About Novia UAS

About Novia UAS in Short

Novia UAS is a modern multi-professional high class University of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Finland. At our campuses in Vaasa, Turku, Raasepori and Pietarsaari in Finland, our 4 500 students and 320 staff work across disciplines to advance. We create solutions for a dynamic working life and a vibrant Swedish-speaking culture.

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Bioeconomy
  • Business
  • Health and Welfare
  • Technology and Seafaring


Education of the Highest Quality

Novia University of Applied Sciences is the largest Swedish-speaking UAS in Finland with over 4 500 students and a staff of about 320 persons. With traditions dating back to 1813, Novia University of Applied Sciences offers multidisciplinary higher education with a practical orientation. Novia UAS is training students to become experts and developers based on the requirements of working life. High quality degree programmes provide students with a proper platform for their future careers.

You can obtain a degree from Novia UAS in many ways. You can study for an entire Bachelor or Master degree programme in English, you can get a double degree, or you can develop yourself/your organisation by using our commissioned education in Finland or abroad.

Novia UAS offers Bachelor's and Master´s degree studies in English, as well as Continued Education. Open Studies at Novia UAS are available to everyone, irrespective of age or educational background.



Internationalisation at Novia UAS

Novia UAS is an important developer of working life and industry within the localities of our campuses. In our strategic focus areas, we are among the top of the nationally and internationally recognised. Our goal is to build a strong network of partner institutions in order to promote mobility and create opportunities for other forms of international cooperation.


The Education System in Finland

The education system in Finland is quite unique. Education is funded by the state, and the Finnish students pay no tuition fees. All the way up to upper secondary education, even the lunch is free. The Finnish higher education is a dual system consisting of universities and universities of applied sciences. The distinction between these two is that universities are more theoretical and universities of applied sciences more practical to their approach.

Practical Training

Practical training is a compulsory part of the degree studies at Novia UAS. Students may opt to do their internship or write their final thesis in a regional, national or international enterprise or organisation, which might even lead to employment after graduation.

Double Degree Programmes

In our Double Degree programmes the student is studying for two education degrees in parallel at different institutions. Each participating Degree Programme (DP) has their own curriculum and the student is awarded a degree certificate from each institution upon graduation. A double degree is completed in the same time frame as a single degree.

Business Administration

  • DP in Business Administration
    Hochschule Landshut, Germany
  • DP in Business Administration
    Universitat de Lleida, Spain


  • DP in Music Conservatorio
    G.P. Da Palestrina, Italy


  • DP in Mechanical and Production Engineering
    Universitat de Lleida, Spain
  • DP in Electrical Engineering and Automation
    Universitat de Lleida, Spain
  • DP in Electrical Engineering and Automation
    Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Amberg-Weiden, Germany



Novia University of Applied Sciences was formed on August 1, 2008, by the merging of Sydväst Polytechnic and the Swedish Polytechnic, Finland.

Novia UAS offers multidisciplinary higher education with a practical orientation, training professionals for expert and development posts. The education offered by Novia UAS is based on the requirements of working life and its development on scientific research and artistic principles. 

Our geographical focus areas are the Nordic Countries, the Baltic Sea Region, Europe, and China. Novia UAS has a national responsibility within higher education offered in Swedish, in Finland. Thus, a special mission of Novia UAS is to respond to the particular workforce demands and challenges found within the Swedish-speaking and bilingual coastal areas of Finland.

Being a Swedish-speaking UAS, Novia has an established position when it comes to cooperation within the Nordic countries. Novia UAS is active in the Erasmus programme and strives to build up a strong network of strategically important partner institutions throughout Europe. Novia UAS has established long-term relationships with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in China, specifically in the Fujian Province and in Shanghai.

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

  • Arts, culture and entrepreneurship
  • Automation and maritime simulation
  • Bioeconomy and Sustainable use of Natural Resources
  • Business development
  • Interprofessional health and welfare
  • Sustainable energy technology

Projects, including mobility, that are initiated around a theme or subject area at degree programme level are carried out by academic staff with administrative support from the International Relations Office.

Short-term international projects, such as intensive courses with HEIs, are seen as an important instrument for internationalisation at home, and students and staff are encouraged to participate.

International research projects are carried out and administered by Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI). Our aim is to offer a qualitative higher education adapted to the globalised working life and further education tailored to customers' needs. We aim to have a strong regional connection based on continuous interactive cooperation with strategically important partners.

Practical training is a compulsory part of the studies at Novia UAS. Students may opt to complete their internship, or write their final thesis, at a regional, national or international enterprise or organisation. This can often lead 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. Novia UAS strives to foster entrepreneurial skills and attitudes and offer courses in entrepeneurship.

Partnership with enterprises, like Ramboll, enables us to develop new learning opportunities. The agreement enables students to do their internship in one of Ramboll’s regional, national, or global units. Alternatively, students are able to choose to write their final thesis for the company.

This cooperation is beneficial for students and staff alike and reinforces the future vision of the unique cross-scientific strength and potential we have when it comes to cooperation with working life on both a regional and a global scale.



Novia UAS is a share-holder of the Giga Mare Inc. which offers education within the maritime cluster in the Philippines. The ownership is seen as a strategic means to promote internationalisation and strengthen our position in Asia.