Before Arrival

On this page, you can find all practical information you need before coming to Finland and Seinäjoki.

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

  • Accept the study place

    You need to accept the study place at Studyinfo.

    To confirm the study place offered to you, you have to accept it at -service by 11 July 2024, 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 2024 in a university of applied sciences or a university in Finland. Read more at on the One Study Place per Term -provision. 

  • Register for the academic year

    When you accept the study place, you also need to register for the academic year 2024-2025 as an attending or non-attending student.

    • If you are required to pay the tuition fee: Please note, that you need to pay the tuition fee by the designated deadline before the registration for attendance for the academic year is possible. Once you have paid the tuition fee, we will register you as an attending student.
    • 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
    • to take care of a child in regard to the child’s birth or adoption
    • 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 11 July 2024, 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. The student needs time off his/her studies to take care of a child in regard to the child’s birth or adoption (14.1.2022/52): 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 (or 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.
  • Tuition fee and Early Bird scholarship

    Check all the tuition fee related information on the below links:

    Further information on tuition fees » 

    Tuition fee refund policy »

  • Residence permit

    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.

  • 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 »

  • Laptop and other stuff you need

    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. Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences offers an office productivity software (text editor, spreadsheet and presentation program) free of charge for the duration of studies.

  • Living Expenses in Seinäjoki
  • Arriving in Finland and Seinäjoki

    The best way to arrive in Seinäjoki is to fly to Helsinki (the capital of Finland) and then take a train to Seinäjoki. The quickest train connection from Helsinki Airport to Seinäjoki takes about 2 h 30 min.

    Location and arrival in Seinäjoki & SeAMK » 

     VR – Finnish railway company » 

Further information

Next, check what you need to do after your arrival in Seinäjoki and Finland!

Things to do before starting your studies at SeAMK