Centria University of Applied Sciences


A Genuinely International Institution

Centria University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary, dynamic and inter­national higher education institution. We pride ourselves with offering students and staff an environment that is innovative, caring and multicultural.

Located in Western Finland, Centria has three campuses – Kokkola, Pietarsaari and Ylivieska – located on the Ostrobothnian plain. Each city offers a unique environment with lots of activities and a beautiful environment.

Centria is a young higher education institution, with 2,852 students and 253 staff members, we offer student centred teaching with plenty of practical experience. Centria offers degree programmes in five different fields and a total of 20 degree programmes. Our fields of education are:

  • Technology, Communications and Transport
  • Social Sciences, Business and Administration
  • Social Services, Health and Sports
  • Culture
  • Humanities and Education

With over 500 international students, both degree-seeking and exchange students, internationalisation is one of our core values. Over ten percent of our degree-seeking students are international students, coming from around 40 different countries.

Educates, researches and develops

A strong focus on entrepreneurship and excellent connections with the working-life, provide a good basis for combining theoretical knowledge with career skills in a meaningful way. Centria UAS profiles as an international university of applied sciences that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.

Centria Research and Development is the unit of research, development and further education of the Centria University of Applied Sciences. The main function of research and development is to create possibilities for the development of the region’s enterprises and communities. Centria Research and Development has the use of the knowhow of the whole staff, the laboratory services and the eager students, who significantly complement the experts’ work contribution to the profit of the region’s enterprises.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Centria University of Applied Sciences

Address Bondegatan 2
Kokkola 67100, Finland
Website http://www.centria.fi/
Phone +358 6 8250000