Practical information for international students

The page is divided into following sections, please read the most relevant for you: Before studies start, During studies and After studies.

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK) welcomes approximately 200 international students and 250 exchange students each year. This page provides insights into life in the vibrant city of Seinäjoki and the supportive services tailored for our international students. Our goal is to assist you in smoothly navigating the initial phases of your student life at SeAMK. In addition, your fellow students, teachers, tutors, and SeAMK staff are here to guide you during your studies. Please don’t hesitate to ask for advice!

We also encourage you to explore the region’s diverse recreational offerings, ranging from sports to art and culture, and discover activities for your leisure time. Make yourself at home in Seinäjoki, and we wish you success in your studies!

 

Before studies start

Before you start your studies, check your academic calendar for important dates such as orientation days and the start of your studies. Find out what Finland and the South Ostrobothnia region have to offer, including opportunities for leisure activities and life in Seinäjoki in general. Get to know Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences and what you need to know about migration. We give you tips on how to get to Seinäjoki.

  • Academic calendar

    Stay informed about key dates and events throughout the academic year with our comprehensive academic calendar. This section provides essential information on semester start and end dates, holidays, exam periods, and important deadlines to help you plan and manage your studies effectively.

    The section is divided into the following categories:

    • Bachelor degree students
    • Master degree students
    • Double degree students
    • Exchange students

    Bachelor degree students

    Bachelor of Health Care, Nursing

    • Start day 23 of August 2024.

    Bachelor of  Engineering, Agri-food Engineering as well as Automation Engineering, and Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business

    • Start day  2 September 2024.
    • If there is a delay in obtaining a residence permit, a student can start the studies online and continue studying online until 31 December 2024.

    Master degree students

    Master of Business Administration, International Business Management

    • Start day  2 September 2024.

    Double degree students

    Bachelor of Engineering, Automation Engineering

    Fall semester studies:
    • Arrival Date 22 August 2024
    • Start date – End date 23 August 2024 – depending on course choice.
      (Orientation days 23 August and 2 and 3 September 2024)
    • Examination Period exams take place during the semester
    Spring semester studies:
    • Start date – End date: start date depends on course choice – 28 April 2025
    • Semester Closing Ceremony 28 April 2025
    • Examination period exams take place during the semester

    Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business

    Fall semester studies:
    • Arrival Date 1 September 2024
    • Start date – End date 2 September 2024 – depending on course choice.
      (Orientation days 2 and 3 September 2024).
    • Examination period exams take place during the semester
    Spring semester studies:
    • Start date – End date start date depends on course choice – 24 May 2025
    • Semester Closing Ceremony 24 May 2025
    • Examination period exams take place during the semester

    Master of Business Administration, International Business Management

    Fall semester studies:
    • Arrival date 1 September 2024
    • Fall semester studies start date – end date 2 September 2024 – 18 December 2024.
      (Orientation days 2 and 3 September 2024.)
    • Semester Closing Ceremony 18 December 2024
    • Examination Period exams take place during the semester
    Spring semester studies:
    • Arrival date 7 January 2025
    • Spring semester stadies start date – end date 8 January 2025 – according to course selection April/May.
      (Orientation days 8 January 2025).
    • Semester Closing Ceremony will be announced according to the end of studies
    • Examination period exams take place during the semester

     

    Exchange  Students

    One-year Exchange students:

    Gateway to International Business

    Fall semester studies:
    Arrival Date 1 September 2024
    • Start date – End date 2 September 2024 – depending on course choice
    (Orientation days 2 and 3 September 2024).
    • Examination Period exams take place during the semester

    Spring semester studies:
    Start date – End date start date depends on course choice – 24 May 2025
    • Semester Closing Ceremony 24 May 2025
    • Examination Period exams take place during the semester

    Professional Studies in Technology

    Fall semester studies:
    • Arrival Date 22 August 2024
    • Start date – End date 23 August 2024 –depending on course choice.
    (Orientation days 23 August and 2 and 3 September 2024)
    • Examination Period exams take place during the semester

    Spring semester studies:
    • Start date – End date: start date depends on course choice – 28 April 2025
    • Semester Closing Ceremony 28 April 2025
    • Examination Period exams take place during the semester

    Fall Semester Exchange Students  2024

    Professional Studies in Nursing, From Field to Fork and Professional Studies in Techonology
    • Arrival Date 22 August 2024
    • Start date – End date 23 August 2024 – 18 December 2024
    (Orientation days 23 August and 2 and 3 September 2024. Semester Closing Ceremony 18 December 2024)
    • Examination Period exams take place during the semester

    Master of International Business Management
    • Arrival Date 1 September 2024
    • Start date – End date 2 September 2024 – 18 December 2024
    (Orientation days 2 and 3 September 2024. Semester Closing Ceremony 18 December 2024)
    • Examination Period exams take place during the semester

    All other programmes
    • Arrival Date 1 September 2024
    • Start date – End date 2 September 2024 – 18 December 2024
    (Orientation days 2 and 3 September 2024. Semester Closing Ceremony 18 December 2024)
    • Examination Period exams take place during the semester

    Spring Semester Exchange Students  2025

    Professional Studies in Techonology

    •Arrival Date 7 January 2025
    •Start date – End date 8 January 2025 – 28 April 2025
    (Orientation day 8 January. Semester Closing Ceremony 28 April)
    • Examination Period exams take place during the semester

    Master of International Business Management

    •Arrival Date 7 January 2025
    •Start date – End date 8 January 2025 – 18 May 2025
    (Orientation day 8 January).
    • Examination Period exams take place during the semester

    All other programmes

    • Arrival Date 14 February 2025
    •Start date – End date 17 February 2025 – 23 May 2025
    (Orientation days 17 and 18 February. Semester Closing Ceremony 23 May)
    • Examination Period exams take place during the semester.

  • Finnish immigration

    In this section, you will find information regarding visa, residence permit, and right of residency processes in Finland. Please ensure you follow the most up-to-date information from the official websites listed on this page. If you have questions related to these matters, contact the officials directly, as they have the latest information to assist you.

    The information is divided to following categories:

    Please read the part that you can identify with! As part of these processes, you will receive your Finnish personal identity code.

    Official instructions can be found here:

    Finnish personal identity code

    All the SeAMK students’ needs the Finnish personal identity code. This code is needed for the “Peppi” study register we use at SeAMK.  You either get this code through “Migri”, Finnish Immigration service or via “DVV”, Digital and Population Data Service Agency.  Your Finnish ID code will stay the same for the rest of your life, so it will be the same also if you ever come back to Finland later!

    None-EU citizens

    A temporary visit less than 90 days – Schengen visa

    A visa is an entry permit for a short, temporary visit less than 90 days.
    Please read more detailed instructions Visa to visit Finland – Ministry for Foreign Affairs (um.fi).

    You are allowed to study at Finnish educational institutions for three months (90 days) without applying for a residence permit. You can then complete your studies within the period of validity of your Schengen visa or while an agreement on the abolition of the visa is in force. Visa fee information: https://um.fi/service-fees Please note you need to leave the Schengen area before the visa expires.

     A visit to Finland more than 90 days – Residence Permit

    If your studies last longer than three months (90 days), you need to apply for a residence permit from the Finnish embassy or mission that represents Finland in your home country before your departure. For further information visit the website of the Ministry for foreign Affairs in Finland Residence permits to Finland – Ministry for Foreign Affairs (um.fi) (> Entering Finland and travelling > Entering Finland> Residence permits to Finland).

    For further information visit the website of the Finnish immigration Service: Maahanmuuttovirasto >en >Permits and citizenship >Residence permit >First residence permit >Studying in Finland >Residence permit application for studies

    You will get the Finnish personal identity code via Migri.  Please contact coordinator,  if you have not received your personal identity code (henkilötunnus) through this process.

    Non-EU citizens with a residence permit for studies in another EU country

    If you have a valid residence permit for studies issued by another EU Member State and if your studies are covered by a Union or multilateral programme that comprises mobility measures or by an agreement between two or more higher education institutions, you have the right to carry out part of your studies in Finland. With a mobility notification, you can study in Finland for a period up to 360 days.

    Please read the instructions: Mobility notification to Finland | Maahanmuuttovirasto (migri.fi)

    Please contact coordinator, if you have not received your personal identity code (suomalainen henkilötunnus) through this process.

    Citizen of the Nordic countries

    For you to get a personal identification code you must join DVV visit. You do not need a visa or a residence permit to study in Finland.

    More information can be found https://dvv.fi/en/foreigner-registration. We will organise a DVV visit from SeAMK, this is just for your information now.

    Citizen of an EU member state, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland

    More than three months in Finland

    You to get a Finnish personal identification code you must join DVV visit. We will organize a DVV visit from SeAMK this is just for your information now.

    In addition, ff you plan to stay for longer than three months (90 days) without interruptions in Finland, you need to register your right of residency with Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).  In other words, if you plan stay in Finland three months (90 days) without travelling to other countries, you need to register your right of residency in Finland. We will go through this process during the orientation days, so do not worry about it now!

    In the process, you will legally register your stay in Finland as an EU citizen.

    Please find detailed instructions and electronic application here:  I am an EU citizen | Maahanmuuttovirasto (migri.fi).

    You will need following attachments:

    • Copy of passport or identity card
    • Proof of funds for you and your family members (a written explanation how you will cover the costs of your stay for example Erasmus+ grant).
    • Certificate of attendance from SeAMK (given to you on an orientation day)

    Less than three months in Finland

    If you plan to travel to other countries within the 90 days of your stay in Finland, you do not need to register your right of residence with Migri, but instead register at the “DVV”, Digital and Population Data Services Agency. You will get the Finnish personal identity code. We will organise a DVV visit from SeAMK, this is just for your information now.

    Right to work

    EU citizens can work while studying in Finland and do not need to acquire a special work permit to do so. Students with a residence permit granted for study purposes may work within certain limits.

    Further information: Finnish Immigration Service.

  • Insurance

    Understanding insurance requirements is crucial for a smooth stay in Finland.  This section provides detailed information on insurance matters for different groups of students:

    Ensure you have the right coverage to protect your health and well-being during your studies. If you have questions related to these matters, contact the officials directly, as they have the latest information to assist you.

    Official instructions can be found here:

    Non-EU Citizens’ Health Insurance

    In order to get a residence permit, you need to have private insurance that covers your medical and medicine costs. You can take out an insurance policy from an insurance company in your home country or ask international insurance companies about a suitable insurance policy.

    All insurance policies must meet the following terms:

    • The deductible must not exceed €300.
    • The policy must be valid throughout your time in Finland.
    • The policy must be valid when you arrive in Finland.
    • The policy cannot be ordinary travel insurance.

    The amount of medical costs the insurance must cover depends on the duration of your studies.

    If you have a European Health Insurance Card, EHIC, or a UK Global Health Insurance Card you do not need separate insurance. The European Health Insurance Card must be valid throughout your time in Finland.

    European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC)

    If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), it’s essential to bring it along.

    These cards ensure that you receive the same pricing for public healthcare services as local residents. Your card must remain valid for the duration of your stay in Finland. According to EU legislation, you have the right to access healthcare at the same cost and under the same conditions as Finnish residents. With the card, you can receive medical treatment for sudden illness or accidents, as well as for chronic conditions requiring ongoing care. Additionally, it grants access to necessary treatment during pregnancy and childbirth. The European Health Insurance Card is accepted in both public healthcare services and by private doctors and hospitals that have signed health insurance agreements.

    Exchange and double degree students

    Each incoming exchange and double degree student must have a valid insurance package for the duration of their programme. Insurance must cover the school time as well as free time and travelling. The accident insurance, health insurance, especially in case of training also liability / legal insurance. SeAMK does not provide any insurances for exchange and double degree students.

    The double degree students are entitled to the Finnish Student Health Services.

  • Arriving at Seinäjoki and SeAMK

    The easiest way to get to Seinäjoki is by arriving at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Once at the airport, you can take a train to Seinäjoki. You can book your train tickets in advance online,  purchase them from R-kioski, or use the ticket machines at the train platform. Please note that Student Tickets are available with a student card, which you can apply for only after arriving in Seinäjoki.

    If you book your train ticket online, make sure to allow enough time between your plane landing and the train departure, as it will take time to collect your luggage and find your way to the train station. The railway station at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is in the Arrivals Hall. Take the local I or P train to Tikkurila/Dickursby. From Tikkurila/Dickursby station, you can continue with a long-distance train directly to Seinäjoki. All announcements on trains are also in English. The travel time is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.

    The train station of Seinäjoki is on a short walking distance from both the student housing office and most of the student apartments, as well as the campus. All incoming students should agree with Sevas on how to get the key for the student housing well before arrival.

    See for more: Location and Arrival | SeAMK.fi

  • Accessibility at SeAMK

    Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences strives to offer its students the opportunity to study in accessible learning environments. We try to accommodate students with different learning difficulties, illnesses, disabilities, or mental health challenges the best we can.

    To discuss exchange period at SeAMK, please contact Coordinator for incoming exchange students

    To discuss degree studies at SeAMK, please contact international faciliator

    Read more about accessibility at SeAMK: Accessibility at SeAMK 

  • Accomodation in Seinäjoki

    Finding suitable accommodation is a vital aspect of your student experience in Seinäjoki. This section provides comprehensive information on various housing options available to students, ensuring you can secure a comfortable and convenient place to live during your studies. From student housing organized by Sevas to alternative options in the free market, we guide you through the process of finding the perfect home away from home in Seinäjoki. Explore this section to make informed decisions and ensure a smooth transition to student life in Seinäjoki.

    Please do not arrive in Seinäjoki without having a place to stay, as securing accommodation after arrival is not any easier than it is from your home country.

    Sevas – Student housing in Seinäjoki

    Students accepted to study at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences can apply for student housing in Seinäjoki through Sevas, a private company organizing student housing in the city. The housing options are conveniently located near the campus and city center, offering furnished studio or shared apartments. Rent typically ranges from 300 to 600 euros per month and includes utilities, internet, and access to amenities like laundry rooms and saunas.

    Instructions on how to apply for housing will be provided after acceptance. However, for students with specific accessibility or accommodation requirements, it’s advisable to contact Sevas in advance.

    It’s crucial, especially for degree students with families, to begin housing preparations well before the start of studies, as family housing for students is limited in the area.

    Free market housing options

    For alternative housing options in Seinäjoki, please note that rentals from the free market typically do not include furniture, electricity, or water in the rent.
    See different rental companies below:

    Renting from the private market may pose challenges due to requirements for Finnish identification and bank accounts.

    Want to buy?

    There are plenty of agencies selling properties in Seinäjoki. Use keyword: myytävät asunnot Seinäjoki to look up some properties for sale.

  • Coming to Seinäjoki with a family

    We warmly welcome families to Seinäjoki. To ensure we can provide assistance tailored to your family’s specific needs, please contact us beforehand to discuss your unique family situation. For bachelor or master’s students, please reach out to the student facilitator. If you are a double degree or exchange student, please contact the coordinator. We are here to support you every step of the way.

    More information about family life in Finland: For families – Work in Finland

  • Get to know the area

    Embark on an exciting journey in Finland by getting to know the area! Explore the vibrant South Ostrobothnia region and the charming city of Seinäjoki, offering a wealth of opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds.

    During the winter season, Seinäjoki offers a variety of outdoor activities to embrace the snowy landscape. Enjoy ice-skating, skiing, and downhill skiing right in the city, and the best part? Most of these activities are free; all you need is your own equipment. For the adventurous, there’s even the option to try winter swimming!

    In the summer, bask in the sunshine at the beaches around Seinäjoki, and don’t miss out on the lively events that animate the city. Explore hiking trails in the forests or indulge in berry picking during the autumn months. Finns have a deep appreciation for nature and outdoor activities, so be sure to immerse yourself in these experiences during your time in Seinäjoki!

    Find out more information: 

Essential links for preparing before studies

During studies

Welcome to the “During Studies” section, your comprehensive guide to essential student resources at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.
This page is divided into the following sections:

Here, you’ll find valuable information on various services designed to support you throughout your academic journey. From Orientation Days to SAMO Student Union, health care services, welfare services, and library services, we’re dedicated to ensuring your success and well-being during your time at SeAMK. Whether you need assistance with settling into campus life, accessing healthcare, or utilising library resources, this section provides the tools and information you need to thrive. Explore each subsection to discover how SeAMK can empower you throughout your studies.

  • Orientation days

    Studies get smoothly started with Orientation Days at SeAMK.

    These days are crucial for familiarising yourself with the university environment and valuable support services. You’ll meet staff from International Education Services, Student Services, representatives of the Student Union SAMO, University Chaplain, Study Psychologist, and personnel from Student Health Care Services.

    Orientation days provide the information and resources you need to start your academic journey successfully, offering a great opportunity to meet new people, learn about the campus, and understand available support serves. Make the most of these days to ensure a smooth transition into your studies at SeAMK.

    Please see the time of orientation for your group from academic calendar section. 

  • Student Union SAMO

    Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences’ Student Union – SAMO is a student advocacy and service organisation founded in 1996.

    SAMO protects and enables the students to have a carefree student life both inside and outside the school. SAMO is formed and managed by students and is the students’ most trusted partner, and every member has the opportunity to influence its activities. SAMO supports students by organising events and sports. SAMO international  tutors are there to welcome all  international students and exchange students.

    More information about SAMO and SAMO´s events: 

  • Health care services

    Understanding and accessing health care services is crucial for maintaining your well-being during your studies. This section provides important information and links to guide you through the various health care options available to you as a student in Seinäjoki.

    It is important for you to know what services are available to you depending on your unique situation.

    Therefore, please do read the information behind these links:

    Make sure to familiarize yourself with these health care options to ensure you have access to the necessary support and services during your time at SeAMK.

    Student health care (bachelor, baster or double degree students)

    The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) is an expert in student health care and provides a range of services to promote the well-being of study communities. Services include general health, oral health, and mental health support, all aimed at ensuring students’ overall health and success. FSHS services are available to students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s degrees or double degrees who have paid the healthcare fee to Kela. FSHS services are not available for exchange students.

    There is a  healthcare fee that the students must pay to Kela twice a year.  Students with social security coverage from other EU/EEA countries, Switzerland, Great Britain, or Northern Ireland are exempt from the healthcare fee but can still use FSHS services. To claim an exemption, students must inform Kela and provide relevant documentation.

    More information about FSHS serivces: FSHS, Finnish Student Health Service 

    Emergency Services

    In urgent cases, students should contact their home municipality’s health center or South Ostrobothnia’s care evaluation. For life-threatening emergencies, call 112. Exchange students from EU/EEA countries should bring a European Health Insurance Card. Non-EU/EEA students are advised to have sufficient health insurance coverage.

    More information about Emergency services: Emergency services 

    Seinäjoki health services

    For non-emergency health concerns, students can visit the Health Centre of Seinäjoki during operating hours. Nighttime emergencies should be directed to the first aid service clinic at the Central Hospital. Private doctor services are also available, although fees may apply.

    Private health care providers in Seinäjoki

    For private health care services, students in Seinäjoki can access several providers including Terveystalo, Mehiläinen, and Pihlajalinna. These facilities offer a wide range of medical services, from general health check-ups to specialized treatments.

  • Welfare services

    This section offers a brief introduction to the services available for students. Attending orientation days is essential to gain firsthand knowledge of these resources and understand the support available to you at SeAMK.

    At SeAMK, your well-being and success are our priorities. We provide a comprehensive range of guidance, help, and support services tailored to meet your needs. From study counseling and crisis assistance to physical activity opportunities and study tips, we’re committed to ensuring you have the resources necessary to thrive.

    Key services include study counseling for academic guidance and support from various professionals to assist with different aspects of student life. Connect with SAMO student union for advocacy, support, and student representation.

  • Library services

    Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences Library is a university library open to everyone.

    Library collections include professional and scholarly literature and journals on several subject areas both in printed and electronic form. The library produces services and acquires resources for students, teachers and researchers at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. Library staff is willing to help you in finding information and using collections and e-resources. Welcome to the library!

    More information about library services 

  • Activities during studies

    SeAMK student life: Beyond the books!

    At Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, student life extends far beyond studying. Each semester, a dynamic social event program and extracurricular activities are collaboratively organized by the international office, student union SAMO, and various SeAMK programmes.

    International students: Keep an eye on your @seamk.fi email as important event information will be sent directly to you throughout the academic year.

Living in Seinäjoki: a glimpse into student everyday

Explore Seinäjoki through the insights of our student ambassadors! Gain practical advice on navigating student life in this Finnish city.

After studies

  • Graduation

    Graduation at SeAMK: Flexible and student-centered

    At SeAMK, we offer continuous graduation instead of fixed graduation dates, allowing you to graduate as soon as you’ve completed all your studies and fulfilled other obligations. Once you’ve submitted your degree application and all required course credits are completed and registered, the processing time is a maximum of 30 days. Degree certificates are issued throughout the year, except in July and during the end-of-year holiday season (weeks 52-1).

    We proudly celebrate our graduates twice a year, in December and May, with ceremonies that can be viewed via livestream. This flexible approach ensures you can complete your academic journey at your own pace, while still enjoying the opportunity to celebrate your achievements with the SeAMK community.

Contact information

Henkilö hymyilee sininen poncho päällään.

Jonna-Maria Peltoniemi

Coordinator, Incoming student mobilities, International Education Services

expertise: Incoming student exchange

email

Jonna-Maria.Peltoniemi(a)seamk.fi

telephone

+358408302059

Andres Mendez

International facilitator, International Education Services

email

Andres.Mendez(a)seamk.fi

telephone

+358408300396

Feel free to contact us, if you have any questions!

Exchange and double degree students, please contact Coordinator Jonna-Maria Peltoniemi.
Bachelor and master students, please contact International Facilitator Andres Mendez.