Centria University of Applied Sciences


The University with a big heart!

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 close to 3,000 and 250 staff members, we offer student centered teaching with a focus on practical experience. Centria offers degree programmes in five different fields of study 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 over 40 different countries. We also receive around hundred exchange students each year, from our partner universities all over the world.

Educates, researches and develops

Centria has a strong focus on entrepreneurship and excellent connections with the local working-life, this provide an excellent basis for combining theoretical knowledge with professional skills in a meaningful way. We are an international university of applied sciences that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.

Centria’s R&D collaborates with companies and organizations to increase their competitiveness. We aim at helping our customer in developing new products, business ventures and international activities and as well as in the process of entrepreneurship, by using our multidisciplinary expertise. We offer up to date technology and the latest information technology applications to fit our customers’ needs. We make the most of our team of experts, their know-how and the different kinds of laboratories at our use. Our R&D, continuing education services and broad project activities all aim at improving our customers’ competitiveness.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Centria University of Applied Sciences

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