International aspects of education

Internationalisation in the curriculum

Internationalisation is an important part of the higher education and the curriculum of each degree programme. During their studies, students learn about challenges, opportunities and practices of international cooperation. Students are provided with the skills they need in international activities when working abroad or in international projects, but also when working in Finland. In addition to language and cultural skills, a graduate of a higher-education institution needs skills in the use of the most recent research information and networks, a broad perspective and knowledge of the various sectors in society, as well as innovativeness, flexibility, initiative and sensitivity to encounter various situations and people from different cultures.

Tuition in English

The courses taught in English at SeAMK account for about 1 200 credits annually. They are available to all degree students, as well as to students attending an exchange period. The Bachelor-level Degree Programmes in International Business and Nursing are taught completely in English. Also the Master’s Degree Programme in International Business Management is totally implemented in English. In addition, there are several semester-long exchange programmes taught in English in various fields of study. Also, visiting foreign lecturers and English study material are used.

The number of degree programmes leading to a double degree increases each year. Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences has 17 agreements on double degree programmes. Students of the School of Business and Culture and the School of Technology have opportunities for a double degree at a foreign partner institution.

SeAMK offers a wide selection of courses in foreign languages and cultures to its students. Bachelor-level degree programmes include compulsory language courses in both Finnish and Swedish, and one or two other foreign languages. Students can also study optional language courses to deepen their language skills or to learn a new language. Finnish language and culture studies are also offered to international students all year round, sometimes in cooperation with other educational organisations.

Student mobility

International networking is the prerequisite for engaging in international activities. SeAMK has international partner institutions in over 50 different countries: about 160 in Europe and a total of about 40 in Asia, North and South America, Russia, Australia, and Africa.

Every student of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences has an opportunity for a study period abroad or international practical training. Different programmes (Erasmus+, FIRST, China-programme etc.) and networks make it possible to study or practice abroad. Mobility periods are also supported by different grants. More information can be found (https://intra.seamk.fi/For-International-Staff-and-Students).

Approximately one fifth of our students has a study or practical training period abroad during their degree studies. Additionally, over 200 students annually go abroad for shorter study periods.

The number of international exchange students at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences is about 300 annually. Foreign students have an opportunity to attend orientation and extracurricular programme throughout the year in addition to their studies. The student tutors and members of the SAMO Student Union actively participate in organizing various activities for international students; as part of “internationalisation at home” activities. More information about the exchange programmes is available on SeAMK website.

State-provided student financial aid (Kelan opintotuki) is available to Finnish students for study and practical training period abroad. In addition to the insurance provided by SeAMK, the student should have own travel insurance and, possibly, also other types of insurance for their period of study or practical training abroad. Before going abroad, students with Finnish citizenship should check their social security and health care insurance provided By Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA, www.kela.fi). Sometimes (depending on the destination/target country) also vaccinations must be checked together with a nurse or medical doctor. The student can obtain more detailed information about the practical arrangements of a mobility period from SeAMK International Mobility Team and SeAMK intranet.

International projects and conferences

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences has about 20 ongoing international research and development projects each year. Students are offered opportunities for writing his/her thesis in connection with an R & D project, either in Finland or abroad. Students are also offered opportunities for working or assisting in different international events, seminars and conferences organized by SeAMK and its cooperation partners.

Guidance, consultation and information about international matters

SeAMK International Mobility Services team, heads of degree programmes, teachers and student tutors provide assistance to students interested in internationalization, i.e., studying or doing their practical training abroad. Information can also be obtained at  different information events and sessions related to internationalization, SeAMK website, Intranet, Facebook, guidebooks, and by email.

SeAMK International Mobility Services Team

Team email: international.office(a)seamk.fi
Incoming student exchanges: incoming(a)seamk.fi
Outgoing student exchanges: outgoing(a)seamk.fi

Marjo Arola
Team Leader, staff exchanges and agreements
International Mobility Services
marjo.arola(a)seamk.fi

Maria Loukola
Coordinator, student exchanges outside Europe
International Mobility Services
maria.loukola(a)seamk.fi

Tiina Välimäki
Coordinator, outgoing student exchanges to Europe
International Mobility Services
tiina.valimaki(a)seamk.fi

Tiina Ojanperä
Coordinator, incoming student exchanges from Europe
International Mobility Services
tiina.ojanpera(a)seamk.fi