University of Vaasa

Vaasa, Finland

No. Students: 5,000 (400 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 280
Funding type: Public
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University of Vaasa leads to the future.

Small, but with a big heart. Young, and therefore flexible and able to adapt to the times. The University of Vaasa educates responsible pioneers: leaders and experts who seek to create a better world and solve the challenges faced by society.

Our fields of research and education are business studies, technology, languages and communication, and administrative sciences. As a business-oriented institution, we are internationally and nationally successful, widely networked, multidisciplinary institution for education and research.

The University of Vaasa has approximately 5000 students. Our beautiful campus is located next to the city centre in Palosaari, which is also home to other higher education institutions. A total of 12,000 students can be seen and heard throughout the year in Vaasas genuinely international cityscape. The buildings of the dense university campus surround a green park and the windows open up to the changing seasons of the sea with its birds, boats and ice fishers.

The world is changing. For us that is a given, a part of our thinking and international atmosphere. We are not going out into the world we are already there. Approximately 12 % of our students and 18 % of our academic staff are international. Every third student at the University of Vaasa goes on an exchange during their studies, and we welcome approximately 200 exchange students to our campus every year. We have 180 partner universities in over 40 countries around the world.


Welcome to the University of Vaasa. Our beautiful maritime campus is located in Palosaari close to the city centre. The University offers a modern study environment with up-to-date computer rooms and other technical facilities. From the student restaurant in the main building, there is a magnificent view of the surrounding natural scenery and the sea. When possible, arrangements have been made to facilitate the movement of physically handicapped staff and students.

Student life

Vaasa is the third biggest city in the province of Western Finland. Vaasa has about 60,000 inhabitants of whom 72 per cent are Finnish-speaking and 27 per cent Swedish speaking. With its 12 000 students, Vaasa is also a very lively student city and offers lots of activities for its inhabitants.

Vaasa is also a distinctively international city: in number of foreigners per capita, Vaasa is second only to the capital Helsinki. The Vaasa archipelago is famous for its abundant plant and animal life.

The cultural life of the city is lively. The Finnish Vaasa Town Theatre, the Swedish Wasa Theatre, and the City Orchestra, the Vaasa Opera Company, and numerous other musical groups, choirs and theatres, as well as the several art collections and museums ensure a bustling cultural life for the City.

In recent years, Vaasa has also developed into a popular tourist centre and attracts an increasing number of tourists from far and near to the sunniest city in Finland. In addition to the cultural life, Vaasas beautiful surroundings and nature call those interested in outdoor activities. Youll discover Finlands fantastic nature and the UNESCO world natural heritage, the Kvarken Archipelago, in Vaasa.

Students may join the activities available to everybody in the city, or take part in the numerous activities for students organised by the student union. VYY, the student union of the University of Vaasa, with its committees and clubs, offers students a great deal of activities, such as parties, social evenings, visits to cultural events, various forms of physical recreation, and a lot more. All international students are invited not only to join the Degree Student Club (club for international degree students) and ESN Club (Erasmus Student Network, club for international exchange students), but also all the other clubs and associations hosted by the student union.

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