Centria University of Applied Sciences is a multi-disciplinary, dynamic and international higher education institution located in Finland. We pride ourselves with offering students and staff an environment that is innovative, caring and multicultural. Welcome to join the Centria family and build your future with us!

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • Centria associates the know-how of high quality lecturers to the real life expertise of professionals.
  • Centria’s students can study part of their degree abroad in a partner university, or do a work-placement or double-degree in another country.
  • Centria is a university with a big heart, join the Centria family!

About

History

The University of applied sciences was founded in 1992 in the coastal town of Kokkola. Being a university of applied sciences, Centria has a striving R&D department and its lecturers have professional experience from their own field.

Thanks to its human size, Centria offers a caring and warm environment to its students and staff, we pride ourselves to be a university with a big heart.

Education

Centria offers programmes in 5 fields of study:

  • Technology
  • Business Management
  • Health Care and Social Sciences
  • Culture
  • Humanities and Education
We offer both Bachelor and Master level degree programmes, 14 in total. Four of these programmes are fully taught in English:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (taught in Kokkola)
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Business (taught in Pietarsaari)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Environmental Chemistry & Technology (taught in Kokkola)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Information Technology (taught in Kokkola)

Research

Centria has extensive experience when it comes to preparing, applying for funding and managing publicly funded R&D projects. We are running around 70-100 projects each year, which represents around 4 million euros. Our experienced project managers have a strong expertise in local, national and international funding sources. They have a high standard of quality and can administrate projects efficiently, following the requirements set  by the financing bodies.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)

Services

Student services

Centria offers continuous guidance to the student all the way from admission through education to graduation and employment.
The main objectives of this guidance are independent study planning on part of the student, smooth progress through studies, degree programme completion within the established time framework and support for the student's professional growth. This guidance intends to underline the importance of student responsibility for and commitment to individual studies and career planning.

Housing services

Students should book accommodation from themselves from the town they will study at.

The accommodation is not organized by the university but by a local housing agency.

Students can decide to apply for shared accommodation through the local agencies or look for housing from private sources.

Rent usually varies from 200 to 300€ / month in the shared apartments offered by the student housing agencies.

Library services

Centria offers great library facilities in all their locations. The selection of books offered are carefully chosen together with the university’s lecturers to fit the studies offered.

Students also have access to a wide range of electronic libraries and journals online.

ICT services

Digitalization is a key feature at Centria; this can be seen in the studies at Centria.

The students and teachers use the university study portal, where teachers upload study material and students upload their homework online. Students may also follow courses taught online.

Medical services

On campus, students may visit a nurse and a psychologist, free of charge. If need be, students may also receive the care of a medical doctor, reachable through the nurse.

Student Life

Campus life

Centria University of Applied Sciences has operations in the three towns of Kokkola, Ylivieska and Pietarsaari. This region is not only characterized by the old towns, the sea with its archipelago, and vivid bilingualism, but also by the long river valleys, traditional country life and bustling local cultures.

Sports facilities

Each town where Centria is located offers a wide range of sport facilities, may it be indoor facilities (ice-rink, gyms, sport halls…) or outdoor sports (football, country skiing, ice-hockey). The facilities are not owned by Centria but students have access to them.

Student clubs

The student union COPSA is in charge of up keeping the students’ right within the university. The same union organized some free time activities to students (welcome event, parties throughout the year, sport events).

The student tutors have also been trained by COPSA in order to support the newcomers in the best possible way!

Accreditation

Centria has been audited by the Finnish Education Evaluation Center.

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