About the university: The Saimaa University of Applied Sciences is an institute of higher education in Southeastern Finland in the cities of Lappeenranta and Imatra. We offer degrees in five fields and in 20 degree programmes. We conduct entirely in English the Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology, the Degree Programme in International Business and the Degree Programme in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourist Management. We have about 3000 students, 200 of them being international degree students. The number of teachers and other personnel is about 260. We have two campuses, one in Lappeenranta and an other in Imatra. Lappeenranta campus is situated next to Lappeenranta University of Technology. The students from abroad who join us are welcomed as an integral part of the international atmosphere of our university of applied sciences, and they give us all an opportunity to learn how to work in a multicultural environment. In our international co-operation, we place emphasis on Western Europe, Nordic countries, Russia and the new EU member states, as well as China and Malaysia in Asia. Many of our students take the opportunity to complement their studies by studying or working at one of our international partners. We also have a lecturer exchange scheme whereby we offer our expertise to our international partners and in exchange, we benefit from some of the unique knowledge they have to offer. We are strongly committed to addressing the challenges of international research and development projects.
About academics: Degree Programmes in English: Studies at the universities of applied (UAS) sciences are practice-oriented alternatives to traditional university education in Finland. Studies at UAS give the students an excellent combination of hands-on skills along with a strong theoretical knowledge base. At the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (SUAS), English degree programmes are offered in the fields of engineering (bachelor of engineering), business (bachelor of business administration), and tourism and hospitality (bachelor of hospitality management). Each programme includes foundation studies, professional studies, practical training, and a bachelor's thesis. On the job training is an integral part of the studies, and includes projects done in cooperation with employers/companies in the field. All this gives students the opportunity to start integrating into working life during their studies. Having completed the Bachelor’s degree and acquired work experience of three years, you will have good opportunities to continue your studies in our Master’s degree programme in International Business Management.
Courses from Finnish Degree Programmes Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (SUAS or Saimia) offers studies in 18 degree programmes provided by the faculties of Technology, Business Administration, Tourism and Hospitality, Fine Arts, and Health Care and Social Services. Most of the studies are conducted in Finnish, but may include courses in English. There are 4 degrees conducted totally in English. Exchange students in one programme have the possibility to take courses in other programmes, or from the Finnish course offerings. The units of Fine Arts, Technology, and Health Care and Social Services offer several individual courses conducted in English. Saimia or SUAS also offers a wide range of language courses, many of which are taught in English. Elective courses in Russian, German, Spanish, Finnish as a Foreign Language, English, and Swedish are among the possibilities found in the study guide.
Open Studies Training Calendar: The Open Studies of Applied Sciences offers everyone regardless of age and basic education the opportunity to study at the University of Applied Sciences (UAS). There are courses in every field of study and the credits completed are parts of the degrees. At the Open Studies you can - update or complete your skills - acquire knowledge and skills in new fields - get acquainted with studies at UAS - simply study for fun to expand your general knowledge Studying at the Open Studies does not automatically lead to a degree, but if you later apply to study on a UAS degree programme in the same field, the credits completed at the Open Studies will be transferred. After completion of courses a transcript of records will be sent to you.
Statistics: Established in 1992, Saimaan ammattikorkeakoulu (Saimaa University of Applied Sciences) is a higher education institution located in the large town of Lappeenranta (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), South Karelia. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Imatra. Officially accredited/recognized by the Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö, Suomi (Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland), Saimaan ammattikorkeakoulu (Saimaan AMK) is a small (enrollment range: 3,000-3,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Saimaan ammattikorkeakoulu (Saimaan AMK) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. This 25 years old H.E. institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. Saimaan AMK also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.
Research, Development and Innovation: The standing point of the RDI at the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences is to create new lucrative solutions both to everyday life and business. We believe that only genuine needs can generate real innovations. We want to be pioneers and remember the key role of the human being (a customer and a user) in the development. Focus areas of our RDI are: o Internationalization and user-orientation in service businesses o Novel business concepts based on technological innovations o Customer-orientation and effectiveness in health services