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International aspects of education

Internationalisation in the curriculum

Internationalisation is an integral part of higher education and the curriculum of each degree programme. During their studies, students learn about challenges posed by internationalisation on experts in different fields and how internationalisation can be utilised in the development of their own fields and regions. Students are provided with the skills they need in international activities when working abroad or in international projects, but also when working in Finland. In addition to language and cultural skills, a graduate of a higher-education institution needs skills in the use of the most recent research information and networks, a broad perspective to and knowledge of the various sectors in society, as well as innovativeness, flexibility, initiative and sensitivity to encounter various situations and people from different cultures.

Tuition in English

The courses taught in English at SeAMK account for about 1 200 credits annually. They are available to the University's all Finnish and international degree students, as well as to students attending a shorter exchange period. The Degree Programme in International Business and the Degree Programme in Nursing are the Bachelor-level programmes taught completely in English. Also the Master-level degree programme, Master's Degree Programme in International Business Management, is totally implemented in English. In addition, there are also several semester-long modules taught in English available in various fields. There are also English-speaking lecturers and English study material.

The number of degree programmes leading to a double degree increases each year. Today, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences has 15 agreements on double degree programmes. Students of the School of Business and Culture and the School of Technology can earn another degree at a foreign partner institution.

There is a wide selection of courses in foreign languages and cultures available to students. The Bachelor-level degree programmes include compulsory courses in both Finnish and Swedish, and in one or two foreign languages. Students may also take optional language courses to improve their language skills or to learn a new language and culture. Studies in the Finnish language and culture are offered to international students all year round, in cooperation with other educational organisations offering courses in the Finnish language.

Student mobility

National and international networking is the prerequisite for engaging in international activities. SeAMK has international partner institutions in over 50 different countries: about 160 in Europe and a total of about 40 in Asia, North and South America, Russia, Australia, and Africa.

All the students of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences have the opportunity to study or do their practical training abroad, and they are encouraged to leave for long mobility periods, of at least three (3) months. Different programmes (Erasmus+, FIRST, China-programme etc.) and networks make it possible to study or practice abroad. This is also supported by different grants. More information can be found (http://intra.seamk.fi/Opiskelu-SeAMKissa/Kansainvalisyys/Opiskelu-ja-harjoittelu-ulkomailla/Opiskelijoiden-liikkuvuusohjelmat-ja-apurahat). Each year, approximately one fifth of our students leave for a long exchange period (3-12 months) to study or to do their practical training abroad. Additionally, over 200 students annually go abroad for shorter study periods. Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences utilises the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Students are offered the Diploma Supplement as an appendix to their Finnish degree certificates. http://ops.seamk.fi/en/?part=si&page=ects

The number of international exchange students arriving at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences even exceeds that of outgoing students. Foreign students have the opportunity to attend orientation studies and extracurricular social programme throughout the year. The student tutors and members of the SAMO Student Union actively participate in the various activities organised for international students; it is part of what is called "internationalisation at home". More information about the orientation studies, social programme and friend-family activities for international students is available on the English webpages of SeAMK.

Regarding Finnish Students, state-provided student financial aid, housing supplements and increased student loans are available to students for studies abroad. In addition to the insurance provided by SeAMK, the student should also have travel insurance and, possibly, also other types of insurance for their period of study abroad. Before going abroad, students with Finnish citizenship should check the website of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA) www.kela.fi to make sure they are covered by social security and health care insurance. A vaccination scheme must also be filled out together with a nurse or medical doctor. The student can obtain more detailed information about the practical arrangements from the International Coordinator of their faculty and the International Office of SeAMK, as well as from the Intranet.

International projects and conferences

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences has about 20 ongoing international research and development projects each year. A student can write their thesis in connection with an R & D project, either in Finland or abroad. Projects may also involve studies or practical training abroad.

Hosting international conferences and seminars contributes to support the professional growth and career development of the students and staff of SeAMK. Students can work in different international events organized by SeAMK and its cooperation partners.

Guidance, consultation and information about international matters

The Heads of Degree Programmes, teachers, student tutors, International Coordinators and the International Office staff provide assistance to students interested in internationalization, i.e., studying or doing their practical training abroad. Information can also be obtained at the events of SeAMK related to internationalization, from the www page of SeAMK, Intranet, Facebook, guidebooks, and by email.

Contact Persons in International Mobility Services of SeAMK:

Team email: international.office(a)seamk.fi
Incoming student exchanges: incoming(a)seamk.fi
Outgoing student exchanges: outgoing(a)seamk.fi

Marjo Arola
Team Leader (staff exchanges and agreements)
International Mobility Services
marjo.arola(a)seamk.fi

Maria Loukola
Coordinator (student exchanges outside Europe)
International Mobility Services
maria.loukola(a)seamk.fi

Tiina Välimäki
Coordinator (outgoing student exchanges to Europe)
International Mobility Services
tiina.valimaki(a)seamk.fi

Tiina Ojanperä
Coordinator (incoming student exchanges from Europe)
International Mobility Services
tiina.ojanpera(a)seamk.fi