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Information for New Degree Students

This page contains information for new degree students, who are admitted to SeAMK for studies starting in autumn 2023.

Please note, that changes and updates are possible. Therefore, please follow this page regularly.

Commencement of studies

The studies begin as follows:

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Agri-food Engineering: 1 September 2023
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Automation Engineering: 1 September 2023
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business: 1 September 2023
  • Bachelor of Health Care, Nursing: 29 August 2023
  • Master of Business Administration, International Business Management:  1 September 2023

Orientation days 4-5 September for the following bachelor programmes: Agri-food Engineering, Automation Engineering, International Business and International Business Management. Orientation programme will be partly available also online. You can still arrive to Seinäjoki during the weekend before the orientation days.

Students arriving from outside Finland

Welcome to start your studies on campus!

Studies start on SeAMK Campus in the city of Seinäjoki on 1 September 2023.  If there is a delay in obtaining a residence permit, a student can start the studies online and continue studying online until 31 December 2023. Please note that studies only during the first semester (1.9.-31.12.2023) will be offered online in the following degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Agri-food Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Automation Engineering
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business
  • Master of Business Administration, International Business Management

Studies during the spring semester 2024 will be offered only on campus. Students can participate in teaching during the spring semester 2024 only by studying on campus.

Please note that the amount of study credits earned during the first academic year effect the tuition fee and scholarship. In order to be eligible for the scholarship for the second academic year (2024-2025), the student has to get the required amount of study credits during the first academic year: 60 study credits in a Bachelor’s degree programme and 40 study credits in a Master’s degree programme. Please read more on SeAMK website

We want to emphasize that you do not travel to Finland until you have managed to confirm an apartment or other place to stay.

Accept the study place

To confirm the study place offered to you, you have to accept it at -service by 14 July 2023, 15.00 (+3 GMT) at the latest. However, you can get the Early Bird scholarship only, if you accept the study place within 7 days.

Confirmation of the study place is binding and you may not alter or cancel it later. You will lose the study place if you do not accept it by the deadline.

You can confirm the study place electronically at with the link that has been sent to your email. If you are unable to accept the study place electronically, please contact SeAMK Admission Services: admissions(at)

Please note: You can accept only one study place in a degree programme starting in autumn 2023 in a university of applied sciences or a university in Finland. Read more at on the One Study Place per Term -provision.


Tuition fee

Tuition fee is applicable to degree students who are not citizens of countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. The tuition fee at SeAMK is 8000 € in Bachelor degree programmes and 9000 € in Master degree programmes for one academic year.

You are exempted from paying tuition fees, if you provide one of the documents listed at to SeAMK Admission Services by 14 July 2023, 15.00 (UTC+3).

Early Bird scholarship

There is an Early Bird scholarship for the new students admitted in 2023. Early Bird scholarship is 30 % of the tuition fee and scholarship is available for the new admitted students, who will:

  • accept the study place offered by SeAMK within 7 days of notice of admission and
  • pay the tuition fee within 28 days of notice of admission and
  • register as an attending student for the first academic year.

Please note, that for students admitted in Joint and Direct Application, the Early Bird scholarship is available only for students, who are accepted on 2.6.2023 at the latest. Please note also, that the Early Bird scholarship is not available for students admitted in SeAMK Additional Application in August 2023.

If you are not entitled to the Early Bird scholarship, you need to pay the full tuition fee by 14 July 2023, 15.00 (+3 GMT). 

Register for the academic year

When you accept the study place, you also need to register for the academic year 2023-2024 as an attending or non-attending student.

  • If you are required to pay the tuition fee: Please note, that registration for attendance for the academic year is not possible before the tuition fee is paid. After the tuition fee is paid,  you will be sent instructions on how to register for attendance.
  • If you are not required to pay the tuition fee: Register for the academic year at the same time when accepting the study place.

If you don’t register as instructed, you will lose your right to study. If you lose your right to study, you still keep your study place. In that case you can apply for re-registration to get back your right to study. You need to pay the application processing fee 50 € (and the tuition fee if you are required to pay) when applying for re-registration.

Registering as a non-attending student

Please note that first year student can register as non-attending only on the following legal grounds:

  • completion of military service or civilian service in Finland
  • maternity leave, paternity leave or parental leave or
  • if you are unable to begin your studies due to illness or disability.

If you register as non-attending / absent, you must prove the legal grounds for your absence. Documents proving the legal grounds for your absence must be submitted to SeAMK Admission Services using an electronic form by 14 July 2023, 15.00 (UTC+3) at the latest. The student’s own notification is not an adequate clarification. The documents must be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Please also note, that if you register as non-attending for the first academic year, you will not be eligible for the Early Bird-scholarship.

Documents that prove the legal grounds for your non-attendance:

  1. Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women’s Voluntary Military Service (194/1995): Call-up order
  2. Maternity, paternity or parental leave: Kela’s certificate regarding maternity, paternity or parental allowance period or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a medical certificate regarding the pregnancy. Corresponding certificates from the authorities of other countries regarding statutory parental leave.
  3. The student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury: Sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate. The medical certificate must indicate that the medical condition or disability prevents the person from beginning their studies.

FSHS Student Healthcare Fee

Starting in 2021, students who study for a degree in a university of applied sciences will be entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS), Finnish abbreviation YTHS). If you register as attending for the academic year 2023-2024, you must pay the healthcare fee. The fee for the autumn semester 2023 is 36.80 € and it must be paid by 30 September 2023. Read more about the healthcare fee on the website of Kela. Please note, that you still need to have a sufficient health insurance when applying for a  residence permit. 

If you have social security coverage in another EU/EEA country (than Finland), or in Switzerland or the United Kingdom, you do not have to pay the healthcare fee. However, you can to use the FSHS’s services. Visit Kela’s website for information about how to proceed if you have social security coverage in another  EU/EEA country or in Switzerland or the United Kingdom

Students from other EU or EEA countries will have to provide a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when accessing FSHS (YTHS) services. The card must be obtained before coming to Finland. Further information: Students from other EU or EEA countries must provide a European Health Insurance Card starting 1.1.2023

Student apartment

The student apartments in the city of Seinäjoki are offered by a student housing service Sevas Kodit Oy. Fill in the online application form once you get this info to improve your chances of getting an apartment!

Apply for a student apartment here » 

Personal laptop

It is required for new students to have a personal laptop for the duration of their studies. It is recommended that the laptop has an i5 processor with at least 8 GB of RAM. Engineering-students should also have a high quality Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). The recommended operating system is Windows 10 or Windows 11. Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences offers an office productivity software (text editor, spreadsheet and presentation program) free of charge for the duration of studies.

Residence permit for studies for students arriving from outside European Union

If you are a citizen of a non-EU/EEA-country you will need to apply for a residence permit for studies. For the residence permit application you need to enclose the Notification of Student Selection (acceptance letter), an account of sufficient funds, an account of sufficient health insurance and a documentation of the paid tuition fee.

You can begin the student residence permit application online at Remember that you must personally visit a Finnish embassy or consulate as part of this process. Start your residence permit process as soon as possible, carefully following the immigration authorities’ instructions and regulations, so that you can receive your permit in good time before your studies begin!  

You can find detailed information and advice on the residence permit requirements and procedures on the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) website.

Please follow the Finnish Immigration Service’s Coronavirus page for further updates.

Effects of COVID-19

We follow the official regional, national and EU level COVID-19 instructions.

Please follow the  latest and the most up-to-date instructions and requirements from following websites:

Welcome to study at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences!

Your contact person is Mr. Andres Mendez, International Facilitator in International Education Services, email andres.mendez (at)
He will help you with questions concerning Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, the city of Seinäjoki and Finland. Don’t hesitate to contact him.

The study counselors:

  • Agri-food Engineering: Ms Sarita Ventelä, email: sarita.ventela (at)
  • Automation Engineering: Mr Jorma Mettälä, email: jorma.mettala (at)
  • International Business: Ms Päivi Uitti, email: paivi.uitti (at)
  • Nursing: Ms Suzana Zegrea, email: suzana.zegrea (at)
  • Master of Business Adm., International Business Management: Ms Essi Hauta, email: essi.hauta (at)

The study counselors will help you with any questions you might have concerning your studies.