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Centria University of Applied Sciences

4.0 out of 5 (17 ratings / 17 reviews) Kokkola, Finland
Centria University of Applied Sciences is a multi-disciplinary, dynamic and international higher education institution located in Finland. We pride ourselves with offering students and staff an environment that is innovative, caring and multicultural. Welcome to join the Centria family and build your future with us!

Bachelor's programmes

Computer Science & IT (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



The University of applied sciences was founded in 1992 in the coastal town of Kokkola. Being a university of applied sciences, Centria has a striving R&D department and its lecturers have professional experience from their own field.

Thanks to its human size, Centria offers a caring and warm environment to its students and staff, we pride ourselves to be a university with a big heart.


Centria offers programmes in 5 fields of study:

  • Technology
  • Business Management
  • Health Care and Social Sciences
  • Culture
  • Humanities and Education
We offer both Bachelor and Master level degree programmes, 14 in total. Four of these programmes are fully taught in English:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (taught in Kokkola)
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Business (taught in Pietarsaari)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Environmental Chemistry & Technology (taught in Kokkola)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Information Technology (taught in Kokkola)


Centria has extensive experience when it comes to preparing, applying for funding and managing publicly funded R&D projects. We are running around 70-100 projects each year, which represents around 4 million euros. Our experienced project managers have a strong expertise in local, national and international funding sources. They have a high standard of quality and can administrate projects efficiently, following the requirements set  by the financing bodies.

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Student services

Centria offers continuous guidance to the student all the way from admission through education to graduation and employment.

The main objectives of this guidance are independent study planning on part of the student, smooth progress through studies, degree programme completion within the established time framework and support for the student's professional growth. This guidance intends to underline the importance of student responsibility for and commitment to individual studies and career planning.

Centria International administers mobility programmes, supports internationalisation at home on our three campuses as well as supports the degree programmes in their international projects.

Housing services

Students should book accommodation from themselves from the town they will study at.

The accommodation is not organized by the university but by a local housing agency.

Students can decide to apply for shared accommodation through the local agencies or look for housing from private sources.

Rent usually varies from 200 to 300€ / month in the shared apartments offered by the student housing agencies.

Library services

Centria offers great library facilities in all their locations. The selection of books offered are carefully chosen together with the university’s lecturers to fit the studies offered.

Students also have access to a wide range of electronic libraries and journals online.

ICT services

Digitalization is a key feature at Centria; this can be seen in the studies at Centria.

The students and teachers use the university study portal, where teachers upload study material and students upload their homework online. Students may also follow courses taught online.

Medical services

On campus, students may visit a nurse and a psychologist, free of charge. If need be, students may also receive the care of a medical doctor, reachable through the nurse.

Student Life

Campus life

Centria University of Applied Sciences has operations in the three towns of Kokkola, Ylivieska and Pietarsaari. This region is not only characterized by the old towns, the sea with its archipelago, and vivid bilingualism, but also by the long river valleys, traditional country life and bustling local cultures.

Kokkola, a pleasant town of 47,000 inhabitants, has ample opportunities for leisure and outdoor activities all year round

Sports facilities

Each town where Centria is located offers a wide range of sport facilities, may it be indoor facilities (ice-rink, gyms, sport halls…) or outdoor sports (football, country skiing, ice-hockey). The facilities are not owned by Centria but students have access to them.

Student clubs

The student union COPSA is in charge of up keeping the students’ right within the university. The same union organized some free time activities to students (welcome event, parties throughout the year, sport events).

The student tutors have also been trained by COPSA in order to support the newcomers in the best possible way!


Centria has been audited by the Finnish Education Evaluation Center.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Centria UAS is a good university where students feel free to develop themselves and learn useful knowledge. The school has a broad Erasmus network and other partners around the world. Professors at Centria are qualified and enthusiastic in their lectures. They are always willing to help and encourage students in any problems. The theory is practically applied in every...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Centria is a good university of applied sciences. In my opinion, I think Centria should be more strict to the student as somehow I feel the program is too easy to pass.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It one of the fine University to study. Education is flexible and also the teachers.

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