University of Vaasa

University of Vaasa

University of Vaasa is a multidisciplinary University with more than 5,000 students offering degrees at all academic levels from Bachelor to Master and Doctor. Approx. 9% of the students and 20% of the academic staff are international. The young and flexible University is able to adapt to the times. The language of instruction in the international programmes is English. Welcome aboard!

Top reasons to study here

  • Vaasa is the largest energy hub in Nordic countries with 140 companies and 11,000 employees in energy industry: the employment rate is the best in Finland.
  • We have close ties with the businesses of the region and use actual case studies in our teaching combining theoretical knowledge with practical examples.
  • Our university is an international and close community. Our students think that our university has a good spirit of togetherness and a great atmosphere.

PhD Programmes

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



The University of Vaasa is located on a beautiful maritime campus in Vaasa, the sunniest city of Finland. Approx. 12,000 students live in Vaasa’s genuinely international cityscape. The city is surrounded by the beautiful Kvarken archipelago, a 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. We have more than 300 international degree students and every year we welcome approximately 200 exchange students on our campus. With more than 200 partner universities around the world we offer excellent opportunities to study abroad and every third student at the University of Vaasa goes on an exchange during the 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.

We have close ties with the businesses of the region and use actual case studies in our teaching combining theoretical knowledge with practical examples. We also offer an Internship Voucher programme to support our students' internships in Finnish companies.


Student services

A wide range of study guidance and support as well as career services are available for the students. At the University of Vaasa, students enjoy the excellent support provided throughout their studies. 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.

Library services

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

Student Life

Campus life

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. It is often referred to as the most beautiful campus in Finland. 

We have comfortable spaces for independent study and group work as well as lecture auditoriums. The buildings are close together, so journeys are short. We have four student restaurants to choose from and the academic library where you can write your course work and enjoy the view to the sea.

Student clubs

International Master's degree students of the University benefit from various discounts on and off campus, 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 services. The Student Union's main purpose is to handle supervision of student interests in education, social policy and international affairs at the University, in the city of Vaasa and nationally. 

The Student Union of the University of Vaasa as well as other student organisations also organise different types of events where you can meet other students throughout the year.


The Master’s degree programmes in Strategic Business Development, Finance and International Business at the University of Vaasa are EFMD accredited. EFMD accreditation is a worldwide quality label for degree programmes in the field of business studies. In the EFMD accreditation process the academic rigour, practical relevance, internationalisation, ethics and sustainability are emphasized.

The Master’s programmes in Industrial Management and Industrial Systems Analytics are ASIIN accredited. The ASIIN quality seal provides assurance that subject specific quality standards of the academic discipline and of the profession for which that programme prepares are met at high level.

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