Novia University of Applied Sciences

Vaasa, Finland
Novia University of Applied Sciences acts along the Swedish-speaking parts of the Finnish coastline. With over 4000 students and a staff of about 300, 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 was formed on August 1, 2008, by the merging of the Sydväst Polytechnic and the Swedish Polytechnic, Finland.


Novia University of Applied Sciences offers:

  • Bachelor's degree studies in youth and adult education in Swedish
  • Bachelor's degree studies in English
  • Master’s degree studies in Swedish
  • Master’s degree studies in English
  • Adult education and specialization studies


The Research and Development (R&D) activities at Novia University of Applied Sciences (UAS) support a genuine joint effort between the UAS and the regional businesses and industries. The research and development activity is being developed as a part of the Finnish innovation system through strategically chosen, long-term partners. The R&D strategy of Novia is based on the overall strategy at Novia, which gives the framework for R&D activities.

Research and Development areas within Novia University of Applied Sciences
  • Sustainable Energy Technology
  • Bioeconomy
  • Health and Living Conditions of Older Adults
  • Maritime Simulation
  • Culture and Entrepreneurship


Working at a part-time job in the evenings and/or weekends is possible while studying at Novia UAS. Keep in mind it may be quite exhausting to work and study at the same time. It may also be difficult to keep up with your studies if you are using your free-time to work. The TE Services (providing public employment and business services in Finland) can assist you when you are looking for a job.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
  • Bachelor Nursing
    Novia University of Applied Sciences, Campus Vaasa
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)


Student services

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.

Housing services

You can choose between the Student Hostel in the Student Village, in which exchange students have a room and a bathroom of their own but share a kitchen with nine other students, or a flat that you share with one or two other students. From a social point of view the Student Hostel is nice but if you prefer peace and quiet you should choose a flat. 

Library services

The library is a central pedagogical resource for learning, teaching and research at Novia UAS. The library at Novia UAS is a part of Tritonia. We offer library services at all campuses. In Raseborg are the services offered at the city library. In addition to printed books and journals we also have a large collection of electronic information resources.

Student Life

Campus life

Novia UAS has about 4000 students and a staff of 300 people. Novia has five educational units or campuses in Jakobstad, Vaasa (Seriegatan and Wolffskavägen), Raseborg and Turku. There are two additional units, the Unit for Research and Development and the Unit for further education (The Centre for Lifelong Learning, CLL).

Degree programmes in English are offered in Raseborg, Turku, Vaasa and Jakobstad.

  • Campus Vasa
  • Campus Jakobstad
  • Campus Raseborg
  • Campus Åbo in Turku

Student clubs

Student Union Novium is the interest and service organization for all students at Novia University of Applied Sciences. 

Other Degrees