the language of instruction is English.

Every year, about 1,000 new students are enrolled in our degree programmes, while more than 700 students graduate. Our most important development task is to develop our learning and teaching methods in such a way that that our instruction is supported by up-to-date know-how from working life and industry. One example of this is FramiPro, a multidisciplinary learning environment based on project learning, in which students of different fields complete part of their degrees together, learning in projects. In addition to our traditional cooperation with companies, this has increased SeAMK’s cooperation with small and micro entrepreneurs.

The implementation of a digital campus in accordance with our revised Strategy is aimed at building an up-to-date learning environment and bringing our interest groups close to our operations. We aim at providing our students with knowledge and skills needed in an increasingly international operational environment. Therefore, we focus on international student and staff mobility. There are a wide range of opportunities for studying and conducting practical training abroad, especially in Europe, but also in all the other continents of the world.

Dear student,

In this study guide, you will find the curricula of all the degree programmes starting this academic year, together with detailed course descriptions. In addition, the guide contains general information about studying at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

I wish you the best of success in your studies!

In Seinäjoki, 25 June 2015

Mr Tapio Varmola
President of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences