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Welcome to Centria's section for applicants!

In this section, you can find important information about the ongoing application and future application rounds, available programmes, tuition fees & scholarships, as well as basic information about student life in general.

Centria University of Applied Sciences has operations in the three towns in Kokkola, Ylivieska, and Pietarsaari, but international programs are currently located only in Kokkola and Pietarsaari. This region is not only characterized by the old towns, the sea with its archipelago, and vivid bilingualism, but also by the long river valleys, traditional country life, and bustling local cultures.

Application rounds for Bachelor's and Master's degree programs taught fully in English are open every year. Check out the next one which interests you and do not hesitate to apply!

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Studying at Centria UAS

We offer students a wide choice of educational opportunities, practically oriented teaching methods, and good connections to the professional world. The study environment is innovative, caring and multicultural, with students from all around the world.

We offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the fields of engineering, business, social work, health care, music pedagogy and humanities and education. Close to 550 students graduate from Centria University of Applied Sciences annually. Each year around 90 of the graduates are international students.

Our students enjoy the close-knit community and warm atmosphere, where teachers and staff are easily approachable. Study groups are small, which ensures that each student receives the attention he or she needs to learn. We also provide study and career guidance for all the students of Centria.

Teaching is very practical and workshops and projects are widely used as learning methods, enabling students to get a realistic grip on the taught themes. Company visits take place in each programme, which offer students a good insight into the actual working life and help students to build their networks with potential employers.


A genuinely international institution

Centria University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary, dynamic and international higher education institution located in Finland.

Centria welcomes students and staff from tens of different countries. This cosmopolitan student and staff population create a truly international atmosphere and a multicultural study environment. There are about 500 international degree-seeking students at Centria University of Applied Sciences, representing about 40 different nationalities. Around 60 international guest lecturers visit us annually.

We have close to 130 partner institutions around the world. Our extensive international network provides students and staff with excellent opportunities to gain international experiences, by taking part in a study period abroad for instance. In addition to sending out students overseas, Centria University of Applied Sciences receives close to 100 exchange students from our partner universities around the world for a semester or year-long exchange period in Finland.


We care about our students

We care about our students and this is also reflected in our students’ feedback. According to the national survey, we have the most satisfied students in Finland for three years in a row now! (The national survey of the Ministry of Education and Culture (02/2020)

What we offer:

  • An inspiring study environment
  • Small study groups
  • A close-knit student community
  • Practically oriented studies: projects and workshops
  • A fantastic international and caring atmosphere
  • Excellent connections with working life
  • Company visits
  • Campuses surrounded by breathtaking nature
  • Friendly people all around
  • Safe learning environment


Cozy campus cities

All of our three campuses are located in the western part of Finland in Kokkola, Pietarsaari and Ylivieska. Each of our campuses is located nearby or in the city centers and exploring the campus cities can be easily done by walk or bicycle. The campus cities are lively environments with cozy cafés and restaurants. All of our campus cities are also surrounded by rural areas that offer us the benefits of an incredible untouched nature. Our students may enjoy the fresh air from the sea and the calm offered by the beautiful Finnish nature and forests.

The cost of living is less than in many metropolitan areas and the crime rates are extremely low. It is safe to roam and move at any time of the day. All cities have also excellent transport links. From our campuses, you can easily take a 4-hour train trip to our capital Helsinki or head to the north and visit the beautiful Finnish Lapland. You can also effortlessly explore all the Nordic countries, Russia as well as the Baltic countries.

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Centria's Research and Development activities

Centria’s R&D has been identified as one of the institution’s strengths and its success has been recognized on the national scale!

The three pillars of our R&D activities are research and development projects, development services and educational services. Our R&D aims to help businesses and local industries increase their competitiveness and knowledge.
We value our close cooperation with companies, the public sector and communities. We always make the most of our know-how, of our team of experts and the different kinds of development environments at our use to meet our customers’ needs. We have a strong interaction between research and education and whenever possible we involve students in our R&D activities.


Hope to see you on campus one day!


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