Novia University of Applied Sciences

Vaasa, Finland
Novia University of Applied Sciences acts along the Swedish-speaking parts of the Finnish coastline. With over 4000 students and a staff of about 300, Novia is the largest Swedish-speaking university of applied sciences in Finland. High-class and state-of-the-art degree programs provide students with a proper platform for their future careers.



Novia University of Applied Sciences was formed on August 1, 2008, by the merging of the Sydväst Polytechnic and the Swedish Polytechnic, Finland. Novia UAS offers multidisciplinary higher education with a practical orientation, training professionals for expert and development posts based on the requirements of working life and its development, on scientific research and artistic principles.


Novia University of Applied Sciences offers:

  • Bachelor's degree studies in Swedish
  • Bachelor's degree studies in English
  • Master’s degree studies in Swedish
  • Master’s degree studies in English
  • Adult education and specialization studies


Novia aims at long-term cooperation with HEIs, enterprises and education and research institutions. Novia will form strategic partnerships and participate in international projects that enhance the quality of education, especially within our focus areas: 

  • Sustainable Energy Technology
  • Bioeconomy
  • Health and Welfare
  • Maritime Simulation
  • Culture and Entrepreneurship


Practical training is a compulsory part of the studies at Novia. Students may opt to do their internship or write their final thesis in a regional, national or international enterprise or organization, which often leads to employment after graduation. Our close co-operation with working life is permanently present in our daily activities and in attuning curricula to labour market demands. 

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Business & Management (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)


Student services

There are Student Affairs Offices located at every campus. The Student Affairs Office can assist you with student services incl. registration for the academic year, transcript of records, education arrangements as well as schedules.

The international office coordinates exchange studies at Novia University of Applied Sciences. Most degree programmes at Novia UAS are taught in Swedish but many courses are offered in English. The growing importance of project-based learning allows the use of English as the working language. Courses with a more practical orientation involving field work, workshops or laboratories are always open to non-Swedish speakers.

Library services

The library is a central pedagogical resource for learning, teaching and research at Novia UAS. The library at Novia UAS is a part of Tritonia. We offer library services at all campuses. In Raseborg are the services offered at the city library. In addition to printed books and journals we also have a large collection of electronic information resources.

Student Life

Campus life

Novia UAS has about 4000 students and a staff of 300 people. Novia has four educational units or campuses in Jakobstad, Vaasa, Raasepori and Turku. There are two additional units, the Unit for Research and Development and the Unit for further education (The Centre for Lifelong Learning, CLL).

Degree programmes in English are offered in Raasepori, Turku, Vaasa and Pietarsaari.

  • Campus Vasa
  • Campus Jakobstad
  • Campus Raseborg
  • Campus Åbo

Student clubs

Student Union Novium is the interest and service organization for all students at Novia University of Applied Sciences. 


The Finnish Education Evaluation Center (former Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council) has conducted an audit awarded our university a quality label that is valid for six years beginning on 24 May 2012. Our quality management fulfills the national criteria set for the quality management of higher education institutions, and the system corresponds to the European principles and recommendations for the quality management of higher education institutions.