University of Vaasa

Introduction

The University of Vaasa is a multidisciplinary University with more than 5000 students, and it offers degrees at all academic levels from Bachelor to Master and Doctor. Approximately 12 per cent of the students are international students coming from all around the world. The teaching and research activities of the University focus on business studies, administrative sciences, technology, languages and communication. The language of instruction in the international Master's programmes and several other courses is English.

The University of Vaasa occupies one of Finland's newest campus areas close to the sea. All of the faculties and departments are located in the beautiful island of Palosaari. The campus is an interesting fusion of old and new, a combination of continental and Anglo-Saxon architectures. It is located in Vaasa, the sunniest City of Finland. With its 12 000 students, Vaasa is also a very lively student city. Moreover, the beautiful Kvarken archipelago surrounding the city is part of UNESCO's World Natural Heritage sites since 2006.

University of Vaasa - Multidisciplinary and Business-Oriented

Studies

University of Vaasa functions in three faculties. Teaching and research in the Faculty of Business Studies are of a high national standard, and the University of Vaasa is the second largest provider of business degrees in Finland. The key areas within business studies are financing and financial markets, entrepreneurship, consumer behavior, and internationalization of enterprises. The faculty is ranked as Excellent Business School in the Eduniversal Worldwide Business School Ranking and its Master's Degree Programme in Finance and Master's Degree Programme in International Business have been awarded the international EPAS accreditation.

The humanities and social sciences in the Faculty of Philosophy have their own special strength areas such as intercultural communication, languages for special purposes, language immersion, and comparative administrative sciences. In the Faculty of Technology, the University's areas of expertise are automation technology, electrical engineering, computer science, and telecommunications engineering.

The education in the University of Vaasa receives acclaim from employers for meeting the demands of modern working life. All degrees of the University encompass business operations skills and the genuinely international atmosphere of the campus together with opportunities for student exchange give students strong abilities when entering working life. The language of instruction in all the courses offered for international students in the Master's programmes is English. Courses are typically based on lectures with a final examination, or on independent studying which is examined during the academic year. Seminars and various forms of group work with written and oral assignments are part of the curricula, too.

Student Life in Vaasa


The University of Vaasa community comprises over 5 000 students and every year more than 300 international students from all over the world study at the University. Students in the University have a growing interest in international study atmosphere. There are altogether some 12 000 students in Vaasa, and the available housing and leisure activity opportunities in the city are plenty.

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 the several galleries and museums ensure a bustling cultural life for the city. Several pop, rock and alternative music and cultural festivals are organized in the city especially in summer time.

University of Vaasa provides tutoring for all new international students. An International Tutor, a fellow student, is appointed to every international student. Tutors help students to get to know the academic environment and assist in other matters related to living in Vaasa and in Finland.

Throughout the academic year, tutors plan different types of activities and events for international students. These events are a great opportunity to get to know the fellow students and experience Vaasa in a new way. The University of Vaasa 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 of Vaasa 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.

The University of Vaasa campus is located next to the sea with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. For those who enjoy being close to nature, the Vaasa region is an excellent place for spending leisure time outdoors. The seashore offers experiences for each season from kayaking and scuba diving to ice fishing. The city of Vaasa is very accessible; all necessary services are located near the University and most people 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 reach Sweden in few hours.

Campus Area

The University of Vaasa occupies Finland’s newest campus area by the sea - a combination of coastal landscaping, modern architecture and converted industrial buildings. The University offers a modern study environment with up-to-date computer and other technical facilities. Also the academic library is located on the campus. From the student restaurant in the main building there is a magnificent view to the surrounding natural scenery and the sea.



An International University


The University of Vaasa has contacts around the world; partnership universities for student and staff exchange, and also for research and educational co-operation. Every year more than 200 students go abroad for some of the studies required for their degree programmes. Similarly, more than 200 international students arrive every year to complete their exchange period in the University of Vaasa. In addition, more than 300 international students study in the University's international Master's and Doctoral programmes.

The University of Vaasa provides an international atmosphere and a beautiful maritime campus setting, efficient tutoring and a lively social environment in addition to a wide range of courses offered in English. Most of the courses included in the Master's programmes are offered for both international and Finnish students which provides an excellent opportunity to get to know the local students. The internationally mixed study groups offer a great chance to learn from other students and their experiences.

Invest into Your Future!


A closely knit study community, well-planned teaching and efficient student services promote academic progress and completion of degrees. The University of Vaasa educates competent experts for the needs of the modern working life and the employment prospects for graduates are good. The University supports flexibility in studies within the University and in other academic institutions in Vaasa, in Finland and throughout the world.



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Master in Communications and Systems Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Vaasa

The Master's Programme in Communications and Systems Engineering provides students with a competence in both telecommunication engineering and computer science, contributing to the current technological demand of professionals in this field. [+]

The Master's Programme in Communications and Systems Engineering is an international Master's programme focusing on the most popular telecommunication networks of both the present and the future. Emphasis of the programme is on wireless communications and mobility issues. The programme also addresses the areas of telecommunication architecture evolution, digital communication and radio technology. Key subject areas in mobile networks are wireless communication, quality of service, mobility and security. The Master's Programme in Communications and Systems Engineering is organised by the Department of Computer Science. Students have the opportunity to take courses in both general telecommunications and in specific fields of mobile communication. The curriculum is carefully designed with high-quality courses and up-to-date teaching methods. The Master's Programme in Communications and Systems Engineering will provide students with a competence in both telecommunication engineering and computer science, contributing to the current technological demand of professionals in this field. In addition, Finland's participation in the technology sector is highly recognised. Companies such as Nokia, ABB, and Wärtsilä Corporation operate internationally and give the country an outstanding reputation. Students applying for admission to the programme should have completed their undergraduate studies in an appropriate field such as telecommunications, computer science, automation, electrical engineering, or similar. The programme is an intensive two-year programme leading to a Master of Science in Technology degree. Master's degree students at the University of Vaasa have no tuition fees. They are only required to pay the Student Union membership fee of approximately 142 euro per academic year. There are no entrance examinations for international Master's programmes at the University of Vaasa. Admission decisions are made on the basis of the required documents, evaluating each complete application individually and selecting those with the best qualifications. The intake of the Master's Programme in Communications and Systems Engineering is 25 students. The application period for the international Master's programmes is January - February annually. [-]

Master in Finance

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Vaasa

The EPAS accredited Master's Degree Programme in Finance focuses on the theory of finance and financial analysis from an international perspective. [+]

The Master's Degree Programme in Finance focuses on the theory of finance and financial analysis from an international perspective. The programme provides an overview of corporate finance, investments, and option pricing. Students will develop a specialisation in the areas of corporate finance and investments, such as the evaluation of stocks and bonds, financial markets, option pricing, capital budgeting, cost of capital, long-term financial policy, and other related topics of modern finance. The career prospects of accounting and finance graduates are excellent worldwide. The international EPAS accreditation is a mark of the quality of the University's business teaching, and graduates from the Master's Degree Programme in Finance have been very successful in their careers both in Finland and internationally. Furthermore, the high-quality research and scientific teaching have placed the Department of Accounting and Finance among the top research centres in Europe, ranking number 10 in Europe and number 1 in the Nordic Countries. To be eligible for admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Finance you should already have completed your Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field such as business studies, mathematics or statistics. The study programme leads to a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree, and it can be completed in two years. The intake of the programme is 20 students, and the application period is January - February annually. There are no special entrance examinations for international Master's programmes in the University of Vaasa. Admission decisions are made on the basis of the required documents, evaluating each complete application individually and selecting those with the best qualifications. Master's degree students have no tuition fees. They are only required to pay the Student Union membership fee of approximately 128 euro per academic year. [-]

Master in Industrial Management

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Vaasa

The Master's Programme in Industrial Management combines business with technical skills and leads to a career in a future-oriented technology management area with a competitive salary. [+]

The Master's Programme in Industrial Management is the key to a career in technology management, a future-oriented area. The topics taught include technology forecasting, development management, international sourcing and manufacturing, product development, and technology integration. The competencies built in the programme are applicable especially in high-tech companies and businesses with rapidly changing core technologies, in research centres and universities, as well as in the development of regional and national technology policies. The Master's Programme in Industrial Management combines the two strategic priorities of the University of Vaasa, internationalism and interdisciplinary work. The programme has close cooperation with high-tech companies in the region, with the advantage of Finland's location in the centre of a growing renewable energy business. In addition, it provides students with the experience of international and local lecturers focusing their work on technology and operational management. Applicants' previous studies may vary from business studies to technology, covering areas relevant to the programme. Students in this programme will understand and master the basics of technology management. They will learn how to analyse the future of technology, policy and market; and establish as well as manage research and development projects. The programme leads to a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree and it can be completed in two years. Annually, 35 students with the best credentials are admitted to the Master's Programme in Industrial Management. The application period is January - February annually. There are no special entrance examinations for the international Master's programme. Admission decisions are made on the basis of the required documents, evaluating each complete application individually and selecting those with the best qualifications. Master's degree students have no tuition fees. They are only required to pay the Student Union membership fee of approximately 142 euro per academic year. [-]

Master in Intercultural Management and Communication

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Vaasa

The Master's Programme in Intercultural Management aims at educating professionals who will work in networked societies and who will manage diversity and communication processes in intercultural settings. [+]

The Master's Programme in Intercultural Management and Communication prepares you for the challenges which arise in increasingly diverse working environments. It is your key to global understanding. This full time two-year programme combines cultural and communication studies with management studies and aims at educating professionals who will work in networked societies and who will manage diversity and communication processes in intercultural settings. The main focus areas of the Master's Programme in Intercultural Management and Communication are multiculturalism, communication and management, and the studies are divided into three basic modules: Cultures and Communication, Management and Contemporary Culture. You will learn how to manage intercultural and multilingual communication, how culture and multiculturalism function and structure societies, and how cultural identities are formed. Moreover, the programme will provide you with the competence to approach culture and multiculturalism from the perspective of philosophy and ethics and with an understanding of the functioning of communication and the role of digital media in society. With a degree from the programme, you will be a specialist in intercultural communication and qualified for working in both public and private organisations, for example as an international coordinator, project manager, human resources manager, information officer, public relations specialist, researcher or educator. The programme leads to a Master of Arts degree, and it can be completed in two years. Annually, 20 students with the best credentials are admitted. The application period is from the beginning of January till the end of February. Master's degree students at the University of Vaasa have no tuition fees. They are only required to pay the Student Union membership fee of approximately 142 euro per academic year. There are no entrance examinations for international Master's programmes at the University of Vaasa. Admission decisions are made on the basis of the required documents, evaluating each complete application individually and selecting those with the best qualifications. The intake of the Master's Programme in Intercultural Management and Communication is 20 students. The application period for the international Master's programmes is January - February annually. [-]

Master in International Business

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Vaasa

The Master's Degree Programme in International Business is an EPAS accredited gateway to an international career in the field of business. [+]

The Master's Degree Programme in International Business is a two-year, full-time programme focusing on the identification and management of challenges arising from planning, controlling and coordinating business activities on an international scale. Based both on the required competence of international managers today as well as core areas of research within the University of Vaasa, the teaching on the programme centres around current theory and practice in three key aspects of international business - international strategic management, international marketing management, and international human resource management. The international EPAS accreditation is a mark of the quality of the business teaching in the University of Vaasa. ... [-]

Master in Strategic Business Development

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Vaasa

The Master's Programme in Strategic Business Development focuses on the theory and practice of strategic business development, from strategic analysis to strategic choice and strategy implementation [+]

The Master's Programme in Strategic Business Development focuses on the theory and practice of strategic business development, from strategic analysis to strategic choice and strategy implementation. The areas covered by the programme encompass project management, international strategic management, and managing business networks. In addition, the programme offers students a wide range of optional studies that will enable them to deepen their knowledge in other areas such as human resource and cross-cultural management. The two-year programme provides skills and knowledge required at middle and upper management level in all kinds of businesses and organisations, large or small, public or private. Students graduating from the programme will have the skills necessary to understand the strategic position of organisations, how to take strategic choices, and how strategy can be turned into action to become a source of sustainable competitive advantage. The programme offers students excellent opportunities to work in manufacturing and service companies, in the business consulting sector, or to pursue an academic career. The degree awarded by the programme is a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration. To be eligible for admission to the Master's Programme in Strategic Business Development you should already have completed your Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field such as business studies, marketing or management and organisation. Candidates may apply with other than Business administration field degree if they can demonstrate a proper background in business studies as follows: minimum of 35 ECTS in business studies is required. The intake of the programme is 20 students, and the application period is January. There are no entrance examinations for the international Master's programme in the University of Vaasa. Admission decisions are made on the basis of the required documents, evaluating each complete application individually and selecting those with the best qualifications. Master's degree students have no tuition fees. They are only required to pay the Student Union membership fee of approximately 142 euro per academic year. [-]

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University of Vaasa
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Vaasa, 65101 FI
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Wolffintie 34,
Vaasa, 65200 FI