International Office

The international office coordinates exchange studies at Novia University of Applied Sciences. Most degree programmes at Novia UAS are taught in Swedish but non-Swedish students can easily participate in the studies. 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.

Exchange students can work on individual projects guided by a teacher, combine studies and a work placement or choose courses from other Finnish universities cooperating with Novia. Students from Novia's partner universities abroad can apply for exchange studies at Novia once they have been nominated for an exchange by their home university.

Fact Sheet

Erasmus Code: SF VAASA13
Address of the Institution: Wolffintie 31 and 33
Post Code: 65200, Vaasa, FINLAND
Head of International
Ms Camilla Pundars-Mitts

International Coordinators:

Ms Isabelle Bonnet; email:

Ms Mai Stenblad; email:

Contact Person for

Incoming Exchange


Campus Åbo (Turku): Ms Isabelle Bonnet
Aboa Mare: Ms Isabelle Bonnet
Campus Raseborg: Ms Isabelle Bonnet
Campus Vasa: Ms Mai Stenblad
Campus Allegro Jakobstad: Ms Mai Stenblad

General Information

Website for Incoming Students:

Academic Calendar 2023-2024:

The autumn term starts at the end of August (different dates at different campuses) and ends 31 December (in practice before Christmas).


The spring term starts 2 January and ends 31 May 2023.


Please note that in many Degree Programmes students have practice placements during May and June and there are therefore no or just a few courses on offer.

The European Project Semester (EPS) starts in February and ends in May.

Application Deadlines:

1 May for autumn semester and 1 November for spring semester.

Practice Placement in Nursing:

1 March and 1 October for Nursing students wishing to have a practice placement.

Application Procedure:

Language(s) of Instruction:

Languages of instruction: Swedish and English. Most Degree Programmes taught in Swedish offer courses in English for exchange students. Required English level is B2.

Courses offered in English:

Projects offered in English:

European Project Semester EPS, 30 ECTS ( Campus Vasa

Language courses:

Professional English is offered in some Degree Programmes

ECTS Credits in Use?


ECTS Grading Scale in Use?

No. The following scale is used for all types of evaluations/examinations: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Pass, 0 = Not approved.
Some courses are only marked as approved/not approved (GK = Approved, 0 = Not approved)


Accommodation information

Is accommodation


Students are responsible for arranging the accommodation themselves. Application form and information available online at:
In Vaasa: or
In Turku:
In Raseborg:
Please contact the international coordinator for more information about the student accommodation in the town of Jakobstad.
Cost of accommodation: 300 € - 500 €/month (depending on the type and location of the apartment).
Is the accommodation organized prior to the student’s arrival? The students must apply for housing and pay the deposit on time. Make sure to book the apartment from the day of your arrival.
Are kitchen facility and basic furniture available in the students’ accommodation? Basic furniture available in furnished apartments.
Orientation programme: In the beginning of each semester.
Mentor/Buddy Programme: Yes – tutors for incoming students.
Monthly Living Expenses:

Rent: 300 € - 500 €
Food: 250 €
Transportation: 30 €
Leisure and personal expenses: 50 €

Exchange students are covered by Novia’s accident and liability insurance during studies and practical work and trips to and from the study place/workplace. The liability insurance covers damages caused by the student at the study place/ workplace. Students are themselves responsible for having a health insurance that is valid at the study place/workplace and for having enough insurance cover during their spare time.

Insurance: The insurance should be obtained before arrival to Finland, and it should cover costs resulting from illness or accident (doctor and hospital charges, including medical treatment and hospitalization, medication, and costs resulting from interruption of the exchange).
It is also highly recommended to obtain an insurance for personal belongings and third party liability.

Contact us

Camilla Pundars-Mitts

Head of International Relations

International Coordinator in Vaasa/Jakobstad

Mai Stenblad

International Coordinator

International Coordinator in Turku/Raseborg

Isabelle Bonnet

International Coordinator