University of Vaasa

University of Vaasa is a multidisciplinary University with more than 5,000 students and it offers degrees at all academic levels from Bachelor to Master and Doctor. Approximately 12 per cent of the students and 20 per cent of the academic staff are international, coming from all around the world. As a young and therefore flexible institution the University is able to adapt to the times. The language of instruction in the international Master’s programmes and several other courses is English. Welcome aboard!

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Social Sciences (1)


University of Vaasa leads to the future

The University of Vaasa is located on a beautiful maritime campus in the city of Vaasa, the sunniest city of Finland. A total of 12,000 students can be seen and heard throughout the year in Vaasa’s genuinely international cityscape. The city is surrounded by the beautiful Kvarken archipelago which is part of UNESCO’s World Natural Heritage sites.

The world is changing and for us at the University of Vaasa that is a given fact, part of our thinking and international atmosphere. We have more than 300 international degree students studying at our University and every year we welcome approximately 200 exchange students on our campus. With our 180 partner universities around the world we offer excellent opportunities for a study period abroad and every third student at the University of Vaasa goes on an exchange during their studies.

We educate responsible pioneers – leaders and experts who seek to create a better world and solve the challenges faced by society. The fields of research and education in the University of Vaasa are business studies, technology, languages and communication, and administrative sciences. As a recognised business-oriented institution, we are internationally and nationally successful, widely networked, multidisciplinary institution for education and research.


Welcome to the University of Vaasa beautiful and modern maritime campus

Our beautiful maritime campus occupies Finlands newest campus area. Located in Palosaari close to the city centre of Vaasa, the campus provides a fascinating combination of green park and coastal landscaping, modern architecture and converted old industrial buildings.

The University offers a modern study environment with up-to-date computer and other technical facilities including self-study rooms. Also the academic library Tritonia is located on the campus. From the student restaurant in the main building there is a magnificent view of the surrounding natural scenery and the sea with its birds, boats and icefishers. Several other restaurants and cafeterias are available on the campus and in the direct vicinity.

A wide range of study guidance and support as well as career services are available for the Universitys students. In addition, University of Vaasa provides tutoring for all new international students. Throughout the academic year tutors plan different types of activities and events for international students. The University also organises trips for international students to see other parts of Finland. For instance, an annual trip to Lapland is always a memorable experience for students.

As members of the local student union international Master's degree students of the University benefit from various discounts on and off campus. These include for instance subsidised meals at University restaurants and cafeterias, as well as discounts on travelling tickets, in theatres, museums and numerous stores. Master's degree students are also entitled to student health care service.

Student Life

Enjoy the sunniest city of Finland

Located on the western coast of Finland, Vaasa has about 60,000 inhabitants of whom 72 per cent are Finnish-speaking and 27 per cent Swedish speaking. With its 12,000 students Vaasa is a very lively student city and offers a lot of activities for its inhabitants. Available housing and leisure activity opportunities for students are plenty. Vaasa is also a distinctively international city: in number of foreigners per capita in Finland, Vaasa is second only after the capital area of Helsinki.

The cultural life of the city has something for everyone. The Finnish Vaasa City Theatre, the Swedish Wasa Theatre, the City Orchestra, the Vaasa Opera Company and numerous other musical groups, choirs and theatres as well as many galleries and museums ensure a bustling cultural life for the city. Several pop, rock and alternative music and cultural festivals are organised in the city especially in summer time.

Vaasas beautiful surroundings and nature enchant anyone interested in outdoor activities. The Vaasa archipelago is famous for its abundant plant and animal life. The University campus is located next to the sea with plenty of opportunities for those who enjoy being close to nature, and the Vaasa region is an excellent place and the seashore offers experiences for each season from kayaking and scuba diving to ice fishing.

Students may join the numerous activities available in the city or take part in special activities offered by the tutors for new students. Tutors organise for students a variety of parties, social evenings, visits to cultural events, and more. Also the student union and ESN club (Erasmus Student Network) organise similar activities which all international students are invited to join.

The city of Vaasa is very accessible; all necessary services are located near the University and this encourages most people to keep on cycling throughout the year. Travel connections are comprehensive in addition to the well connected airport, train and bus connections, cruisers cross the Gulf of Bothnia allowing travelers to reach Sweden in few hours.


EPAS accredited Masters Degree Programmes

The Masters Degree Programme in Finance, the Masters Degree Programme in International Business and the Master's Programme in Strategic Business Development at the University of Vaasa have been awarded the international EPAS accreditation.

EPAS is an international programme accreditation system operated by European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EFMD is recognised globally as an accreditation body of quality in management education with established accreditation services for business schools and business school programmes, corporate universities and technology-enhanced learning programmes.

The EPAS evaluation process considers programme delivery and design, programme outcomes, and quality assurance. The quality of education, international aspects and corporate interaction are also emphasised in the evaluation process. The EPAS accreditation is an internationally much appreciated quality label given for education in the field of business studies. All of the University of Vaasas accredited programmes educate specialists for managerial tasks that require solid international competence.

University of Vaasa Excellent Business School

The Faculty of Business Studies of the University of Vaasa has been ranked as Excellent Business School in the Eduniversal Worldwide Business School Ranking.

The ranking is performed annually in three stages. First, schools are ranked by their international recognition, accreditations held, membership in international associations and organisations, and place in international, regional or national ratings. The second stage involves voting by deans of 1000 business schools and universities from 153 countries of the world. On the third, final, stage, the International Scientific Committee made up of nine independent experts representing different regions of the world says its word.

The main purpose of the EDUNIVERSAL ranking of universities is to make an objective comparison of education institutions providing management and business administration studies in different countries.

AMBA accredited Energy Business MBA

The Energy Business MBA is arranged in close cooperation with the Robert Gordon Universitys, Aberdeen Business School and it was awarded the AMBA accreditation in December 2010. The AMBA (Association of MBAs) is an international impartial authority on postgraduate business education.

The Vaasa Energy Business MBA is the Universitys MBA program focusing on energy business. The programme has been created to meet the specific requirements of professionals working in a variety of companies operating within the realm of the energy industry and its related industries. The Energy Business MBA is arranged in close cooperation with the Aberdeen Business School and on successful completion participants will receive MBA also from Aberdeen. Aberdeen Business School is part of The Robert Gordon University (RGU),which has regularly been acclaimed as the top university in Scotland for graduate employment and is currently ranked 10th across all UK Universities.

The local partner is the Levón Institute, the Centre for Continuing Education and Research of the University of Vaasa. The Levón institute and the Aberdeen University jointly answer for the planning, delivery and study counseling of the Energy Business MBA.

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