Information Technology

Tutkinto: Bachelor of Engineering
Opintomuoto: Full-time studies
Opintojen laajuus:4 years, 240 credits
Kampus: Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola
Aloituspaikat: 15
This programme is currently running at Centria UAS - No intake in 2017 (more information coming during the spring 2017)


The IT field offers countless opportunities to young creative people, who master the foundations and technologies used to build new applications and systems. Software and communication methods are changing the way individuals and organizations do their daily activities. In all areas of life there is space for new innovations that help people to do things in a better way by using IT technologies - our world can become more user-friendly, more economical, and more productive and reduce energy consumption.

The degree programme in Information Technology provides you with a wide knowledge in software engineering and communications. You will be able to acquire the skills required in building new applications and systems based on customer needs. In addition to regular courses we offer advanced students real world projects where they can challenge themselves.

IT Engineering studies consists of more or less constant basic studies and rapidly evolving new technologies. You need both to solve real world problems with software and IT systems. Engineers’ work is very practically oriented. All professional studies contain a lot of learning by doing. For advanced students we offer an opportunity to take part in our R & D projects during their studies.

Our main specializations are software engineering and communication technologies. These are the fastest growing areas of IT. You get skills to build applications using different programming languages and platforms. You also learn how to use existing services to build solutions to meet customer needs or even invent your own new services by combining existing ones.

 Due to the fast growth rate of IT industry the demand for new skilled professionals is high. Young professionals are valued, due to their learning skills and flexibility. In many projects, there are often technologies that are new even to experienced professionals, so precisely your learning skills are an essential asset. When solving customers’ needs, your communication and analysis skills are needed to be sure

Occupational titles

Software designer, Project manager, R&D Engineer, IT Manager, Security expert, Network Systems Administrator, Network specialist, CEO of your start-up company

Co-operation with working life

Kosila Digimedia, Oy Raisoft Ltd, SK Protect Oy, Boliden Kokkola Oy, Alfame Systems, Maintpartner, Apex Automation, Sasken Finland, Kemira GrowHow Oy, Hur Oy, Livion Oy, Elisa Oyj

Postgraduate studies

In Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius it’s possible to study in Master’s Programme in Information Technology (in Finnish) and it’s flexible to apply directly from Centria UAS’ degree programme in Information Technology. A personal study plan will be made for every student according to previous study performance and degree.

Tuition fees

The autumn 2016 intake is the last chance for students from outside European economic area (EAA) to study in Finland without tuition fees. By applying in 2016 and starting your studies at Centria in September 2016 or January 2017, no students will have to pay any tuition for their studies at Centria. For their visa application, students must provide proof for their own living costs, travel expenses and other costs during their studies.

The cost of living in Finland is on average comparable to the rest of Europe. Basically, for expenses such as rent, food and personal costs, you will need approximately 560 Euros per month, that is 12 x 560 = 6 720 Euros for one year. Centria UAS does not provide any financial help for students.


Entrance examination                          40 points


SELECTION METHOD 2: SCHOOL PERFORMANCE AND ENTRANCE EXAMINATION (only available to those applying with a Finnish matriculation examination certificate)

Alternative 2B

School performance                            60 points (matriculation examination grades)

Entrance examination                          40 points

Total                                                   100 points

The minimum acceptable score for the entrance examination is 10 points. Admission scores will be calculated for all applicants, if possible, using both of the selection methods applicable to the programme in question and selection will be carried out on this basis.

Points awarded for school performance will be calculated in the same way as for the Degree Programmes in Engineering and Laboratory Sciences provided in Finnish/Swedish.


Scoring school performance

Points awarded for school performance are based on the matriculation examination certificate. The grades on the matriculation examination certificate will be obtained for the applicant register directly from the Matriculation Examination Board.

School performance points will be calculated according to individual subjects on the matriculation examination certificate (mother tongue, best of advanced syllabus languages, mathematics and best of the following general subjects: physics, chemistry and biology).

Candidates for the matriculation examination do not need to enter the grades on the matriculation examination certificate on their application forms, as these will be collected directly from the Matriculation Examination Board.

Matriculation examination certificate







Mother tongue







Best advanced syllabus language test







Mathematics, advanced syllabus







Mathematics, basic syllabus







General subject test in physics







General subject test in chemistry







General subject test in biology







*    Mother tongue is equivalent to the A1 language on an IB Diploma and to the language corresponding to mother tongue on EB and RP Diplomas.

**  only one of the two

*** only one of the three


Conversion formula for EB, IB and Reifeprüfung Diplomas

Applicants who have completed an International Baccalaureate (IB), a European Baccalaureate (EB) or a Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma will convert their diploma grades according to the following conversion table:

EB Diploma

IB Diploma

Reifeprüfung Diploma

Finnish matriculation examination



Other subject-specific test




7 (Excellent)

13–15 points

Laudatur (L)




6 (Very good)

12–10 points

Eximia cum laude approbatur (E)




5 (Good)

8–9 points

Magna cum laude approbatur (M)




4 (Satisfactory)

7 points

Cum laude approbatur (C)




3 (Mediocre)

5–6 points

Lubenter approbatur (B)




2 (Poor)

4 points

Approbatur (A)



Information about the entrance examination countries can be found at


Basic instructions about the examination:

The examination consists of two parts:

Part 1: Mathematics, logical deduction, Physics and Chemistry, learning prerequisites.

Part 2: English language.

The total duration of the exam is 3 hours. There is no break between the two parts. 

You may only bring your writing material (pencil, sharpener, rubber and ruler) to the examination. Calculators or any other electronic devices as well as formula books or dictionaries are not allowed. 

Student stories - Information Technology


All set towards my dream job!

I came to Finland because I was playing professional ice hockey and my career led me to Kokkola. Along with doing sports I was offered a job where I worked at for a one year before realizing that I wanted to use the opportunity of Finland’s free education system and there happened to be a university of applied sciences at Kokkola. I had a gap year after finishing high school, so I had a lot to prepare when applying to the university. Luckily the application process went well and I completed my entrance exams, and I got accepted at Centria.

Kokkola is a great town for students. It is a small city where all the places that students need are located close by and there is a great local community which will help if necessary.

Everyone has a dream job, and that’s also my case. I would really like to continue living in Finland, work in some Finnish IT company, perform well and advance in my career in the field of Information Technology.
 I know that in the future people will rely more and more on technology.

Centria offers studies in the field of Information Technology, which concentrate a lot on practical knowledge. Teachers with huge experience in IT are offering great and interactive teaching, which is really necessary because IT is such a technical field that hands-on experience is useful.

Nauris Enkuzens


More information about studies:
Principal Lecturer Sakari Männistö,,
tel. +358 44 725 0323

More information about application:
Admissions Office, tel. +358 40 8086604,


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