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Saimaa University of Applied Sciences

4.0 out of 5 (34 ratings / 26 reviews) Lappeenranta, Finland
Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (SAIMIA) is an institute of higher education in Southeast Finland in the city of Lappeenranta. We offer degrees in five fields. The Degree Programmes in Mechanical Engineering, International Business, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Nursing are conducted entirely in English. SAIMIA has about 3400 students, 450 of them international degree students.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



FINNIPS participates in several education fairs around the world every year. You can come and meet the representatives to hear more about your study options in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences. See below the list of education fairs we will be attending:

  • 11-12 October: Vietnam Global Education Fair in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 12-13 October: EDUEXPO Mexico City, Study Abroad Fair in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 26-27 October: China Education Expo (CEE) in Shanghai, China
  • 2-3 November: Korea Study Abroad & Emigration Fair, Seoul, South Korea
  • 9-11 January: Educatio 2020, International Education Expo, Budapest, Hungary


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:

  • Internationalization and user-orientation in service businesses
  • Novel business concepts based on technological innovations
  • Customer-orientation and effectiveness in health services

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Student services

Each campus in the University of Applied Sciences has its own student office, open daily from 9 am to 3 pm. From student officies students can get information about certificates of study, grades and student identification cards, etc.

Housing services

Students may apply for housing from the Lappeenranta Area Student Housing Foundation (LOAS), from the Imatra Student Housing service ”Tuki”, or Imatra’s ”YH-builders” student housing.

Library services

The Library serves all students and staff in Saimaa University of Applied Sciences but also companies and private persons. The Library has an extensive collection of literature titles and journals, both in print and electronic format. The students and staff of Saimaa UAS can use e-materials licensed to their organization in their own network.

ICT services

Saimaa University of Applied Sciences has approximately 700 workstations, laptops and tablets, which are available during the opening hours of the university to all students. The use of facilities and devices is restricted for studying purposes.

Medical services

South Karelia Social and Health Care District (Eksote) organizes health care services for the students of the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus is situated in the Skinnarila district, next to LUT University. There are about 8 000 students on the Skinnarila campus overall, and you will have access to a wide range of study-related and recreational services there. Our vision is to be the most international institution of higher education in Finland in 2025. We are already well on our way – welcome!

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My university offers me both theory and practical experiences. I join many projects related to real - life business that enrich my knowledge a lot. Moreover, my university also pays attention to train Business Intelligence for students to apply analysing data and make better decision. Overall, I have a good time here.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Studying at Saimaa UAS is very fascinating, as we have many lectures, as well as practical exercises and group works. Our study group is international, there are students from all over the world. The lecturers are professionals and they help us with our studies and also with any other problems we might have. Studies have been what I expected them to be – not only theory...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I like my university as it gives a very pleasant working environment.