About Novia UAS

A high-class regional university

Novia University of Applied Sciences acts along the Swedish-speaking parts of the Finnish coastline. With over 4000 students and a staff of about 290, 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 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 specialisation studies


Novia UAS is an important developer of working life and industry near-by the campuses. In our strategic focus areas we are among the top of the nation and internationally recognised. 

Degree Programmes in English




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 is the largest Swedish-speaking UAS in Finland with about 4000 students and a staff workforce of 300 in five campuses in Vaasa, Turku, Raseborg and Jakobstad.

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 and thus a special mission is to respond to the special workforce demands and challenges in 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 is active in the Erasmus programme and strives to build up a strong network of strategically important partner institutions throughout Europe. Novia has established long-term relationships with HEIs in China: in the Fujian Province and in Shanghai.

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

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 Internationalization at Home, and students and staff are encouraged to participate.

International research projects are carried out and administered by R&D. Our aim is to offer a qualitative higher education adapted to the globalized working life and further education tailored to customer 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. 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.

Novia 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 unit or write their final thesis for the company. This cooperation is beneficial for students and staff alike and strengthens the future vision of the unique cross-scientific strength and potential we have when it comes to co-operation with working life on both a regional and a global level.

Novia is a share-holder of the Giga Mare Inc. offering education within the maritime cluster in the Philippines The ownership is seen as a strategic means to promote internationalization and strengthen our position in Asia.
Staff is offered the possibility of in-house training in companies. Staff from enterprises is invited to teach at Novia.