Arcada University of Applied Sciences

Helsinki, Finland
At Arcada you become a professional with great prospects for work life. We want to see our students grow in their professional role and give them the competencies they need for their future work life - we want to take part in moulding and challenging them into the talents of the future. We also educate those who already have entered work life through offering them further education. Arcada co-operates closely with organisations and alumni in order to maintain up-to-date knowledge about the competencies demanded in the industries – now and in the future.



Arcada University of Applied Sciences was established in Helsinki in 1996. Arcada University of Applied Sciences, originates from three different institutions: The Swedish Commercial College, Swedish Institute of Technology, Helsinki and Helsinki Swedish College of Nursing and Health Care. The owner of Arcada University of Applied Sciences is the Arcada Foundation.


We offer high quality practice-oriented higher education at both Bachelor’s and Master’s levels as well as further education in Swedish and English within:

  • Business Administration
  • Sports
  • Media
  • Culture
  • Social- and Health Care
  • Technology


By staying in tune with the needs of our society and the business world, both in the present and the future, Arcada's applied research finds practical solutions to the challenges our country and our world is facing.

Arcada provides an innovative environment with a focus on research-based innovation in the business and public sectors, and with a strong interaction between teaching and research. The need for continuous and deep collaboration between education and research is needed, e.g. to prepare students for a knowledge-based, rapidly changing working life, where students also need to have the capability and knowledge to create their own workplaces.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Medicine & Health (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Arcada University of Applied Sciences!


Student services

The Department of Student Services is located in C3 and consists of Student Affairs,Student Exchange, the Study Counsellor, the Study Psychologist and the Admissions Services.

Student Affairs consist of the Study Advisor, the Students Affairs Officer and the Head of Student Affairs and can provide help regarding the following matters:

  • Registration for the academic year
  • Study right
  • Application for degree certificate
  • Forms and certificates
  • Student financial aid (study- and admissions advisor Erica Åkermarck)
  • Change of name or updating of Finnish Social Security Number
The International Affairs is responsible for the student exchange at Arcada.

Housing services

Neighbouring the Arcada building, the student apartments are modern and have their own kitchens and bathrooms. Your visits to the laundry room are free of charge, of course. In the oldest building, which is a mere six-years-old, you can choose between one, two, three and four room apartments.

These homey and modern apartments are in constant demand, and there is one thing on which all students living on campus can agree: they get value for money. The prices are competitive, to say the least.

Living in a student flat on campus will certainly spice up your student life.

Library services

The prime task of Arcada library is to provide services for the students and staff of Arcada. In addition, it works as a library open to the public.

The library's collections can be used in the library, and the e-material can also be accessed by Arcada's students and staff outside Arcada through the Nelli Portal.

Student Life

Campus life

We are proud of our international university, our modern campus and learning environments. Both the study environment and the structure of the studies encourage multi-professionality across fields and a new approach to tasks.

In training laboratories and Living Labs students, together with researchers, develop their skills and explore new knowledge. Our students get to use their competence and creativity in finding new solutions.

As a capital, Helsinki has a lot to offer within culture, media, sports and events and as a modern and green area close to the city center, Arabianranta also has a lot to offer for those who like to spend time outdoors.

Sports facilities

Arcada's own gym Starcis can be found in the D block (room 280). Arcada students have the opportunity to use our modern gym to affordable prices.

Student clubs

If you want to meet new people, Arcada Student Union – ASK and the different Student Associations arrange pastime activities such as parties, sitzes, trips, cottage weekends and other events.

Next to the ASK office at the Cor-house you will find the offices of three out of the four Student Associations in Arcada, Commedia, HanSe SF and HoSK. You can find TLK about 100m from the Cor-house at The Corner. The Student Associations are registered associations that cooperate with ASK to improve the atmosphere for students in their everyday life.


Arcada has been awarded the ECTS and Diploma Supplement quality certifications since 2004. These quality labels show that Arcada is a transparent and reliable partner in European and international co-operation.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.